Nandprayag is a town and one of the Panch Prayag of Alaknanda River, and lies at the confluence of Alaknanda River and Nandakini River. Nandaprayag is known for the scenic views of the snow-capped mountains. NandPrayag was once the capital of Yadu Kingdom. Raj Nanda performed Yagna on a stone which was later used as the foundation of Nand temple situated in NandPrayag. Hindu devotees take a dip at the sacred confluence Nandprayag before entering Nandprayag temple to perform pooja (worship). The mesmerizing beauty of two sister rivers meeting at the confluence will remain in your mind all your life. One fierce sister meeting another placid sister and both calming down to flow together offers an enchanting view.
Nandprayag is not just a religious place with temple and confluence but it is also famous trekking destination. People often come for sightseeing, skiing and rock climbing to Nandprayag. Adventure sports has flourished in Nandprayag. Besides, Nandprayag is a beautiful town and a nagar panchayat of Chamoli district that offers opportunities for shopping to carry something for memory at home. Beauty of Nandprayag town standing over the Nandprayag provides you chances to roam around and relax after long tour of pilgrimages.
Legend and Mythology
It is said that the confluence is named for the pious Raja Nanda. He came here to perform the Maha Yagna. The slab on which the Yagna was performed is the foundation stone for the Nand temple. Nandprayag was once the capital of Yadu Kingdom. It is also believed a dip in this confluence cleanness one of all the sins.According to one legend, the king had been promised the boon of Vishnu as a son. Unfortunately, the same boon had been granted to Devki, the imprisoned sister of the tyrant king, Kansa. Ultimately, the gods found an ingenuous if wily solution: Vishnu would be born as krishna to Devki but would be brought up by Raja Nanda’s wife, Yasodha.
Best Time to Visit
Besides the monsoon months you can trip to Nandprayag any time during the year. Monsoon is also fun with green vegetation and profound natural beauty, but heavy rainfall makes the trip tough by landslide and road blockage. The best time to visit will be from March to June and October to November.
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