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Yamunotri is one the 4 Chota Dham located in Uttarkashi district of Indian State Uttarakhand. Yamunotri is the main source of River Yamuna and seat of Goddess Yamuna. The town is located at an altitude of 3293 mts from sea level. The chief attraction at Yamunotri is the temple devoted to the Goddess Yamuna and the holy thermal springs at Janki Chatti (7 km. Away). The actual source of the river is Champasar Glacier further 1 km up and is not approachable hence the temple has been built here. The Yamuna, like the Ganges, has been elevated to the status of a divine mother for the Hindus and has been held responsible for nurturing and developing the Indian civilization.
Close to the temple are hot water springs gushing out from the mountain cavities. Surya Kund is the most important kund. Near the Surya Kund there is a shila called Divya Shila, which is worshipped before puja is offered to the deity. Devotees prepare rice and potatoes, tied in muslin cloth, to offer at the shrine by dipping them in these hot water springs. Rice so cooked is taken back home as prasadam. The pujaris of Yamunotri come from the village of Kharsali near Janki Chatti. They are the administrators of the sacred place and perform religious rites. They are well-versed in the Shastras.
The temple and the place opens every year on the auspicious day of the Akshaya Tritya, which generally falls during the last week of April, or the first week of May. The temple always closes on the sacred day of Diwali in mid-October – first week of November, with a brief ceremony. The temple staff return to their villages and for the rest of the time the valley is gripped in no-man silence and covered with a white sheet of snow. With the melting of the snow next summer, the temple re-opens.
How to reach:
By Air: Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Yamunotri situated at a distance of 210kms. Jolly Grant Airport is well connected to Delhi with daily flights. Hanuman Chatti is directly not connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport. Taxis are available from Jolly Grant Airport to Hanuman Chatti.
By Rail: The nearest railway station is Rishikesh or Hardwar and Dehradun. Dehradun is located at a distance of 125 kms while Rishikesh is located at a distance of 200 kms from Hanuman Chatti.
By Road: Yamunotri is not directly connected with Road. The road head is Hanuman Chatti and one has to trek from here to Yamunotri which is 13 kms away.
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