Yamunotri Temple is dedicated to the river Yamuna, who is represented in the form of a silver idol, bedecked with garlands.
A little ahead is the actual source of the river Yamuna which is at an altitude of about 4,421 metres (14,505 ft) approximately. Two hot springs are also present at Yamunotri offering relief to tired hikers at a height of 3,292 metres (10,801 ft). Suryakund is the most important Kund. Near the Suryakund there is a shila called Divya Shila, which is worshipped before puja is offered to the deity. Devotees prepare rice and potatoes to offer at the shrine by dipping them in these hot water springs, tied in muslin cloth. Rice so cooked is taken back home as prasadam. Gauri Kund, had tepid water suitable for bathing.
The Yamunotri temple is located 13 kilometres from HanumanChatti and a 6 kilometres walk from Janki Chatti. Ponies, Horses or palanquins are available for rent to reach Yamunotri temple. The motorable road continues till Jankichatti via Syanachatti, Ranachatti and Hanumanchatti, which is 50 kms from Barkot. From Jankichatti its is a 5 km trek to yamunotri for which ponies,dandies and kandies (baskets for carrying children) are also available.
According to the legend ancient, sage Asit Muni had his hermitage here. All his life, he bathed daily both in the Ganges and the Yamuna. Unable to go to Gangotri during his old age, a stream of the Ganges appeared opposite Yamunotri for him.
The daughter of the Sun god, Surya and consciousness, Sangya the birthplace of the Yamuna is the Champasar Glacier (4,421 m) just below the Banderpoonch Mountain. The mountain adjacent to the river source is dedicated to her father, and is called Kalind Parvat, Kalind being another name of Surya.
Yamuna is known for her frivolousness, a trait that she developed because, according to a common story, Yamuna’s mother could never make eye contact with her dazzling husband.
The best time to visit the holy city of Yamunotri is from April to June and September to November. The temple is open from last week of April to second week of November. The Temple opens on the religious day of `Akshaya-Tritya`, which falls, generally, during the last week of April or the first week of May. The closing day is always on the sacred day of Yam Dwitiya , second day after Diwali after a brief ceremony. When the temple closes for the season, Yamuna’s doli is taken to Kharsali (with pomp and rituals) where the pandits and purohits spend the winter months and where she is worshipped for these months.
By Air: Nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun.
By Train: Railway connectivity only upto Rishikesh. After that you have to avail of either private taxis or buses plying on the route. You will also find shared jeeps or similar vehicles from Haridwar or Rishikesh. Do get either a SUV or MUV like Innova, Tavera, Qualis, Scorpio etc. The nearest railway stations are at Haridwar, Dehradun, Kotdwar and Kathgodam.
By Road: The best route to visit Yamunotri is via Dehardun and Barkot. Just in case you are coming from Haridwar-Rishikesh then the road to Yamunotri diverts from Dharasu bifurcation point. Yamunotri is Well connected to Haridwar , Dehradun , Chamba, Tehri, Barkot, Hanuman Chatti and Janki Chatti.
Hanuman Chatti to Phool Chatti is 5 km by jeep, 3 km Phool Chatti to Janki Chatti on foot and 5 km from Janki Chatti to Yamunotri by trek (8 km trek), the roadhead for Yamunotri is connected by bus services of Samyukt Rotation Yatayat Vyavstha Samiti to Rishikesh, Haridwar and other m
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