Panch Prayag | Char Dham Yatra

Char Dham Yatra: Panch Prayag

Panch Prayag are 5 most important confluences of Hindus where Holy Ganga River is formed at Devprayag and it is said that Char Dham Yatra is incomplete for tirth pilgirims without there darshans. Panch Prayags are located in Himalayan range of Uttarakhand on the circuit of Char Dham Yatra from Haridwar to Badrinath Dham, huge number Hindu pilgrims from all over India visit five panch prayag on important festivals Basant Panchami, Ram Navami, Uttarayan (Makara Sankranthi), and Shiv Ratri.

1. Vishnuprayag Dham

Vishnuprayag Dham is located in Joshimath-Chamoli of Uttarakhand just 32.5 Km from Badrinath on the confluence of Alaknanda River and Dhauli Ganga River. Vishnuprayag is the tirth dham of Char Dham Yatra decticated to Lord Vishnu by sage “Narada“, the travelling musician and storyteller from ancient time of Mahabharata and Ramyana. Dhauli Ganga river after travelling 25 Km from Niti Pass merges into Alaknanda River coming 50 Km down from Satopanth Glacier Lake at Vishuprayag confluence. Vishnu Kund is present near Vishnuprayag Temple for the state of Calmness and peace.

2. Nandaprayag Dham

Nandaprayag Dham is located just 22.5 Km from Karanprayag in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand at an altitude of 1,358 m (4,455 ft) above sea level. Nandaprayag Temple dedicated to “King Nanda“, the foster-father of Lord Krishna is situated on the bank of confluence where Nandakini River from  Nanda Ghunti ice mountain meets Alaknanda River coming from Satopanth Glacier. At, Nandaprayag Dham King Nanda did Yag (pooja) of Lord Vishnu due to which Maa Yashoda and King Nanda became foster parents of Lord Krishna (one avtar of Lord Vishnu on earth), the son Devaki and Vasudeva

3. Karnaprayag

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Karnaprayag Dham is dedicated and named after the son of Surya Devta, “Karna” who meditated here for protective armours Kavacha and Kundals from his father Lord Sun. Karnaprayag Dham is located in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand at a height of 1,451 m (4,760 ft) above sea level on the confluence of Pindar River and Alaknanda River. Swami Vivekananda also meditated on the bank of Karnaprayag temple for 18 consecutive days as stated in Hindu books. Pindar River coming from Pindari Glacier, Bageshwar merges into Alaknanda River originated from Satopanth Glacier Lake at Karnaprayag dham.

4. Rudraprayag

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Rudraprayag Dham Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Chamunda located at an elevation of 895 m (2,936 ft). Rudraprayag Dham is confluence of two dharmik rivers of hindus traditions, Mandakini River coming from Kedarnath Dham and  Alaknanda River coming from Badrinath Dham the two tirths of Char Dham Yatra. Rudraprayag  is a very holy place for Hindus as Lord Shiva did “Tandav” for maintaining the cycle of life on earth and then played his owned musical instrument “Rudra Veena” at Rudraprayag dham to give his presence to Lord Vishnu and converted that power into water flow for kindness of creatures on this land.

5. Devprayag

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Devprayag Dham is the place where the holy river Ganga gets his name when Bhagirathi River coming from Gangotri dham merges with Alaknanda River coming from Badrinath Dham and makes “Ganga“. Devprayag dham is just 70 Km uphill from Rishikesh located at an elevation of 830 m (2,723 ft) above sea level. Devprayag got its name “Dev” from the hindu brahmin “Deva Sharma” who meditated for Ram, (another avtar of Lord Vishnu) and Lord Brahma also meditated here. The last Panch Prayag of Char Dham Yatra has two kunds, Vasistha kund on the bank of Bhagirathi River and Brahma Kund on bank of Alaknanda River.

Tirth Dhams must to visit in Choti Char Dham Yatra, Uttarakhand

Yamunotri Temple: Tirth Dham of Yamuna

  • Temple: Goddess Yamuna
  • Elevation: 3,293 m (10,804 ft)
  • Source of River Yamuna
  • Open: 6:00 am - 8:00 pm [May to Diwali]
  • Aarti: 6:30 am (morning) and 7:30 pm (evening)
  • Rishikesh: 215 Km
  • Dehradun: 172 Km
  • Delhi: 413 Km
  • Weather: -5°C to 20°C

Gangotri Temple: Tirth Dham of Ganga

  • Temple: Goddess Yamuna
  • Elevation: 3,300 m (10,800 ft)
  • Source of River Alaknanda
  • Open: 6:00 am - 8:00 pm [May to Diwali]
  • Aarti: 6:30 am (morning) and 7:30 pm (evening)
  • Rishikesh: 295 Km
  • Dehradun: 340 Km
  • Delhi: 523 Km
  • Weather: -5°C to 20°C

Kedarnath Temple: Tirth Dham of Lord Shiva

  • Temple: Lord Shiva
  • Elevation: 3,553 m (11,657 ft)
  • Source of River Mandikani River
  • Open: 6:00 am - 8:00 pm [May to Diwali]
  • Aarti: 6:30 am (morning) and 7:30 pm (evening)
  • Rishikesh: 211 Km
  • Dehradun: 256 Km
  • Delhi: 450 Km
  • Weather: -5°C to 20°C

Badrinath Temple: Tirth Dham of Lord Vishnu

  • Temple: Lord Vishnu
  • Elevation: 3,553 m (11,657 ft)
  • Source of River Mandakini River
  • Open: 6:00 am - 8:00 pm [May to Diwali]
  • Aarti: 6:30 am (morning) and 7:30 pm (evening)
  • Rishikesh: 211 Km
  • Dehradun: 256 Km
  • Delhi: 450 Km
  • Weather: -5°C to 20°C

Panch Prayag: 5 Prayag of Ganga River

  1. Vishnuprayag: Dhauli Ganga River merges in Alaknanda River.

  2. Nandaprayag: Nandakini River merges in Alaknanda River.

  3. Karnaprayag: Pindar River merges in Alaknanda River.

  4. Rudraprayag: Mandakini River merges in Alaknanda River.

  5. Devprayag: Bhagirathi River merges in Alaknanda River to form Ganga River.

Panch Kedar: 5 Tirth Dham of Lord Shiva

  1. Kedarnath

    • 3,583 m [11,755 ft]

  2. Tungnath

    • 3,680 m [12,070 ft]

  3. Rudranath

    • 2,286 m [7,500 ft]

  4. Madhyamaheshwar

    • 3,490 m [11,450 ft]

  5. Kalpeshwar

    • 2,200 m [7,200 ft]

Panch Badri: 5 Tirth Dham of Lord Vishnu

  1. Badri-Vishal (Badrinath)

    • 3,583 m [11,755 ft]

  2. Adi Badri: Chulakot Village

    • 3,680 m [12,070 ft]

  3. Vridha Badri: Animath Village

    • 1,380 m [4,530 ft]

  4. Bhavishya Badri:  Subhain Village

    • 2,744 m [9,003 ft]

  5. Yogadhyan Badri: Pandukeshwar Village

    • 1,829 m [6,001 ft]

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