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Devprayag


Devprayag, with unbound mysticism and tremendous natural exquisiteness, is no less than heaven for those taking Haridwar to chardham yatra. Beautifully set on the confluence of River Alaknanda and Bhagirathi, the town acts as the venue where River Ganga (Ganges) takes its proper form. The name of the town translates to “Godly Confluence”, while the town is believed to beblessed by divines souls and Hindu deities. It is not only a prominent destination of Uttarakhand chardham yatra, but also holds its own spiritual value complemented by distinctive natural vistas.

Religious Importance
Devprayag serves as the last of the Panch Prayag (five confluences) of River Alaknanda. The river meets with River Bhagirathi here to form River Ganga which thereafter enters the Northern Plains via Rishikesh. The town gets its name from Dev Sharma, a sage who spent his ascetic life at this place.

It is also believed that Lord Rama, after killing the demon King Ravana spent some time at Devprayag to perform penancebefore returning to his hometown Ayodhya. Lord Rama’s father, King Dasharatha, is also believed to have performed penance at this place. The town is home to many holy temples visited by hundreds of pilgrims every year. In addition, Devprayag is a compulsory mid-way destination of different char dham yatra packages.

How to Reach?
Devprayag is accessible round the year andcan be best visited by road. Public transport buses connect Delhi and major North Indian destinations with the town. Rented cars, taxis and cabs can also be arranged with the help of private tour operators. Large pilgrim groups may also book tempo travellers and buses to cover the journey.

Train tickets can be booked to travel from Delhi to Rishikesh, the nearest railhead, from where the remaining distance to Devprayag can be covered by road. By air, it is possible to travel from Delhi to Dehradun from where the remaining distance to the town can be covered by road. Those willing to take char dham tour are recommended to choose the town as their stopover and enjoy the true brilliance of nature.

Places to See in Devprayag :
  • Sangam (Holy Confluence) : The point at which the two holy rivers Alaknanda and Bhagirathi meet is known as Sangam. One can easily sensedivinity and holiness in the environment at this spot. The picturesque surroundings offer visual treat to the eyes and the scene of two holy waters congregating to form River Ganga.Doing yoga in the environment filled with spirituality is a great energy boosting exercise.
  • Dasharathachal Peak : The peak where King Dasharath performed penance is one of the most spectacular places to visit in the town. A small stream called Shanta, considered to have been named after the king’s daughter, runs down from the peak and enhances the beauty of the place.
  • Nakshatra Vedh Shala Observatory : An interesting place to visit, the observatory is more than 65 years old and boasts of collections of books and manuscripts on astronomy and astrology. The most exciting part of this place is the collection of modern and ancient astronomical equipments that are a must to explore.
  • Raghunath Temple : The temple is thousands of years old and is located at the place where Lord Rama performed penance to get rid of the sin of killing demon Ravana, who was a Brahmin by birth. The temple overlooks the confluence point and is built of gigantic rocks. One of the highlights of the temple is the stone throne of Rama. Within the temple complex are other shrines dedicated to Hanuman, Annapurna Devi and Garuda (vehicle of Lord Vishnu).
Baitalshila near the confluence is a popular attraction. It is believed that taking bath at this spot can treat leprosy. There is a spot nearby which is believed to have foot impression of Lord Rama. Brahma Kund and Vashishth Kund are the holy ponds where pilgrims perform religious rituals.

Tourist Attractions around Devprayag
Devprayag is surrounded by a lot of places befitting adventure tourists and places of pilgrim interest, which include:
  • Shivpuri : Those interested in adventure sports like whitewater rafting, kayaking and rock climbing can visit Shivpuri which is also famous for activities like yoga and camping. Located about 55 Km. from Devprayag and surrounded by dense forest, Shivpuri is sure to charm you with its spellbinding beauty of River Ganges.
  • Chandrabadni Temple : Located about 33 km. away from the town is the Chandrabadni Temple dedicated to Goddess Sati (an incarnation of Shakti) and can be accessed by a trek offering marvellous views of mountains and forests. It is among temples where different parts of Sati’s corpse fell when Lord Vishnu cut it using his Sudarshana Chakra (divine disc) to bring an end to the anger and agony of Lord Shiva (Sati’s consort).
  • Rishikesh : Another ideal place for adventurers interested in rafting and other adventure sports must visit Rishikesh which is around 74 km. from Devprayag. The town located on the banks of River Ganga is also home to many historical temples and two bridges called Rama Jhula and Lakshmana Jhula.
Devprayag can stun tourists visiting the place with diverse holiday moods and intentions. It is one of the best known placeson the chardham yatra trail.

 

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