Devprayag beckons tourists to the confluence of River Alkananda and Bhagirathi
DevPrayag, is located at confluence of Bhagirathi and Alakananda river and regarded as the seat of pundits from the Badrinath Dham. Quite interestingly, this very aspect of the holy place calls for millions of attention of devotees who love to make it to DevPrayag, a nagar panchayat and town in Tehri Garhwal district notched at an height of 830 meters above sea level.
DevPrayag, holds its significance with the word â€˜prayagâ€™ that means confluence, since river Bhagrirathi or sacred river of the hindus, i.e., Ganga meets Alakananda river. According to legends, sage Devasharma led an ascetic life after whom, the name DevPrayag is used. For hindu pilgrims, the place is very much important as a serving ground for prayers and worships to gods and goddesses.
Knotted 70 kms away from Rishikesh, devotees get quick access to another holy place, which is also hailed as â€˜Yoga capital of the Worldâ€™. Coming to Rishikesh means you are at the getaway to the Gerhwal Himalayas.
The implication of the word â€˜DevPrayagâ€™
Being one of the five holiest confluences, the word DevPrayag impliesâ€™ Godly confluenceâ€™ in Sanskrit language. The place has many other temples to boasts of, of which the most mentionable ones are Raghunath Temple, Sangam Temple, Mata Bhuvneshwari Temple, Dhaneshwar Mahadev Temple, Chandrabadni Temple and Danda Naggaraja Temple. It suggests why pious individuals wait for their turn to visit the place and no matter how much physical endurance it requires to come here, they flock to DevPrayag.
This holy place showers tourist with divine natural beauty and serenity and more than the place has to offer hair-raising stories of legendary tales from the past. Do not miss visiting Raghunath Temple, which is made out of massive rocks and is believed to be ten thousand years old.
Other things to see around
There are number of scenic beauties that embrace DevPrayag and this includes Vasisht Kund, Surya Kund, where Raja Dasharath and Lord Rama are said to have their penance. No wonder, the shrines of Bhushandi, Bhairava, Vishveshvara deserve special mention. Some of the renowned kunds include Varashila, Baitalshila of which legends have it that if you take bath in Baithalshila, it will cure leprosy.
How to reach?
If you want to come down to DevPrayag by air, then the nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport located near Dehradun at 116 kms away. Rishikesh is the nearest railway station that connects well with others parts of India. You can also come by road through the national highway NH58, which is also well connected with Mana Pass and Badrinath in Uttarkhand.