One of the most sacred destinations to salvation and redemption, the Uttarakhand Char Dham Yatra is meant for the holy devotees round the world. A spiritual trip to the holy lands of Uttarakhand will really bring a piece of pacification and spiritual uplifting among all the tourists coming across the sacred valleys of the Himalayas.
Out of all the pious shrines in Uttarakhand, the Gangotri Dham has its own importance. Being savored as the origin of the river Ganges through the Gangotri basin; the Bhagirathi River acts as the ultimate way of attaining salvation. At a distance of 98 kms from Uttarkashi and 228 kms from the Yamunotri temple, the Gangotri Temple resides at an elevation of 3048 meters. The shrine of Goddess Ganges is the emblem of purity, chastity and power.
According to the mythology, Goddess Ganges descended to the earth to absolve the sins of the humans and for the welfare of mankind to release them from sufferings; being pleased with the meditation of King Bhagirath; and so the name Bhagirathi is also known to the Ganges. 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. 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.
The water of River Ganga is believed to be amrit (nectar) and is thus considered a holy drink.
The temple of Goddess Ganges was being constructed in the early 18th century by a Gorkha commander, Amar Singh Thapa.
The shrine of Gangotri is open with great ceremonies and illustrations in the April end on the propitious day of Akshaya Tritiya. A special Puja of Goddess Ganga is performed inside the temple as well as on the bank of River Ganges. The temple closes on the biggest Hindu festival, Diwali when again the formal ceremony is performed with a Puja.
Other famous touring spots in Gangotri Dham
An amazing cluster of glaciers, the Gangotri basin can be reached easily on a bike ride. Moreover, it is a great fun for the adventure lovers. Not only will the beautiful natural surroundings of the place, but also the beautiful flora and fauna will take the breath out of you. It is in fact a must visit for all who are on Gangotri Dham tour.
Yet another enthralling location on Gangotri Yatra is the Pandu Gufa. It has a holy shrine called Bhagirath Shila. The place is believed to be the spot where King Bhagirath meditated. This place is also being known for finding your dreams come true and this is the reason, many Hindu pilgrims throng at this place.
Submerged Shivling is another fascination of the famous Gangotri Dham. Lord Shiva, the most believed Hindu God has greatest significance at this place with the presence of the natural submerged Shivling and therefore visited by thousands of devotees every year. It is supposed to be a natural Shivling. This astounding stature is most visible in winters when water levels decline in the river.
How to reach there
Gangotri Yatra is most popularly reached from Rishikesh (12 hours away) via Uttarkashi (six hours away). 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 that’s a great way to attain spiritual regeneration.