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River Yamuna is one of the grand rivers after Ganga to nourish ancient civilizations in India. The hill temple of Yamunotri has been built by maharani Guleria of Jaipur and the later structure we see today was a renovated one. Temple is a day away from Rishikesh, Dehradun or Haridwar and a trek of 13 km from Hanuman Chatti and a 6 km trek from Janki chatty village.

The idol of Goddess Yamuna, the central deity of this temple, was made of black marble and the priest carries it to the temple during the opening days while on the other times, the temple will be surrounded by heavy river flow. According to the legend, a Sage called Asit used to live here and attained enlightenment and the river Yamuna turned to where he lived. There’s also another historical site which was said to be Hanuman rested here and dipped his burning tail after burning down the city of Lanka.

The Temple of Yamunotri is one of the four pilgrimage sites in Himalayas, called the Char Dham, and the first one to visit. And another aspect of this temple is the Hot Springs in which the devotees take bath and get relaxed after a long trek. The Temple is open to visit between the months of May and November and will be closed in winter.

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