Gangotri, the derivation of the holy River Ganga and realm of the goddess Ganga (the godess of power), is one of the four sites in the Chota Char Dham pilgrimage route. It is called Bhagirathi at the starting point and attains the name Ganga (the Ganges) from Devprayag onwards. Here, it meets the river Alaknanda. The derivation of the holy river is at Gaumukh, loated in the Gangotri Glacier. This ancient temple is constructed of white granite at a height of approx. 20 feet. There is a natural sunken rock known as the partial shivalinga. As per the beliefs, this is the same place where Lord Shiva knotted the heavy waves of river Ganges into his tangled hair.
According to hindu mythology, Goddess Ganga took the appearance of a river to pardon the sins of King Bhagiratha’s precursors, following his severe reparation from several centuries. In the early 18th century, the temple was constructed by Sh. Amar Singh Thapa who was a Gorkha Commander.
How to reach
Dehradun’s Jolly Grant airport is the nearest airport which is 226 kms away. From Gangotri, the nearest railway station (Rishikesh) is at 250 kms away. Once you reach the Gangotri, a tourist / pilgrim has to climb a trek of approx. 14 kms till Bhojbasa. Here anyone can have accommodation there and can trek further up till the glacier Gangotri.