Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, lies the beautiful city of Srinagar of Pauri-Garhwal district of Uttaranchal. The historic town of Srinagar is located on the banks of Alakananda River. Srinagar derives its name from Sri Yantra, an evil and mythical giant rock.
It was believed that anyone who set his eyes on the rock would die immediately. It is said that the rock was responsible for taking thousand lives before the intervention of Adi Shankaracharya. In the 8th century AD, Adi Shankaracharya took upon a journey across India to rejuvenate Hindu religion all over India. He visited Srinagar and turned the rock Sri Yantra upside down and hurled it in the nearby Alakananda.
For years, Srinagar has been the capital of the Garhwal kingdom till the arrival of the British. It was also devastated twice by two earthquakes that swept the twon completely. Srinagar was rebuilt by the British during 1897-99 and was given the urban status in 1931. Today, Srinagar is an important center if learning and culture. It is home to the HNB Garhwal University or the Garhwal University as it was known formerly.
Cultural shows are organised as part of this festival. It is afour day festival and the whole town is illuminated with lights and decoration. The best time to visit Srinagar is from Mid September to March end as in the remaining months the temperature of Srinagar remains hot and humid.
The residing deity of Kamleshwar Mandir is Lord Shiva. The temple is situated on the banks of the holy Alaknanda River. According to Hindu mythology Lord Rama offered one of his eyes to Lord Shiva in place of a lost lotus flower. This place is one of the five Maheshwara peeths located in the Himalayas.
Keshorai Math is dedicated to Lord Narayan. In the year 1682 a person named Kesho Rai constructed this temple while his visit to Badrinath. After getting tired by walking for a very long time Kesho Rai planned to sleep at this place and in his dreams Narayan appeared and asked him to dig at the place where he was sleeping. Kesho Rai woke up and started digging and he soon discovered an image of Narayan, he then constructed a temple here.
|Vishnu Mohini Temple
This holy spot is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi. This temple is not far from the market of Srinagar.
There is another temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located on the banks of the sacred Alaknanda River named as Kilkileshwar Mahadev. This sacred temple was established by the legendary Hindu Guru, Adishankaracharya.
|Dhari Devi Mandir
This sacred temple is situated on the banks of the Alaknanda River. The deity of Dhari Devi temple is Goddess Kali and this holy shrine holds great importance amongst Hindus. Dhari Devi is situated 16km ahead of Srinagar on the way to Rudraprayag. One must trek down 1km from Dhari Village on road to reach the temple. It takes half n hour to reach Dhari Devi from Srinagar.
Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Srinagar situated at a distance of 125kms. Jolly Grant Airport is well connected to Delhi with daily flights. Srinagar is well connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport. Taxis are available from Jolly Grant Airport to Rishikesh, Devprayag and Srinagar.
The two nearest railway station to Srinagar are Kotdwar and Rishikesh. Rishikesh is situated 103kms before Srinagar on NH58, whereas Kotdwar is located on NH119 at a distance of 130kms before Srinagar. Rishikesh and Kotdwar are well connected by railway networks with major destinations of India. Trains to Rishikesh Railway station and Kotdwar are frequent. Srinagar is well connected by motorable roads with Rishikesh and Kotdwar. Taxis and buses are easily available from Rishikesh and Kotdwar to Srinagar.
Srinagar is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand and northern states of India. Buses to Srinagar and Rishikesh are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. Buses and Taxis to Srinagar are easily available from major destinations of Uttarakhand like Dehradun, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Pauri, Tehri, Uttarkashi, Rudraprayag etc. Srinagar lies on National Highway 58 making it easy and familiar to reach.