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Devprayag | Where Ganga River Gets Complete

About Devprayag

Devprayag is one of the sacred Panch Prayag. This is the place where the Bhagirathi river originating from Gaumukh Glacier meets the Alaknanda River and takes the name of Ganga. It is believed that the Saraswati river flowing underground from Mana Village also meets these two rivers here. The Alaknanda river originates from Satopanth Glacier. Devprayag gets its name from Deva Sharma who had performed austerities for Lord Vishnu in the Vedic ages. Earlier Devprayag was known as Brahma Tirth and Sudarshan Kshetra.

Home to the priests of Badrinath

Devprayag is home to the priests of Badrinath. They are known as Pandas. The origins of these Pandas go back to the time when Adi Shankaracharya visited this region. With him came many priests who were Tetriya Krishna Yajur Brahmins. Impressed and pleased with their knowledge, the Maharaja of Garhwal asked them to conduct worship in Devprayag and Badrinath. Even today they play a significant role in the Dhams.

Places to see in and near Devprayag

There are a number of sacred and interesting places in Devprayag.

Devprayag Sangam – This is the place where the rivers meet.  When two such holy rivers meet the sanctity of the spot can be imagined. Added to this is the belief that the Saraswati also joins here from underground.

Brahma Kund –  This is a bathing Kund in the waters of the Sangam. It is believed Lord Brahma meditated here for 11000 years to please Lord Vishnu and to begin the process of creation.

Vashishtha Kund – Another Kund for bathing. This is the place where Rishi Vashishtha performed severe austerities and penances. Pleased, Lord Vishnu blessed him with Brahmagyan.

Nakshatra Vedh Shala –  This amazing observatory was established by Pandit Chakradhar Joshi in 1946. Besides modern telescopes, scientific equipment, and a well-stocked library, it houses ancient astronomical equipment and manuscripts dating back to the 17th century CE. 

Sri Raghunath Mandir – This is one of the two Raghunath temples in India. The other is in Jammu. This temple is also one of the 108  Divya Desams. The Murti in the sanctum was enshrined by Adi Shankaracharya. The height of the temple rises to 80 feet. It has a number of smaller shrines dedicated to Ganeshji, Hanumanji, and others.

Adi Vishveshwar Mahadev Mandir – This is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and has been mentioned in the Kedar Khand. It is located just below Raghunathji Mandir.

Other Temples – Devprayag is also home to many other smaller temples including Mata Bhuvaneshwari Temple, Dhaneshwar Mahadev Mandir, Danda Nagraj Mandir, and more.

How to reach Devprayag

Rishikesh is the nearest railhead, about 75 km from Devprayag

Dehradun Airport is about 90 km from Devprayag.

Distances from Devprayag

  • Srinagar – 36 km
  • Rishikesh – 74 km
  • Haridwar – 98 km
  • Dehradun – 113 km
  • Mussoorie – 135 km

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