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Yamunotri - Gangotri
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2 DHAM: YAMUNOTRI - GANGOTRI
Yamunotri
The sacred shrine of Yamunotri, situated near the source of the river Yamuna, is the westernmost shrine in the Garhwal Himalayas. The chief attraction at Yamunotri is the temple devoted to goddess Yamuna and the holy thermal springs at Jankichatti. The temple opens on Akshay Tritiya (April/May).

The actual source is a frozen lake of ice & glacier (Champasar glacier also known as Yamunotri Glacier) located on Kalind mountain at the height of 4421 m above sea level, about 1 km from the temple but is not visited generally as it is not accessible and hence the shrine has been located on the foot of the hill. The path to the glacier is extremely difficult and therefore pooja is offered at the temple itself.

The Yamunotri temple is on the left bank of Yamuna constructed by Maharaja Pratap Shah of Tehri Garhwal. The deity is made of black marble. The Yamuna like Ganga has been elavated to the status of divine mother for the Hindus and has been held responsible for nurturing and developing the Indian civilization.

Suryakund is a very important Kund close to the temple. Near the Suryakund there is a shila called Divya Shila, which is worshipped before pooja is offered to the deity. The pujaris of Yamunotri belong to the village of Kharsali near Jankichatti. They take care of the administration of the temple and perform religious rites. They are all well versed in the Hindu Shastras. Kharsali is also the winder abode of mother Yamuna. Her brother Shani Dev travels up to escort her back to Kharsali. When the temple closes or winters on Yama Dwitiya (second day after Diwali) ,Yamuna’s doli is taken to Kharsali – with pomp and ritual -- where the pandits and purohits spend the winter months and where she is worshipped during the winter season.

Gangotri
The revered shrine of Gangotri, situated at an altitude of 3,200 m, constitutes one of the most important pilgrimages for the Hindus.

Every year thousands of pilgrims pray at the sacred shrine between May & October. The Pujaris of the temple come from the village of Mukhwa. The water from Gangotri is carried to offer to Lord Shiva, specialy during the Kanwar Mela. It is believed that this water has Amrit (nectar) in it and soothes the throat of Shiva who gulped the poison after “Samudra Manthan” The Shrine of Gangotri opens on the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya. The temple’s opening is preceded by a special Puja of Ganga on the bank of the river as well as in the temple. The temple closes on the day of Diwali followed by a formal closing ceremony amidst a row of oil lamps. It is believed that the Goddess retreats to Mukhwa, her winter abode (12 km downstream).

Special pooja is done on Janamshtami, Vijaydashmi and Diwali.

Yamunoti Gangotri Yatra Tour Itinerary