pilgrims start visiting the shrines after taking bath in the sacred
waters of Yamuna. like the Ganges, Yamuna too has many ghats, and
they are reputed both for offering pindas and taking bath to purge
of all the dross and gross sticking on to bodies since birth. The
waters of Yamuna are imbued with especial sanctity that a sip of a
spoonful is equal to that of a dip in the Gangas. Among the many,
the following deserve visitation.
The story goes that once Yama, the god of Death paid a, visit to his
sister Yamuna. It was Karthika sukla dvitia. Affectionate Yamuna
pleased him with several kinds of delicious dishes of special kind.
Overpowered by the treatment and superfine food, he gave her the
boon that anyone who take bath on that auspicious day called
Yamadvitia, thereafter in the river Yamuna would be-relieved of
going to Yamaloka, despite multiple unforgivable sins committed in
the past. Becoming sin-proof, they go straight to heaven. What a
merit! And how magnanimous is that god of Death!! So visiting is a
MUST and bathing, an indispensable necessity.