Yamunotri - Char Dhams
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Yamunotri - Char Dhams

June 30, 2009 | Post By: Vinay Dobhal | Editor: Neha Dhyani




Yamunotri, The Sacred Jewel Of The Himalayas - The Shrine of Yamunotri at the source of river Yamuna is the western - most shrine in the Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. Yamunotri is famous for its temple devoted to goddess Yamuna and thermal springs at Jankichatti and glaciers. Atop is a flank of Bandar Poonch peak (3615 m). Yamunotri is the source of the Yamuna River and the seat of the goddess Yamuna. The actual source, a frozen lake of ice and glacier (Champasar Glacier) located on the Kalinda Parvat at 14,502 ft. above sea level is about 1 km further up is not easily accessible. Hence the shrine has been located on the foot of the hill.

Devotess take water from Yamunotri and offer it to Lord Krishna in thier homes during any occasion related to Lord Krishna. It is beacuse Godess Yamuna is believed to be the fourth among the eight principal queens of Lord Krishna.

The tiny Yamuna has icy cold water with absolute innocence and infantile purity. The actual temple is only accessible by a six km walk from the town of Hanuman Chatti (horses or palanquins are available for rent). Yamunotri is a full day's journey from Rishikesh, Haridwar or Dehradun.

Devotess take water from Yamunotri and offer it to Lord Krishna in thier homes during any occasion related to Lord Krishna. It is beacuse Godess Yamuna is believed to be the fourth among the eight principal queens of Lord Krishna.

The tiny Yamuna has icy cold water with absolute innocence and infantile purity. The actual temple is only accessible by a six km walk from the town of Hanuman Chatti (horses or palanquins are available for rent). Yamunotri is a full day's journey from Rishikesh, Haridwar or Dehradun.


Origin

The current temple of Yamunotri is of recent origin, as past iterations have been destroyed by the weather and elements. The Yamunotri temple was built in the year 1839 by Tehri Naresh Sudarshan Shah and later the temple was built by Pratap Shah.


What the history says

It is widelt believed and said that Yamunotri was the home of Asit Muni, a famous sage of ancient times. Due to the natural calamities the temple has been destroyed several times. In 1994 Surajmal Jalan Trust renovated the temple. Now Yamunotri temple is under the Panch Panda Samiti.


Best time to visit

Like Gangotri, the shrine of Yamunotri opens every year on the auspicious day of Akshaya-Tritiya ( in April-May ) & closes on the sacred day of Diwali ( Oct.-Nov. ). The temple is closed for the winter season and the deity is taken to Kharsali Village (2 km from Janki Chatti across the river) during winter.


How to reach ?

Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Yamunotri situated at a distance of 210kms. It is well connected to Delhi with daily flights. Hanuman Chatti is directly not connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport but taxis are available from Jolly Grant Airport to Hanuman Chatti. Helicopter services are also available till Yamunotri from Dehradun.
The nearest railway stations to Yamunotri are Rishikesh and Dehradun. Dehradun railway station is situated 175kms from Yamunotri and Rishikesh railway station is situated 200kms before Yamunotri on NH58. Rishikesh and Dehradun are well connected by railway networks with major destinations of India. Trains to Rishikesh are frequent. Hanuman Chatti is well connected by motorable roads with Rishikesh and Dehradun. Taxis and buses are available from Rishikesh, Tehri Garhwal, Uttarkashi and Barkot and many other destinations to Hanuman Chatti.
Yamunotri is directly not connected with motorable roads and the trek commences from Hanuman Chatti. Hanuman Chatti is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand state. Buses to Rishikesh are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. Buses and Taxis to Hanuman Chatti are easily available from major destinations of Uttarakhand state like Rishikesh, Dehradun, Tehri, Barkot etc.


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