Prayag of Uttarakhand (उत्तराखंड के प्रयाग): Uttarakhand has been called Dev Bhoomi in the order of the Himalayan state of India. Panchbadri, Panchkadar, Panchprayag make the holy land here a deity.
There is some temple at every peak of the village, then the confluence of every river is the center of religious beliefs, which is called Prayag. By the way, there are basically 14 Prayag sites all over India, of which most 5 Prayag of Uttarakhand and Panchprayag is also the center of people’s faith on this earth.
Uttarakhand is not simply called Dev Bhoomi. In Uttarakhand, gods and goddesses are living in every particle, that is why it is also known as Dev Bhoomi. There are many popular statements about the five Prayag of Uttarakhand, a symbol of people’s faith and it is also related to the faith of the people.
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Prayag of Uttarakhand
Every year millions of tourists and pilgrims visit the five Prayag of Uttarakhand. The famous Panch Prayag Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Nandaprayag, and Vishnuprayag of Uttarakhand are located at the confluence of the Ganges River and its main tributaries.
This confluence of rivers is considered very sacred not only in Uttarakhand but also in India and abroad. Especially because rivers are considered as the form of Goddess in our Hindu religion.
After the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati in Prayag, Uttar Pradesh, the confluences of the tributaries of the Ganges River in the Garhwal-Himalayan region of Uttarakhand are considered to be the most sacred, as Ganga, Yamuna, and their tributaries originate from here. The places where they have confluence are considered to be major pilgrimages. This is where the rituals of Shraddha (श्राद्ध) are performed.
What is Prayag?
Prayag has generated all the pilgrimages of the world, Prayag is not originated from other pilgrimages, that is why Prayag is called Tirtharaj. Now the question arises, why? The answer to this question is found in the seventh chapter of Patalakhand (पातालखण्ड) of Shri Padyapuran ( श्री पद्यपुराण). Verse seven states that just as the universe originates from the universe, the universe does not originate from the world, similarly other pilgrimages originate from Prayag.
Mythological statement about Prayag
Prayag is the oldest and best pilgrimage place in the world. Prayag, the confluence of white rivers, has been the penance for the gods, Rishi-muni, Sadhu- shant, sages, and householders for centuries. The Magh Mela is organized every year at the confluence of Ganga-Yamuna and the invisible Saraswati. This fair takes place when the sun enters the Capricorn sign. Here pilgrims from different parts of India gather for Kalpavas and bath.
Kamad and Mokshada (कामद और मोक्षद) are two types of pilgrimage. Those who fulfill the wishes of the pilgrimage are called Kamad Teertha. The pilgrimages that provide salvation are called Mokshada Teertha. Salvation is attained by liberation from desires. Those who wish to fulfill their desires do not get salvation because their desire is towards indulgence.
Prayag itself is one such pilgrimage, which is also Kamad and Mokshada. All the pilgrimages of the world are under it. That is why Prayag is a pilgrimage place. There are a total of thirty and a half crore pilgrimages in heaven, mantra, and patala Lokas. The king of all these pilgrimages is Prayag who gives both salvation and bhakti. Prayag Tirtha is served by the deity, muni, demons, etc. and when the sun is in Makarstha every Magha month, all pilgrimages and devas, Danuj, Kinnar, Nag, Gandharva gather in Prayag and bathe in the Triveni respectfully. Dev Danuj Kinnar Male Shrine. Best regards, Majjhi Sakal Triveni.
list of all Prayag in India
Prayag when this word comes into the mind of a common man, then just go towards the city of Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh. In fact, Allahabad’s original name is Prayag and it got its name because there is a confluence of Ganga and Yamuna. It is also said that a third river Saraswati is also found there but it is invisible. There are many pilgrimage sites in India at the confluence of two rivers and Prayag is associated with their names. It is said that there are 14 such Prayag in India and most of these Prayag in Uttarakhand and the major Panchprayag also exists in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand.
- Devprayag – The holy site where the river Alaknanda meets river Bhagirathi in Tehri Garhwal district. Devprayag is also known as ‘Sudarshan Kshetra’ or Sudarshanprayag.
- Rudraprayag – The holy site where the river Alaknanda meets river Mandakini In Rudraprayag district
- Karnaprayag – The holy site where the river Alaknanda meets river Pinder in Chamoli district.
- Nandaprayag – The holy site where the river Alaknanda meets Nandakini River in Chamoli district.
- Vishnuprayag – The holy site where the river Alaknanda meets river Dhauli Ganga in Chamoli district.
- Keshavprayag – The holy site where the river Alaknanda meets river Saraswati is near Mana village, district of Chamoli.
- Sonprayag – “Sonprayag” lies at the confluence of Mandakini and Vasuki Rivers (Vasukiganga River) in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand.
- Ganeshprayag – Ganesh Prayag lies at the confluence of Bhagirathi and Bhilangana Rivers in the Tehri-Garhwal district of Uttarakhand.
- Prayagraj – Prayagraj, literally the king of all Prayag, lies at the confluence of Ganga, the Yamuna, and the mythical Saraswati river at Prayagraj (Allahabad), Uttar Pradesh.
