The Panch Prayags


Panch Prayags

About Panch Prayags

30 June / 4:56 PM

Prayag meaning "confluence" in Sanskrit, constitutes a group of five sacred river confluences in the Garhwal Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand, India. This great river, emerges from the icy glaciers of the Himalayas. It starts with the Vishnu Prayag on the Alaknanda River, which is one of the two source streams of the most sacred river Ganges in the Garhwal Himalayas and other streams are the Dhauliganga, Mandakini, Pindar and the Bhagirathi - the head stream of the Ganges.

These five river confluences, are Vishnuprayag, Nandaprayag, Karnaprayag, Rudraprayag and Devprayag. Every year thousands of pilgrims travel to this beautiful and holy place to offer prayers to their Lord and get some fresh healthy air and peace of mind.

According to the Hindu Mythology when Goddess Ganga started descending to earth, to cherish the mankind, Earth was not able to face the force which Ganga had. To temper her force Ganga was splitted into 12 channels. The siblings again gets unite into single stream after Devaprayag.


Vishnuprayag

Vishnuprayag

This confluence is dark and mostly in the shadows. To make this confluence the river Alaknanda, the main tributary of the Ganga, rises near Badrinath and flows down to meet the Dhauli Ganga River, 10 kms north of Joshimath at VishnuPrayag. It cuts a deep gorge into the mountains.

Vishnu Prayag, 1372 m, has an ancient temple of Lord Vishnu which stands here next to a pool called Vishnu Kund.


How to reach

The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun which is about 280 km away from Vishnuprayag. One can easily get a cab or catch a bus on the Rishikesh-Devaprayag-Rudraprayag-Nandprayag-Joshimath route.
The nearest rail head is at Rishikesh. One can easily get a cab till Vishnuprayag or catch a bus fro Vishnuprayag.
Vishnuprayag is well connected by motorable roads to different parts of the state. Public and private buses make trips in and out of the city on regular basis connecting it to nearby towns and cities.



Nandprayag

Nandprayag

20 km from Karna Prayag, at this confluence in Nandprayag, there is a temple dedicated to Gopalji, Lord Krishna. At Nandprayag which is 190 kms short of Rishikesh on the Uttarkashi road, the River Nandakini joins with Alaknanda.

The place Nandprayag derives its name from Raja Nanda. According to one legend, the king Nanda was promised the boon (aashirwaad) that Vishnu will be his son. Unfortunately Devki got the same boon (aashirwaad) and got Krishna (Vishnu) as his son. To find the solution for this Vishnu took birth from Devki but was brought up by Yashodha, Raja Nanda's wife .


How to reach

Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun is the nearest airport 208Km from Nandprayag through Rishikesh-Devprayag-Rudraprayag.
Rishikesh railway station is the nearest railhead 192Km from Nandprayag. You can find bus and taxi from Rishikesh to Nandprayag.
Nandprayag is well connected through roadways from all the major cities like Nainital, Almora, Srinagar, Haridwar, Rishikesh,Dehradun, Karnaprayag, Devprayag, Rudraprayag and other towns of Uttarakhand. Delhi is 422Km from Nandprayag.

Karnprayag

Karnprayag

Situated at 12 km from Gauchar and 31 km from Rudraprayag, Karnprayag has two temples in this confluence, one dedicated to Goddess Durga (Uma) and other dedicated Karna (the tragic hero of the Mahabharata). At KarnPrayag Alaknanda meets with Pindar river which flows out of the Nanda Devi glacier to form this confluence.

It is believed that the hills surrounding Karnaprayag were the meeting ground for Shakuntala & Raja Dushyanta. The place KarnPrayag derives its name from Karna, the son of the Queen Kunti and Lord Surya (sun).


How to reach

The nearest Domestic Airport is Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, roughly three hour drive from Karanprayag. This airport is well connected to the other important cities like Delhi, Amritsar and Mumbai. The second nearest Domestic Airport from Karanprayag is Pantnagar Airport, roughly 255 Kms from Karanprayag.
The nearest Railway Station is Rishikesh Railway Station and is connected by the all major cities of Uttarakhand. It is situated on the New Delhi-Dehradun railway line and is linked with the cities like Rishikesh, Haridwar and Rudraprayag.
Karnaprayag is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand state, as it connects Garhwal region with Kumaon by NH87. Buses to Rishikesh and Srinagar are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate, Delhi. Buses and Taxis to Karnaprayag are easily available from major destinations of Uttarakhand state like Rishikesh, Pauri, Uttarkashi, Rudraprayag, Joshimath etc. Karnaprayag is situated on NH58 which connects Ghaziabad with Badrinath.



Rudraprayag

Rudraprayag

Named after Lord Shiva (Rudra), RudraPrayag has a Rudranath and Chamunda Devi temple at this confluence. At RudraPrayag, which is 137 kms from Rishikesh, the Alaknanda meets with the streams of Mandakini river. This place is also an important commercial place.

It is believed that here Narad worshipped Lord Shiva to master the mysteries of music. Lord Shiva then appeared in his Rudra incarnation to bless him. It is also believed Sati, Lord Shava's wife and King Himalayas daughter, was reborn here to ask the boon of Shiva as a husband once again. The ancient temple of Rudranathji is dedicated to Lord Shiva.


How to reach

Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Rudraprayag situated at a distance of 159kms. Jolly Grant Airport is well connected to Delhi with daily flights. Rudraprayag is well connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport. Taxis are available from Jolly Grant Airport to Rishikesh, Devprayag and Rudraprayag.
The nearest railway stations to Rudraprayag are Kotdwar, located at a distance of 173 km and Rishikesh, situated at a distance of nearly 140 km. This town also doesnt have any facility of railway. Nearest Railway station is in Dehradun too from where you can take bus or a taxi to reach this place. Major cities are connected with railway route to Dehradun, hence you can reach here easily.
Rudraprayag is well-connected by a good network of roads to nearly all the main towns and cities of the region namely Dehradun, Rishikesh, Kotdwar, Pauri, Joshimath, Gopeshwar, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Nainital, Almora and Delhi are well linked with Rudraprayag by motorable roads. From Delhi, one can take NH 58 to reach Rudraprayag which is about 337 Km away, via Meerut, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Devprayag and Srinagar. If you are coming by your own vehicle then you can reach this place by taking the hi

Devprayag

Devprayag

The most spectacular among all the confluences is the Devprayag Confluence, which is in Devprayag. 68 kms north of Rishikesh this place is the point where Alaknanda meets the Bhagirathi, coming from Gomukh, to form the mighty Ganga. This is the final Confluence from where Ganga starts. It comprises the oldest route to Badrinath and Gangotri. The famous Raghunath Math (another name for Lord Rama's Temple) is situated here. The beautiful view of Devprayag from the raod leading to Pauri is both scenic and picturesque.


How to reach

Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun is the nearest airport 87Km from Devprayag through Rishikesh.
Rishikesh railway station is the nearest railhead 71Km from Devprayag. One can find bus and taxi from Rishikesh to Devprayag.
Devprayag is well connected through roadways from all the major cities like Nainital, Almora, Srinagar, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Dehradun, Karnaprayag, Rudraprayag, Joshimath and other towns of Uttarakhand. Delhi is 302Km from Devprayag.


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