Gangotri

Gangotri

By | Update Date: February 07, 2021, 13:12 IST

TheGangotriDham located in the greater Himalayan range at an altitude of 3102 metres (10176 ft) from sea level in Uttarkashi district is considered to be the origin of impure Pavani Ganga. However, the origin source of Ganga is at an altitude of 3892 metres in the Gangotri Glacier at Gomukh, about 19 kms away from here. It is believed that the ancestors of Sriram and Chakravarty Raja Bhagirath of Raghunkul had done the harsh austerity of Lord Shiva here. With the grace of Shiva, goddess Ganga touched the Earth at this place. This is where in the 18th century, Garhwal's Gorkha general Amar Singh Thapa built the present temple. Which is made of shiny 20 feet high stones of white granite.

King Madho Singh II of Jaipur renovated the temple in the year 1935. Which shows a glimpse of Rajasthani style in the structure of the temple. Here, a natural rock in the form of shivling is submerged in theRiverBhagirathi. They say that there was no temple in ancient times. In the yatra season, statues of deities were kept on the platform near Bhagirathi Shila. They were brought here from the villages of Shyam Prayag, Ganga Prayag, Dharali, Mukhba, etc., and were returned to these places in winter. ET Atkinson writes in the Himalayan Gazetteer (volume-three, part one) that the Gangotri Administrative Unit was a part of the strip and the ground during the British's Taknaur regime. Inside the temple complex was a small house for the priest and a shady wooden structure for the pilgrims outside.

Nearest Airport: Jaungrant-226 km

Nearest Railway Station: Rishikesh 251 km

Road: Other prominent places including Haridwar - Rishikesh.

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