Sri Gangotri Dham
Gangotri , the origin of the River Ganges and seat of the goddess Ganga, situated in Uttarkashi. . The original temple was constructed by the Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa in the early years of 18th century and later rebuilt by the Maharaja of Jaipur. The river is called Bhagirathi at the source and acquires the name Ganga (the Ganges) from Devprayag onwards where it meets the Alaknanda. The origin of the holy river is at Gaumukh, set in the Gangotri Glacier, and is a 19 km trek from Gangotri.
The shrine of Gangotri is situated at an elevation of 3048 m amidst captivating surroundings. Gangotri is located at a distance of 99 km from Uttarkashi is situated on the left bank of Bhagirathi. It is visited by lakhs of pilgrims every year. A number of ashrams are located on the other side, some of which provide accommodation facilities to the visitors.
According to Indian mythology, After slaying the demons on earth The King Sagar decided to stage an Ashwamedha Yajna as a proclamation of his supremacy. For this, he sent his horse across the earth accompanied by his sons. The horse which was to be taken on an uninterrupted journey around the earth was to be accompanied by the King's 60,000 sons born to Queen Sumati and one son Asamanjas born of the second queen Kesani.
The King of Heaven, Lord Indra feared the power of King Sagar and to stop him, he stole the horse and tied it to the ashram of Sage Kapil , who was then in deep meditation. When the 60,000 sons saw the horse in Kapil's ashram they got furious and started to attack the hermitage. On hearing the disturbance Sage Kapil opened his eyes in anger and all the 60,000 sons of King Sagar had all perished by the curse of sage Kapil, except for prince Asamanjas. Bhagiratha, the grandson of King Sagar, is believed to have meditated to please the Goddess Ganga enough to cleanse the ashes of his ancestors, and liberate their souls, granting them salvation or Moksha.