Shrine Locations near Yamunotri
River Yamuna comes out from Yamunotri, and River Ganga from Gangotri. Both the rivers of religious nature, both Yamunotri and Gangotri come within the tour circuit that comprises of visit to Kedarnath and Badrinath as well. The famous Chardham Yatra is related to Yamunotri.
Before entering the temple one worships a Shila that is seen near its door. Within the temple is a black stone slab. On this we find a figure of Yamuna which is bathed, decorated and offered holy offerings every day. People come here to get rid of their sins by bathing in the holy springs and for seeking the blessings of the Mother.
Surya Kund is just next Yamunotri Temple. It is a thermal spring. The place is named after father of Yamuna. Thermal Spring Water of other springs falls into Surya Kund and then carried forward to the Shrine.
River Ganga and Yamuna meet for the first time after their origin at Hanuman Chatti. The place is 13 km from Yamunotri. Dodital Trek begins from this spot.
Reaching the Pilgrimage Site
One can fly to Dehradun Jolly Grant Airport on Vayudoot or any other private plane. From there buses and taxis are easily available to Hanuman Chatti. People either go on foot or take a pony to Yamunotri. There are many who prefer to be carried in a palanquin to the temple.
Tourist Spots of Yamunotri
Yamunotri is the place from where River Yamuna starts its journey from the great Himalayan ranges to downhill towards the plains. A temple dedicated to the river Goddess stands at the place from where the river starts its journey. Prayers are offered to the Goddess of this River on a daily basis. Yamuna is considered to be the daughter of Sun God and is worshipped in full faith by the Hindus. The settlement of Yamunotri is one of the pilgrimage destinations in the Great Himalayas.
The temple dedicated to Yamuna is the first and foremost attraction around this place. The structure was built in 1839 through the efforts of Tehri Naresh Sudarshan Shah. The earthquakes around the area have been responsible for the damages incurred by the temple again and again. It has been renovated many times. The shrine holds a black stone in its interior on which is engraved an image of Devi Yamuna. There are many beautiful hot water springs around the temple.
Surya Kund is quiet near to the temple. The Kund is named after the father of Yamuna, the Sun God. Boiling potatoes in the hot water is a common sight one comes across at this place. People tie few potatoes in a muslin cloth and dip them in the spring water for some time. They come out boiled and are then offered to the deity before devouring them. Some even add salt to them before dipping.
Usually some religious story is connected to every place and thing that is worshipped. Divya Shila is also considered to be a holy stone at the entrance to the Yamunotri Temple.
Saptarishi are seven sages who are considered to be immortal. A seven star constellation by their name is visible in the sky at night. Saptarishi Kund is supposed to be the actual starting point of River Yamuna. The Kund is perpetually seen to be covered with ice. Few people venture to the Kund because of the difficult route that leads to it. The place is 12 km from the temple. One comes across the famous and rare Brahma Lotus in this Kund. The waters of the Kund when visible are clear and blue in colour. Slate stones can be seen on its banks. A visit to the Kund requires one full day of the Char Dham Tour.