Char Dham

Jagannath Temple, Puri
Rameswaram Temple, Rameswaram
Dwarakadheesh Temple, Dwarka
Badrinath Temple

Set of four pilgrimage sites in India.

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Jagannath Temple, Puri

Important Hindu temple dedicated to Jagannath, a form of Vishnu - one of the trinity of supreme divinity in Hinduism, in Puri in the state of Odisha on the eastern coast of India.

Statue of Aruna the charioteer of the Sun God on top of the Aruna Stambha in front of the Singhadwara.
The Ratha Yatra in Puri in modern times showing the three chariots of the deities with the Temple in the background
Jagannath during Ratha Yatra, 2011
The Singhadwara in 1870 showing the Lion sculptures with the Aruna Stambha Pillar in the foreground
The Ashwadwara Gate
Cluster of minor temples in the southern part of Jagannath temple complex, including the Vimala Temple (extreme right), c. 1890
The Dola Mandapa in 1890 where the annual Dol Yatra is held.
Ratha Yatra Festival in Puri, a painting by James Fergusson
Pahandi Bije during Ratha Yatra at Puri
Temple main gate
The backside of the Jagannath temple with the 'Koili Baikuntha' garden in the foreground.
Shri Dibyasingha Deb, Chief Servitor of the Temple.
Bird's EyeView Of Jagannath Temple complex

It is one of the Char Dham pilgrimage sites.


Deity worshipped in regional Hindu traditions in India and Bangladesh as part of a triad along with his brother Balabhadra and sister, devi Subhadra.

Jagannath icon in 2011
Jagannath icons are produced from wood. They are replaced every 8 or 12 or 19 years. Above: logs in transport to prepare the Jagannath icon.
The Jagannath festivities in Puri attract crowds with no class or caste barriers. Some 19th-century writers saw this as one evidence for Buddhist origins, now a discredited theory.
An old Dadhivaman deity in Kendrapara, Odisha. Shrila Bhakti Vinod Thakur's great forefather Krishnanada started worshipping this deity in mid-14th century AD.
Jagannath in the Narasimha or Nrusingha Besha in Koraput
Shri Jagannath with Shri Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra
Balarama, Subhadra and Jagannath in the temple at Puri, with many human and sacred figures, buildings and animals. Oil painting by a painter of Puri, Orissa, ca. 1880/1910.
The Ashwadwara at Puri with the statue of Jagannath on a white horse and Balabhadra on a black horse
Shrila Prabhupada in Golden Gate Park with Jagannath deity to his right: February, 1967
Claudius Buchanan's writings on "Juggernaut" were the first introduction of Indian religions to the American audience, and one that originated and constructed intercultural misunderstanding.
The Jagannath symbol is a part of the Krishna iconography in ISKCON events around the world.
Rath Yatra in Puri (2007).
The Jagganath temple in Ranchi, Jharkhand

The Jagannath temple in Puri, Odisha is particularly significant in Vaishnavism, and is regarded as one of the Char Dham pilgrimage sites in India.


Town and nagar panchayat in Chamoli district in the state of Uttarakhand, India.

Badrinath is one of the most popular and religious holy towns of the Hindus located at Chamoli district of Uttarakhand in India.
Badrinath temple at night
Neelkanth Parbat from Badrinath
View from Badrinath
Badrinath Town
Sheeshtaal (Sheshnaag lake)
Himalayas in Badrinath, Uttarakhand

A Hindu holy place, it is one of the four sites in India's Char Dham pilgrimage and is also part of India's Chota Char Dham pilgrimage circuit.

Chota Char Dham

Important Hindu pilgrimage circuit in the Indian Himalayas.

Yamunotri temple and ashrams

Badrinath is also one of the four destinations (with each destination being in different corners of the country) of the longer Char Dham from which the Chota Char Dham likely draws its name.


City and a municipality of Devbhumi Dwarka district in the state of Gujarat in Western India.

