amidst sprawling Garhwal Hills, Yamunotri
revered pilgrim spots in the state of Uttarakhand. It is one of the Char
Dham in India and holds great religious importance. Yamunotri
is the source of sacred river Yamuna and also the abode of goddess Yamuna.
It is famous for its thermal springs, glaciers and scenic locales. In
effect, it is one of the must visit places from travel and tourism point of
According to Hindu mythology, this hilly spot was once the
abode of an ancient sage by the name, Asit Muni. Owing to its legendary
significance, thousands of devotees visit this silent yet hustling-bustling
pilgrimage place. There are a many worth visiting places here, one of the
most important being the Yamunotri temple
. This temple was
built by Maharani Gularia of Jaipur in the 19th century. The shrine is
dedicated to goddess Yamuna.
She resides here in the form of a
silver idol adorned with garlands. It is believed that a holy dip in the
sacred water of river Yamunotri
here relieves everyone
from a painful death. This is because she is the sister of Yama, the God of
Death. As a result, pilgrims visit the place in order to seek the blessings
of Yamuna and save themselves from the agony of death. Apart from this there
is Surya Kund which is known for its thermal springs.
temperature of the water here is approximately 190 degree Fahrenheit. Also,
there are a number of hot water pools here, which are used to cook rice and
potato as Prasad (holy offerings to God). Divya Shilla is a rock pillar
here, which is worshipped by the devotees before entering the Yamunotri
. Other tourist places near Yamunatri
Chatti, Hanuman Chatti and Saptrishi Kund.