Thursday, 14 June 2012

Do Dham Yatra - Yamunotri and Gangotri

Do Dham Yatra - Yamunotri and Gangotri

Distance: Delhi- Yamunotri- Gangotri- Rishikesh-Haridwar-Delhi

Yamunotri Temple

YAMUNOTRI TEMPLE - The Yamunotri Temple is the major attraction of this place. Built in the 19th century by Maharani Gularia of Jaipur, the temple was destroyed twice. The first time it was destroyed by a major earthquake in 1923. It was subsequently rebuilt only to be damaged again in 1982. The temple is dedicated to Yamuna, a river considered sacred by the Hindus. The river has its source 1 km beyond the temple. Many interesting legends are related to this place. According to one of them, Yamuna was the daughter of Surya and Sangya. Yamuna is also considered the sister of Yama, the God of deth.

Surya Kund

SURYA KUND - This hot water pool, considered sacred, is used to prepare the prasad or holy offerings to the deity. The prasad, an offering of rice and potatoes is tied in the cloth bags and dipped in the water of the pool. The water is so hot that within no time the prasad gets cooked. The Surya Kund, a thermal spring, is famous for its curative properties. The temperature here is as high as 190°F. The pool is named after Surya or the sun god, the father of Yamuna.

DIVYA SHILA - Divya Shila literally means blessed or heavenly rock. It is customary to worship this rock pillar before entering into the Yamunotri temple. A must visit for all tourists .

Gangotri Temple

GANGOTRI TEMPLE - The most important attraction in Gangotri is its temple believed to have been built in the 18th century by a Gorkha commander, Amar Singh Thapa. The temple was renovated in the 20th century by the Maharaja of Jaipur. It is a white marble structure with a height of 20 feet. The statue is taken to Mukhimath village for six months every year during the winters and worshipped there.

SUBMERGED SHIVLING (JALMAGNA SHIVLING) - Situated near the main temple, this natural Shivling (Shivling is the phallic form of Lord Shiva) is said to be the place where Ganga was received by Lord Shiva in his locks. The Shivling is visible in the winters only when the water is clear.


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