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Gauri Kund
About Gauri Kund

Gauri Kund is a Hindu pilgrimage site and base camp for trek to Kedarnath Temple, in Uttaranchal, India. It is a small city which is about 205 kms from Rishikesh and it is the last road stop for the great sacred hindu place Kedarnath. It is situated at an elevation of more than 6000 feet in the Garhwal Himalayas. Gauri Kund is connected with Shiva's wife Parvati, also known as Gauri. In Hindu folklore, Gauri committed to sacrament involving many ascetic and yogic practices to win over Shiva's affections.

Local tradition claims that Gauri Kund is the spot where Gauri lived while carrying out these practices and it was here that Shiva finally admitted His love for Her. They were married at Triyugi Narayan, which is located nearby. There are hot springs in Gaurikund and they are converted to bathing places. Pilgrims spend nights here and start their 14 km long trek by various means. Hot Springs, old Gauri temple and connected Hindu stories make Gaurikund a very prominent place.

Gaurikund is a natural wonder that still remains immaculate by the ever increasing industrial world. It offers comfortable boarding and lodging facilities like tourist guest houses and hotels.

This place is also linked with the legend of how Ganesha attained his elephant head. While bathing in the kund, Goddess Parvati fashioned Ganesha from the soap suds on her body breathed life into him and placed him at the entrance as her guard. Lord Shiva happened to arrive at the spot and he was stopped by Ganesha. Angry at this affront, Shiva cut off Ganesha's head and Parvati was terribly upset. She persisted that the boy be brought back to life and Shiva took the head of a wandering elephant and placed it on Ganesha's body. Parvati had her son back and Ganesha acquired the persona by which he is known all over the Hindu world since then.

 
Location of Gaurikund

Gaurikund is situated amidst pristine Himalayan environs; it is located in the district of Rudraprayag in the hill state of Uttrakhand in India. At an elevation of 1, 982 meters above the sea level, Gauri kund offers magnificent panoramic view of snow capped higher Himalayan peaks. On clear days, one can even see the famous Kedarnath temple from here.

Gaurikund is situated on the banks of river Mandakhini and about 5 kms from Sonprayag, it is the last bus stop en route Kedarnath. From hereon there is a steep climb to the celebrated destination of Kedarnath.

Religious Significance of Gaurikund

Gaurikund has a hot water spring by the same name and Chardham pilgrims make it a point to take a bath in the hot water before visiting the Kedarnath Shrine. It is believed that taking a holy dip in the holy pond will wash of all sins and a holy darshan of Kedarnath Shiva after that will fulfills all wishes of the devotees. Gaurikund also has a temple dedicated to Goddess Parvati Devi, the Gauri Devi Temple. This is the place where Goddess Parvathi Devi meditated to attain Lord Shiva.

There is another thermal springs on the right bank of Mandakini, Garam Kund an enclosed hot spring for women with separate dress changing rooms.

Interesting Places Around Gaurikund

Apart from being the last stop before steep Kedarnath trek Gaurikund  itself has some interesting places to visit. There is a hot water pond where the pilgrims en route Kedarnath take bath. The attractive mountainous destination of Gaurikund is also home to the ancient temple of Gauri Mata. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Gauri or Parvati.

Ancient Temple of Ganesha
Ancient Temple of Ganesha is located a few kilometers away from the water tanks; this temple is distinctive in its own way. It is an ancient temple of beheaded Ganesha.

Hot and Cold Water Tanks
On way to Gaurikund one finds two water tanks - one consisting of hot water with traces of sulphur and the other a fascinating cold water spring that changes color in keeping with the changing time of the day.

How To Reach Gaurikund

By Rail
Nearest Railway station from Gaurikund is at Rishikesh which is at a distance of about 216 kms from Gaurikund.

By Road
It is well connected with important destinations of the region like Haridwar, Sonprayag, Rishikesh, Rudraprayag, Dehradun and so on.

By Air
Nearest airport from Gaurikund is Jolly Grant of Dehradun which is at a distance of about 236 kms.

 
 


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