hindu pilgrim making pujas at divya shila - sacred rock near yamunotri temple (india)

Divya Shila, the sacred rock near Yamunotri Temple (India)

The powerful rock pillar located near the Surya Kund (sacred hot springs, in the back on this photo) at Yamunotri, Divya Shila presents a ethereal feeling to the devotees.­ It is customary that all the devotees should make pujas (prayers) here at Divya Shila before they enter Yamunotri.­

The rock is part of the mountain and embedded in the wall of the temple.­ It is surrounded by a small decorated shrine.­

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Trekking Path to Yamunotri Dham, Beef, Uttarakhand 249141, India

Photos taken at Yamunotri and on the Yamunotri trail (India)

The Yamuna is the largest tributary river of the Ganges.­ It meets the Ganges at the Sangam near Allahabad, site of the largest human gathering on Earth, the Hindu Kumbh Mela festival.­

High in the Yamuna valley, Yamunotri is an important Hindu pilgrimage destination.­

For more info, go to:
- en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Yamunotri
- en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Yamuna

Photos taken in India in 2013

The highlight if this trip was the Maha Kumba Mela Hindu Festival, the largest human gathering on earth, which happens once every 12 years.­

Other regions visited include the springs of the Ganges river, Varanasi, the Konark sun temple.­

See also my photos of Nepal that I took the same year.­