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Pilgrimages of Uttarakhand - Uttarkashi district

Uttarkashi is in the upper Himalayan range with rugged terrain ranging from snow-free valleys to high peaks with perpetual snow and glaciers. The himalayan forest consists of many types of trees depending upon altitude - Pine, Deodar, Spruce, Birch, Juniper etc. The higher altitude has alpine pastures. The rivers Bhagirathi and Yamuna originate from here. Uttarkashi (~ 1352 m) is situated near the Varuna Parvat between two rivers: Varuna and Asi, whose water flow into the Bhagirati river from either side of the town. The town is located on the bank of river Bhagirathi. Skanda Purana has called this place as Varunavata.

Annapoorna Devi Temple (~ 1588 m):

199 km from Dehra Dun.

Nature:
Bank of river Bhagirathi.

Temples:
Temple dedicated to Devi Annapoorna at Chowkare.

Bhairav Temple (~ 1588 m):

Bhairav Temple 199 km from Dehra Dun.

Nature:
Bank of river Bhagirathi.

Temples:
Temple dedicated to Sri Bhairav at Chowkare.

Gangotri at the source of river Ganga in Uttarakhand Himalayas (3140 m):

Gangotri Temple - The source of river Ganga in Uttarakhand Himalayas: Gangotri (3140 m) is the source of river Ganga (Bhagirathi) in Uttarakhand Himalayas. The actual source is at the Gaumukh glacier a little further from Gangotri.

- Temples:
The temple of Devi Ganga is situated on the right bank of river Bhagirathi in the Gangotri village. There is a stone slab near the temple where king Bhagirath meditated to bring Ganga to earth. The stone slab is called Bhagirath Shila.

- Gangotri is located in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand.


Kuteti Devi Temple:

Kuteti Devi Temple Nature:
On the other bank of river Bhagirathi further away from the town.

Temples:
Temple dedicated to Devi Kuteti at Chowkare.

There is a story of Maharaja of Kota (Rajasthan) losing his money bag and finding it in this temple by the grace of the Devi.

Vishwanath Temple:

Vishwanath Temple 154 km from Rishikesh.

Nature:
Bank of river Bhagirathi.

Temples:
Temple dedicated to Sri Vishwanath (Shiva). Shakti temple is in front of this temple. This is the most important temple in the town.

Yamunotri at the source of river Yamuna in Uttarakhand Himalayas (3292 m):

Yamunotri - The source of river Yamuna in Uttarakhand Himalayas: Yamunotri (3292 m) is the source of river Yamuna in Uttarakhand Himalayas. The river actually flows from Kalindi Parvat in the Bandar Poonch range.

- Temples:
The temple of Devi Yamuna is situated here. One has to trek from Hanuman Chatti to Yamunotri, a distance of 13 km along the right bank of the river. The route on the left bank goes to Kharsali. Between Hanuman Chatti and Yamunotri is Markandeya Tirtha where Rishi Markandeya is believed to have written the Markandeya Purana.

- Yamunotri is located in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand.




Bharatavarsha - The Land of Gods and Sages:

1. Stotras by Deity:
Initial: Ganesha - Hanuman - Gurudeva - Gayatri
Tridevas: Brahma - (Vishnu - Narasimha - Rama - Krishna) - Shiva
Tridevis: Saraswati - (Lakshmi - Tulasi - Bhoomi) - Parvati
Others: Murugan - Surya - Ganga - Yamuna - Narmada - Others
Final: Vedas - Brahman

2. Pilgrimages by Deity:
Initial: Ganesha
Tridevas: Brahma - (Vishnu - Narasimha - Rama - Krishna) - Shiva
Tridevis: Saraswati - Lakshmi - (Parvati - Shakambari)
Others: Murugan - Ganga

3. Sadhana: Sadhana - Hermitages - Penances

4. Saints: Ramakrishna - Vivekananda - Ramana - Saints

5. Sacred Geography: Forests - Mountains - Rivers - Lakes

6. Puranas: Puranic Events

7. Religious Life: Stotras - Puja - Pilgrimages - Festivals - Varnashramas - Samskaras - Traditions

8. Other Aspects: Sanskrit - Arts - Music - Dance - Medicine - Architecture - Astronomy

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Om, May there be Peace in Heaven,
May there be Peace in the Sky,
May there be Peace in the Earth,
May there be Peace in the Water,
May there be Peace in the Plants,
May there be Peace in the Trees,
May there be Peace in the Gods in the various Worlds,
May there be Peace in Brahman,
May there be Peace in All,
May there be Peace Indeed within Peace,
Giving Me the Peace which Grows within Me,
Om, Peace, Peace, Peace.

(Shanti Mantra of Upanishad)

Preserve Nature,
And Nature will preserve Us,
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And make the Nature thrive,
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