Located in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand, Gangotri Temple is one of the four sites in the Chota Char Dham pilgrimage circuit. The temple was built by the Gurkha General, Amar Singh Thapa in the 18th century. Situated on the left bank of Bhagirathi, the Gangotri temple is dedicated to Goddess Ganga.
According to Hindu mythology, following King Bhagiratha's severe penance, Goddess Ganga took the form of a river to absolve the sins of King's predecessors. That's why Ganga is also known as Bhagirathi. The stone slab on which Bhagirath meditated is called the Bhagirath Shila and it is located near the temple. Gangotri Temple is part of Chota Char Dham Pilgrimage.
The temple structure just like most traditional temples. It is a modest structure that doesn't take away the spiritual or religious significance of the holy site. Most of the rituals are offered at the sacred banks.
Timings : Open from 6:15 AM to 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Temple is closed during the winters and the opening is announced after astrological predictions.
No dress code. It's a long trek and you should wear clothing that wouldn't be restrictive. Avoid Saree and carry warm clothing.
Photometric is compulsory for the devotees wishing to travel by a chopper.
People suffering with critical illnesses are advised to consult their doctor before commuting.
Part of the 'Chaar Dhaam' Yatra, Gangotri is one of the most spiritual places in India. Vedic philosophy and hindu ideologies are the way of the life. The populations here is just in hundreds and they are used to tourists. Long trek bring people from different states together and serve one ultimate spiritual objective. The entire valley looks like a never ending procession of merry pilgrims during the 'yatras'. Piety, spirituality, and religion are held in high regards, as is the symbolic bath to rid one of all the sins.
A dip in the Ganges before offering Puja to Ganga, although not compulsory, is considered to absolve one of all the sins.
A palanquin (Doli) is used to carry the Goddess from her winter abode to the Gangotri temple before opening. It happens with much fanfare as the army band plays the music. Various rituals are performed for one's pitru (ancestors)
April \ May - Akshay Tritita (Opening Ceremony)
May - Ganga Dussehra
October \ November - Diwali (Closing Ceremony)
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