Nandaprayag is one of the five confluences of river Alaknanda (Panch Prayag). It is present at the confluence of Alaknanda with Nandakini, in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. According to mythology, it was once the capital of Yadu Kingdom. Devotees believe that a dip at Nandaprayag can absolve one of the sins.
It is a famous pilgrimage destination on the Char Dham Yatra map route. It is the second confluence following Vishnuprayag. The other confluences of river Alaknanda following it are Karnyaprayag, Rudraprayag, Devprayag.
According to a tale related to the history of Nandaprayag, King Nanda performed yagna at this place. Hence the name of the confluence is after him. Also, sage Kanva performed penance here and king Dushyanta married Shakuntala at this place. There is a temple nearby, for Gopala, a form of Krishna.
According to mythology, Lord Vishnu granted the boon of a son to his devotees Nanda and Yashoda, as well as Vasudeva and Devaki. So he made sure that the son that was born to Vasudeva and Devaki was fostered by Nanda and Yashoda.
What is the significance of Nandaprayag?
The significance of Nandaprayag is that in Hindu tradition, ‘Prayag’ refers to a confluence of two or more rivers where the worship of the river as well as the last rites for the dead take place. The calm atmosphere of Nandaprayag is ideal for meditation.
River Alaknanda emerges from Satopanth near Badrinath Dham. On the other hand, Nandakini river emerges from Nanda Devi Peak. Devotees also believe that the panch prayag are the ‘Svargarohana route’ that the Pandavas followed during their ascent to heaven.
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