Deoprayag is a beautiful showcase of traditions, myths and mysticism. This is the place where the holy rivers Bhagirathi and Alaknanad meet, making it a unique pilgrimage like the Prayag of Allahabad.
From here onward the two rivers merge into one and take the name of 'Ganga'.
Deoprayag though situated, just at an altitude of 618 mtrs. from the sea levael, is endowed with abundant natural beauty. According to belief, Lord Rama and his father King Dasratha did penance here. The main temple is the 'Raghunath Temple', dedicated to Lord Rama.
The bathing ghat at Deoprayag is build with multiple levels to accommodate different water levels during the monsoon. It is also the winter home of the Badrinath pandas.
Deoprayag is a pilgrimage centre of great significance. In Treta - yuga, Lord Rama and Lakshman performed a yajna (sacrifice) here to atone for killing Ravana, who was a Brahmin. The ancient Raghunath Temple here with a 15-foot tall deity of Sri Rama (Sri Raghunath) is one of the 108 most important temples in India. In front of the temple is Garuda. Behind the temple and slightly up a hill is Vamana's cava and nearby is Lord Rama's stone throne.
How To Reach
- By Air : The nearest airport is Jolly Grant at Dehradun, 90 kms. The nearest railhead is at Rishikesh, 70 kms.
- By Rail : Deoprayag is at a distance of 70 kms. from Rishikesh.
- By Road : Deoprayag is well connected with Rishikesh and Dehradun and other parts of the Garhwal Himalayas.
Where to Stay (STD code : 01378)
- Tourist Rest House - G.M.V.N. - Deoprayag : Ph 01378 - 266013
- Ramkund Resort, Wah Bazar - Deoprayag : Ph 01378 - 266391
- Pious Ganga Hotel/Restaurant Badrinath Marg - Deoprayag
- Sangam Hotel, Bus Stand - Deoprayag
- Hotel Holi Sangam & Restaurant Badrinath Marg - Deoprayag : Ph +91 9412109060
- Vijay Lakshmi Hotel Badrinath Marg - Deoprayag : Ph 01378 - 266063
- Tourist Guest House Sangam Marg - Deoprayag : Ph 01378 - 266273
- Sri Badrinath - Kedarnath Mandir Samiti Dharamshala - Deoprayag
- P.W.D. Inspection Bungalow, Deoprayag
What to See
Raghunathji Temple: The ancient temple dedicated to Lord Rama, the epic hero of Ramayana. An impressive black granite statue graces the temple. Every day the devotees congregate at the The temple to pay obeisance, after taking bath in the holy confluence. The walls of the temple display exquisite sculptures that show Buddhist influence.
Bharat Mandir: Relatively unknown, but this small temple is a beautiful example of hill temples. Named after Bharat, Rama's younger brother. The bigger Bharat Temple is at Rishikesh, but it is also much revered. Historically, after the Muslim invasion in north India, the priests left the holy city of Rishikesh and the idol was placed here for several centuries. Later it was taken to its original location, Rishikesh. The temple is worth visiting, to feel the pulse of Hindu mythology and beliefs.
Chandrashila: A gigantic boulder in the mid of Bhagirathi river, at a distance of 2 kms. from Deoprayag. According to legend, King Dasaratha, father of Lord Rama meditated here for the salvation of his ancestors. A holy dip at this place, is believed to be the way to get one's wishes fulfilled.
Chandrabadni: At an altitude of 2,756 mtrs. above sea leval at a distance of 37 kms from Deoprayag on the Tehri road. Reaching there you can have a breathtaking view of the Himalayan peaks and the river flowing below.
A small temple is situated at the hilltop. An ideal place for spiritual expedition.
In the month of April, this sleepy corner of the hill bubbles with activities. A fair is held here, which sees devotees congregating from different parts of the Himalayan region.