14 September 2010

Deoprayag – A Spiritual Metaphor

Devprayag is a beautiful showcase of traditions, myths and mysticism. This is a place where the holy rivers Bhagirathi and Alaknanda meet, making it a unique pilgrimage like the Prayag of Allahabad.
From here onwards two rivers merge into one and take the name of ‘Ganga’.
Deoprayag though situated just at an altitude of 618m from the sea level, is endowed with abundant natural beauty.
According to a belief, Lord Rama and his father King Dasharatha did penance here. The main temple is the ‘Raghunath Temple’ dedicated to Lord rama.
Devprayag a small town of Tehri Garhwal is a pilgrimage centre of great significance. In Treta-Yuga, Lord rama and Lakshman performed a yajna here to atone for killing Ravana, who was a Brahmin. The ancient Raghunath Temple here with a 15-foot tall deity of Sri-Rama (Sri Raghunath) is one of the 108 most important temples in India.

How to Reach Deoprayag

Air: The nearest Airport is Jolly Grant at Dehradun, 90 Km from Deoprayag.

Rail: The nearest railway station is at Rishikesh, 70 Km from Deoprayag.

Road: Deoprayag is well connected with Rishikesh and Dehradun and other parts of the Garhwal Himalayas.

Where To Stay at Deoprayag

Tourist Rest House – GMVN                           Ph: 01378-26013

PWD Inspection Bungalow

Dharamshalas of Kedarnath – Badrinath committee

Ramkund Resorts                                             Ph: 01378-266391

Places to see at Deoprayag

Raghunathji Temple: The ancient temple dedicated to Lord Rama, the epic hero of Ramayana. An impressive black granite statue graces the temple.

Barat Mandir: Relatively unknown, but this small temple is a beautiful example of hill temples. Named after Bharat, Rama’s younger brother. The bigger Bharat temple is at Rishikesh, but it is also much revered. Its worth visiting, to feel the pulse of Hindu mythology and beliefs.

Chandrashila: A gigantic boulder in the mid of Bhagirathi river at a distance of 2 Km from Deoprayag. According to legend, King Dashratha, father of Lord Rama meditated here for the salvation of his ancestors. A holy dip at this place, is believed to get one’s wishes fulfilled.

Chandrabadni: It is a small temple situated at the hilltop at an altitude of 2,756 mt above sea level at a distance of 30 Km from Deoprayag to Jamnikhal on the Tehri road. Reaching there by a trek of 1 Km you can have a breathtaking view of the Himalayan peaks and the river flowing below.

In the month of April, this sleepy corner of the hills bubbles with activities. A fair is held here, which sees devotees congregating from different parts of Himalayan region to witness the spiritualism revered in Chandrabadani Temple.


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