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The Essence of Panch Prayag: Confluences of Faith in Uttarakhand


Vishnuprayag

where the Alaknanda River meets the Dhauliganga River

It is said to be the place where Sage Narada meditated, and thus holds a deep religious significance. The site is named after Lord Vishnu, and a temple nearby stands in his honor, visited by thousands of devotees seeking spiritual solace.


Nandaprayag

The Alaknanda River is joined by the Nandakini River.

This Prayag is named after King Nanda, the foster father of Lord Krishna. Legend holds that he performed a grand yajna (sacrifice) here to express his devotion and gratitude towards the gods.


Karnaprayag

The Alaknanda meets the Pindar River

Karnaprayag is named after Karna from the Mahabharata, who is believed to have worshiped the Sun God here to gain the impregnable shield (Kavacha) and earrings (Kundalas). This Prayag is celebrated as a site where Karna performed his penance and achieved his warrior gifts.


Rudraprayag

The Alaknanda and Mandakini rivers converge

Rudraprayag is named after Lord Shiva, known as Rudra in his ascetic form. According to legend, Shiva appeared here to bless Narad Muni, who performed penance to master the mysteries of music.


Devprayag

The Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers meet

The town is named after Dev Sharma, a sage who performed penance here, and it is said that he was blessed by the Ganga and Yamuna. This place is also linked to the legend of Rama and Laxman doing penance here.


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