Yamunotri is the place high in the Garhwal Region, where the holy Yamuna originates. It is one of the four Pilgrimages sites in the Chota Char Dham circuit in Uttarakhand. The Yaumna is a divine mother in Hindu Beliefs and importance is well explained in the religious texts, the goddess Yamuna is wife of Lord Sri Krishna, daughter of Surya Dev (Sun God), brother of Shani Dev (God of Justice) and Lord Yama (God of Death). The shrine of Yamunotri is located on the Bandar Poonch peak. The temple of Yamuna was constructed by Maharaja Pratap Shah, king of Tehri Garhwal. The deity is made with black marble.
Yamunotri Mythological Importance:
The goddess Yamuna is said to be the daughter of Lord Sun and twin sister of Lord Yamraj; in Vedas, Yamuna is called Yami - lady of life. It is believed, A bath in the sanctified waters of Yamuna cleanse all sins and protect from untimely or painful death. Such strong associations in Hindu mythology, place Yamuna Devi in high ranks of divinity.
The another important holy place in Yamunotri dham is the SURYA KUND is a natural Hot boiling water lake and devotees boil rice and potatoes by tying them in a cloth (preferably muslin cloth) and Pilgrim take this cooked rice and Potato as "Prasad".
There are couple of famous sites near the Yamunotri temple includes Divya Shilla, Janki Chatti, Hanuman Chatti, Saptarishi Kund and Jamnabai Kund.
Accessibility: 215 kms from Rishikesh, 223 kms from Hardwar, 172 kms from Dehradun, 415 kms from delhi, 182 kms from Dehradun railway station, 200 kms from the nearest airport "Jolly Grant Airport" in dehradun.
Accommodation: Barkot (5 kms away from Yamunotri Temple) has various types of accommodations like affordable guesthouses and budget hotels.
Yamunotri temple open at 6:00 AM and closes around 8:00 PM
Best Time to Visit
visit in between (May/Jun) to (October/November)