Chaar Dhaam A Guide to The Hindu Pilgrimages (Badrinath, Dwarka, Puri, Rameshwaram)

Chaar Dhaam A Guide to The Hindu Pilgrimages (Badrinath, Dwarka, Puri, Rameshwaram)

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Item Code: IDJ048
Author: Subhadra Sen Gupta
Publisher: Rupa & Company, Delhi
Edition: 2003
ISBN: 8129100797
Pages: 213 (48 Colour Illustrations)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.0" X 5.2"
Weight 420 gm
About the book:

The Chaar Dhaam are among the most sacred places of pilgrimage for the Hindus. These four sites – Badrinath, Puri, Rameshwaram and Dwarka- are among the first destinations of pilgrims when they want to go on a pilgrimage. In Temple towns that are not just places of pilgrimage but sacred spaces resonant with myths and legends. Explore the Himalayan dhaams, a celebration of the bounties of nature. Rameshwaram, sanctified by the holy presence of Lord Rama himself. Puri and its famous chariot festival and Dwarka, doubly blessed as it is both a saptapuri and a dhaam. A memorable journey, not only for the aspiring pilgrim but for all those interested in India's rich history.

About the Author:

Subhadra Sen Gupta is a well-known writer on Indian history and culture. A Masters Degree holder from the University of Delhi, she has always had a great fascination for the people, places and the history of India. Apart from her work on the four dhaams her books include the popular Devalaya: Great Temples of India, Devi – Devata: Gods and Goddesses of India and Tirtha: Holy Pilgrim Centres of the Hindus.

CONTENTS
Chapter 1 Going on a Tirtha 1
Chapter 2 Vishnu and His Dhaams 19
Chapter 3 A Palace for the Gods 34
BADRINATH
Chapter 1 Badrinath The Dhaam in the Himalayas 49
Chapter 2 The Badrinarayan Temple 60
Chapter 3 Other Sacred Places 64
Chapter 4 Kedarnath-Gangotri-Yamunotri 70
Chapter 5 Travelling to Badrinath 81
DWARKA
Chapter 1 Dwarka – Dwaravati: Krishna's Dhaam By the Sea 87
Chapter 2 The Dwarkadhish Temple 100
Chapter 3 Other Sacred Places 108
Chapter 4 Somnath, Prabhas Patan, Modhera 113
Chapter 5 Travelling to Dwarka 124
PURI
Chapter 1 Puri: Lord Jagannatha's Kingdom 131
Chapter 2 The Jagannatha Temple 141
Chapter 3 Other Sacred Places 152
Chapter 4 Konarak & Bhubaneshwar 156
Chapter 5 Travelling to Puri 168
RAMESHWARAM
Chapter 1 Rameshwaram: Lord Rama's Sacred Dhaam 175
Chapter 2 The Ramanathaswamy Temple 184
Chapter 3 Other Sacred Places 194
Chapter 4 Tiruppullani & Devipattinam 199
Chapter 5 Travelling to Rameshwaram 204
Glossary 209
Bibliography 213
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