Perched amidst sprawling Garhwal Hills, Yamunotri is another revered pilgrim spots in the state of Uttarakhand. It is one of the Char Dham in India and holds great religious importance. Yamunotri is the source of sacred river Yamuna and also the abode of goddess Yamuna. It is famous for its thermal springs, glaciers and scenic locales. In effect, it is one of the must visit places from travel and tourism point of view.
According to Hindu mythology, this hilly spot was once the abode of an
ancient sage by the name, Asit Muni. Owing to its legendary
significance, thousands of devotees visit this silent yet
hustling-bustling pilgrimage place. There are a many worth visiting
places here, one of the most important being the Yamunotri temple. This
temple was built by Maharani Gularia of Jaipur in the 19th century. The
shrine is dedicated to goddess Yamuna.
She resides here in the form of a silver idol adorned with garlands. It
is believed that a holy dip in the sacred water of river Yamunotri here
relieves everyone from a painful death. This is because she is the
sister of Yama, the God of Death. As a result, pilgrims visit the place
in order to seek the blessings of Yamuna and save themselves from the
agony of death. Apart from this there is Surya Kund which is known for
its thermal springs.
The temperature of the water here is approximately 190 degree
Fahrenheit. Also, there are a number of hot water pools here, which are
used to cook rice and potato as Prasad (holy offerings to God). Divya
Shilla is a rock pillar here, which is worshipped by the devotees before
entering the Yamunotri temple. Other tourist places near Yamunatri are
Janaki Chatti, Hanuman Chatti and Saptrishi Kund.