Devprayag is situated on the confluence point of the two holy rivers of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda making its water holier with the formation of Ganga River. Devprayag is one of the five confluences of Alaknanda River and the origin of Ganga River, before this point Bagirathi River is considered as Ganga. The town is the seat of the pundits of Badrinath Dham. The town of Devprayag holds great religious importance amongst Hindu devotees as the divine Ganga River takes its real form from here. The town is named after Dev Sharma who led his ascetic life here and it is also believed that he was blessed with a glimpse of god. The place showers the tourists with its serene and divine natural beauty and it is also believed than Lord Rama and King Dushratha did penance here. There is an ancient Raghunathji Temple built above the confluence with massive rocks and it is believed that the temple was built more than ten thousand years ago. The structures of the town was shattered by an earthquake in 1803 but was subsequently repaired. The confluence has Brahma Kund on Bhagirathi River and Vashisht Kund on Alaknanda River. There is a place called Baitalshila and it is claimed that a bath in it can cure leprosy.
Location of Devprayag
Devprayag is located at an elevation of 2,265mts above sea level at the confluence of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi River. The point of confluence of Devprayag comes under Tehri Garhwal district and some part of Devprayag comes under Pauri Garhwal district because the town is spread across two to three nearby mountains falling under different district areas.
Places to see in Devprayag
Raghunathji Temple: It is one of the oldest temples of Lord Rama in India as it is more than 10,000 years old. The temple is made up of rocks slightly above the confluence of holy Alaknana and Bhagirathi Rivers. The special aarti of the temple is sung on special occasions and even a non believer of god rhymes to its tune. The temple is dedicated to Lord Rama and many devotees visit this place every year. The shrine of Rama was shattered by an earthquake in 1803 but was subsequently repaired by Daulat Rao Scindia. According to myths and legends, the shrine is dedicated to lord Rama, when he came back to Ayodhya after his victory over Lanka. The temple compound also hosts Annapurna Devi temple, Hanuman temple, Shankaracharya temple and Garud temple.
Chandrabadni: The deity of the divine Chandrabadani Temple is Goddess Sati, the consort of Lord Shiva. According to myths and legends the torso of Goddess Sati was accidentally felt here when Lord Shiva was carrying her. The temple holds great religious importance amongst the people of Uttarakhand. The temple is situated 22kms from Devprayag. There are some ancient statues and numerous iron trishuls outside the temple and the splendid panoramic vistas of the Himalayan range can be seen from here.
Dashrathshila: This is the place where Raja Dashratha, father of Lord Rama performed penance. There is a small water stream here named after Raja Dashrath’s daughter, Shanta. The seat of Dashrath is one a small hillock called Dashrathachal Peak.
New Tehri: It is the only planned town of Uttarakhand state made during the construction of the Tehri dam. Every month thousands of tourists visit Tehri to see the stagnant water of the massive Tehri Dam. The Dam is situated amidst high mountains many of which are submerged under water. New Tehri is very well connected with motorable roads. It is situated 66km from Devprayag.
Rishikesh: Rishikesh is an ideal spot for white water rafting and camping on the river beach. Rishikesh comer under the shivalik range of the Himalayas and the place is also the home of numerous temples. It is one of the busiest places of Uttarakhand where lakhs of tourists visit every month throughout the year. It is situated 70km from Devprayag.
What to do in Devprayag
Visit the divine Raghunathji temples and other temples. Take a holy bath in the sacred water of Ganga River from its origin point here. Do carry back some Ganga Jal (Water of River Ganga) with yourself.
Accomodations Hotels in Devprayag
There is GMVN tourist bungalow in Devprayag providing great and city like facilities at affordable prices with comfort. The two most popular resorts of Devprayag are Dhaneshwar Resort and Ramkund Resort.
Best time to visit Devprayag
You can visit this place anytime but try to avoid monsoon period as the water is muddy here during monsoon months.
How to reach Devprayag
By Road: Devprayag is well connected with major towns of Uttarakhand via motorable roads. NH58 also connects Devprayag with many places of Uttarakhand. Devprayag is situated 95kms from Haridwar, 70kms from Rudraprayag, 227kms from Badrinath and 298kms from the capital city of India New Delhi.
By Rail: Rishikesh and Kotdwar are the mearest railheads of Devprayag, where Rikshikesh is 77kms and Kotdwar is 147kms from Devprayag. Buses and taxis are easily available from Rishikesh to Devprayag.
By Air: The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport situated near Dehradun. Devprayag is situated 93kms from Jolly Grant Airport.