Chota Char Dham in India

Gangotri Temple
Gangotri Temple: Gangotri, the origin of the River Ganges and seat of the goddess Ganga, is one of the four sites in the Char Dham pilgrimage circuit. The Gangotri temple was constracted by Gorkha general Amar Singh Thapa in the 18th century.It is situated at an altitude of 3100 meters above sea level, about 248 km from Rishikesh. The sacred stone near the temple symbolizes the place where Ganga first came down to earth.Devotees are allowed to visit only in the months of May to November. According to Hindu mythology Lord Shiva sat here when He received the Goddess Ganga in His matted locks.

Badrinath Temple
Badrinath Temple:The temple is open only six months every year (between the end of April and the beginning of November), due to extreme weather conditions in the Himalayan region. The temple, built by Adi Shankaracharaya, is divided in to three parts- the 'Garbha Griha' or the sanctum, the 'Darshan Mandap' where the rituals are conducted and the 'Sabha Mandap' where devotees assemble. The town of Badrinath lies between Nar and Naryana mountain ranges and in the shadow of Nilkantha peak, 301 km north of Rishikesh.
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