Devprayag Uttarakhand (देवप्रयाग): All the cities of Uttarakhand have their own history, in this sequence, the city of Devprayag also has its own unique and unique history. The city of Devprayag, located 70 km from Rishikesh, has not lost its old splendor even in the modern era. Devprayag is a city and a famous pilgrimage center located in the Tehri district of Uttarakhand state.
Devprayag Uttarakhand (देवप्रयाग)
Devprayag Sangam is situated at the confluence of the Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers. After this confluence site, this river was known as ‘Ganga’ for the first time. Here Hindu pilgrims come from every corner of India.
Devprayag is situated at the confluence of the rivers Alaknanda and Bhagirathi. From here the combined stream of both the rivers is called ‘Holy Ganga’. This pilgrimage place has special significance due to the ancient Hindu temple.
Mythology and beliefs of Devprayag
According to the belief in the Garhwal Mandal region of Uttarakhand
, the Bhagirathi river is called “mother-in-law” and the Alaknanda river is called “bahu (बहू)”, this meeting is also called “confluence of mother-in-law and daughter-in-law”. Apart from the Devprayag Sangam, the main attractions here are a Shiva temple and Raghunath temple, in which the Raghunath temple is built in Dravidian style.
Devprayag is full of natural wealth. The beauty here is unique and alluring. Nearby Danda Nagraj Temple and Chandravadani Temple are also places of interest. Devprayag is also known as ‘Sudarshan Kshetra’. There are no crows to be seen here, which is a surprise.
Apart from the temple of Raghunathji, Baital Kund, Brahma Kund, Surya Kund, and Vashishtha Kund are in the city; Indradyumna Tirtha, Pushyamal Tirtha, Varaha Tirtha; flower garden; Baital Shila and Varaha Shila; Apart from the temples of Bhairav, Bhushan, Durga, and Vishweshwar, there is also a temple dedicated to Bharata.
Here bathing on the Baital Sila is also claimed to cure leprosy. There is also a hill called Dasharathanchal near Devprayag, in which the rock is called Dasharatha Shila, it is believed that King Dasharatha meditated and meditated on this rock. A stream also flows from this hill, named after Shanta, the daughter of King Dasharatha.
Secrets of Devprayag
According to the belief, Devprayag, one of the five holy Sangam pilgrimages of the Alaknanda river, is also known as Rishi Dev Sharma, who had darshan of God by doing penance here. The supernatural and divine beauty of this city attracts many religious tourists. It is also believed that Lord Rama and King Dasharatha meditated here.
Ten thousand years old temple of Raghunath Ji is situated here for the tourists who have come with devotion and faith in their mind. Above the confluence, this temple made of old stones has a dome in the form of an irregular pyramid. At the confluence of the holy Bhagirathi and Alaknanda rivers, two holy streams or valleys are formed by the rock, which is known as Brahma Kund on the Bhagirathi River and Vasistha Kund on Alaknanda River.
Relationship of the five incarnations of Lord Vishnu
Devprayag is believed to be related to five incarnations of Lord Vishnu including Shri Ram. The place where he appeared in the form of Varaha is called Varahashila and the place where he appeared in the form of Vamana is called Vamana cave. Near Devprayag, Lord Vishnu is adorned in the form of Narsimhachal mountain on the summit of Narsimhachal mountain.
The base site of this mountain was the penance of Parashurama, who meditated here before killing his paternal grandfather, King Sahasrabahu. Near it, in the Shiva shrine, Shanta, the sister of Shri Ram, did penance to marry Shringi Muni. As a result of the sacrifice of Shringi Muni, Dasharatha was received as the son of Shri Ram. Shri Ram’s guru also stayed at this place, which is called Vashisht Gufa.
A mountain to the north of Gaga is considered to be the penance of King Dasharatha. The hill on which Devprayag is situated is called Giddhanchal. This place was the tapobhumi of Jatayu. At the base of the hill, Shri Ram had freed a beautiful woman, Kinnar, who had turned into a spider by the curse of Brahma. At a place near this place, King Indradyum of Odisha worshiped Lord Vishnu.
11th Chapters on Devprayag in Skanda Purana
In 108 divine religious places of India and Nepal, the name of Devprayag is taken with respect. It is here at the confluence of the Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers that the holy river Ganga originates. That is why Devprayag got the most important among the Panch Prayag. There are 11 chapters on Devprayag in Kedarkhand of Skanda Purana.
It is said that Brahma worshiped Lord Vishnu here for ten thousand years and received Sudarshan Chakra from him. That is why Devprayag is also called Brahmatirth and Sudarshan Kshetra. It is also believed that Lord Vishnu appeared here after Muni Dev Sharma did penance for 11 thousand years. He promised Dev Sharma to return to Devprayag in Tretayug and fulfilled it by coming to Devprayag in Ramavatar.
It is said that Shri Ram named this place Devprayag after the name of Muni Dev Sharma. Dhaneshwar in the east of Devprayag, Tadeshwar in the south, Tanteshwar in the west and Baleshwar temple in the north, and Adi Vishweshwar temple in the center. It is also believed that there is a Shivling present inside the Ganges water too.
Devprayag, one of the famous Panch Prayag of Uttarakhand
The famous Panch Prayag of Uttarakhand is situated at the confluence of the main rivers Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnprayag, Nandprayag, and Vishnuprayag. The confluence of rivers is considered very sacred in India, especially because the rivers are considered to be the form of Goddess. Devprayag is situated at the confluence of the Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers.
The confluences of the Garhwal-Himalaya region are considered the most sacred after the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna, and Saraswati at Prayag, as it is the origin of the Ganges, Yamuna, and their tributaries. The places where their confluence takes place are considered to be major pilgrimages. It is here that the rituals of Shradh take place.
How to reach Devprayag?
Due to the serene climate of Devprayag, it is very cold in the winter season. Whereas in summer the atmosphere here remains very sweet and pleasant. Tourists can visit Devprayag in any season of the year. Devprayag is served by highway, rail, and air.
- By Road: Devprayag city is located on Rishikesh-Badrinath National Highway 58 and is connected by road to other cities like Rishikesh, Srinagar, etc. Devprayag is located on the National Highway NH58 that connects Delhi to Badrinath and Mana Pass in Uttarakhand near the Indo-Tibetan border. Therefore, all the buses and vehicles that take pilgrims from New Delhi to Badrinath via Haridwar and Rishikesh in the summer months go through Devprayag to Joshimath and further north. Rishikesh is the prime starting point for Devprayag road travel and regular buses operate from Rishikesh Bus Station to Devprayag. The road distance from Rishikesh to Devprayag is 74 km.
- By Train: The nearest railway station is Rishikesh which is situated at a distance of 71 km from here.
- By Air: Jollygrant is the nearest airport located at Dehradun, which is located at a distance of 90 km from here.