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The temple of Gangotri is along the bank of the holy river Bhagirathi in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. The presiding deity of Gangotri Temple is Goddess Ganga. It is one of the sites to visit during Chota Chardham yatra. This is the very sacred place for Hindus to visit once in a lifetime. In addition, scroll down to know more about Gangotri Temple history, timings of Gangotri temple, and Photos of Gomukh Gangothri…
Gangotri Temple History
When it comes to the Gangotri Temple history, once there lived a king named Sagara committed a huge Ashwamedha Yaga. During the yaga, Indra has taken away the Ashwa(Horse) and tied near Kapila Ashram. Meanwhile, the sons of the king Sagara went in search of the royal horse. Suddenly, they found the horse tied next to the sage Kapila’s shelter. His sons then fired and destroyed the sages shelter. Kapila sage then turned anger and burnt them into ashes by saying their soul will be with ashes until the flow of Ganga on them. Then after, the grandson of the king Sagara Bagiratha did great penance in order to release the souls from the ashes with the flow of river Ganges by requesting Goddess Ganga to come down to the earth.
Then Goddess Ganga came down to the earth where her intensity of flow began to destroyed and submerged the earth. So, in order to save the earth, Lord Shiva locked the river flow with his locks of matted hair. Again Bhagiratha did penance requesting Lord Shiva to release the river Ganga and should control the force by the locks of his matted hair. Finally, on the please of Bhagiratha penance, he released Ganga from his hair with a manageable force. The son’s ashes then touched by the river Ganga and got liberated.
The place where river Lord Shiva released Goddess Ganga is now calling Shivlinga in Gangothri. The place where Bhagiratha did penance is now calling as Bhagiratha Shila. And the place where Gangotri originated is calling Gomukh.
However, the temple was built by Amar Singh Thapa, the Gurkha general in the 18th century.
Timings of Gangotri temple:
Generally, the timings of Gangotri temple are
- Morning: 6:15 AM to 2:00 PM
- The temple remains closed from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
- Evening: 3:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Photos of Gomukh Gangothri:
Here are some of the Photos of Gomukh Gangothri,