Gangotri is located in river bank of river Ganga which is height of 3,100 meters (approx.) at Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. It is the second holly shirne in site of Chota Chardham Yatra Uttarakhand. The connection with river Ganga makes it very important to all the hindus. Holly river Ganga originates from the Gangotri glacier at Gaumukh(18 km). According to hindu methodology Goddess Ganga released from the hair lock of Lord Shiva to wash the sins of King Bhagirath’s ancestors. Ganga is always clean sins of mankind and it’s really a spiritual to come to Gangotri.
History & Legends about Yamunotri
As Hindu myths it is said that king Sagara, grandfather of king Bhagirath slayed on earth. To show his power and supremacy he decided to do Ashwamedha Yaga, in this process, there is a horse who set free to go to other kings empires without any interruption. Doing this Indra and other feared of throne so he decides to catch the horse and tied in the ashram fo Sage Kapila who was in meditation.
As soon as kings soldiers feel that they have lost the horse, kings send 60,000 sons to search the horse. While searching they find the horse tied in Saga Kapila ashrams where he was meditating. They found the horse and fire the full ashram and it disturbs the rishi Saga Kapila meditation get disturbed and open fiery eyes turn them into ashes and also cursed them their soul not get Moksha until their ashes not washed by the river Ganga. Bhagirath, the grandson of King Sagara in order to free his ancestors performed rigorous penance for a 1000 long years to please Ganga to come down to the earth. As soon as Ganga’s water touched the ashes of the 60,000 sons of Bhagirath’s ancestors get moksha. Stone, where Bhagirath meditated, is known as the Bhagirath Shila which is located fairly close to the Gangotri Temple.
It is said that Ganga a beautiful woman King Shantanu. Bheeshma, was the child of Ganga who played a very crucial role throughout Mahabharata.
How to Reach Yamunotri Temple
Delhi – Haridwar – Rishikesh – Narender nagar – Tehri – Dharasu Bend – Uttarkashi – Bhatwari – Gangnani – Harsil – Gangotri.
BY AIR: Jolly Grant airport, Rishikesh Road. Hire a cab.
BY TRAIN: Train to Haridwar Rishikesh and Dehradun are available at all times of the year. Hire a cab.
BY BUS: Gangotri is connected with motorable roads, and buses and taxes from important destinations like Rishikesh, Dehradun, Uttarkashi, and Tehri Garhwal are easily available.
Best Time to Visit
Summer: April or May to June
Winter: August to October/November
Distacnce To Gangotri
Delhi To Yamunotri: 500 km
Rishikesh to Yamunotri: 270km
Dehradun to Yamunotri : 240 km