The untouched village of Kharsali also known as ‘Khushimath’ is cradled with love in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. It is perched at an astounding elevation of 2,675 metres above sea level. The tiny hamlet of Kharsali has a religious significance as it is the winter seat of Goddess Yamuna.
Since the Yamunotri shrine becomes inaccessible in winters, due to heavy snowfall, therefore, the deity is brought here for worshipping. Visiting Kharsali has now become easier than before as the government has decided to keep open the Char Dham Yatra during winters, devotees can worship Goddess Yamuna at Kharsali during the winters.
Importance of Kharsali
Kharsali is known as the home of Goddess Yamuna during winters when the Yamunotri Shrine becomes inaccessible due to heavy snowfall. Kharsali also houses the oldest Shani Dev Temple of India; the idol of Goddess Yamuna is kept at the Shani Dev Temple during the winters.
The sleepy town of Kharsali has a divine aura as it is one of the best places to head to if you want to enrapture in spirituality. One of the popular attractions of this village is the oldest Shani Dev Temple of India, where the idol of Goddess Yamuna is kept during winters. The temple exhibits its unique lustre in the form of its remarkable ancient architecture that has defeated the waves of the times. One must not miss this temple as it is made of stone, wood and a mortar created from the Urad dal or Black gram pulse.
Surprisingly, it has withstood the earthquakes and the other natural calamities since ages. Another popular attraction of Kharsali is the ancient Lord Shiva temple, where Shiva is depicted in his Someshwar avatar. Apart from this, you can also admire the natural thermal springs of Kharsali.
Kharsali is famous among tourist as Yamunotri Winter Seat.
Kharsali is recommended destination for Foreigners, Solo.
Kharsali is popular destination for following activities/ interests – Char Dham Route, Pilgrimage, Temples, Winter Char Dham.
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