The shrine of Yamunotri and the source of the river Yamuna is a part of Char Dham. Lying in the Tehri Garhwal region in Uttaranchal, it is the place from where river yamuna flows. Yamunotri has various hot water springs and glaciers having medicinal properties. Yamuna's water is considered as holy and people can be seen taking auspicious bath here.
The Yamunotri temple is a major place here. Here you can see the deity in black marble. The Yamuna has been elevated to the sculptures of divine mother for the Hindus. The legends say that the place was the dwelling of ancient sage Asit Muni who regularly bathed in Ganga and Yamua. Near the temple, devotees can find many hot water springs flowing out from the mountain cavities.
Places to Visit
Many thermal springs can be found in the close vicinity of the temple. The kund is known for its high temperature of 190. As an auspicious meal, pilgrims cook rice and potatoes in this kund to offer to deity in the temple.
Divya Shila is a slab of stone which is said to be the slab of divine light. Devotees worship Divya Shila before worshipping Yamuna.
It is one of the most thrilling climbs in the rocky terrain. Situated 13 km away from Yamunotri, devotees can take a tedious trek from here. The trek can be done on foot or on ponies.
The other available options are palanquins & porters.
How to Reach
By Air: Jolly Grant in Dehradun is the nearest airport.
By Rail: Rishikesh and Dehradun are the two railheads.
By Road: It is easily accessible by road.