Devprayag

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Devprayag
Raghunath temple is visible in the top centre
Devprayag is located in Uttarakhand
Devprayag
Devprayag
Location in Uttarakhand, India
Coordinates: 30°08′47″N 78°35′54″E / 30.146315°N 78.598251°E / 30.146315; 78.598251Coordinates: 30°08′47″N 78°35′54″E / 30.146315°N 78.598251°E / 30.146315; 78.598251
Location
Country: India
State: Uttarakhand
District: Tehri Garhwal
Location: Uttarakhand, India
Architecture and culture
Architectural styles: Nagara architecture

Devprayag (Devaprayāg) (Devanagari: देव प्रयाग) is a town and a nagar panchayat (municipality) in Tehri Garhwal district[1][2] in the state of Uttarakhand, India, and is one of the Panch Prayag (five confluences) of Alaknanda River where Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers meet and take the name Ganga or Ganges River.

Overview[edit]

Traditionally, it is considered to be the place where sage Devasharma led his ascetic life, giving birth its present name, Devprayag. It is one of the five sacred confluences in the hills and is an important place of pilgrimage for devout Hindus.[3]

"Devaprayaga" means "Godly Confluence" in Sanskrit. As per Hindu scriptures, Devaprayaga is the sacred event of merging two heavenly rivers, Alakananda and Bhagirathi, to form the holy Ganges.

On a terrace in the upper part of the village is the temple of Raghunathji, built of huge stones, pyramidal in form and capped by a white cupola.

Devprayag is the home of the late Acharya Shri Pt. Chakradhar Joshi (a scholar in Astronomy and Astrology) who established Nakshatra Vedh Shala (an observatory) in the year 1946. This is located on a mountain called Dashrathanchal at Devprayag. The observatory is well equipped with two telescopes and many books to support research in astronomy. It also contains about 3000 manuscripts from 1677 AD onwards collected from various parts of country. Apart from the latest equipment, it also has the ancient equipment like Surya Ghati, Jal Ghati and Dhruv Ghati which showcase the pride of Bharatiya progress in the field of astronomy. Shri Dr. Prabhakar Joshi and Acharya Shri Bhaskar Joshi (Popularly known as Guruji) are currently in charge and caretakers of the observatory.

Devprayag is full of natural beauty. Other than Sangam and Raghunath Ji Temple in Devprayag, one can visit sacred places like Mata Bhuvneshwari temple at nearby village Pundal followed by Dhaneshwar Mahadev temple, Danda Naggaraja (Lord of Snakes) temple and Chandrabadni temple.here are many beautiful places like mata chanderbadni temple.My Village is situated near of Devprayag.

The place,as we know The confluence of river Alaknanda & Bhagirathi but according to our mythology there is another river belonging with this confluence named Saraswati,who originate from Mana village in Badrinath and in Devprayag the river comes from the feet of Shri Raghunath ji in Raghunath Temple. Here also we can get the footprints of Lord Rama at "RAMKUNDA". Devprayag is surrounded by 3 godly peaks, named Giddhanchal Parvat,Dashrathanchal Parvat, and Narsinghancal Parvat.Giddhanchal Parvat is on top of Raghunnath ji temple.Narsinghanchal Parvat is in front of Giddhanchal Parvat and Dashrathanchal Parvat is on top right side of "Sangam".Lord Shiva is worshiped here in the form of Linga, named Tondeshwar Mahadev and Dhaneshwar Mahadev. Tondeshwar Mahadev is Just in front of Sangam.It is very crowded on the day of Mahashivratri. Many devotees arrives here to donate Gangajal on Linga. Dhaneshwar Mahadev is in route on old Badrinath Way.Which is start from Bah Bajar(A market in Devprayag).With this way devotees can reach at Just another temple of Maa Durga in Pundal Village.In this temple Maa Durga worshiped in Maa Bhuvneshwari form.The temple of Maa Bhuvneshwari is situated at Pundal village which is at footstep of approx 500-700mtrs from Dhaneshwar Temple."Mishras" live here in Pundal village. Devprayag is divided into three parts. One is Bah Bazzar(Pouri Side part), second one is Beech Bajar (laying down to the Highway No.58)and the third is Shanti Bazar, main bus stand of Devprayag.

