Many of the residents of Braj have never been to this most auspicious area which was created by Shri Krishna so that his parents would not have to travel to the Himalayas to perform char dham yatra (pilgrimage of the four Holy Dhams).
If the area was promoted then more local and domestic tourists would make the journey, and many would feel very blessed at being able to get the benefits of a long Himalayan pilgrimage without having to leave Braj or take a ten day trip into the Himalayas. It is commonly thought that going on char dham yatra is necessary to achieve salvation.
The lila behind Braj’s char dham yatra is that Nanda Maharaj was anxious that he was getting older and did not have any children, so, he made a vow that if he was blessed with a son, he would go on char dham yatra.
As well as providing darshan of the four Dhams – Badrinath, Kedarnath, Yamunotri and Gangotri – there are also some pilgrimage sites here that one can not get darshan of in the Himalayas, like Laksman Jula. Laksman Jula is a stone protruding from the mountain. It is said that Shri Laksman sat here for meditation. Another specialty of Braj’s char dham yatra is that, close to the Gangotri and Yamunotri streams, there is a stone on which Shri Krishna’s footprint can be seen.
Path to Kedarnath temple →
While work is underway to beautify Vrindavan, we can only hope that this out of the way place gets developed soon. Presently, there are no toilet facilities and no accommodation close to Braj’s Badrinath temple. There are drinking water facilities near the Badrinath temple and some fast food sellers, but the lack of cleanliness of the nearby Tapas Kund is disappointing.
The road to Braj Badrinath passes through Alwar and through the fields to Pasopar village in the Kaman District of Rajasthan. This stop on the Braj Mandal Parikrama is around 8 kilometres from the stop before – Khoh village.
Behind the Badrinath temple, there are two streams representing Yamunotri and Gangotri. There is a gate at the back of the temple leading to a hiking trail. After a half kilometre walk through the mountains, devotees reach the Yamunotri and Gangotri streams and the Yamuna Maharani and Ganga Devi temple. The best time to visit is July-August because the streams dry up at other times of the year.
Closeby is Braj’s Kedarnath, where devotees can have darshan of a Shiva ling in a cave at the top of a hill and can take darshan of the Shri Ram temple at the bottom of the hill.
Braj’s char dham yatra is the furthest point from the center of Braj on the Braj Mandal Parikrama. From here, the parikrama starts heading back.