Rishikesh and Excursion to Chandrabadani Devi Mata Temple and Dev Prayag

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16th Apr 2019

Ganga in valley between Dev Prayag and Rishikesh

Photo of Rishikesh and Excursion to Chandrabadani Devi Mata Temple and Dev Prayag by Nag Mani

Rishikesh

Day 1

Rishikesh in the foothill of Himalaya on the banks of river Ganga is the entry point for Tehri and Pauri region of Garhwal in Uttarakhand. Rishikesh is ,known as gateway to Garhwal Himalaya, and, Yoga Center of India. In year 1968, The Beatles visited Maharshi Mahesh Yogi ashram here in search of peace and tranquility .So many other well known artists  have also visited Rishikesh . There are many Ashram’s and lodges apart from big Hotels for Comfortable stay for every section of society. These Ashram, Like Sri Jairam Ashram on Triveni Ghat, are not only for staying but they provide training in Yoga, Vedic studies, Sanskrit language also. Patanjali , the famous Ayurvedic medicine and Yoga Institute, has their center here.  Good and affordable food is no issue here.

Ganga at Rishikesh

Photo of Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India by Nag Mani

Triveni Ghat  at Rishikesh

Photo of Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India by Nag Mani

At Triveni Ghat Blogger with wife

Photo of Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India by Nag Mani

en route to Chandrabadani Mata Temple from Dev Prayag 

Photo of Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India by Nag Mani

Beauty of Garhwal Himalaya and village in valley  with step cultivated agricultural  field

Photo of Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India by Nag Mani

en route to Chandrabadani Mata Temple from Dev Prayag  

Photo of Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India by Nag Mani

en route to Chandrabadani Mata Temple from Dev Prayag ; Beautiful  nature and weather

Photo of Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India by Nag Mani

en route to Chandrabadani Mata Temple from Dev Prayag with some village in background

Photo of Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India by Nag Mani

 Beauty of Valley and village in Garhwal

Photo of Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India by Nag Mani

Garhwal  during cloudy weather 

Photo of Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India by Nag Mani

Landscape of Himalaya 

Photo of Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India by Nag Mani

Starting of climb to Chandrabadani Mata Temple

Photo of Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India by Nag Mani

Starting of climb to Chandrabadani Mata Temple

Photo of Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India by Nag Mani

Apart from Yoga and meditation, Rishikesh has other facilities like trekking, white water rafting , camping etc.

Boat Ride  near Ram Jhula 

Photo of Rishikesh and Excursion to Chandrabadani Devi Mata Temple and Dev Prayag by Nag Mani

As per popular belief, Lakshman jhula is suited at place where Lord Ram did penance for Killing Sri Lanka King Ravana and crossed Ganges . This is a cable stay bridge for pedestrian crossing of Ganges. There is another similar bridge known as Ram jhula on Ganges. Ganges enters the plain from Himalaya from here.

Ram Jhula in background

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Rishikesh is around 30 Km from Haridwar and 40 Km from Dehradun, the state capital of Uttarakhand.

Dehradun to Rishikesh , Scenic road

Photo of Rishikesh and Excursion to Chandrabadani Devi Mata Temple and Dev Prayag by Nag Mani

One can witness and participate in Ganga Aarati in evening on Triveni Ghat and Ghat near Parmarth Niketan on the other bank of Ganges near Ram Jhula.

Blog writer performing Ganga aarati

Photo of Rishikesh and Excursion to Chandrabadani Devi Mata Temple and Dev Prayag by Nag Mani

Ganga aarati  in evening at Triveni Ghat

Photo of Rishikesh and Excursion to Chandrabadani Devi Mata Temple and Dev Prayag by Nag Mani

Ganga aarati at Triveni Ghat

Photo of Rishikesh and Excursion to Chandrabadani Devi Mata Temple and Dev Prayag by Nag Mani
Photo of Rishikesh and Excursion to Chandrabadani Devi Mata Temple and Dev Prayag by Nag Mani

 Bhazan after Ganga aarati at Triveni Ghat

Photo of Rishikesh and Excursion to Chandrabadani Devi Mata Temple and Dev Prayag by Nag Mani

There are good excursion location in and around Rishikesh. We selected Chandrabadani Devi Mata temple and Dev Prayag in nearby Tehri region.

Day 2

Chandrabadani Devi Mata Temple , Tehri Garhwal

en route to Chandrabadani Mata Temple from Dev Prayag 

Photo of Chandrabadni Mata Temple, Chandrabadni Track, Jhanau, Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand, India by Nag Mani

Beauty of Garhwal Himalaya and village in valley  with step cultivated agricultural  field

Photo of Chandrabadni Mata Temple, Chandrabadni Track, Jhanau, Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand, India by Nag Mani

en route to Chandrabadani Mata Temple from Dev Prayag  

Photo of Chandrabadni Mata Temple, Chandrabadni Track, Jhanau, Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand, India by Nag Mani

en route to Chandrabadani Mata Temple from Dev Prayag ; Beautiful  nature and weather

Photo of Chandrabadni Mata Temple, Chandrabadni Track, Jhanau, Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand, India by Nag Mani

en route to Chandrabadani Mata Temple from Dev Prayag with some village in background

