Char Dham yatra of Uttarakhand consists of four major pilgrimage destinations-Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. The temples in these places are dedicated to Goddess Yamuna, Goddess Ganga, Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu respectively. Here is brief introduction of the char holy dhams,
Yamunotri Temple:This temple is one amongst the four sacred shrines of Char Dham Yatra. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Yamuna. It is situated at an altitude of 10,800 feet, in the western region of the Garhwal Himalayas. The deity here is a black marble idol of Goddess Yamuna. It is believed to be built by the King of Tehri, Naresh Sudarshan Shah in 18th-19th Century.
Gangotri Temple: This temple is located at the Himalayan Range at the Uttarkashi District of Uttarakhand, approximately at a height of 3100m. It was built in the 18th century by Gorkha General, Amar Singh Thapa. The Temple is dedicated to Goddess Ganga. This temple is built near River Bhagirathi.
Badrinath Temple: Badrinath Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The Temple is one of the four Char Dhams. It is also one of the 108 Divya Desams dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This temple is located alongside Alaknanda River at an elevation of 10,300 feet on Garhwal Hill tracks in Chamoli District. The presiding deity is a 1m tall, black stone statue of Lord Vishnu. This temple was built around 8th Century.
Kedarnath Temple: Kedarnath Mandir is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the Dhams of the Char Dham. It is located on Garhwal Himalayan Range with Mandakini River beside it. Due to extreme weather conditions, this temple is open to the pilgrims from April to November.