Amazing facts about Gangotri



Gangotri, situated in the picturesque state of Uttarakhand in India, is a place of immense religious significance and natural beauty. Here are some amazing  facts about Gangotri:

  • Source of the Ganges River: Gangotri is the origin point of the sacred Ganges River, one of the holiest rivers in Hinduism. The Ganges, also known as Ganga, holds immense spiritual and cultural importance in India, and its source at Gangotri is located at an altitude of approximately 3,042 meters (9,980 feet) in the Garhwal Himalayas.
  • Gangotri Temple: The Gangotri Temple, dedicated to Goddess Ganga, is a major pilgrimage site for Hindus. Constructed in the 18th century by Amar Singh Thapa, the temple is an architectural marvel and an important stop for devotees on the Char Dham Yatra pilgrimage circuit.
  • Gaumukh Glacier: The Gangotri Glacier, often referred to as Gaumukh (meaning “Cow’s Mouth”), is one of the largest glaciers in the Himalayas. It is from here that the Ganges River emerges, and the glacier resembles the shape of a cow’s mouth, giving it its name.
  • Bhagirathi River: The river flowing from Gangotri is initially known as the Bhagirathi River until it converges with the Alaknanda River at Devprayag to form the Ganges. Bhagirathi is named after King Bhagirath, who is credited with bringing the Ganga to Earth through penance.
  • Opening and Closing Ceremonies: The Gangotri Temple opens on the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya (April/May) and closes on the day of Diwali (October/November). The opening and closing ceremonies are significant events attended by pilgrims and are marked by rituals, prayers, and festivities.
  • Submerged Shiva Linga: Near the Gangotri Temple, there is a submerged natural Shiva Linga called the “Shivling.” Devotees believe that the Shivling represents Lord Shiva, and it remains partially submerged in the winter months due to the freezing of the water.
  • Gangotri National Park: The region around Gangotri is part of the Gangotri National Park, a sanctuary for diverse flora and fauna. The park is home to rare species such as the snow leopard, Himalayan tahr, and musk deer, making it a haven for wildlife enthusiasts.
  • Pandav Gufa: Legend has it that the Pandavas, from the Indian epic Mahabharata, sought refuge in a cave near Gangotri during their exile. The cave, known as Pandav Gufa, is a popular trekking destination and is believed to be the place where the Pandavas meditated.
  • Surya Kund: Pilgrims visiting Gangotri often take a dip in the holy Surya Kund, a natural hot water spring near the Gangotri Temple. The water is believed to have medicinal properties, and the ritualistic bath is considered purifying.
  • Gangotri as a Part of Char Dham Yatra: Gangotri is one of the four sacred sites included in the Char Dham Yatra pilgrimage circuit, along with Yamunotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath. Pilgrims embark on this spiritual journey to seek blessings and attain spiritual salvation.


Gangotri’s combination of spiritual significance, breathtaking landscapes, and ecological diversity makes it a captivating destination that attracts not only religious pilgrims but also nature lovers and adventure seekers.

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@Puja Singh…..

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