Karnaprayag, third or the middle one of the Panch Prayag in Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand India lies in Chamoli district and sits 788 meters above sea level. Karnaprayag is the confluence of Alakhananda and Pindar river and also the municipal board of Chamoli district that connects Garhwal region with Kumaun region.
Karnaprayag gets its name from Karna, the son of Suryadev (Sun God) and Kunti (mother of Pandavas, the heroes of Hindu holy epic Mahabharata). It is believed that te confluence of Alakhananda and Pindar river was the spot where Karna meditated to satisfy the Sun God and was finally blessed with the impregnable shield called Kavach and Kundal (armour and ear rings).Formation of Karna Prayag has its legendary history connected to Panch Prayag formation.
Karnaprayag | Significance
Karnaprayag holds its significance in the meditative vibes it spreads. The pleasing weather, fascinating beauty of the surroundings and positive vibrations around Karnaprayag temple, the holy confluence and nearby makes Karnaprayag a perfect spot to practice spiritualism and meditate. Karnaprayag is the spot where Swami Vivekananda meditated for 18 days along with many other people.
The age old temples of Uma and Karna hold significant position among the people of Garhwal and Kumaun. Pilgrims visit these temples and the holy confluence Karnaprayag throughout the year with great devotion and faith. Shradha (last rites of late ancestors) at the prayag (confluence) and pooja (worship) at the temple is practiced by most of the Hindu devotees.
Karnaprayag | Tourism
Karnaprayag is one of the most visited spots in Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand. The pilgrimage site famous among the Char Dham pilgrims and other religious tourists is also popular among nature lovers, trekkers and adventurer tourists for its natural beauty. Pindar river flowing rapidly from the pindar glacier and placid Alakhananda meet at Karnaprayag and amaze the tourists with placid flow Alakhanada retains.
Tourists in Karnaprayag are enchanted with the spectacular view of tall snow capped Himalayas which seem to touch the sky and fascinate the tourists with their beauty. Panoramic view of Himalayas and their spread spellbound the tourists.Visitors can find enough hotels to stay and eat good food. Karnaprayag is a resting spot for the pilgrims and tourists to Badrinath, one of the four pilgrimage sites of Char Dham.
Karnaprayag | Best Time to Visit
Escaping the monsoon months July, August and September; tourists can visit Karnaprayag any time during the year. Monsoon will also be fun with green vegetation and profound natural beauty, but heavy rainfall may damage the trip making the route muddy. In winter the tourists can play with snow and enjoy the splendid view of snow.
Karnaprayag | How to Reach ?
- By Air: Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun is the nearest airport 187Km from Karnaprayag through Rishikesh-Devprayag-Rudraprayag.
- By Rail: Rishikesh railway station is the nearest railhead 171Km from Karnaprayag, another larger railway station is that of Haridwar 195Km from Karnaprayag. One can find bus and taxi from Rishikesh to Karnaprayag.
- By road: Karnaprayag is well connected through roadways from all the major cities like Nainital, Almora, Srinagar, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Dehradun, Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Joshimath and other towns of Uttarakhand. Rishikesh is 174Km, Haridwar is 193Km, Dehradun is 213Km and Delhi is 402Km from Karnaprayag.
Karnaprayag | Places to See
- Nandprayag: On the way to Badrinath temple- one of CharDham pilgrimages and one among Panch Badri, at the confluence of Alaknanda river and Nandakini river, lies Nandprayag- the second of Panch Prayag.
- Rudraprayag: Alakhananda river meets with Mandakini river at 610 meters above sea level forming Rudraprayag, one of the Panch Prayag (five confluences) of river Ganga.
- Dronagiri Hill Station: Dronagiri village named after the nestling hill Dronagiri in Chamoli district of Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand is one of the major attraction of botanists and herbs experts.
- Nauti Village (Nanda Devi temple): Nauti is the village from where the great fair in Uttarakhand state – Nanda Devi Raj Jat begins. Nauti village is believed to be the place where devi Nanda was born as the daughter of Dakshyaprajapati. Nanda Devi temple is dedicated to goddess Nanda and Nanda is loved and worshipped as the daughter and deity in Kumaun region.