Devprayag is the resident priest of Badrinath.They called by the name of "PANDAS". Every Panda has their own region in whole country. A thousand year old history of pandas in Dham . Adiguru Shankaracharya came to the area in Badrikashram in the 8th century, many South Indian Brahmins from different areas with different castes came over here with Aadiguru.These were "Tetriya Krishna Yajur Brahmin . Inspired by the wisdom of Brahmins, Maharaja of Garhwal assigned them to worship of Lord Ram in Raghunath Temple in Devprayag.When these Brahmins arrived at Badrinath then they had worshiped by the pilgrims.Since then Brahmins known as Panda in Dham and everywhere.

As I said before every Panda has their own region in country.PandaS worship devotees the same area of each region they offers.Every Panda played a significant role in any devotee life while he arrive Badrinath for Puja or Darshan. While they arrive Badrinath,Pandas look after them very carefully.Pandas organised every thing for his Yatri like food, accommodation, puja's tickets, and every thing which is really needs to yatri. Pandas having thousands years of literature of their devotee(Yatri).In this literature every information is mentioned about devotee's last 3 or 4 generations.Every Panda having various types of books related his Yatri's information,like Bahi,Daskhati and all others.Every Yatri identified by with the help of these books.The peoples of devprayag (Pandas) spend their 6 months of year in Badrinath and after rest of 2 or 3 months in Devrayag they spend it in its own regions.It is quite hard for him and his family.He spends much less time with the family.Many peoples says that it (Pandagiri) is a very normal and less prestigious occupation.Even many Pandas also agreed with this.This is our misfortune.i have written as earlier about importance of this occupation.Because it belongs to God Almighty so it becomes more prestigious rather than the other occupation automatically.In other words we serve yatries by many of ways.Although we take money against it but we will not become greedy for any subject.This is our patrimonial occupation and we have to keep respect for it. The cuisines of Devprayag also rich and famous as Devprayag.Singori and Bal Mithai keeps an important place in Devprayagi's heart.For those sweets demand persists as equal in normal days as well as in festive season. Singori, traditionally made with khoya wrapped in form of a cone with Maalu leaves.The khoya observes the smell of Maalu leave.Singoriis a cone shaped sweet available in many sweet houses of Devprayag.On the other han Bal Mithai is a brown chocolate-like fudge, made with roasted khoya, coated with white sugar balls.In Bal Mithai we can put Khoya with replacing Chocolate.Both version are equally delicious of this sweet.*(by Sudeep Dhyani,Bah Bazar,Devprayag)

Geography[edit]

The Alaknanda rises at the confluence and feet of the Satopanth and Bhagirath Kharak glaciers in Uttarakhand near the border with Tibet. The headwaters of the Bhagirathi are formed at Gaumukh, at the foot of the Gangotri glacier and Khatling glaciers in the Garhwal Himalaya. These two sacred rivers join to form the Ganges (Ganga) in Devprayag.

Devprayag is 70 km from Rishikesh. Devprayag has an average elevation of 830 metres (2,723 feet).

Demographics[edit]

Confluence of the Alaknanda (left) and Bhagirathi (right) Rivers to form the Ganges at Devprayag

As of 2001 India census,[4] Dev Prayag had a population of 2144. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Dev Prayag has an average literacy rate of 77%, higher than the national average of 74.5%; male literacy is 82% and, female literacy is 72%. In Dev Prayag, 13% of the population is under 6 years of age. The town is the seat of the pandas of the Badrinath Dham.

How to reach[edit]

Air[edit]

The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport near Dehradun 116 km (72 mi) away.

Railway[edit]

The nearest railway stations is at Rishikesh. However, Rishikesh is a small railway station not connected by fast trains. Haridwar railway junction, 24 km farther from Rishikesh, has train connections to most of the major cities in India and is, therefore, the railhead for Devprayag.

Road[edit]

Devprayag lies on national highway NH58 that connects Delhi with Badrinath and Mana Pass in Uttarakhand near Indo-Tibet border. Therefore all the buses and vehicles that carry pilgrims from New Delhi to Badrinath via Haridwar and Rishikesh in pilgrim season of summer months pass through Devprayag on the way to Joshimath and further north. Rishikesh is the major starting point for road journey to Devprayag and regular buses operate from Rishikesh bus station to Devprayag. The road distance from Rishikesh to Devprayag is 74 km (46 mi).

  • Haridwar to Rishikesh 24 km
  • Rishikesh to Devprayag 74 km
  • Devprayag to Srinagar 34 km
  • Srinagar to Rudraprayag 33 km

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Fast facts Devprayag Official website.
  2. ^ Map of Pauri Garhwal district Pauri Garhwal District Official website.
  3. ^ Devprayag Tehri Garhwal district, Official website.
  4. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 

Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

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