Staying in Devprayag
Situated at the confluence of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi Rivers, Devprayag is a revered town in Uttarakhand. Being more of a pilgrimage town rather than a touristic place, there are limited accommodation options available at Devprayag. One can easily find affordable guesthouses and hotels with limited amenities. However, one can find rush during the peak season.
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History of Devprayag
The town of Devprayag was destructed by a massive earthquake of 1803 and was restored afterward. There is an ancient Raghunath Ji temple, built above the confluence which is believed to be 10,000 years old.
Devprayag is also the abode of the late Acharya, Pundit Chakradhar Joshi, a scholar of Astronomy and Astrology who set up an observatory called 'Nakshatra Vedh Shala' in 1946. Located atop a mountain called Dashrathanchal at Devprayag, the well-equipped observatory features two telescopes, and several books citing different researches conducted in the field of astrology. It contains about 300 manuscripts belonging to 1677 A.D., collected from various parts of the country. The observatory also showcases ancient pieces of equipment such as Surya Ghati, Dhruv Ghati and much more exhibiting the progress of Indian astronomy.
Mythology of Devprayag
Devprayag is believed to be the meditational grounds of Lord Rama and his father, King Dasharatha. It is also believed that when Bhagirathi did aserious penance for asking Ganga to descend into the Earth then, Ganga alongwith other 33 koti god and goddesses came to Earth, choosing Devprayag as theirholy abode.
Devprayag is also the place where Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers confluence.Wherein, Hindu mythology states that it is also the confluence of river Saraswati, originating from Mana Village in Badrinath, and coming from the feet of Shri Raghunath Ji in Raghunath Temple of Devprayag. One can also find the footprints of Lord Rama at “Ram Kunda” in Devprayag.