Yamunotri is situated in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand India. It is the spiritual source of river Yamuna. Yamunotri is the starting point of the char dham holy yatra is a very popular tourist spot and attracts around 5 lakhs of pilgrims throughout the year.
Legends say that Sadu Asta Muni uses to take a daily bath in the holy river of Ganges at Gangotri before beginning of his morning puja.
Later on as he began to grow older he was unable to go to Gangotri daily.
God on realising this carved a way for a Ganga rivulet known as Yamuna for the great sage. The place so came to be known as Yamunotri.
The Yamunotri Temple river holds a lot of religious and spiritual significance in the Hindu religion.
The holy temple is situated on the left bank of the Yamuna River. The deity is made of black marble.
The source of the Yamunotri river, is a frozen lake of ice and glacier (Champasar Glacier) in the Kalind Mountain. It is at a height of 4,421 m above sea level, and is very difficult to access so the shrine has been located on the foot of the hill.
The Yamunotri Temple closes the first day of Kartik (Oct - Nov) and re-opens in Vaishakh ( Apr - May ) every year. The idol of Goddess Ganga is transferred from the Kharsali village to the holy Temple.
The Yamunotri temple is then opened for the pilgrims of the Char Dham Yatra.
The climb to the actual source is strenuous and extremely difficult so the yatris therefore offer puja at the Yamunotri temple itself.
Divya Shila is a rock pillar. This pillar is worshipped before entering the Yamuna Temple.
Surya Kund is formed due to hot volcanic heat. This hot water immediately cooks potatoes and rice tied in a muslin cloth which is taken home as prasad by the devotees.
Yamunotri Yatra is a part of Garhwal tourism Chardham Yatra, and the local languages spoken are Garhwali and Hindi.
Heavy snowfall during winters and landslides during rainy season can disrupt your visit to this shrines so the summer season from May to June is the best time to make this holy journey to the Yamunotri Temple.
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