Ganga Taranga ramaneeya jata kalapam Gaureeniranthara-vibhooshitha vamabhagam Narayana dasapritamanandaharam Varanaseem purapathe bhaja viswanatham

I am saluting him who is residing in Varanasi (kashi) and who is carrying the falling ganges in his dread locks and who is worshiped even by narayana.

Uttarkashi is ruled and owned by lord viswanath. This has been the traditional and scriptural belief for centuries. Still today the monks who reside in Uttarkashi go and salute the kashi viswanath temple to receive blessing from Siva who is the guru of all gurus. The river which flows through Varanasi is also present in Uttarkashi.

The flow of Ganges is always from north to south east but in two places in India it flows from south to north (this phenomenon is call uttarvahini ganga). One is in Varanasi and other is in Uttarkashi.

Uttarkashi is situated in the state of Uttarakhand in the Himalayan valleys of northern India. The district altitude is 3000 feet. It is surrounded by high mountains and the river Ganga as well as many other small rivers flow through it. Uttarkashi is a halting place for pilgrims on their way to the source of the Ganges, which is only 100 km away.

Uttarkashi is a Northern Varanasi. In India there are five kashis, Varanasi being the main one. Kashi is always a place for learning divine knowledge including yoga, Vedanta and other scriptures. Uttarkashi is recognized as an auspicious place for spiritual practices. Traditional monks and spiritual yogis have been coming there for centuries, such as Maharshi Mahesh Yogi, Swami Rama and Swami Yogeswarananda sarswathy yoga Nikethan. These yogis gained worldwide popularity, especially in America, but many anonymous mystics and traditional sidhas lived and are still living there unknown to the world. Another personality who lived there was swami Tapovanam, an authority in Sanskrit and Vedas. His main disciple was Swami Chinmayananda who spread the message of Vedanta throughout the world. Thus Uttarkashi is a place for spiritual and religious practices and possibly monastic life, blessed by the flow of the Ganga River and a very pure atmosphere, surrounded by holy mountains. It is coldest in December January and February. Climate is good from March to June. Then comes the monsoon until end of August and September to November is pilgrimage season.

In India some places are well known as austerity spots for monks. One is Thiruvannamalai in south India, another is Dharmasthala in Karnataka, or Rishikesh in north India. Not far from Rishikesh, Haridwar is also a place in India where monks are still living in a traditional way even today.

Ganga river arises from glaciers of upper Himalayas from an altitude of 4000 metres and emerges from a mouth shaped tunnel named Gomukh 100 km north from Uttarkashi

The origin of Ganga is always a holy spot for yogis and monks. A monk is in his ecstasy while taking bath in source of Ganga.The altitude is 12000 ft and temperature goes minus degree.

Then Ganges flows down, nourishing the entire northern fields and continues her journey by receiving around thousands of tributaries and finally reaching the ocean in Bengal, after a journey of 2500 km. this place is named Ganga Sagar and a holy place for Hindus