About Yamunotri Temple

Yamunotri temple is located in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand state India. This temple is situated at the altitude of about 3,293 meter above from sea level in the Garhwal region of Himalayas. Yamunotri temple is one of the four pilgrimage sites from Uttarakhand’s Chardham yatra which also includes Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath.

This highly revered Hindu temple is very famous and also known as the first stop in the Uttarakhand chardham yatra. The source of the Yamuna River, which is known as Yamunotri glacier is also located near the temple. Thousands of devotees come here at Yamunotri from across the globe to visit the Yamunotri temple to offer prayers and to seek blessings.

Yamunotri temple was built in 19th century by the Maharani Gularia the queen of Jaipur and later revived and re-established by the king of Tehri Garhwal Maharaja Pratap shah.

Two hot water springs are also located near the temple named Sury kund and another is Gauri kund, where the Surya kund has boiling hot water the other one Gauri kund has tepid water which is suitable for bathing. The water at Gaui kund is said to be enough hot to cook rice and potatoes which are also offered as the prasad in the Yamunotri temple. The water at the Gauri kund helps to relax after trekking.

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Architecture and Design of the Yamunotri Temple

Yamunotri temple follows the blend of traditional Tibetan and Garhwali architecture style. This architecture style helps to withstand in the harsh weather of the region. The temple of Yamunotri is constructed primarily with granite stones and woods. The architecture style reflects the rich culture of the Garhwal region.

The front of the temple is adorned with intricate carvings and sculptures of the deities, and mythological creatures from the Hindu religion. The spire (Shikhar) is built using the woods and it is also carved with several designs and the spire increases the beauty of the Yamunotri temple. The use of wooden and granite stones enhances the durability and aesthetic appeal of the temple.

Inside The Yamunotri Temple

Garbhagriha: The garbhagriha (sanctum sanctorum) of the yamunotri temple is considered as the most sacred in the complex of Yamunotri temple here the deity of Yamuna is represented in the form of a silver idol which is crafted from black marble and adorned with the garlands. The devotees take darshan, offer prayers, light lamps, etc. and seek blessings from goddess Yamuna. There is also a white stone idol of Goddess Ganga beside the deity of Goddess Yamuna.

Pooja ceremonies at Yamunotri temple

The pooja here at Yamunotri are performed by the pujaris who comes here from the nearby village kharsali in janakichatti.

Some important info about Yamunotri Temple

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    The Opening and Closing date of Yamunotri temple in 2024

    Opening Date: 10th May 2024

    Closing Date: Yet to be announced