Yamunotri

Yamunotri is the source of the Yamuna river located in the state of Uttarakhand. This is the place from where the Yamuna river originates. Pilgrims come here every year in summer. According to mythological legends, the Yamuna river is the daughter of Surya and Yama, the god of death, is the son of Surya. It is said that for those who bathe in the Yamuna, Yama does not suffer at the time of death. There are also some hot water springs near Yamunotri. There are also some hot water springs near Yamunotri. Pilgrims get their food cooked in the waters of these springs. The temple of Yamunaji is the main worship temple here.


The pilgrimage centre of Yamuna Devi is situated at the source of the river Yamuna. Yamuna Devi Temple is located in the western part of the Garhwal Himalayas. The actual source of Yamunotri is a frozen ice lake and glacier (Champasar Glacier) which is situated on Kalind Parvat at an altitude of 4421 meters above sea level. The temple of Yamuna Devi was built by Maharaja Pratap Shah of Tehri Garhwal. Extremely narrow-skinned Yumna Kajal is snow cool.


Due to the purity, flawlessness and purity of this water of Yamuna, there is immense reverence and devotion in the hearts of the devotees for the Yamuna. According to the mythological legend, Asit Muni's foliage was at this place. The trek to the temple of Yamuna Devi is really inaccessible and thrilling. The skyscrapers, the beautiful naked-dhadang snowy peaks situated side by side on the route, mesmerize the pilgrims.


The greenery of the dense forests around this inaccessible climb does not miss to captivate the mind. There is a huge rock pillar in the temple courtyard which is known as Divya Shila. Yamunotri temple complex 3235 m. is situated at a high altitude. Yamunotri temple also sees a huge group of devotees all the time from May to October. This place remains completely snow-covered in winter.

Char Dham Yatra

Yamunotri is the first stop of Char Dham Yatra situated in Uttarkashi district in the west direction of Garhwal Himalayas. The origin of Yamuna is just one kilometre away from Yamunotri, the first Dham. It is very exciting to see the Yamunotri Glacier spread at the western end of Bandarpunchch Peak (6315 m). The source of the holy river Yamuna is Kalindi Parvat. The main temple of Yamunotri is dedicated to Yamuna Devi. One of the main sources of water is Suryakund which is a source of hot water.



Yamunotri Temple
Yamunotri Temple

Important Travel Information

If you want to complete the journey of the four Dham Yamunotri, Gangotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath, then start from Yamunotri. Even if you want to visit only one or two of these places, the journey starts from Rishikesh. Motor buses also run from Kotdwar station only for Badrinath.


There is a bus road here. This route is such that many times it gets blocked anywhere due to the falling of the stones of the mountains. Therefore, where the bus will be available, it can be known exactly in Rishikesh only. From where one has to go on foot, there are porters. One porter carries one mind load. There, their name should be written in the register and taken to the office. Ask the office for their wages.


The entire journey of Uttarakhand requires rubber boots that are not slippery, along with a sturdy stick for support and it is good to carry raincoats. Umbrella doesn't work here. Do not touch any unknown fruit, herb, or leaf, they can be toxic. There are many scorpion herbs here, which if touched give pain.


When thirsty, do not drink the water of the spring directly, otherwise, there is a fear of getting diarrhoea. Keep some sugar candy with you and keep a light glass too. Eat something and drink water. First, fill the water in a pot or glass, let it remain for a minute, so that the particles in it settle down, and then drink it. Throw a sip of water at the bottom and then do the same if you want to fill the glass.

Somewhere on the way to Yamunotri and Kedarnath, there are poisonous flies, whose bites cause boils. Keep the body covered, and apply Dettol, tincture or jam back on the bite. Do not eat raw apples, peaches etc.


It is very cold here, you must take warm clothes with you. Lentils do not cook above, work has to be done with potatoes.


There are many hot water pools here. Water keeps boiling in them. If the travellers keep potatoes and rice immersed in a cloth, then they get cooked. It is not possible to take a bath in these hot springs. There is a separate pool for bathing, in which the water remains somewhat cool. Yamuna water is so cold that even bathing in it cannot be done.


Snow melts from very high above Kalind mountain and falls in the form of water here. Hence the name of Yamuna is Kalindi. There is a small temple of Yamunaji here. Asit Muni had an ashram here. Due to his tenacity, a small waterfall of Gangaji appeared here which is now. We hope you like the information provided by our team on Yamunotri. Planning to visit Uttarakhand?

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