Yamunotri Dham

According to the legend ancient sage Asit Muni had his hermitage here. All his life,he bathed daily both in Ganga & Yamuna . Unable to go to Gangotri during his old age, a stream of Ganga appeared opposite Yamunotri  for him.

 
Close to the temple are hot water springs gushing out from the mountain cavities. Suryakund is the most important kund. Near the Surya Kund there is a Shila called Dibya –Shila, which is worshipped before puja is offered to the deity.Devotees  prepare rice and potatoes to offer at the shrine by dipping them in these hot weather springs, tied in muslin cloth. Rice so cooked is taken back home as prasadam.
                               
The pandas (pujaris) of Yamunotri come from the village of Kharsali near Jankichatti. They are the administrators of the sacred place and perform religious rites well-versed in the Shastras.
                                 
The temple and the place opens every year on the auspicious day of the akshya-tritya, which generally  falls during the last week of April, or the early first week of May. The temple always closes on the Yama Dwitiya, the 2nd day after diwali with a brief ceremony. The temple staff returns to their villages and for the rest of the time the valley is gripped in no man silence and covered with white sheet of snow. With melting of snow next summer, temple re-opens to blissful happiness of thousands of visitors again.
 
Yamunotri Temple is open for devotees from 6am to 8pm. Aarti timings of Yamunotri temple is from 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm. The special pooja is organized in Yamunotri on the eves of Janmashtami and Diwali.