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Panch Prayag is the confluence of five sacred rivers Vishnuprayag, Nandaprayag, Karnaprayag, Rudraprayag and Devprayag in Uttarakhand. These rivers merge to form the holy River Ganga who is worshipped as the life-giving goddess. It is believed that taking a dip in the Panch Prayag cleanses the soul and provides moksha (salvation).
Legend of Panch Prayag
According to Hindu mythology, Goddess Ganga wanted to descend down to Earth and bless humankind, but Her power was too much to Earth to take. Lord Shiva, knowing this, decided to split Her energy and distribute it equally across the lands. He took Her energy into His matted locks and directed it to flow into Earth in twelve channels. These channels are said to rejoin after Devprayag, the last of the Panch Prayag birthing the holy Ganga river. This is why the Devprayag is hailed as the most important of the Panch Prayag.
The Satopanth, Bhagirathi, Alaknanda, Vishnuganga, Dhauliganga, Nandakini, Pindar, and Mandakini meet at different points along the path and finally form the Ganga at the holy Devprayag point.
The first of the famous Panch Prayag, Vishnuprayag is the place where River Vishnu Ganga (known as Alaknanda after this point) meets River Dhauliganga. Vishnu Prayag has an ancient temple of Lord Vishnu that stands here next to a pool called Vishnu Kund. Named after Lord Vishnu who according to one legend appeared on this very spot to bless Rishimuni Narad, Vishnuprayag is heavenly in its appearance. It is also home to many ashrams and is popular for river rafting.
Nandaprayag is the place of confluence of River Alaknanda and Nandakini, in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. According to belief, Nandprayag got its name from the Yadava King, Nanda. His commitment and dedication towards Lord Vishnu at this place earned him the blessing of having a child-like Vishnu.
There is a well-known sanctuary of Gopalji (Lord Krishna) at Nandprayag. The wedding of King Dushyanta and Shakuntala is said to have occurred here. Nandprayag is additionally a door to Badrikshetra. The region amongst Satopanth and Nandprayag is referred to as Badrikshetra as all the important Badri temples (Panch Badri) are situated inside this territory.
Around 174 km from Rishikesh, Karnaprayag is where Pindar River, originating from Pindar glacier, joins with Alaknanda River. Located in the Chamoli region, Karnaprayag gets its name from Karna, the warier from Mahabharata. According to belief, this is where Karna (warrior from Mahabharata) meditated and gained Kavacha (shield) and Kundal (studs) from Lord Surya (Sun), his father. It is additionally known to be where Lord Krishna played out the last rites of Karna.
As indicated by Kalidas’ Abhijanaa-Shakuntalam, Dushyant and Shakuntala’s relationship blossomed at Karna Prayag. The Hindu priest Swami Vivekananda meditated Karnaprayag for 18 days.
Rudraprayag is a holy town located on the confluence of River Mandakini with Alaknanda. It is named after Lord Shiva, who is also called Rudra, as several legends relate this place with Shiva. According to belief, Lord Shiva performed Tandava here. He played his Rudra Veena, and with its sound, he attracted Lord Vishnu and changed him into the water. There is another story that portrays that the wise Narada once got extremely glad for his Veena playing capacity. After he perceived his pride, he appealed to Lord Shiva for a long time at Rudraprayag to influence Shiva to keep him as his follower.
A black rock situated at Rudraprayag is believed to be where Narada meditated, and later it came to be known as the Narad Shila. There are temples of Rudranath and Chamunda Devi here. Around 142 km far from Rishikesh, it is at Rudraprayag that the street separates- one goes to Kedarnath and the other towards Badrinath (passing by Karnaprayag, Nandprayag, and Vishnuprayag).
Devprayag is where River Alaknanda meets the Bhagirathi. All the five rivers meet here to form the holy river Ganga. Situated in Tehri Garhwal, around 73 km far from Rishikesh, Devprayag can be visited any time of the year. One can pray and shower at all Panch Prayag, beginning from Devprayag, and afterwards finish up the journey with the most sacred darshan of Lord Badrinath. Moreover, a Panch Prayag yatra can be consolidated with Chota Char Dham Yatra for a more satisfying and complete peaceful tour in Uttarakhand.
How to Reach Panch Prayag
The closest city to the Panch Prayag is Rishikesh.
Car: One can reach Rishikesh from the nearby city of Haridwar, which is 20 kilometres away. The only way to reach the Panch Prayag from Rishikesh is by road, hire a car or taxi to cover the Panch Prayag. The distance from Rishikesh to the five Prayags are as follows:
Dev Prayag: 69 kilometres
Rudra Prayag: 140 kilometres
Karna Prayag: 170 kilometres
Nanda Prayag: 190 kilometres
Vishnu Prayag: 260 kilometres
Bus: Package tours are available from Rishikesh and Haridwar that cover the five Prayags. This is the best option to cover all the spots comfortably.
