Gangotri Temple - Religious Shrine of Goddess Ganga
“Gangotri” - Known as the Motherland of Ganges. Gangotri is a religious destination dedicated to Goddess Ganga, Situated in the heart of Uttarkashi district in the state of Uttarakhand. The holy place is popular for Gangotri, located at an elevation of 3750 mts above the sea level. Gangotri is a beautiful pilgrimage site and one of Chardham. Thousands of the tourists from all around the country visit this popular destination. The beautiful Mountains, snow capped peaks, charming glacier, amazing Trekking and dedication of Devotees, makes the destination more attractive and charming. Gangotri is a religious site and the temple opens on the day of Akashya Tritiya in the last week of April or First week of May and the temple close after two days of Diwali on the day of Bhai Duj. The temple was found by the Adi Shankracharaya and the present temple was built by the Gorkha Commander Amar Singh Thapa in 18th century. According to the legend, the temple has a great history. The king Bhagirath did a serious penance to impress the Goddess Ganga for salvation of his ancestors and the Goddess Ganga agreed to come down on the earth. Then the Lord Shiva locked River Ganga in his luscious to save the entire mankind. The River Ganga is known as the Bhagirathi in Gangotri and before the confluence with Alaknanda at Devprayag it is also known as Ganga River. Gaumukh Glacier is source of River Ganga and the Glacier is situated 18 km from Gangotri Temple. Gaumukh is the second largest glacier of India offered the beautiful 18 km trekking. During the winters when the roads blocked and the destination is not accessible due to heavy snowfall, the idol of Goddess Ganga is transferred to Mukhba Village. Mukhba is the winter seat of Goddess Ganga and the idol is worshiped here for the next six months. Apart from a religious destination it also offered the some beautiful trekking points like Tapovan, Gaumukh, Bhojbasa, Gangotri Glacier etc. Due to pleasant weather, the best time to visit is May to mid July and again September to October. Surya kund, Jalmagan Shivlinga, Gangani, Dharali, Bhaironghati, Bhojbasa, Harsil, Jalmagan Shivlinga etc are the other major attraction of the place. The destination is well connected by Air, Railway and Roadways. Jolly Grand Airport is the nearest Airport, Rishikesh Railway is the nearest Railhead and the destination is well connected to the motorable road with uttarakhnad. The lot of Accommodation options are available here like Ashrams and Budget Hotels. It is an ideal destination for Adventure lovers.
Places to visit near Gangotri Temple
• Bhojbasa is a beautiful spot offered 14 km trek from Gangotri.
• Jalmagan Shivlinga is a natural formed Rock Shivlinga, appeared during the winter season when the water level goes down.
• Harsil is a charming village situated at the bank of Bhagirathi River.
• Dharali is a picturesque spot nestled on the bank of River Ganga.
• Surya Kund is a pilgrimage spot situated near the Gangotri Temple.
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