Showing posts with label Alakananda. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Alakananda. Show all posts

Hinduism - Where Is The Kalpeshvar Temple And Tirtha In India?


Temple and holy location (tirtha) in the Garhwal Himalayan area, some ten miles downstream from Joshimath on the Alakananda River.

The god Shiva manifested as Kalpeshvar, the "Lord of the Cosmic Age," is the temple's presiding deity.

The Kalpeshvar temple is part of the Panchkedar, a network of five Shiva-related shrines in the Garhwal area, including Kedarnath, Rudranath, Tungnath, and Madmaheshvar.

The Himalayas are said to be Shiva's home.

This five-site network is seen as a symbolic representation of his body.

Shiva's matted locks are represented as Kalpeshvar (jatas). 


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Hinduism - Where Is The Karnaprayag Tirtha In India?


Karnaprayag is a Himalayan town and holy place (tirtha) at the confluence of the Alakananda and Pindara rivers in Uttar Pradesh's Chamoli district.

This, like all the other river intersections in the Garhwal area, is revered as a sacred site.

According to local legend, the spot was named after the Mahabharata hero Karna, who is said to have worshipped the sun here.

In exchange, he was given a coat of armor that could not be penetrated and an endless quiver of arrows. 


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Hinduism And Hindu Theology - Who Is Alakananda?




The Ganges River is formed at Devaprayag, where the Alakananda River joins with a second important tributary, the Bhagirathi River. 

The Alakananda River, like all of the Ganges' Himalayan tributaries, is considered holy. 


The temple town of Badrinath at the river's headwaters, its confluence with the Pindara River at Karnaprayag, its junction with the Mandakini River at Rudraprayag, and Devaprayag are all important pilgrimage sites (tirtha).


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