Vishnuprayag

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Confluence of the Dhauliganga (right) with the Alaknanda (left) at Vishnuprayag
The Dhauli Ganga at Vishnuprayag

Vishnuprayag is one of the Panch Prayag (five confluences) of Alaknanda River, and lies at the confluence of Alaknanda River and Dhauliganga River, in Chamoli district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. [1] Vishnuprayag derives its name from Vishnu, According to Hindu scriptures[which?], it is the place where Sage Narada meditated, after which Vishnu appeared before him. It is near to Kagbhusandi Lake.[2]

Geography[edit]

It is located at 30°20′N 79°20′E / 30.34°N 79.34°E / 30.34; 79.34. Its original name is Vishnuprayāg.[3] It has an average elevation of 1,372 metres.

Path[edit]

The Alaknanda River, which originates in the eastern slopes of glacier fields of Chaukhamba, is joined by the Saraswathi River near Mana, and then flows in front of the Badrinath temple. It then meets the Dhauli Ganga River, which originates from the Niti Pass, to form the Vishnuprayag. This stretch of the Alaknanda River is called the Vishnu Ganga. Legend narrates the worship offered by sage Narada to god Vishnu at this confluence[citation needed]. An octagonal shaped temple is located near the confluence that is dated to 1889, and is credited to the Maharani of Indore - Ahalyabai. A stairway from this temple leads to the confluence.

Places nearby[edit]

Vishnuprayag Hydro Electricity Project[edit]

This project is owned by Jaypee Industries and is around 12 km in length. The project produces 400MW. The project is located at Hanuman Chatti near Vishnuprayag.[4]

Badrinath Temple[edit]

Badrinath is a Hindu temple dedicated to Vishnu.

Hanuman Chatti[edit]

Hanuman Chatti is a temple situated a few kilometers ahead of Vishnuprayag that is dedicated to the god Hanuman.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Vishnuprayag is the confluence of river Alaknanda and Dhauliganga-Source-Uttarakhand.ws
  2. ^ [2] Vishnuprayag Travel Guide
  3. ^ [3] Vishnuprayag Location Map-Source-Maplandia.com
  4. ^ [4] The Vishnuprayag vision-Source-Cargill