Prayag in Hindu religion signifies the holy confluence of two or more rivers, where devotees take a bath before entering the temple. Panch Prayag in Uttarakhand is the most revered for the Hindus after Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh. Devotees believe that taking a dip here cleanse a person’s mind, body and soul and bring them close to Moksha or Incarnation.
The Panch Prayag destination in Uttarakhand follows the route created by the Alaknanda river emerging from Himalaya’s Satopanth glacier. First Alaknanada meets Dhauligang at Vishnuprayag then travels to Nandaprayag to meet Nandakini; move on to join Pindar at Karnaprayag. It joins the Mandakini a Rudraprayag and unites with Bhagirathi at Devprayag. Together they become one and form river Ganga.
Devprayag is the point where the Bhagirathi that rises at Gaumukh and the Alaknanda, which originate from the Satopanth glaciers located on the eastern side of Chaukhamba Peak, merge to form the Ganga. Out of the five confluences, Devprayag is believed to be the most pious.
Devprayag is about 72 km from the north-east of Rishikesh via Shivpuri and Kandi. Devprayag can be visited at any time of the year.The lovely and divine beauty of this town attracts a lot of tourists here and it is also believed that Lord Rama and King Dushratha did meditation here. The temple is visited by a large number of pilgrims every year.
The bright green Mandakini, which flows from Kedarnath, blend with the white Alaknanda, which flows from Badrinath and make the Sangam at Rudraprayag. Rudraprayag is located 140 km from Rishikesh. It is named after Lord Shiva, who is also called Rudra, as several legends relate this place with Shiva. There are temples of Rudranath and Chamunda Devi and a dangerous line of stairs, associated with the temples.
It is at Rudraprayag that the street separates- one goes to Kedarnath and the other towards Badrinath (passing by Karnaprayag, Nandprayag, and Vishnuprayag). The entire region is blessed with immense natural beauty, places of religious importance, lakes and glaciers. There are a few temples that are located in the town as well and these are a must-visit while travelling to Rudra Prayag or your tour to Panch Prayag.
Around 174 km from Rishikesh, Karnaprayag is where Pindar River, originating from Pindar glacier, joins with Alaknanda River. It is the third in the list of Panch Prayag. Located in Chamoli region, the holy juncture gets its name from Karna, the warier from Mahabharata.
It is famous for connecting the Garhwal region with the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand via NH 109. Karnaprayag lies at the junction where one could travel to Badrinath as well as Kedarnath. It is famous for connecting the Garhwal region with the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand via NH 109.
Nandaprayag is 22 km from Karnprayag and around 194 km from Rishikesh. Here, Alaknanda River merges with Mandakini River at around 1,358 meters of height in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.According to belief, Nandprayag got its name from the Yadava King, Nanda.
His commitment and dedication towards Lord Vishnu at this place earned him the blessing of having a child-like Vishnu. According to legends, this Prayag was known as Kanvasu earlier, after Maharishi Kanva. It is an extremely important religious site for Hindus. Nandaprayag is popular for the amazing view of snow peaks and the Gopalji Temple located on the banks of River Alaknanda.
5.Vishnuprayag (Last in the list of Panch Prayag)
Vishnuprayag is 272 km away from Rishikesh. Vishnuprayag is the union of Vishnu Ganga River and Dhauli Ganga. To make this confluence, Alaknanda River flows down to meet the Dhauli Ganga River. Vishnuprayag derives its name from Lord Vishnu who appeared at this place to sage Narada.
A Vishnu temple is located near the confluence that is dated to the 19th century. A stairway from this temple leads to the confluence spot. Most of the pilgrims take a dip in the nearby Vishnu Kund before entering the temple. A stairway from this temple leads to the confluence spot. Most of the pilgrims take a dip in the nearby Vishnu Kund before entering the temple.