Tirthsthans or Pilgrim Places of Garhwal
Garhwal is known as Devbhoomi, meaning the Land of Gods. The holy land houses some of the most revered religious destinations of India. The Himalaya range in Garhwal are said to be the home of the gods. This land is very sacred for the Hindus as well as the Sikhs. Garhwal has always been associated with spirituality, temples, pilgrimage, holy shrines and mountain tourism. Garhwal is one of the state in India which has some of the most important pilgrimage shrines. 
The whole land of garhwal is always alive and vibrates with the music of chiming bells, bathing people at various Ghats, chanting of Hymns, song of local folks during festivals and fairs. Most of the temples in Garhwal are associated with some Puranic or Mahabharata story. There is no specific pattern to the construction of these temples and most of them are devoted to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, Goddess Kali and Nanda Devi along with the temples of local gods and goddesses.
The main temples in Garhwal are the temples of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Panch Prayag, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Hemkund Saheb, Sirkanda Devi, Haridwar and Rishikesh. The famous Chardham trip is in this state which include a visit to four of most revered Hindu temples, Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. The Char Dham tour is very significant for Hindus. Haridwar, meaning Gateway to God, holds an important place in Hindu religion. It is one of the most visited pilgrimages in India. Rishikesh, situated 24 Km from Haridwar also very important pilgrimage site for the Hindus. Rishikesh is also known as the Yoga Capital of the World. Hemkund Sahib, an important pilgrim is associated with the Sikhs as well as Hindus. The place is associated with Guru Govind Singh Ji, 10th guru of Sikhs. Meetha-Reetha Sahib and Piran Kaliyar are the other major holy places for Sikhs.


Panch Badri
The five Badries are revered by all as the apt tribute to Lord Vishnu. Badrinath is devoted to the worship of Vishnu who, according to an amusing tale, usurped this place from Shiva. For Vishnu had come here as the gods once did, to offer penance. He loved the place so much that he plotted to unseat Shiva from his meditation here. He took on the form of a beautiful child and began to wail. Shiva's wife, Parvati picked him up but could not calm the child. Since his wailing continued to disturb Shiva, he shifted to Kedarnath in exasperation, leaving the spot free for Vishnu to occupy. 
But remainders of Shiva's stay continue to linger, most visibly in the name, badri, a kind of berry that Shiva was most fond of, and the gigantic tree, invisible to the morale eye, that served Shiva. Considered one of the Char Dham or four principle places of Hindu worship at himalayas, Badrinath's four subsidiary badries are:
Panch Kedar
The five Kedar lies in the valleys between the rivers Bhagirathi and Alaknanda. The term Kedar itself means a natural rock formation or a glacial moraine. According to legend, himalayas Kedarnath, the chief seat of the Panch Kedar, come into being during the period when the five Pandava brothers were asked to seek Shiva's blessings, purging them off sin of fratricide, or killing their cousin brothers in the terrifying bettle of Kurukshetra. Shiva disguised himself as a bull and started to plunge underground when he was spotted by Pandavas.
 No wonder the natural rock formation that is worshipped here resembles the rump of bull. The other four places where Shiva is worshipped take their appearance from different part of his body - the navel at Madmaheshwar, the arm at Tungnath, the face at Rudranath, and the matted hair at Kalpeshwar. Five Kedars are:
Panch Prayag
Panch Prayag, confluence of most sacred rivers, is considered the epitome of immortal piety. River confluences in India are considered very sacred, especially since rivers themselves are extolled ad goddesses. And outside of Prayag, the great confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati at Allahabad, the most revered confluences are in the Garhwal Himalayas. Since the two mighty rivers and tributaries trace their source to these mountains, the points at which they meet are sanctified as major pilgrimage centers. It is here that propitiatory and cleansing ceremonies are performed as part of the tenets of Hindu religion. Five Prayags are
The Shrine of Gangotri situated at an elevation of himalayas 3200 mts. above sea-level amidst captivating surroundings is 100 kms. from Uttarkashi. The temple, constructed by the Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa in the 18th century, is situated on the right bank of Bhagirathi. It is visited by thousands of pilgrim every year. A number of Ashrams are located on the other side of himalayas , some of which provide accommodation facilities to the Gangotri visitors.
The Shrine of Yamunotri, source of river Yamuna is situated in the direction opposite to Gangotri and the road bifurcates and goes to Yamunotri from Dharasu, a place between Rishikesh and Uttarkashi. Yamunotri can also be visited via Mussoorie and Barkot.
Situated at an elevation of 3235 mts. above sea - level, the shrine of Yamunotri is one of the 'Four Dhams' of Uttrakhand. The source of Yamuna lies about one km. ahead at an altitude of about 4421 mts. The approach is extremely difficult and pilgrims therefore offer pooja at temple itself.

Hem Kund Sahib
The high altitude Lokpal lake, known as Hemkund ( 4329 mts.) lies in heavenly environs. A steep trek from Ghangharia leads one to this spot in about four to six hours. It is an important pilgrimage for both Hindus and Sikhs, as well as for people from other faiths. There is a Sikh Gurudwara and a Lakshman temple built on the bank of the lake. Encircled by seven snow clad peaks and their associated glaciers, it reflects its surroundings enchantingly on its crystal clear serene waters. The glaciers from Hathi Parvat and Saptrishi peaks feed the lake and a small stream called Himganga flows out of this lake. As alluded to, in the holy Granth Sahib, Guru Govind Singh, the tenth Guru of the Sikh faith had meditated on the bank of this lake in one of his earlier births.

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