- Indraprayag: On the route from Rishikesh to Uttarakhand to Devprayag, the confluence of the Navalika River (Nayar River) takes place at a place called “Vyas Ghat” located on the Ganges River. And it is the ancient pilgrimage site of Uttarakhand.
- Suryaprayag – The Lastar river (लस्तर नदी) is the first river in Uttarakhand to offer ardha to the Sun God daily. Therefore its confluence is called Surya Prayag. The river is the lifeline of the Silgad, Bhardar, and Bangar villages of the Rudraprayag district.
- Chandraprayag – villages of Rudraprayag district.
List of Prayag of Uttarakhand
The question for everyone here is, how many Prayag are there in India and Uttarakhand? And there is no limited number and count of them. And most of the Prayag which is counted is also in Uttarakhand. Some of them are the list of Prayag of Uttarakhand, which is still the main and mythological pilgrimage site of Uttarakhand, where tourists and pilgrims often come from far away to visit.
- Devprayag – Tehri Garhwal district.
- Rudraprayag – Rudraprayag district
- Karnaprayag – Chamoli district.
- Nandaprayag – Chamoli district.
- Vishnuprayag – Chamoli district.
- Keshavprayag – Chamoli district.
- Sonprayag – Rudraprayag district.
- Ganeshprayag – Tehri-Garhwal district.
- Indraprayag – Pauri Garhwal district.
- Suryaprayag – Rudraprayag district.
- Chandraprayag – Rudraprayag district.
Panch Prayag of Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand, the Himalayan state of India known as Dev Bhoomi, has been the focal point of tourism for a long time. Millions of tourists and pilgrims coming from India and abroad choose this mountain state of India to give a new dimension to their various activities. Perhaps this is the reason why there is a continuous increase in tourist traffic year after year. Let us tell that the state of Uttarakhand has succeeded in creating a different global identity not only in terms of spirituality but also in terms of adventure. Be it the Char Dham Yatra and the gateway to Hari, Haridwar, pilgrimage sites from Yoga City Rishikesh to Panch Badri, Panch Kedar and Panch Prayag are present here which have been the faith centers of the people in Uttarakhand. A Panch Prayag of Uttarakhand is one of the divine sites of India whose importance has been going on since the mythological period.
- Devprayag (देवप्रयाग): has the most special place among the Panch Prayagas of Uttarakhand, two divine rivers of northern India meet at this place. These two rivers are the Alaknanda River and the Bhagirathi River. From here, these two rivers together form the form of the holy Ganges. Let us know that by seeing the tumultuous arrival of Bhagirathi and the calm form of Alaknanda, he has got the name of mother-in-law. According to the belief, due to the hard efforts of Bhagiratha, Ganga had agreed to come to the earth, and this was the place where Ganga first appeared. According to mythology, Lord Rama came here to perform penance here, including Lakshmana and Sita after the Lanka victory.
- Rudraprayag (रुद्रप्रयाग): is the confluence of the Alaknanda and Mandakini via Badrinath. These two divine rivers merge into each other only after coming to this place. The view of the union of these two rivers gives a quite exciting experience to the lovers. This place is known for its natural beauty and spiritual significance. According to mythological belief, this place was named ‘Rudraprayag’ after the name ‘Rudra’ of Lord Shiva. At this place, Narada did penance for Mahakal, then Lord Shiva appeared to Narada and taught Veena. The place was named Rudraprayag after Shiva’s Rudra form.
- Karnprayag (कर्णप्रयाग): The beautiful site of Uttarakhand Devbhoomi is situated at the confluence of Karnprayag Alaknanda and Pinder River. The Pinder River reaches here via the Pindari Glacier at Bageshwar. Explain that this place is named after the most powerful warrior of Mahabharata, Danveer Karna. This is the mythical site where Kunti’s son Karna did penance of Surya after which he received impenetrable armor, coil, and renewable bow. Hence there is a tradition of donating after bathing here.
- Nandprayag (नंदप्रयाग): Nandprayag located in Garhwal, Uttarakhand is famous as an ancient pilgrimage place. This is the place where the Nandakini River and the Alaknanda River meet. This place for the divine confluence of these two rivers is very famous among tourists coming from India and abroad. According to mythological belief, King Nanda did penance here to get a son. Pleased with his penance, Lord Vishnu gave him the boon of getting a son. Near this place is the temple of Lord Krishna, which is famous as the Gopal Ji Temple. Apart from this, there is a temple of Chandika Devi here. A grand fair is organized here during Navratri.
- Vishnuprayag (विष्णु प्रयाग): The last of the major Panch Prayag of Uttarakhand, Devbhoomi is Vishnu Prayag which is very close to Badrinath, the court of Bholenath. It is also the confluence of major rivers, where the Alaknanda River and the Vishnunganga River meet. According to mythological belief, Lord Vishnu did penance at this place. There is also a temple of Lord Vishnu at this site. Which was later built by Maharani Ahilyabai of Indore.