History & Significance
Gangotri is a town where the river Ganga is worshiped as one of the most holy rivers. However, most pilgrims do not end their journey here and they like to go further up to the glacier where the river begins, its glacier. According popular legend and the Hindu mythology, Ganga was the daughter of Heaven, after whom the river is named. This goddess came down to Earth in the form of a river as a result of a deep and long meditation of Bhagirath. The 'tapasya' was performed for the salvation of King Sagar's (Bhagirath's great grandfather) 60,000 sons who were searching for their stolen horse.

At that time, they disturbed the meditation of a sage who turned them into ashes. These men could attain Heavenly residence only if the holy Ganga touched their ashes. Due to Bagirath's continuous meditation, this was successful. This is also the reason why before the river Ganga reaches Devprayag, it is called Bhagirathi or a river that cleanses sins of humans. - See more at: http://religions.iloveindia.com/indian-temples/gangotri.html#sthash.wEWsWPHN.dpuf

Significance - According to Indian mythologies and believes, Char Dham signifies the journey to get moksha and a divine life after that. It is the most serene pilgrimage tour which enchants the minds of people. One of the holiest shrines of Char Dham Yatra is Shri Gangotri Dham which is considered as the sacred abode of goddess Ganga. Gangotri is situated at the extreme height of 3200 meters above the sea level. The divine religious atmosphere of this place makes the pilgrims remind themselves of the serenity in the God’s presence in their hearts.

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