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Pilgrimage, River Ganga, Panch Prayag, Religious, Char Dham Route, Scenic, Water Sports
The celestial town of Devprayag is positioned at an elevation of 830 meters above sea level. Devprayag is the last Prayag or the holy confluence of the Alaknanda River, from here that the confluence of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi River is known as Ganga.
The town is the seat of the pundits of Badrinath Dham. The meaning of Devprayag is Godly confluence as “Dev” man’s god and “Prayag” means confluence.
The town of Devprayag was destructed by a massive earthquake of 1803 and was restored afterward. There is an ancient Raghunath Ji temple, built above the confluence which is believed to be 10,000 years old.
Devprayag is also the abode of the late Acharya, Pundit Chakradhar Joshi, a scholar of Astronomy and Astrology who set up an observatory called ‘Nakshatra Vedh Shala’ in 1946. Located atop a mountain called Dashrathanchal at Devprayag, the well-equipped observatory features two telescopes, and several books citing different researches conducted in the field of astrology. It contains about 300 manuscripts belonging to 1677 A.D., collected from various parts of the country. The observatory also showcases ancient pieces of equipment such as Surya Ghati, Dhruv Ghati and much more exhibiting the progress of Indian astronomy.
Devprayag Experience Holiness, Sanctity, and Adventure at Devprayag
Devprayag is one of the minion towns of Uttarakhand, known for having a divine aura. The devotees can enrapture in spirituality at some of the nearby holy places of Devprayag such as Sangam, Raghunath Ji Temple, Dhaneshwar Mahadev temple, Danda Nagaraja (Lord of Snakes) temple, Chandrabadni temple and the Mata Bhuvneshwari temple adorned in the Pundal village. This heavenly town is the winter home of Pandas, the priests of Badrinath.
You can also take a holy dip in the bathing ghat of Devprayag and savor the lip-smacking regional delicacies that are quite famous among the visitors. The adventure lovers can also indulge in various water sports activities at Devprayag such as white-water river rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, rappelling, and trekking.
Devprayag is one of the Panch Prayag (heavenly confluences) of sacred rivers in Uttarakhand. Thousands of pilgrims visit Devprayag during their annual pilgrimage to Char Dham to seek blessings from the Gods. Raghunath Temple is a famous shrine in Devprayag dedicated to Lord Rama. It is believed to be thousands of years old.
Devprayag is believed to be the meditational grounds of Lord Rama and his father, King Dasharatha. It is also believed that when Bhagirathi did a serious penance for asking Ganga to descend into the Earth then, Ganga along with other 33 Koti god and goddesses came to Earth, choosing Devprayag as their holy abode.
Devprayag is also the place where Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers confluence. Where in, Hindu mythology states that it is also the confluence of river Saraswati, originating from Mana Village in Badrinath, and coming from the feet of Shri Raghunath Ji in Raghunath Temple of Devprayag. One can also find the footprints of Lord Rama at “Ram Kunda” in Devprayag.
Devprayag lies on national highway NH58 that connects Delhi with Badrinath and Mana Pass in Uttarakhand near Indo-Tibet border. Therefore, all the buses and vehicles that carry pilgrims from New Delhi to Badrinath via Haridwar and Rishikesh in pilgrim season of summer months pass through Devprayag on the way to Joshimath and further north. Rishikesh is the major starting point for road journey to Devprayag and regular buses operate from Rishikesh bus station to Devprayag. The road distance from Rishikesh to Devprayag is 74 km (46 mi).