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Printed Date: Saturday, April 13, 2024







The Bhimgoda tank is located at Haridwar about one kilometer from the famous Har-ki-pauri ghat of the Ganges. The sacred tank is believed to have been excavated by Bhim while the Pandavas were going to Himalayas through Haridwar. Therefore, the tank is named after him. Ganges water flows into this tank.
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Gauri Kund located at an altitude of 2000 meters serves as the base camp for the Kedarnath yatra . The place is famous for its natural thermal springs and a temple dedicated to Goddess Gauri (Parvati). It is believed that Goddess Gauri carried out ascetic and yogic practices before marrying Lord Shiva and she used to bathe in the tank during her stay at Gaurri Kund. Pilgrims take a dip in the holy waters of the spring before paying visit to the nearby temple. The thermal springs are said to have curative powers.

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Place of Origin :Garhwal Himalayas, Uttarakhand (near Valley of flowers)


The lake is situated at an altitude of 4329 meters and is fed by the Hathi Parvat and Sapt Rishi glaciers. The lake is encircled by seven snow peaks known as Saptashringa peaks. Hemkund Lake is about 2 km in circumference. The clear, still waters of the lake mirror images of the peaks. Hemkund is a 15 km trek from Govindghat, which is on the busroutetoBadrinath.

Religious significance

The holy lake is associated with the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh. In his autobiographical poem ‘Bichittar Natak’, the Guru wrote that in his previous life he meditated on the shore of a lake that was surrounded by seven snow-capped mountains. The banks of the Hemkund Lake is believed to be this place. A dip in the waters of the lake is considered sacred by the Sikhs. 

The star-shaped gurudwara (Sri Hemkund sahib) located on the banks of the lake is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for the Sikhs.Hemkund is also sacred for the Hindus. According to Hindu mythology, Hemkund is where Lakshman (Lord Rama’s brother) did his penance. The mythological name for Hemkund is ‘Lokpal’. There is a temple dedicated to Laxman on the banks of the lake.The river flowing through this valley along the path from Gobindghat to Gobinddham is called Lakshman Ganga.


Drona sagar Lake


Place of Origin

Mauza Ujjain, Kashipur, Uttranchal



At present a huge pond with lotus flowers is situated here. The pond is surrounded by temples of various deities. Earlier, there were 32 temples around the periphery of this pond. The excavated site at Drona Sagar is protected by the Archaelogical Survey of India

Religious significance
Drona Sagar is believed to be associated with Guru Dronacharya, teacher of the Pandavas and the Kauravas in the epic Mahabhrata. Many believe that the Drona Sagar was created by the Pandavas as a Guru Dakshina (fee) for Dronacharya. The Skand Purana states that the water of Drona Sagar is as holy as that of the Ganges.







Tapta Kunda is located on the banks of river Alaknanda at Badrinath is considered sacred, right opposite Shri Badrinathji temple. The tank is filled by thermal springs. It is customary to take a dip in the sacred tank before entering the shrine. It is believed that a dip in the tank's holy waters ensures salvation. The sulphur water in the tanks is also considered good for health


Gauri Kund , Kedarnath, Uttarakhand




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Situated at a height of more than 6000 ft., in the Garhwal Himalayas.  Gauri kund is the famous Hindu pilgrimage site on the way to the Kedarnath temple in Uttarakhand. It is associated with the story of Shiva and Parvati.  The legend says that Parvati performed severe penance at Gauri kund in order to win over Lord Shiva.  It is also said that they were married at Triyugi Narayan which is located nearby.  Legend has it that this was also the place where Lord Ganesha acquired his elephant head.  The story says that once Parvati went to take a bath and asked Ganesha not to allow any one into the vicinity.  Lord Shiva appeared at this spot but He was stopped by Ganesha. Enraged, Shiva cut of the head of Ganesha.  Parvati was inconsolable and insisted that the boy be brought back to life.  In order to placate her, Shiva cut off the head of an elephant and placed it on the Ganesha’s body.  From that time onwards Ganesha has acquired an elephant’s head and trunk and He is loved and worshipped in this form.

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Roop Kund , Gharwal Himalaya



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Situated at a height of 5029 metres above sea level in the lap of the Trishuli massif, Roop kund is called the `mystery lake’.  This is because human and equine skeletal remains from the Paleolithic age were found here in 1898.  So far no satisfying theory has been found to explain these remains.  The lake is surrounded by rock strewn glaciers and snow clad peaks.  However, the lake is only 2 metres in depth.  It is covered by snow for most part of the year.  This lake has a special significance for the goddess Nanda and her devotees.