Gangotri

Gangotri

At a Glance
Population
606
Area NA
Geo Location
North
Average Climate
8 °C - 15 °C
Best time to visit
Sept - Nov

Gangotri tourism is actually expression of gratitude towards the immense benefits (regarded as benevolence) that accrue from Ganga. Ganga, the holy river of India, is venerated as a goddess by the Hindus. Gangotri is at the origin of the sacred river, which has attracted millions of tourists since the dawn of history. A trip to this sacred place is tantamount to a journey to the soul of India. Its mystical ambience enchants with its peaceful and pure natural beauty. It is the ideal place to reconnect with Mother Nature. Majestically located in the Garhwal Hills in Uttarakhand, Gangotri is the place to visit at least once in his life. It is the seat of the goddess Ganga and an important site of Chota Char Dham Yatra. Millions of faithful and tourists come here in search of salvation. This place of pilgrimage is easily accessible in one day from Rishikesh, Haridwar or Dehradun. Here the summers are pleasant and the winters are too cold. The Gangotri Glacier is a group of several glaciers forming an immense mass of ice. The glacier is easily accessible. The road ends at the temple of Gangotri and from there a long track bridge of 17 km leads to the front of the glacier.

According to Hindu myths, Goddess Ganga that was in the paradise took the shape of a river to pardon the sins of King Bhagiratha's predecessors. As indicated by this legend, King Sagara, who killed the demons of earth, chose to arrange an Ashwamedha Yajna as a declaration of his matchless supremacy. The stallion which was to be gone up for a continuous voyage around the earth was to be joined by the King's 60,000 children born to Queen Sumati and one child Asamanja born of the second queen Kesani. Indra, the incomparable leader of the divine forces of paradise, might be deprived of the heavenly royal celestial throne if the "Yajna” succeeded. The Indra took away the stallion and tied it to the ashram of Sage Kapil, who was then in profound meditation. The children of the King Sagara looked for the stallion lastly found that it was tied close to the sage. Sixty thousand furious children of King Sagara raged the ashram of sage Kapil. When sage Kapil opened his eyes, the 60,000 children had all died, by the scourge of sage Kapil. Bhagiratha, the grandson of King Sagar, meditated to gratify Goddess Ganga enough to rinse the fiery remains of his ancestors and free their souls, allowing them salvation or Moksha.

Another amazing tale says that Goddess Ganga consented to come down on the earth, reacting to King Bhagirath's prayers however she additionally said that the earth would be crushed by the horrible and mighty force with which she would pour down. To spare humankind from such obliteration, Lord Shiva acted the hero and chose to hold the compelling Ganga on his locks. It is trusted that where Jalmagna Shivlinga lies was where Lord Shiva was situated to get the Goddess Ganga on his head as she descended. After Ganga began streaming on earth, the Gangotri temple was built to impart the goddess a shelter.

Gangotri, one of the sacred Hindu pilgrimages, is where, as per legends, Goddess Ganga descended on earth as a river from paradise. The frosty, whitey and monstrous mountains from where India's most sacred river originates, has its description in the text and scriptures. Gangotri is among the Chardham of Uttarakhand and most visited by devout devotees of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. It is one of the best places for voyagers, nature lovers, religious persons, and the adventurers, who are looking for peace and dire adventure to fill their life. Frosty Gangotri is set in the northern part of Uttarakhand State at an elevation of at 3,048 meters above sea level. Together with the natural magnificence, Gangotri is a prestigious pilgrimage where enthusiasts and devotees come in large numbers for prayers. The wonderful and sacrosanct Gangotri glacier, located in the Himalayas, is the origin place of the holy Ganges. It is the primary spot where river Ganga touched earth rising up out of mighty glacier of Gangotri. This glacier is the second longest glacier of Himalaya after Siachin.

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