Gangotri

Know the Importance of Gangotri

 

One of the most pious among four Char Dham pilgrimage sites, Gangotri, closely associated to Goddess Ganga is situated in Uttarkashi. As the history of Gangotri River goes, Goddess Ganga transformed herself into a river to diminish the sins of the forefathers of remorseful King Bhagirath. Followed by this, Lord Shiva gathered Ganga into his heavily knotted locks to lessen the impact of her fall and ever since the famous Ganges has been associated with Lord Shiva. The sacred river transcends into the earth to release the sins of human beings, which is the prime reason of its importance. The origin of the River, Uttarkashi holds immense significance and is recognized as Shri Gangotri Dham, the shrine where thousands of pilgrims visit to worship Goddess Ganga. The white granite structured temple of the Goddess was made in 18th century. The divine structure sited at the height of 20 ft attracts devotees in huge numbers, who come to visit the holy glimpse of the Goddess Ganga.

Originating from Gangotri glacier and also known as Bhagirathi, river Ganga passes via Devaprayag and merges into Alaknanda River. Shri Gangotri Dham, also known as Gangotri temple was built by Gorkha Commander where pujaris of Semwal family regularly perform religious rituals in the form of Arti ceremony. Naturally submerged rock partially forming a Shivalinga along the Gangotri temple holds immense importance, as it is believed to be the place where Lord Shiva used his matted locks to entangle the wavy waters of holy River Ganga.

 

Charm of Gangotri

A perfect destination to forget the hustle-bustle of everyday life, Gangotri offers most pious atmosphere and serene views that attract more and more people from everywhere. The remarkable snow-clad mountains in the area and the clean and crystal clear water of the river flowing around add to the sacredness of the pilgrim place. Here, one feels closer to God like never before. At this sacred place, you can find vegetarian food that’s available at the local food joints or dhabas at reasonable prices. Always make a note that non-vegetarian food and alcoholic drinks are a strict no-no at the pious site.

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