The Yamunotri Temple is situated in the Western region of Garhwal Himalayas at an altitude of 3,291 m in Uttarkashi district Uttarakhand.
It’s just 129 km from Uttarkashi , the main district headquarters.
The temple is dedicated to Goddess Yamuna, and has black marble idol of the goddess .
The Yamunotri temple is a day’s journey from Uttarakhand’s main towns , Uttarkashi ,Rishikesh, Haridwar or Dehradun.
The actual temple is only accessible by a 13km trek from the town of Hanuman Chatti and a 6km walkb from Janki Chatti thus horses or palanquins are available for rent.
The hike from Hanuman Chatti to Yamunotri takes in a view of number of waterfalls.
Three are two traking routes from Hanuman Chatti to Yamunotri thus the one along the right bank proceeds via the Markandeya Tirth , where the sage Markadeya wrote the Markandeya Purana.
The other route which lies on the left bank of the river goes via Kharsali thus from where Yamunotri is a five or six hours climb .
Twin sister of Yama, daughter of Surya and one of the Ashtyabharya of Krishna .
Goddess Yamuna is said to be the Goddess if perseverance and is a divine goddess of Hindu Mythology.
Yamunotri Temple: History
Yamunotri temple has a shrine dedicated to the goddess.
There is also an 18th century temple at Gangotri, which was damaged and re-innovated in the 19th century .
The temple has been destroyed twice by snow and floods before being rebuilt. It is located on the backdrop of Bandarpunch.
Temple is part of the revered Char Dham pilgrim circuit.
The temple opens on Akshaya Tritiya and closes on Yama Dwitiya ( second day after Diwali ) for the winter.
A little ahead is at an actual source of the river Yamuna thus which is at an altitude of about 4,421 meters appr.
Two hot springs are also present at Yamunotri, offering relief to tired hikers at a height of 3,292 m.
Surya kund has boiling hot water , while Gauri kund has tepid water suitable for bathing.
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