About Yamunotri Dham
Yamunotri, the source of revered river Yamuna, is situated on top of Bandar Poonch Peak (3615meters), almost opposite to Gangotri Dham. The shrine is located in the western region of Garhwal Himalayas. Many consider the actual source of Yamuna as Champasar glacier, at the Kalinda Mountain having the height of 4421meters above sea level. However, owing to inhospitable human conditions, the glacier is inaccessible, and therefore, the shrine is comfortably positioned at the foothills of the mountain glacier. The small, pristine and frigid water flowing down from the glacier incites the feeling of piety and worship in the hearts of the devotees at Yamunotri Dham .
The holy shrine has many hot water glaciers that flow through the mountain cavities. Suryakund is the popular holy bath place, lying adjacent to Divya Shila. The Shila is considered holy and is worshipped before Puja of Goddess Yamuna. The hot water springs also serve as the special place to prepare rice and potatoes, which are taken back home by the devotees as the token of Goddess Yamuna’s blessings. The priests who perform daily rituals and Puja belong to small village of Kharsali near Jankichatti.
History of Yamunotri Temple :
Yamunotri temple lies to the left bank of sacred river Yamuna, and was constructed by Maharaja Pratap Shah of Tehri Garhwal region. The goddess Yamuna has been beautifully carved out from black marble and holds the esteemed value of Divine Mother at par with Goddess Ganga. Yamuna has the frivolity and the roots of this mannerism allude to the mythological event, where Yamuna’s mother didn’t have an eye contact with her husband all through her life.
There is a popular legend attached to the holy place. It is believed that sage Asit Muni had its habitation at Yamunotri. He used to take daily bath in Ganga and Yamuna until his old age. It was during this time that he was unable to take holy bath in Gangotri, and seeing his condition, a rivulet of Ganga rose opposite to Yamunotri.
Yamunotri General Information::
Best Time to Visit:
The temple opens on last week of April, or first week of May on the eve of Akshya-Tritya. The shrine closes for the devotees on the consecrated Diwali Day with a ritual ceremony performed by senior priests of the shrine. The temple’s gates are left open the next season for the devotees on the auspicious occasion of Akshya-Tritya.
Summer: Max:- 20deg. C. Min:- 5 deg.C.
Winter: Max- Around Zero.
Languages/Dialects: Hindi, English & Garhwali.
How to Reach:
Air: Nearest airport is Jolly Grant at Dehradun 185 kms far.
Rail: The nearest railhead, Dehradun, is 175 kms.
Road: Road Connected at Hanuman Chatti.