The Confluence of river Alaknanda and Bhagirathi

Admin 17-03-2021

Devprayag is known for its divine aura. The stunning town of Devprayag is nestled at an elevation of 830 meters above sea level. It is a town and a Nagar Panchayat in Tehri Garhwal district in the Uttarakhand state of India. Devprayag is the last Prayag and the holy confluence of the Alaknanda river. And from here Alaknanda and Bhagirathi river is called Ganga. Take a holy bath in the bathing ghat of Devprayag. The adventure lovers can also indulge in some thrilling activities here like white water river rafting. Kayaking, rock climbing, rappelling and trekking. Devprayag is one of the Panch Prayag- the heavenly confluences of holy rivers in the state of Uttarakhand. Numerous devotees visit Devprayag during their annual pilgrimage to Chardham to seek blessings from the gods. This place is beautifully surrounded by three godly peaks- Giddhanchal Parvat, Dashrathanchal Parvat and Narsinghancal Parvat. Giddhanchal Parvat is on top of Raghunathji temple, Narsinghanchal Parvat is in front of Giddhanchal Parvat and Dashrathanchal Parvat is on the top right side of Sangam.

Devotees here worship Lord Shiva in the form of Tondeshwar Mahadev and Dhaneshwar Mahadev. Tondeshwar Mahadev is just in front of Sangam. It is crowded on the day of Mahashivratri. Several devotees come here to offer Gangajal on the Shiva linga. Dhaneshwar Mahadev is en route on an old Badrinath way that starts from Bah Bajar- a market in Devprayag. During one's visit to Devprayag, one can also visit some of the religious places that are near to Devprayag-Raghunath Ji temple- that is the most famous temple here and is devoted to Lord Rama. It is believed that this beautiful temple is around 1000 years old,  Dhaneshwar Mahadev temple, Danda Nagaraja temple, Chandrabadni temple and Mata Bhuvneshwari temple. Here is a list of some of the famous places to visit in Devprayag -

1. The confluence of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi Rivers

Devprayag is one of the prominent Panch Prayag in Uttarakhand where the Bhagirathi river and Alaknanda river meet to form the Ganga. Devprayag- meaning godly confluence is considered one of the most sacred and holy confluence of the river. This is one of the most awe-inspiring attractions to witness on your Devparayag tour.

2. Raghunathji Temple

Raghunathji Temple or Tirukantamenum Kadi Nagar is located on the confluence of Alaknanda and the Bhagirathi river. This temple is one of the oldest temples that is devoted to Lord Rama. Devotees come here to seek the blessings of Lord Rama. In summers the timing for darshan is from 5 am to 12 pm and 5 pm to 9 pm and in the winter season, 6 am to 12 pm and 4 pm to 8 pm. The festival Mahapuja is celebrated in the Raghunathji temple and is one of the major cultural festivals of Devprayag. It is celebrated in the month of Paush that is December-January. The whole month of Paush is seen worshipping Lord Raghunathji and the Bhog of khichdi is prepared in the premises of the temple and is offered to Lord Raghunathji and is distributed to all the people.

3. Chandrabadani Temple

Chandrabadani temple is located at the top of the Chandrakoot mountain and is devoted to Sati- the goddess of Power. There is a strong belief that the torso of the Goddess Sati fell here along with her weapons that scattered all over the place. This temple is nestled at a height of 2277m above sea level. One can capture the picturesque views of Garhwal hills, Kedarnath, Badrinath and Surkanda peaks from here. The timing for darshan here is 6 am to 7 pm.

4. Dashrathshila

Dashrathshila is a famous Hindu shrine and is one of the top-most places to visit in Devprayag. As per the mythology, the father of Lord Rama- King Dashratha performed penance at these very places and this resulted in the name of the temple. This shrine is located on the banks of Shanta- a small stream named after the daughter of King Dashratha.

5. Kyunkaleshwar Mahadev Temple

Kyunkaleshwar Mahadev temple is a famous shrine that beautifully displays the Hindu renaissance of the 8th century. The temple holds the idols of Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, Lord Kartikeya and Lord Ganesha. Make sure to pay a visit to this temple in Devparyag that is one of the ideal places to visit. The timings for darshan heer is 6 am to 8 pm.

6. Suspension Bridges

Visit these suspension bridges and capture the panoramic view of the confluence of the rivers. The glimpse of Devprayag from these bridges will surely make your day. The view of the water underneath appears green in colour that is quite amazing to witness from the bridge.

7. Teen Dhara

Teen Dhara is located on the adjoining highway of Devprayag and Rishikesh. The name has been acquired from the three small pristine water lakes nearby. This place is renowned for its Dhabas and restaurants that serve not just delectable food but also astounding views that help to relax and rejuvenate one.

As per the mythology Devprayag is considered to be the meditational grounds of lord Rama and his father, King Dasaratha. There is one more belief that when Bhagirathi did penance for asking Ganga to descend into the earth then Ganga along with 33 Koti god and goddess came to the earth and chose Devprayag as their holy abode. Apart from being Devprayag a place where Alaknanda and Bhagirathi river confluence it is also the confluence of river Saraswati that originates from mana village in Badrinath and comes from the feet of Shri Raghunath Ji in Raghunath temple of Devprayag.

Best Time to Visit Devprayag

One can visit Devprayag throughout the year. The summer season that is April to June is quite salubrious with the temperature ranging between 18 to 31 degrees Celcius.  Winters start in October and last until March. winters here are quite cold with the temperature dropping to 0 degrees Celcius. but it is comfortable to visit during winters too. on the other hand, the monsoon season starts in July month and ends in September month. Monsoon is not considered the best season to explore Devprayag but a lot of tourists visit to explore the rejuvenated sight of the town. Monsoon season is quite comfortable but avoid a trip in monsoon as there are chances of roads getting blocked due to landslides.

How to Reach Devprayag

The nearest railway station is the Rishikesh railway station and Haridwar railway station that are located at a distance of about 72kms and 97 km respectively away from Devprayag. After reaching the railway station one can hire a taxi or avail bus service to reach Devprayag. The nearest airport is the jolly grant airport in Dehradun. There are several flights to Dehradun from Delhi and other prominent cities. One can hire a taxi or avail bus service to reach Devprayag on reaching the airport. The airport is around 58kms away from Devprayag.

One can even reach Devprayag by road. It is the most convenient way to reach Devprayag. Devprayag has well-connected roads that connect with the prominent destinations of Uttarakhand state and with other northern states of India. There are regular buses to Devprayag and Rishikesh available from ISBTKashmiri gate in new Delhi. Devprayag lies on the national highway 58 which makes it very convenient to reach here from prominent cities One can easily find affordable guesthouses and hotels at Devprayag but with limited amenities.