From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Dhāma literally means ‘abode’.

The word dhāma refers to an abode, a sacred place or a place of pilgrimage. ‘Caturdhāma’ (Cār Dhām in Hindi) are four well known places of pilgrimage:

  1. Badarīnātha in the North
  2. Jagannāthapuri or Puri in the East
  3. Rāmeśvara in the South
  4. Dvārakā in the West


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore