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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the famous religious sites in Uttarkashi?

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A town on the way to the religious places of Gangotri and Yamunotri, Uttarkashi is the perfect stopover spot with its own numerous sites of religious importance. The town with its spires of different lengths and flags of varied colours carves out a unique space for itself on the tourist map of the country.


  • Vishwanath Temple

    Situated on the bank of river Bhagirathi and dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple is believed to be built by Sage Pashurama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Believe it or be sceptical about it but if you are on a trip to Uttarkashi, you will find it hard to ignore it. Though believed to be ages centuries old, the present structure dates back to 1857 AD, when the temple was renovated by Maharani Khaneti, queen of the Gharwal king Sudarshan Shah. With the green mountain and the blue river as the backdrop, the temple is surely going to invoke your soul, if not your spirituality.

  • Shakti Temple

    A symbol of the victory of good over evil, the 6 metres high trishul (trident) of Goddess Shakti will wake up the hope for goodness in this world. Wrapped lovingly and with reverence in red glittering cloth, embodying a feminine, nurturing charm in the otherwise weapon of destruction, the trishul is iron on the upper part and copper on the lower, again a form of goddess Shakti herself. If you want to try something amazing and surprising, though you have to ask the temple priest before, put your entire energy and make an effort to move the trishul. It remains still but touch it with a finger, it moves and your hand will feel it vibrating and pulsating as if it has a life of its own. And don’t forget to strike the temple bell before coming out. The sound, especially at dawn or twilight, is soothing and calming as it echoes through the mountains.

  • Goddess Kuteti Devi Temple

    After crossing a river and climbing a hill, if you happen to come across a temple, won’t it be a total miniature yatra in itself. The journey itself will be like a life’s journey and when you reach the destination all will seem holy and reverberate divinity and purity from all directions. So, cross the river Bhagirathi, climb Hari Parvat Hill, and make Goddess Kuteti Devi Temple your destination. The legend that lives with this goddess, a form of goddess Durga,  was born when Kuteti Devi appeared in the dream of the daughter of the Maharaja of Kota, Rajasthan, and ask her to find her in the form of aromatic stones. The temple is believed to be made on the exact spot where the stones were found.


Apart from these religious sites, the Kashi of the north, as Uttarkashi is also known, has other temples like Gyaneshwar Temple and Ekadashrudra Temple among others. With each and every temple, the legends, the myths that the town harbour increases, so does the holiness of the place. Surrender yourself to the divinity of the place, which even non-believers find hard to resist.

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