all pilgrims with unbounded zeal visit this to collect pebbles supposed
to have powers, counteracting the poisonous effects
of serpent bites.
King Pandu is said to have performed penance here to expiate the sin of killing
a sage, while sporting with his wife in the form of deer. The dying sage cursed
him to die while in consortium with his own wife. The death of Pandu while in
union with Madri, his second wife testifies to this.
The word Prayag
indicates the meeting of waters - confluence of two or more rivers, or rivers
with seas. Here Alakananda 'meets Deval prayag. Narada did penance here to
fulfil his desire. According to tradition, Ganga flowed from the leg of Sri
Mahavishnu. The episode took place in this spot.