Panch Prayag
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Panch Prayag

June 30, 2009 | Post By: Vinay Dobhal | Editor: Jyoti Painuly




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.



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.

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