KUND & TAPTAKUND
lie at a very short distance from the temple. Of the two, Taptakund is famous.
It measures 16½ feet by 14½ feet, and lures all with its thermal springs of
hot sumptuous water. A dip in it is highly efficacious. So, from dawn to dusk,
huge crowds throng around it, and chant hymns as they bathe. It is a sight
affording a feast both to ears and eyes. It is only after taking a bath in
this, pilgrims visit the temple.
the valiant of the five Pandava brothers met here Sri Hanumanji, the son of Vayu
and his brother, while he was in quest of Sougandhika flowers. Later, other
brothers too availed the darsan of this great Chiranjivi here. There is a temple
built to perpetuate this episode. Pilgrims include this in their programme.
the river Virahi meets Alakananda. The legend recounts that Lord Siva performed
penance after the death of Sati, during the Daksha yagna.