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The Alaknanda is a Himalayan river in the Indian state of Uttarakhand and one of the two headstreams of the Ganga, the major Badrinath RishiGanga River meet Alaknanda. Badrinath, one of the holy destinations for Hindus in India is. Alaknanda meets Dhauliganga River at Vishnuprayag, Nandakini River at Nandaprayag, Pindar River at Karnaprayag, Mandakini River at Rudraprayag, then it. After this join of two rivers the combined river is officially known as the river Ganga. Alaknanda river starts from Alakpuri glacier ahead of Badrinath Dham meets.
Understandably all the vehicles ferrying pilgrims and travelers alike, pass through divinity of Devprayag on their journey to Badrinath. Seeing two rivers, one can notice that while Alaknanda flows calmly, Bhagirathi runs very rough and when they merge, the sacred gleaming and pristine Ganges emerges out of the confluence of two rivers.
Devprayag is prominent for its religious importance among Hindus as the holy Ganges takes its shape and form from this sanctified town. Pilgrims, devotees and travelers alike take holy dips in river Ganges at the confluence. The stream is ferocious so one should be careful while taking dips in the river.
They must hold the chains for their safety. At a fair distance from the confluence, many locals from the hill villages also perform cremation and last rites of the departed souls on the river side seeking holy blessing and peace for their heavenly abode. A steep row of steps from the temple along a spur leads to the confluence point.
And, down these steps, small shrines of Shiva and the Binayak Shila the Ganesha stone - that is believed to provide protection from danger - are located. Once in 12 years, a procession of the image of Uma Devi is taken round a few villages in the sub-divisional town of Karnaprayag. The confluence is named after god Shiva, who is also known as Rudra. Shiva also played his favourite musical instrument the Rudra veena here.
By playing the Veena, he enticed god Vishnu to his presence and converted him to water. The gods requested Krishna in order to set things right. Krishna told Narada that Shiva and his consort Parvati were impressed by his musical talent. Narada was taken in by the praise and immediately set out to meet Shiva in the Himalayas.
On the way at Rudra Prayag, he met several beautiful damsels called raginis musical notes who were disfigured and the reason for such disfigurement was squarely attributed to Narada playing his Veena. Hearing this, Narada felt humbled and surrendered before Shiva and decided to devote himself to learning music as disciple of Shiva.
It is the first prayag on the way to Badrinath. Beyond this confluence, the river is known as Ganges. The holiness of this place is considered equal to the famous Triveni sangam confluence at Allahabad where the Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati rivers merge.
The Bhaghirathi runs down a steep declivity with rapid force, roaring and foaming flowing over large fragments placed in its bed, while the placid, Alakananda, flowing, with a smooth, unruffled surface, gently winds round the point till, meeting with her turbulent consort, she is forcibly hurried down, and unites her clamours with the blustering current.Devprayag - Sangam of Alaknanda & Bhagirathi River
There are two Kunds or ponds on the banks of the rivers which join here, these are: Legend also states that Vishnu entreated the demon-king Bali for 3 steps of land here.
It is one of the five sacred confluences in the hills and is an important place of pilgrimage for devout Hindus. As per Hindu scriptures, Devaprayaga is the sacred event of merging two heavenly rivers, Alakananda and Bhagirathito form the holy Ganga. On a terrace in the upper part of the village is the temple of Raghunathjibuilt of huge stones, pyramidal in form and capped by a white cupola.
Chakradhar Joshi a scholar in Astronomy and Astrology who established Nakshatra Vedh Shala an observatory in the year This is located on a mountain called Dashrathanchal at Devprayag. The observatory is well equipped with two telescopes and many books to support research in astronomy.
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It also contains about manuscripts from AD onwards collected from various parts of country. Apart from the latest equipment, it also has the ancient equipment like Surya Ghati, Dhruv Ghati which showcase the pride of Bharatiya progress in the field of astronomy.
Devprayag has much natural beauty.
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Also according to mythology, the footprints of Lord Rama are purported to exist at "Ram Kunda". Giddhanchal Parvat is on top of Raghunnath Ji temple. Tondeshwar Mahadev is Just in front of Sangam. It is very crowded on the day of Mahashivratri.
Many devotees arrive here to donate Gangajal on Linga. In this temple, Maa Durga is worshiped in Maa Bhuvneshwari form. The temple of Maa Bhuvneshwari is situated at Pundal village which is at footstep of approximately mm from Dhaneshwar Temple. Devprayag is divided into three parts.