Gangotri Hindu Pilgrimage:
Gangotri is one of the important sacred places for the Hindus. Here the pilgrims worship the holiest river, Ganga. The devotees worship the Ganges and start further up to the glacier, where Ganga begins. According to the Hindu Mythologies Ganga is the daughter of Heave, due to the long meditation of Bhagirath, this goddess Ganga came down to earth in the form of the river.
Gangotri in Hindu Mythology:
There is a story about the forming of goddess Ganga as a river. Once there was a famous king Sagara and had 60,000 sons. Once he performed ‘Tapasya’ for the salvation. Then the Tapasya horse was stolen by someone. So the 60,000 sons started searching for their stolen horse. One day they were walking through a forest, they saw a sage who was in deep meditation. The sons disturbed his meditation and asked him for their stolen horse. Then the disturbed sage got angry for the disturbance and cursed them to become ashes. The regretted princess begged for a solution to remove their sins. Then the sage said that only the touch of holy Ganga could make the men attain Heavenly residence.
Bagiratha Meditation for River Ganga:
After several years, Bagiratha the great-grandson of King Sagar had known his forefather’s story and wanted to give the salvation to the cursed forefathers. So he started meditation for Ganga river from the heaven. He deeply meditated for many years, then the appeased Lord Shiva allowed Ganga to flow on earth. The river Ganga flew on the ashes of Sagar’s 60,000 sons and removed their sins and they attained Heavenly residence. Still, the Hindu devotees believe that Bhagirathi river cleans the sins when bathing in the river.
Gangotri and Other Attractive Places:
Other than the temple there are many attractive places in Gangotri. Nandavan and Tapovan are 6 km away from Gangotri. From here the view of Shivling peak is very amazing. Kedartal is a beautiful lake and situated only 18 km away from Gangotri. The travelling facilities are not available, who want to visit this place, they should trecking to reach this place. May, June, September, October and November months are the best time to visit this place. In the winter it is difficult to reach this place due to heavy snowfall and blizzards.
Dehradun is the nearest airport, 226 km away from Gangotri. The nearest Rail station is Rishikesh.