Yamunotri Yatra 2019
Sitting on the edge of a cliff at an altitude of 3,291 metres above sea level is the ancient temple of Yamunotri. As per the name this place is the seat of Goddess Yamuna and houses the gleaming black marble image of the goddess. This place is situated at a distance of just one day’s journey from the holy nearby cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh. Sitting amidst the rolling green hills and the cascading set of waterfalls this place is known for not only its spiritual aura but also for its incredibly unmatched natural beauty which offers a panoramic view of the surrounding valleys.
The temple can only be reached after covering a walking distance of 13 kms from the pristine town of Hanuman Chatti. The temple is said to have been built by the lion of Nepal Amar Singh Thapa during the 18th century but the earlier shrine was created as a part of the char dham yatra of Uttarakhand by the great 8th-century sage, seer and philosopher, Adi Shankaracharya. Since reaching the source of the holy river Yamuna i.e. the Champasar glacier is impossible the temple is built right on the spot where accessibility is possible.
Located in close proximity to the naturally occurring thermal hot water spring containing medicinal properties this place is home to a range of religious and spiritual experiences. The Pujaris who are well versed in the study of Shastras, come to Yamunotri from the nearby villages of Kharsali close to Janki Chatti to Perform puja rituals at the temple. The history of this place is extremely old and is known to once serve as the home for the great Sage Asit Muni. Sitting peacefully amongst the lish greenery of the Garhwal Himalayas this place gives some of the most astounding views of the valley and its surroundings.