Gangotri is situated at the bank of river Bhagirathi in Uttarkashi District of Uttrakhand located at a height of 3042 meters from the sea level.Gangotri is the origin of River Ganga and one of the four sites in the Chardham Yatra. Here, Ganga is known as Bhagirathi. It is believed that bathing in her waters brings deliverance from sins committed in the present and past births. The Holy River originates from Gaumukh in Gangotri glacier which is 19 Km from Gangotri.Gaumukh , the terminus or snout of the Gangotri Glacier , from where Bhagirathi River originates, is one of the primary sources of the Ganges River .
According to Hindu mythology, Goddess Ganga – the daughter of heaven, took the form of a river to absolve the sins of King Bhagirath’s predecessors, following his severe penance of several centuries. Lord Shiva entangled the heavy waves of the river in his deadly locks and since then the river is being considered so sacred and worshipped by the Hindu devotees.
Gangotri is famous for Gangotri Temple and popular Treks.Gangotri is a perfect place to enrapture in the serenity and sanctity as the place has a picturesque landscape. With the snow-clad Himalayas located in the vicinity and the Bhagirathi River flowing in eternity at this heavenly place, one can feel close to God in the blissful aura of Gangotri. It is the Gangotri basin where we find the origin of the sacred river and is being channelized into different forms at different location forming different major confluences. Gangotri is also the starting points for some trek routes like Tapovan, Bhojwasa, Gaumukh, Gangotri glacier, Gangotri national park, Shivling peak etc. Gaumukh glacier is the source of Bhagirathi River which is also known as Ganga River before the confluence with Alaknanda at Devprayag.The Gangotri temple was made with white stone by Amar Singh Thapa, Gorkha captain in the early 18th century . After Diwali the door of the temple are closed & reopened in May. During winters when Temple is closed due to the heavy snow fall , the idol of the Goddess is kept at Village Mukhab village near Harsil. It is believed that the holy river Ganga brings on the earth by the Lord Shiva in his hairs on this glacier. The main season to visit the Gangotri is starts from the month of April to Novemeber of every year. The main tourist attractions in and around the Gangotri town is Gangotri Temple, Bhagirath Shila, Pandav Gufa, Submerged Shivlinga.
One can reach the Gangotri town only by road. The place of origin of this holy river, Gangotri in Uttarkashi district is determined to be the holy place for the devotees and known as Shri Gangotri Dham where the Goddess Ganga is being worshipped by no. of devotees. This temple is made of white granite. According to the popular mythological belief, the water of River Ganges is like nectar for Lord Shiva and soothes his throat, as he consumed poison to save the world.Gangotri Yatra is most popularly reached from Rishikesh via Uttarkashi . It’s possible to take a bus or jeep to get there. With so many customary and sacred spots all around the Gangotri, a plan for Gangotri Dham Yatra is very benevolent and definitely thats a great way to attain spiritual regeneration.
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