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Shri Gangotri Dham

 

Char Dham pilgrimage tour is meant to reconcile you with your moral and spiritual self. The tour satisfies your spiritual urges and rejuvenates the mind and soul. The Hindu pilgrim town of Gangotri, which is the origin of the sacred River Ganges, attracts many tourists every year. The town is perched at an elevation of 3,100m on the Greater Himalayan Range along the banks of the River Bhagirathi.

One of the four sites constituting the Chota Char Dham pilgrimage circuit, the town is named after the the Gangotri temple which was originally built by Gurkha general Amar Singh Thapa. The town is located on the northernmost part of the state of Uttarakhand close to the Indo-Tibetan border in Uttarkashi district.

While winter is freezing cold, summer is pleasant with rains hitting the region in the months of May and June. For the devotees, the doors to Gangotri Dham are open only in the period from May to November.

Historical and Religious Aspects of Shri Gangotri Temple:

According to the legend of "Submerged Shivlingam," King Sagar was organizing an Ashwamedha Yajna to proclaim his supremacy after he had slain the demons on earth. The horse which was to be accompanied by his 60,000 sons born to Queen Sumati and one son to Asamanja born of the second queen Kesani, however was stolen by Indra, the supreme leader of the gods; Indra feared that if the 'Yagya' (worship with fire) was successful, King Sagar would be able to defeat him and strip him of his celestial throne. He took away the horse and left in the ashram of Sage Kapil, who at that time was in deep meditation. When the sons of King Sagar found the horse tied to the ashram, they created a commotion which caused the sage to open his eyes. But the moment he opened his eyes, all the sons of the king were cursed and perished. It is believed that Bhagiratha, who was the grandson of King Sagar, meditated to please goddess Ganga so that the ashes of his ancestors get cleaned and their souls liberated and that they finally attain Moksha.

One can witness a natural rock formation in the image of a "Shivling", submerged in the river which is an amazing sight and reinforces beliefs among the people. The picturesque pilgrimage site in the hinterlands of the Himalayas is held very sacred by the Hindus, because it was the spot where Ganga, the stream of life, descended on earth for the first time.

Gangotri tour takes you to the 18th century Gangotri temple which is an exquisite 20 ft high structure made of white granite; people usually come here to catch a glimpse of Goddess Ganga who is considered to be one of the incarnations of Shakti(power). Taking a dip in this river, according to Hindu mythology, cleanses one of his sins.

General Information About Gangotri:

Altitude: 3,100m

Temperature: Summer: Max. 20C
Min. 6C

Winter: Sub-Zero

Clothing:

April to August: - Light woollen
Sept to March: - Heavy woolens

Language/Dialects: Garhwali, Hindi & English
Best Season: May to June and September to October.

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