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
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.
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.
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.
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