Dwarika Jagat Mandir (or Dwarkadhish Temple), view from entrance of the city.
A painting depicting Krishna's Dwarka, made during Akbar's reign, from the Smithsonian Institution.
Dwarka in a painting of the late 1820s
View of Dwarka from the south bank of the Gomti creek, 1909
Sudama Setu
The late evening in the sea shores of Dwarka Beach
Pilgrims at Rukmani Temple
A street vendor in Dwarka
Dwarakadhisa Temple
Rukmini Devi Temple
Lighthouse at the Dwarka Point
Bet Dwarka coast
Nageshwar Mandir
An American Guru distributing love of God among Indians and others in Dwarka

Dwarka is one of four sacred Hindu pilgrimage sites collectively called the Chardham, and is one of the seven-most-ancient religious cities (Sapta Puri) in India.


Coastal city and a municipality in the state of Odisha in eastern India.

King Indradyumna of Ujjayani credited with building the original Puri Jagannath temple in 318 AD
Govardhana matha main gate
H.H Jagadguru Swami Nischalananda Saraswati, The Shankaracharya of Puri
The Atharanala Bridge dating back to the 16th century at the entrance of Puri
Samudra arati of worship of the sea by disciples of the Matha at Puri
The main entrance of the Jagannath Temple
Markandeshwar Tank
Sunrise at Puri Sea Beach
Main entrance of the Gundicha Temple
Sea at Swargadwar of Puri
Puri sea sunrise
Puri sea beach viewed from the light house
The Grand Road near the Jagannath Temple
The Ratha Yatra in Puri in modern times showing the three chariots of the deities with the Temple in the background
Pahandi bije during Ratha Yatra at Puri
The Narendra Tirtha tank where ceremonies of Chandan Yatra are performed
Images during the Snana Yatra.
Suna Besha or Golden Attire of Lord Jagannatha
A scene from a play being enacted during the Sahi Yatra
Sand art of a baby elephant
An applique art work
Odissi dancer
Samanta Chandra Sekhara College, Puri

It is one of the original Char Dham pilgrimage sites for Hindus.


Municipality in the Ramanathapuram district of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

Map of Ramsetu's Bridge (a chain of limestone shoals) and environs, before the cyclone of 1964.
A street in Rameswaram
Rameswaram Island Aerial view from Pamban Bridge
Road and rail bridge
Rameswaram TV tower
People taking a holy dip in Agni theerth, Bay of Bengal
Fishing boats in Rameswaram
NASA satellite photo: Rameswaram on top, Sri Lanka at the bottom of the photo

Together with Varanasi, it is considered to be one of the holiest places in India to Hindus and is part of the Char Dham pilgrimage.

Badrinath Temple

Hindu temple dedicated to Vishnu which is situated in the town of Badrinath in Uttarakhand, India.

The temple with steps leading to the entrance
Tapt Kund hot springs next to Badrinath Temple, enclosed inside bath house
Nara and Narayana
Badrinath Temple at night
Alaknanda River in Badrinath
View of the temple during Summer

The temple is considered one of the holiest Hindu Char Dham (four divine) sites, comprising Rameswaram, Badrinath, Puri and Dwarka.


Indian word for a place of practice with facilities for boarding, lodging and training, both in the context of Indian martial artists or a sampradaya monastery for religious renunciates in Guru–shishya tradition.

A ceremonial procession of akhara marching over a makeshift bridge over the Ganges river, during Kumbha Mela at Prayagraj, 2001
The historic Jarasandha's Akhara at Rajgir, mentioned in the Mahabharata.
Youth in langota harvesting lotus in pond, 850 CE
Front facade of Naya Udasin Akhara, Kankhal
Nashipur Akhara Chandeliers.
A young boy practising, Gatka, SIkh martial art of Udasi Akhara.

He also popularised the Char Dhams during the rein of Katyuri dynasty of Garhwal Kingdom.


Sanskrit term denoting resplendence, wealth and prosperity, primarily used as an honorific.

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Shri is also the avatar of Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, fortune, power, beauty and prosperity.

Shri Kshetra, name of the Puri Jagannath Dham, Odisha. One of the four Dhams in the Hindu religion.