Yamunotri Temple is a holy temple located in the state of Uttarakhand. This holy temple is devoted to Goddess Yamuna. Goddess Yamuna God is the daughter of the sun and the sister of Yamraaj (God of death). It is one of the four holy dhams of Uttarakhand state.
The first pilgrimage in the four dhams starts with this holy shrine. This temple was constructed by Maharaja Pratap Shah of Tehri Garhwal in the year 1919. This temple was rebuilt in the 19th century by the "Maharani Gularia" of Jaipur. This holy temple is located at an altitude of about 3292 meters from the sea level.
This temple opens on the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya and closes on the second day after the Deepawali festival. Every year lakhs of devotees come to darshan this holy temple. The holy Yamuna river flows near the Yamunotri temple. According to the Vedas, the Goddess Yamuna is known as named of Yami (lady of life).
It is believed that after bathing in the holy water of the river Yamuna, all sin committed by man is destroyed. The temple attracts pilgrims. After darshan the temple, pilgrims get a different enjoyment.
To reach Yamunotri temple, about 7 km trek from Janki Chatti or horse and doli are hired.
The recognition of Yamunotri Dham is that Goddess Sandhya, the sun was not able to tolerate the heat. After that Yama made a statue named "Chhaya" and gave it to the place. One day Yama tried to hit the Chhaya with his leg, then the angry "Chhaya" cursed Yama that your foot would fall one day.
When the goddess Yamuna came to earth on hearing this, she made austerity to free her brother Yama from the curse of Chhaya and freed them from the curse. Seeing this, Yama happened pleased and asked the Yamuna to demand the boon. The Yamuna demanded the safe water of the rivers as a boon from her brother Yama, by which is no death due to lack of drinking water, and he can achieve salvation.
Hence, the mountain near the place of Yamunotri is named after Lord Sun, Also called 'Kalinda'. The recognition of the water of the river Yamuna is that from the Yamunotri Dham, by spraying the collected water of the river Yamuna in the home, liberation from Vastu defects is attained. It is also said that whoever bath in the water of the Yamuna, that Akal is free from the fear of death and receives liberation.
The statue of the black marble of Goddess Yamuna is established in the main sanctum of the temple. In this temple, the worship of Yamunotri Ji is done with the whole method.
The nearest airport to Yamunotri is Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun, which is about 198 km away from Yamunotri.
The nearest railway station of Yamunotri is Dehradun, which is about 172 km away from Yamunotri.
The trek to This temple is a 6 km from Hanuman Chatti and 4 km from Janki Chatti. From Barkot can go from jeep up to Janki Chatti.
The best time to travel to the Yamunotri Temple is between from the months of September to November and April to Jun. Travelling here in these months is the best and enjoyable.
In winter, the journey of here is closed for 6 months. During winter, the weather of here is cold. Due to heavy snowfall in winter, the temperature of here goes down very much.
Due to heavy rains in the rainy season, it is a bit difficult to travel of here because of heavy rains threatening landslides.