devprayag is a town and a nagar panchayat (municipality) in Tehri Garhwal district in the state of Uttarakhand,
India, and is one of the Panch Prayag (five confluences) of Alaknanda River where Alaknanda and Bhagirathi
rivers meet and take the name Ganga or Ganges River.
Traditionally, it is considered to be the place where sage Devasharma led his ascetic life, giving birth its
present name, devprayag. It is one of the five sacred confluences in the hills and is an important place of
pilgrimage for devout Hindus.
"Devaprayaga" means "Godly Confluence" in Sanskrit. As per Hindu scriptures, Devaprayaga is the sacred event
of merging two heavenly rivers, Alakananda and Bhagirathi, to form the holy Ganges.
On a terrace in the upper part of the village is the temple of Raghunathji, built of huge stones, pyramidal
in form and capped by a white cupola.
devprayag is the home of the late Acharya Shri Pt. Chakradhar Joshi (a scholar in Astronomy and Astrology)
who established Nakshatra Vedh Shala (an observatory) in the year 1946. This is located on a mountain called
Dashrathanchal at devprayag.
The observatory is well equipped with two telescopes and many books to support research in astronomy. It also contains about 3000 manuscripts from 1677 AD onwards collected from various parts of country. Apart from the latest equipment, it also has the ancient equipment like Surya Ghati, Jal Ghati and Dhruv Ghati which showcase the pride of Bharatiya progress in the field of astronomy. Shri Dr. Prabhakar Joshi and Acharya Shri Bhaskar Joshi (Popularly known as Guruji) are currently in charge and caretakers of the observatory. devprayag is full of natural beauty. Other than Sangam and Raghunath Ji Temple in devprayag, one can visit sacred places like Mata Bhuvneshwari temple at nearby village Pundal followed by Dhaneshwar Mahadev temple, Danda Nagraja (Lord of Snakes) temple and Chandrabadni temple.
How to reach
The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport near Dehradun 116 km (72 mi) away.
The nearest railway stations is at Rishikesh. However, Rishikesh is a small railway station not connected by fast trains. Haridwar railway junction, 24 km farther from Rishikesh, has train connections to most of the major cities in India and is, therefore, the railhead for devprayag.
devprayag lies on national highway NH58 that connects Delhi with Badrinath and Mana Pass in Uttarakhand near Indo-Tibet border. Therefore all the buses and vehicles that carry pilgrims from New Delhi to Badrinath via Haridwar and Rishikesh in pilgrim season of summer months pass through devprayag on the way to Joshimath and further north. Rishikesh is the major starting point for road journey to devprayag and regular buses operate from Rishikesh bus station to devprayag. The road distance from Rishikesh to devprayag is 74 km (46 mi).