Panch Prayag of Uttarakhand, India
The five prayags, called Panch Prayag means “Five convergence” in Sanskrit – also termed as “Prayag pentad”, namely the five river confluences, which are Vishnu Prayag, Nand Prayag, Karn prayag, Rudra Prayag and Dev Prayag, in the descending flow sequence of their occurrence.
The religious towns are named after the confluence sites as: Devaprayag, Nandprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, except Vishnuprayag, where there is no town but it is about 12 km from Joshimath town, along a winding path that extends to Badrinath Temple and beyond. Some devotees do ablution at all the five prayags before worshiping Vishnu at Badrinath.
People of Garhwal, in particular, gather at the five prayags during Uttarayan, Makara Sankranthi, Basant Panchami and Ram Navami festivals for a holy bath in the sacred river confluences.
One can reach to the five meeting locations on the Rishikesh-Badrinath highway is considered from Rishikesh.
The approximate distances from Rishikesh to the five prayags are:
256 km to Vishnu Prayag via Joshimath which is13 km away;
190 km to Nanda Prayag;
170 km to Karna Prayag;
140 km to Rudra Prayag; and
70 km to Dev Prayag.