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Yamunotri


Yamunotri along with Badrinath, Kedarnath and Gangotri, forms the Chota Char Dham pilgrimage, sacred to Hindus. It is the source of River Yamuna and the abode of Goddess Yamuna. Famous for its thermal springs and glaciers, Yamunotri is located in Uttarkashi District of Uttarakhand. Yamuna originates from the Champasar Glacier, which is located below Banderpoonch peak.

The temple at Yamunotri is closed during winters — it closes on the Diwali day and reopens on the auspicious day of Akshaya-Tritiya (April/May). For the interim the village of Kharsali is home to the idol. Yamunotri is also believed to be the residence of sage Asit, who bathed both in the Ganga and the Yamuna every single day of his life, till one day when he was too old to travel to Gangotri and a stream of the Ganga appeared opposite Yamunotri for him. According to legend, Goddess Yamuna is the daughter of the Sun God and Devi Sanjna, the goddess of Conscience and the sister of Lord Yama, the God of Death. Pilgrims believe that performing holy ablutions in Yamuna guarantees a painless death.

The shrine of Yamunotri, situated on the left bank of River Yamuna, was first built by Maharani Gularia of Jaipur in the early 19th century. The temple was damaged during earthquakes and was rebuilt by Maharaja Pratap Shah of Tehri Garhwral, ruler of this region in the late 19th century.

Jankichatti

Situated at an elevation of 2,650 mts above sea level, JankiChatti is familiarly known for its hot water springs. Janki Chatti encompasses the last village in the region and it acts as the major hub for the pilgrims traveling to Yamunotri. Janki Chatti lies just 3 km from Yamunotri with its hot water springs proving to be a magnet for people. From here you can proceed to Kharsali, a lovely picnic spot.

The thermal springs of Janki Chatti acts as an inevitable part of the Yamunotri pilgrimage. Ponies and palanquins are available at Janki Chatti. Janki Chatti is surrounded by mountains on all sides and lies in close proximity of the Indo-China border.

Hanuman Chatti :

13 km from the region of Yamunotri in the hilly regions is Hanuman Chatti. Hanuman Chatti is also a popular trekking spot among the travellers. The hike from Hanuman Chatti to Yamunotri is very popular among the travellers. On the foothills of Surya Kund is Hanuman Chatti 13 kms off Yamunotri. This place marks the confluence of rivers Yamuna and Hanuman Ganga surrounded by lush Himalayan greenery. The place is also dotted with numerous small temples.

Surya Kund :
 

Surya Kund is one of the most important thermal springs located near the temple of Yamunotri. The temperature of the spring is hot enough to prepare Prasad for offering into the temple in the form of rice and potatoes. Rice mixed with salt along with potatoes is tied up with muslin cloth to be dipped into this spring for the content to be boiled. This prasada is offered to the temple deity after which the remaining is taken back home by the devotee. The temperature of Surya Kund is estimated to be around 88o Celsius.

It is a striking and important thermal spring some kilometers from Yamunotri devoted to the Sun God, the father of Yamuna. Temperature here is higher than the surroundings. The water is so hot that it is used to cook the Prasad. The Surya Kund is also famous for its curative properties. This hot water spring is dedicated to the Sun God, believed to be the father of Yamuna. It also consists of a hot water spring at a temperature of 1900 F. Devotees often fasten rice and potatoes in a cotton cloth, and dip it in the water to be cooked. This cooked food is then offered to the temple.

Badkot :
 

Located in the district of Uttarkashi in the state of Uttarakhand is the town of Badkot. It is considered as an important halt point in the religious Char-Dham Yatra of the Hindus. It is a hilly town, which is about 40 km from Dharasu and is popular for abundant Apple orchards. Badkot is also popular for the ancient temples located in the region, which is why most of the devotees stay near the holy shrine in tents as a part of their Char Dham Yatra. 49 kms off Yamunotri is Badkot, famous for its ancient temples and shrines.

Barkot or Badkot, lies about 49 km away from Yamunotri known for its peaceful atmosphere that promotes meditation. Visit the temples and shrines here and take a walk around on the mountain paths and admire the Bandarpoonch peaks of the Himalayas in the distance. From here you can see the Yamuna’s frothy waters as you walk through apple orchards.

 

Divya Shila :
 

Divya Shila is a pillar located near to the Yamunotri temple and is visited by the devotees before entering the temple itself because as per the religious rituals, the devotees have to make poojas here before entering the temple. Located at 3000 metres high, this rock pillar next to Surya Kund is another pilgrim attraction.

The Yamunotri temple is surrounded by thermal springs and the Divya Shila, which literally means heavenly rock. It is a custom to worship this rock before entering the Yamunotri temple.

Kharsali :

Located at a distance of 1 km from Yamunotri is the small village of Kharsali. The place is a popular picnic spot among the travellers because of its natural surroundings covered with natural springs and water falls. Located in the district of Uttarkashi, Kharsali is also visited by devotees, as the ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is also located here. The temple is a three-storied structure with stone carvings and wooden work.

Just off Janki Chatti is Kharsali, a lovely picnic spot sprinkled with a number of thermal springs, water falls and rolling meadows covered by Oaks and conifers. Lord Shiva in the Someshwar form inhabits an ancient 3-storied temple with beautiful wood work and stone carvings. Kharsali with its wild and rugged beauty will go straight to your heart. You will find meadows, mountains in the background, forests of fir and oak and hot water springs. Enjoy the view as you enjoy a picnic in the cool nippy air of the mountains.

Dodital :

The Dodital is a mysterious lake, which as per the mythological beliefs is the birthplace of Lord Ganesha. The reason why it is considered a mysterious lake is, its depth is still unknown to people. Furthermore, this wonderful marvel of the nature is situated at a height of around 3307 meters above the sea level and is beautifully enveloped by the dense woods of deodar, oak and rhododendrons.
Dayara Bugyal :
 

the local language of Uttarkashi, Bugyal means a high altitude meadow. One adjective needs to be added to this definition – a ‘beautiful’ high altitude meadow and this is what Dayara Bugyal is. Located at a height of 3048 meters, the Dayara Bugyal is a wonderful 28 kilometer stretched land of lush green carpet. The major highlight of the place is a small natural lake, Barnala Tal.

This was just a glimpse of the places in and around the Yamunotri Dham. If you desire to get the taste of real beauty and legends of all these places, you need to visit them in person.

Sapt Rishi Kund :
 

Another natural marvel counted among the best places for sightseeing in Yamunotri is the Sapt Rishi Kund. This natural lake with grayish blue water and pebbly bank is the source of River Yamuna. Adventure lovers are fond of visiting this lake as the trail to the Kund is not everyone’s cup of tea. This beautiful lake is also acknowledged for the presence of the exotic Braham Kamal (a rare flora species). So, basically, the Saptrishi Lake is a splendid spot that provides picturesque vistas of the nature.

A popular natural lake atop 4421 metres, it is considered to be where Yamuna originates. You can trek the 10 km path from Yamunotri, preferably with a guide. You will also meet many exotic birds and glaciers on your way. Hindus believe the Yamuna originates at Saptarshi Kund and as such it is held in high reverence. You will have to climb to a height of 4420 metres to reach the Kund where the lake, with its Brahma Lotuses and surrounding wild scenery, will keep you enthralled.



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