The shrine of Yamunotri is the essential pilgrimage for the Hindus. Being popular for thermal springs and glaciers, it is one of the important dham for Hindus.
It’s amazing if you are planning to take a tour for Yamunotri Yatra. And, today, I would like to tell you 5 things knowing which you’ll get amazed and get filled with of immense pleasure.
1. The actual source of Yamunotri is a frozen lake of ice and glacier (Champasar Glacier) located on the peak of Kalind Mountain at a height of 4,421m above sea level, which is not accessible. Hence, the shrine has been located on the foothill of the mountain where pilgrims offer puja.
2. There are two hot water springs in mountain cavities near the Yamunotri temple, Surya Kund and Gauri Kund. Surya Kund has hot boiling water, where devotees cook rice and potatoes wrapped in muslin clothes by dipping them. They offer at the shrine and take back as prasad. On the other hand, Gauri Kund has tepid water suitable for bathing.
3. River Yamuna is the consort of Lord Shri Krishna. Gokula, the divine abode of the Lord is the home of Yamuna. It is that the river first went round Shri Krishna before descending down to earth as per the order of her Lord.
4. Sage Asit Muni had his hermitage near the banks of Yamuna. All his life, he bathed daily both in the Ganges and the Yamuna. Unable to go to Gangotri during his old age, a stream of the Ganges appeared opposite Yamunotri for him.
5. The temple of Yamuna, on the left bank of the Yamuna, was constructed by Maharaja Pratap Shah of Tehri Garhwal. The deity is made of black marble. The Yamuna, like the Ganges, has been elevated to the status of a divine mother for the Hindus and has been held responsible for nurturing and developing the Indian civilization.