Photo of Chandrabadni Mata Temple, Chandrabadni Track, Jhanau, Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand, India by Nag Mani

 Beauty of Valley and village in Garhwal

Photo of Chandrabadni Mata Temple, Chandrabadni Track, Jhanau, Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand, India by Nag Mani

Garhwal  during cloudy weather 

Photo of Chandrabadni Mata Temple, Chandrabadni Track, Jhanau, Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand, India by Nag Mani

Landscape of Himalaya 

Photo of Chandrabadni Mata Temple, Chandrabadni Track, Jhanau, Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand, India by Nag Mani

We selected to travel straight to Chandrabadani Devi Mata temple from Rishikesh , keeping Dev Prayag visit for return journey. Dev Prayag is around 88 Km from Rishikesh and Chandrabadani Devi Mata Temple is further up around 35 Km from Dev Prayag.

Chandrabadani Devi Mata temple is on the top of Chandra koot mountain ( 8000 ft) in Tehri Garhwal District. This is a Shakati peeth. Shakti Peeth is a pilgrimage place related Goddess Sati, The lady consort of Lord Shiva. The last around 1000 meters is a steep climb up the mountain in lush green Garhwal Himalaya. Visiting time is till evening 06:00 pm during summer. The road from Dev Prayag to temple is very picturesque passing through valleys of Garhwal Himalaya. One can see Villages and stepped agricultural fields. Agricultural fields are in steps to suit the topography of Himalaya. The view from top of different picks of Garhwal Himalaya is just breath taking. And in cloudy weather it is just fascinating. It is believed that original temple was built by Adi Shankaracharya. Present temple was renovated by local king afterwards.

Starting of climb to Chandrabadani Mata Temple

Photo of Rishikesh and Excursion to Chandrabadani Devi Mata Temple and Dev Prayag by Nag Mani

Starting of climb to Chandrabadani Mata Temple

Photo of Rishikesh and Excursion to Chandrabadani Devi Mata Temple and Dev Prayag by Nag Mani

Climb to Chandrabadani Mata Temple

Photo of Rishikesh and Excursion to Chandrabadani Devi Mata Temple and Dev Prayag by Nag Mani

Climb to Chandrabadani Mata Temple

Photo of Rishikesh and Excursion to Chandrabadani Devi Mata Temple and Dev Prayag by Nag Mani

Way to temple

Photo of Rishikesh and Excursion to Chandrabadani Devi Mata Temple and Dev Prayag by Nag Mani
Photo of Rishikesh and Excursion to Chandrabadani Devi Mata Temple and Dev Prayag by Nag Mani

Temple on the highest point of  Chandrakoot Mountain 

Photo of Rishikesh and Excursion to Chandrabadani Devi Mata Temple and Dev Prayag by Nag Mani

Surrounding Garhwal Himalaya from temple top

Photo of Rishikesh and Excursion to Chandrabadani Devi Mata Temple and Dev Prayag by Nag Mani

Temple  entrance 

Photo of Rishikesh and Excursion to Chandrabadani Devi Mata Temple and Dev Prayag by Nag Mani

The most efficient way to visit is hire vehicle from Rishikesh. For Motorcycle lovers they can hire motorcycle from Rishikesh and enjoy riding in Himalaya. It is better to avoid going up to Mata temple during pick summer due to steep climb . 

Dev Prayag

Confluence of Alkananda ( Soil colour water) and Bhagirathi ( Aqua Blue water); starting of Ganga  

Photo of Devprayag, Uttarakhand, India by Nag Mani

Dev Prayag is situated in Garhwal Himalaya on the confluence of River Bhagirathi flowing from Gangotri glacier and River Alaknanada flowing from Badrinath. Ganga starts from this place after meeting of these two rivers in Garhwal Himalaya. Travelers have to go downhill and cross River Bhagirithi by a cable stay pedestrian bridge to reach the site confluence of two rivers and witness the beautiful sight of river Alaknanda coming from mountains with full force. One need to take bath at the site of confluence within the cordoned area by holding the Iron chain links provided on the bank to avoid any untoward incident due to very strong current of both the rivers.

Crossing River Bhagirathi coming from Gangotari at Dev Prayaga  for going to confluence point

Photo of Rishikesh and Excursion to Chandrabadani Devi Mata Temple and Dev Prayag by Nag Mani

Dev Prayag is situated at around 88 km from Rishikesh on Badrinath Road.

River Alkananda coming from Badarinath

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Bank of Alkananda and Bhagirathi

Photo of Rishikesh and Excursion to Chandrabadani Devi Mata Temple and Dev Prayag by Nag Mani

Mythological, this place is also related with Lord Rama and his brother Lakshamana doing penance for killing Sri Lanka King Ravana. One very old Raghunath temple is situated uphill around two hundred meters from the confluence site.

Old Raghunath Temple at Dev Prayag

Photo of Rishikesh and Excursion to Chandrabadani Devi Mata Temple and Dev Prayag by Nag Mani

Travelers can visit this place by state Road transport also.

Travelers can visit and travel to both the above places from Rishikesh or other places only between sunrise and till evening around 07:30 or 08:00 Pm.

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