Gangotri is a small town and a Nagar Panchayat at Uttarakashi district in the state of Uttarakhand, India. Gangotri is around 105 KM from Uttarakashi. Gangotri is accessible by road from Uttarakashi. It is a Hindu pilgrim town on the banks of the river Bhagirathi. It is on the Greater Himalayan Range, at a height of 3,415 m.


Gangotri is the origin of the River Ganges and the seat of the goddess Ganga. The river is called Bhagirathi at the source and acquires the name Ganga (Ganges) from Devprayag onwards where it meets with Alaknanda. The origin of the holy river is at Gaumukh, set in the Gangotri Glacier and is a 19 km trek from Gangotri. This small town is centered around the temple of the goddess Ganga, which was built by the Nepalese General, Amar Singh Thapa in the early 18th century. The temple is closed on Diwali day every year and is reopened in the month of May. During this time, the idol of the goddess is kept in Mukhba village, near Harsil.

Worshipping Mother Ganga

The mother Ganga is worshipped as Goddess and the holy river in the temple. Before performing the Puja rituals, a holy dip in the Ganga flowing nearby the temple is a must. The priests belong to Brahmin community from Mukhwa village. Ten of them are selected by rotation every year to perform all the functions covering the temple and they also perform the duties of pandas.
The Temple will be closed from the day of Deepavali and reopens on 6th of May every year. During this period the idol of Mother Ganga is kept in the village of Mukhwa.

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