Gangotri Dham

One of the main religious places among the four Char Dham pilgrimage areas, Gangotri, situated in Uttarkashi, is the most sacred spot where Ganga, the stream of life touched earth for the first time. The history of Gangotri dates back to centuries when Goddess Ganga, the daughter of heaven, transformed herself into a river to dissolve the sins of King Bhagirath’s forefathers, following his penance. In order to reduce the impact of her fall, Lord Shiva gathered Ganga into his matted locks and has ever since been associated with Goddess Ganga.  

The Gangotri Temple was built by a Gorkha Commander in the early years of the 18th century. This temple stands at an altitude of 3042m and emits a highly pious aura. Religious rituals are in full swing in the Gangotri temple with the Arti ceremony performed by the pujaris of the Semwal family. The existing temple is said to be the one reconstructed by the Jaipur dynasty. The Pujaris and Brahmins are from the village of Mukhwa.The water from Gangotri  is carried to offer  to Lord Shiva. It is believed that this water  has amrit (nectar) in it and will soothe the throat of Shiva who gulp the poison.
 
The river Ganga originates from the Gangotri glacier and is known as Bhagirathi. The name Ganga picks up later on after the river passes Devaprayag and merges into the river Alaknanda. 
 
Just the perfect destination to breath in a serene and pious atmosphere, Gangotri has the charm to attract people from all over. The striking presence of the snow-clad mountains in the vicinity and the pure crystal clear water of the Ganges flowing around add to the sanctity of the place. One feels close to God in the high altitude of Gangotri. Vegan food dominates the culture and is available in the local food joints or dhabas. Non-vegetarian food and alcoholic drinks are strictly prohibitted.