Gangotri - Char Dhams
Gangotri, The Eternal Gift Of Bhagirath's Penance - The shrine of Gangotri is situated amidst captivating surroundings, along the right bank of Bhagirathi is 100 km from Uttarkashi in Uttarkashi District. The ritual duties are supervised by the Semwal family of pujaris. The aarti ceremony at the Gangotri is especially impressive, as is the temple, a stately affair that sits on the banks of the rushing Ganga (Ganges River).
Gangotri is the source of the Ganga (Ganges) River and seat of the goddess Ganga. Gangotri can be reached in one day's travel from Rishikesh, Haridwar or Dehradun, or in two days from Yamunotri. Gangotri is also accessible directly by car and bus, meaning that it sees many more pilgrims. A small village of guesthouses and restaurants serves the pilgrim community. Adventurous pilgrims can make an overnight 17 kms. trek to Gaumukh, the actual current source of the Ganga.
The temple was constructed in the early 18th century by a Gorkha Commander Amar Singh Thapa. The existing temple is said to be the one reconstructed by the Jaipur dynasty.
What the history says
Acording to an old legend, King Bhagirathi did harsh worship to convince the gods to send the goddess Ganga from heaven to earth. Satisfied with Bhagirathi's prayer, Lord Shiva released the river Ganga. When river Ganga was coming to the earth in its full force, Lord Shiva caught her in his mighty locks of hair to save the Earth from destruction.
Best time to visit
The shrine of Gangotri opens every year on the auspicious day of Akshaya-Tritiya & closes on the day of Diwali. Every year hundred thousands of pilgrims visit the sacred shrine between May & October. The 20 feet structure temple's statue is taken to Mukhimath village, near Harsil for six months during the winter season.
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