Devprayag is the place where the holy rivers Bhagirathi and Alaknanda meet, merge into one and take the name Ganga, making it a unique pilgrimage. It is believed that Lord Rama and his father King Dasharath were self-punished here. The main temple of the town is Raghunathji Temple which is dedicated to Lord Rama.
Devprayag is one of the Panch Prayag or five sacred sangam of the Alaknanda river. The rivers converge to flow down to the plains as River Ganga. The five holy sites are Vishnuprayag, Nandaprayag, Karnaprayag, Rudraprayag and Devprayag Sangam.
The town is also the winter seat for the priests of Badrinath Dham temple located on the route for the Chardham yatra, Devprayag attracts thousands of devotees, especially during the yatra season.
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 very important role in the Dhams.
Places To See In And Near Devprayag
There are a number of dedicated and interesting places in Devprayag.
This is the place where the rivers meet. When two such holy rivers meet the spirituality of the spot can be imagined. Added to this is the belief that the Saraswati also joins here from underground.
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.
Another Kund for bathing. This is the place where Rishi Vashishtha performed severe uncomfortness and self-punishment. Pleased, Lord Vishnu blessed him with Brahmagyan.
Nakshatra Vedh Shala
This amazing observation 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.
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 cherished 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.
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 Railway station about 72 km from Devprayag.
Dehradun Airport (Jolly Grant 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
- Kedarnath – 79 Km
What is The Best Time To Visit Devprayag?
Devprayag can be visited throughout the year, as Summers are quite pleasant with plenty amount of Sunshine and provide respite from the rough Summers while the winters are cold and freezing due to the location and altitude, but with appropriate clothing, it can be enjoyable. Monsoons are also pleasant making this destination an all-time favourite.
Tips To Travel Devprayag
- Devprayag is a holy place that holds deep religious significance to devotees So, Please respect the place by refraining from alcohol and non-vegetarian food.
- If you are looking for a lot of sightseeing options with specific places of interest, then Devprayag is not that place. It is rather a pilgrimage town for the devotees who come here to seek blessings and find Peace.