Have you ever wondered why India is defined incredible? It is all because of its vividness and uniqueness that offers many attractions to the visitors. One such quality is its undefined pilgrimage approach that bounds too many pilgrims all across the world to catch the glimpses of heavenly sites. The land also feels proud of the presence of one of the most pious rivers in the world, “The Ganges”. River Ganga is believed to be the sacred source of purity and sanctity.
Every citizen will be pleased to hear the fact that Mr. Andrew Bain, the author from “Lonely Planet” (the most renowned travel website), has placed this sacred river at number one position in the top ten lists of world pilgrimage centre.
The Ganga is a 2,525 km long river that makes its start from the western Himalayas in Uttarakhand. This river is more than just flowing water but is being considered as the life itself. The river that brings purity, sanctity, prosperity, happiness and greenery all over India is worshipped as Goddess and thus has great religious significance.
The place from where the sacred journey starts is the famous glacier called Goumukh through the Gangetic plains of Northern India into Bangladesh. It is known as Bhagirathi at Goumukh; and between the confluence of Alaknanada River and Bhagitrathi, the river is turned into Ganga. The birth of Ganges and its significant value is due to a great historical myth. According to Hindu mythology, King Bhagirathi meditated Lord Shiva for many years constantly s as to bring down the river on the earth. The purpose was to bring salvation to his ancestors and to make them free from the curse. Therefore Ganga descended to earth through the dreadlocks of Lord Shiva and since then this river is the symbol of salvation and redemption. This is the reason why millions of pilgrims take a holy dip to Ganges at various regions to wash away all their sins.
The immense popularity of River Ganges also increased due to Chardham Yatra where Gangotri Dham is one of the major shrines in Chardham at Uttarkashi in Garhwal Himalayas. With Gangotri Yatra, devotees pay their visits to the shrine of Goddess Ganga and immerse their body in the holy streams of Ganga.
The shrine of Gangotri is elevated at the height of 3200 m above the sea level amidst the captivating surroundings of along the right bank of river Bhagirathi. The temple of Ganga has been opened for general public on Akshaya Tritiya and now devotees can catch the holy glimpses of Maa Ganga idol. The temple’s opening is preceded by a special puja of Ganga both inside the temple and at the bank of the river.
Gangotri Dham is one of the dhams among the Chardham tour. The other dhams are Kedarnath, Badrinath and Yamunotri and the devotees also visit these famous shrines along with the Gangotri shrine and complete their Chardham Yatra.
A puja and visit to Gangotri shrine and making a pious dip surely brings pacification and redption of mind and soul and is the best mode to sanctify your body. A devotee must mark his presence to these holy places along with the Gangotri shrine to admire the nature’s incredibility and amazements and to receive blessings from the Almighty.