Apart from its incredible vistas, the land of Uttarakhand is abounding with myths and legends. The history and culture of Uttarakhand is closely associated with the Hindu mythology. The mountains, rivers and every component in Uttarakhand are linked to the mythological stories of Gods and Goddesses.
If you are contemplating a visit to Uttarakhand, then know the place before you go there. Over here we have discussed a couple of myths and legends associated with that land:
1. The city of Lakhamandal in Dehradun has close allusions to the Mahabharata. Located at a distance of 125 kilometers from Dehradun, it is said to be the place where the Lakshagriha or House of Lac was built. Legends has it that the Kauravas built it for their cousins Pandavas in this very place. You can find caves and channels across Lakhamandal which is said to be made by the Pandavas for taking refuge when the Lakshagriha was burnt down.
2. Rishikesh is a famous pilgrimage for the Hindu devotees. But do you know that Rishikesh was the place where Raibhya Rishi practiced tapasya or austerities to satiate the Hindu God Vishnu. The rishi’s tough penance appeared at this place in the form of God Hrishikesh. From there, this place got its present name.
3. There is a myth associated with the Roopkund in the Garhwal ranges of Uttarakhand. Christened as The Skeleton Lake, Roopkund is said to be the place where the four Vedas of Hindu mythology were written. According to legends, the Goddess Durga is said to have killed the buffalo-demon or Mahishasura in Bedni Kund. After killing the demon, Goddess Durga or Parvati was feeling dirty so Lord Shiva used his Trishul to create this beautiful Roopkund. The Goddess dipped herself in the waters of Roopkund. As this lake was said to reflect the charming beauty of the Goddess, it was named Roopkund.
4. Haridwar is the considered the holiest pilgrimage in India. It is said that the Gods have left their footprints on Haridwar and that is why this place is considered a sacred land by devout Hindus. Not only this, the holy river Ganga was sanctified by the powerful trio of Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva t flow through this city.
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