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The Char Dham Quiz

By MAYUR SANAP
May 13, 2024 10:40 IST
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If you have been on the Char Dham yatra and believe you know about the Uttarkhand part of this holy circuit, test your knowledge with this quiz.

IMAGE: A view of the magical confluence of the Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers in Devprayag. Photograph: Mayur Sanap/Rediff.com
 

Uttarakhand's Char Dham is easily one of the most sought after holy treks in India for a multitude of reasons.

Located in the far-flung corners of the Garhwal region, these ancient temples hold phenomenal significance for Hindus.

While the original Char Dham Yatra refers to the four holy sites of Badrinath (Uttarakhand), Puri (Odisha), Rameswaram (Tamil Nadu) and Dwarka (Gujarat), we have narrowed down the focus to Uttarakhand for our special quiz.

This smaller circuit of the pilgrimage consists of Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath, and it is believed that every Hindu must take this spiritual journey once in their lifetime.

If you have been on this yatra before and believe you are well-versed with these Himalayan holy spots, test your knowledge with this quiz.

Keep clicking to go to the next question!

 
1. A Char Dham Yatra pilgrimage should begin from...
A. Gangotri temple
B. Yamunotri temple
C. Kedarnath shrine
D. Badrinath shrine
  B. Yamunotri temple
The Hindu tradition of parikrama suggests that the yatra should move from left to right. The pilgrimage commences from the Yamunotri temple, the western-most shrine dedicated to the goddess Yamuna.
It proceeds to the Gangotri temple, then moves to the Kedarnath temple, and finally concludes at the Badrinath temple.
 
2. Which of the four temples has the holy Tapt Kund?
A. Kedarnath
B. Badrinath
C. Gangotri
D. Yamunotri
  B. Badrinath
Located just below the Badrinath temple, Tapt Kund is a natural hot water spring where devotees take a dip before visiting the temple.
 
3. Which river flows near the Badrinath shrine?
A. Alaknanda
B. Pindari
C. Mandakini
D. Jadh Ganga
  A. Alaknanda
The Badrinath temple is located on the left bank of the Alaknanda river, which is one of the two major headstreams -- Alaknanda and Bhagirathi -- of the Ganga.
 
4. Where is the Jalamagna Shivling located?
A. Near Yamunotri temple
B. Near Kedarnath shrine
C. Near Gangotri temple
D. Near Badrinath shrine
  C. Near Gangotri temple.
Located near the Gangotri temple, the Jalamagna Shivling is a natural rock Shivling which is said to be visible only during the winter months. According to Hindu texts, it is where Lord Shiva held the Ganga in his dreadlocks.
 
5. Badrinath temple is believed to have also been a Buddhist shrine.
A. True
B. False
  A. True.
It is believed that the Badrinath temple was once also worshipped as a Buddhist shrine. The discernible Buddhist architecture of the temple indicates this.
 
6. Who built the temple of Kedarnath?
A. The Pandavas
B. Ashwatthama
C. The Kauravas
D. Adi Shankara
  A. The Pandavas.
According to religious texts, the original temple of Kedarnath was built by the Pandavas after they won the battle of Kurukshetra.
 
7. Who discovered the murti at Badrinath?
A. Govinda Bhagavatpada
B. Valmiki
C. Parashara Maharshi
D. Adi Shankaracharya
  D. Adi Shankaracharya.
The Badrinath murti was discovered by Adi Shankaracharya at the Alaknanda river. The original temple was built in the Garud Caves, near Tapt Kund.
 
8. The Badrinath Dham is dedicated to which god?
A. Shiva
B. Vishnu
C. Brahma
D. Kavir Dev
  B. Vishnu
The Badrinath Dham is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, who is considered the protector and preserver of the divine Hindu Trinity -- Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.
 
9. It is forbidden to blow a conch/shankh in the Badrinath temple.
A. True
B. False
  A. True, in case the sound of the conch summons a demon of that area, it is believed.
 
10. Kedarnath shrine is the highest Shiva temple in the world.
A. True
B. False
  B. False
At 12,106 feet, Tungnath is one of the highest Shiva temples in the world. The Kedarnath temple, by comparison, is located at 11,755 feet. Tungnath is one of the five Panch Kedar temples located in Uttarakhand.
 
  

 

 

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