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YAMUNOTRI - YAMUNOTRI MANDIR
temple at Yamunotri was built in 1982 on the same site of the old one by
Maharani Gulariar of Jaipur about hundred years back. The image of Yamuna is
installed in the temple and it receives regular pujas with elaborate rituals.
There are some hot water springs near the temple. Water always gushes out of the
mountain cavities at boiling point and flows into pools down. Of them, Suryakund
is the most important one. Almost all visitors enjoy their bath in the streaming
water of this kund. The water is so hot that a handful of rice or potatoes tied
loosely in cloth and dipped into it, they become completely cooked in a matter of
few minutes, fit for consumption. This cooked food is offered to the Goddess and
taken as prasadam too. Some highly orthodox, besides consuming there, take it
home for distribution. A rock called Divya Sita is another object of veneration
here. The yatris according to local practice worship it first and go to the
mandir for prayers.