Panch Prayag Yatra
Prayag means confluence (Sangam) in the Sanskrit language. Panch Prayag is the Sangam of 5 holy rivers in the Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. The Sangam of the rivers is the second most respected phenomenon after the Prayag of Allahabad. Five rivers Bhagirathi, Mandakini, Pindar, Mandakini, Dhauliganga pour into Alkanda at different places. The Sangam of these rivers takes place at the banks of the Alaknanda river.
The Sangam of Alaknanda and Dhauliganga rivers. Vishnuprayag is the first among the Panch Prayag. The Alkanda originates from the Sato Panth glacier and Dhauliganga originates from the Niti pass to VIshnuprayag.
Nandprayag is the second Prayag. The Nandprayag got its name from the Yadav king Nanda because he performed Yagna and sought the blessings of God. Nandprayag is the Sangam of Mandakini and the Alaknanda river. The Sangam is 22 KM far from Karnprayag and about 194 KM from Rishikesh. There is a famous temple of Gopalji (Lord Krishna) at Nandprayag.
Karnprayag is the place where Alkanda joins the Pindar river. It is said that Karna did the penance and thus, the name is derived from the name of Karna. Further, Karnaprayag is the place where Lord Krishna did the cremation of Karna.
Rudraprayag is the Sangam of Mandakini and the Alaknanda river. Narad Muni worshipped this place to learn music from Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva in the form of Rudra Taught the music. It is also the gateway of two holy pilgrimages Kedarnath and Badrinath.
Devprayag is the last Sangam of all the Sangam. Here the Alkanda meets Bhagirathi after going through the confluences at Vishnuprayag, Nandprayag, Karnaprayag, and Rudraprayag, and the sacred river of Ganga finally comes to life. It is believed that Lord Ram and Laxman did penance over here in order to atone for their sins of killing Ravana, a Brahmin. People undertake Panchprayag Yatra to get their souls blessed.
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