Satopanth Lake and Swargarohini Glacier

Updated: Oct 1, 2021

There are many beautiful places in India, where beauty takes the mind. Here we are going to tell you about one of them, Satopanth Lake and Swargarohini Glacier.



Swargarohini
Mount Swargarohini


Swargarohini is located 30 km away from Badrinath Dham on Narayan Parvat. It is believed that the eldest Pandava "Dharmaraja Yudhishthira", accompanied by a dog, left for Heaven physically from Swargarohini.


How to reach Swargarohini?

To reach Swargarohini, devotees have to walk 30 km from Badrinath Dham towards Narayan Parvat in Uttarakhand. The journey takes three days as most of the route is covered with icebergs.



Swargarohini
Mount Swargarohini

On the way to Swargarohini, you can see the boundless natural beauty. Somewhere the waterfalls spread far and far away, the Bugyal mesmerizes the travellers and nature lovers.


The snow-capped hills all around provide immense peace to the mind, while the colourful flowers spread far and wide are seen welcoming the travellers.


The hills give a feeling of infinite peace. Wherever you look, hundreds of colourful flowers of different species are seen welcoming the travellers.


This peak is visible from various treks in Uttarakhand that includes Har Ki Dun Trek.


The first stop of this journey starting from Bhimpul on Saraswati river in Mana is Lakshmi Van at a distance of 9 km. It is believed that during the penance of Lord Narayana, Lakshmi got the boon of residing in this forest after becoming a Badri (plum tree) in the shade. After travelling ten km after Lakshmi Van, Chakratirtha falls.



Story of Pandavas


According to the legend, after leaving the palace, the five brothers and the Draupadi went to heaven by this route. Bhima, Arjun, Nakula, Sahadeva and Draupadi all died before reaching Swargarohini.


But, Dharmaraja Yudhishthira, accompanied by a dog, left the Pushpak Vimana to heaven. This belief further increased the importance of Swargarohini.


Way to Swargarohini


The journey to Swargarohini is very difficult. At a distance of 10 km from Badrinath Dham, Lakshmi Van, then 10 km ahead of Chakratirth and after that Satopanth falls 6 km further. From here, there are four kilometres of steep climb and the darshan of Swargarohini is done.


In ancient times, travellers used to stay overnight in the caves located at these stops. But, now travellers carry tents with them.


Satopanth Lake

During their ascension, the Pandavas took a bath in the Satopanth lake situated at an altitude of 14,300 feet. Therefore, this lake has special significance for the Hindus.


Satopanth Lake
Satopanth Lake

It is believed that Ekadashi, Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh themselves come here to take a bath.


Importance of circumambulation at Swargarohini


Swargarohini has a huge lake of 3 km diameter. Travellers do circumambulation of this lake after reaching Swargarohini. It is believed that by circumambulating the lake, they get virtue.


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