Flight: The nearest airport is at Dehradun, about 35 kilometres away from Rishikesh. Dehradun is connected to all major Indian cities by air.
Train: The nearest train station is at Rishikesh, with connections to Haridwar and other major North Indian stations. One can reach Haridwar from cities like Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Delhi, and take a one-hour trip to Rishikesh.
So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and be ready to take a bath in holy Panch Prayag and feel free from all worldly troubles.
Morning after breakfast drive to Devprayag chick in to hotel and lunch after lunch sightseeing at Devprayag and dinner over night stay at Devprayag. Deoprayag is regarded as the most entire showcase of legends, tradition and society. 70 km from Rishikesh , here the Bhagirathi from Gaumukh and the Alaknanda from Satopanth join and for most Indians, this meeting is no less holy than the Sangam at Allahabad. These 3 rivers flowing royally through sculptured channels carved through the rocks have carved angular blocks of land around the confluence and the city is set into these 3 angles. To be found at a height of only 618 m, Deoprayag is an invocation to the gods who have kindly endowed this spot with remarkable natural beauty. It is believed that Lord Rama and his father King Dashratha did penance here. The temple of Raghunathji houses a tall picture of Lord Rama made of black granite. The most celebrated event at Deoprayag is the congregation of devotees, who come here to worship at Raghunath temple.
In the early morning after breakfast drive to Rudrapryag chick in to hotel and lunch sightseeing tour in Rudraprayag and dinner over night stay at Rudrapryag. Rudraprayag is the joining point of Alaknanda and Mandakini rivers. The place get its name from Lord Shiva, also known as Rudra. Hindus trust that the sage Narad worshipped Lord Shiva here to be blessed with the mastery of music mysteries. Rudraprayag also commemorates the event when Sati, consort of Lord Shiva, took rebirth after her self immolation. The shrine of Kedarnath is at 84 km from Rudraprayag while Badrinath shrine is at 159 km from here.
Morning after breakfast drive to Karanprayag chick in to hotel and lunch after lunch sightseeing at Karanprayag and Dinner over night stay at Karanprayag. The icy flow from the Pindari glaciar becomes the Pindari river, and when it joins the Alaknanda at 788 mts, the confluence is recognized as Karnaprayag. The wooded thickets of the hills surrounding Karnaprayag were the meeting ground for Shakuntala and Dhyanta, immortalised in Kalidasa's immortal classic of the same name and a preferred ballad ever since, There is a temple dedicated to Karna here, the son of queen Kunti and her fiery lover, Lord Surya. Karna's lineage was kept a secret, but he practiced austerities before his father and was granted the boon of a pair of earrings and armour that made him invincible, finally, he fell in the bettle the Pandavas and Kauravas, but he remin a tragic hero for in life he never had the legitimacy he desired. Other temple at the confluence are dedicated to Narayan, Gopal, Shiva and Uma.
Morning after breakfast drive to nand prayag chick in to hotel and lunch after lunch sightseeing at nand parayaj and dinner over night stay at Nandprayag. Green Nandakini River, creating from a glacier near Nanda Devi, receives the lighter coloured Alaknanda at Nandprayag with the confluence noticeable by a brightly colourful, triangular concrete block. Steps lead down to the banks of both rivers. Fable has it that this prayag was previous recognized as Kanvasu, later than Maharishi Kanva who had his ashram here. It was only after King Nand maked a Maha Yagna here that it took on the name of Nandprayag. Nandprayag is unique in that there is no temple on its ghats. Earlier period, a temple dedicated to Nanda Devi got washed away along with its priest in a flash flood. However, the close to shrines of Gangeshwar Mahadev, Chandika Devi and Gopalji are worth a visit.
Morning after breakfast drive to Joshimath lunch at Bishnuprayag sightseeing and drive to Joshimath chick in to hotel Dinner over night stay at Joshimath. Formed by the meeting of the impetuous Vishnu Ganga (recognized, after this point, as the Alaknanda) and the Dhauliganga rivers, Vishnu Prayag, 1,372 mts. has an very old temple here by a pool known as Vishukund. It is said that the sage Narada worshipped Vishnu at this holy place, and the Lord, pleased with his austerities, had given him his blessings. Visitors are find the Kagbhusandi lake bewitching with its bright green depths giving it a still surface, while on the banks, blossoms evoke the colours of nature in all her magnificence. The lake can be move toward from either Bhundar village near Ghangaria or from Vishnu Prayag.
Morning after breakfast drive to Rishikesh. Via Devprayag check in hotel at Rishikesh. Dinner and over night stay at rishikesh. Legend has it that arms of shiva appeared in Tungnath after he took the form of a bull.according to Skanda purana shiva tells parvati that whoever has Darshan and seeks the blessings of Tungnath attains sadgati or spiritual salvation regardless of the place of his death.
Morning after breakfasts drive to Haridwar, Lunch en route and continue drive to Delhi tour End