Gangotri. Aiming the upliftment of rural Indian Life, RSS former Akhil Bharatiya Seva Pramukh Sita Ram Kedilaya lead ‘Bharat ParikramaYatra’ has reached at Gangotri on May 22, on its 651st day since its launch.
Sita Ram Kedilaya visited Gangotri, Hindu pilgrim town on the banks of the river Bhagirathi and origin of River Ganga located in Uttarkashi district in the state of Uttarakhand. Gangotri is situated on the Greater Himalayan Range, at a height of 3,100m. Gangotri is the origin of the River Ganga and seat of the goddess Ganga, is one of the four sites in the Chota Char Dham pilgrimage circuit. The original Gangotri Temple was built by the Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa. The river is called Bhagirathi at the source and acquires the name Ganga from Devprayag onwards where it meets the Alaknanda. The origin of the holy river is at Gaumukh, set in the Gangotri Glacier, and is a 19 km trek from Gangotri.
Earlier Kedilaya visited Yamunotri on May 3rd and offered prayers and discussed with few villagers there.
‘Bharat Parikrama Yatra’ will reach Kedaranath on June 19th and will reach Badrinath on July 03. Kedilaya lead ‘Bharat ParikramaYatra’ will travel across the villages of Uttarakhand till August 05th.
On August 06th,’Bharat ParikramaYatra’ will enter Uttara Pradesh via Philibhit district.
‘Bharat ParikramaYatra’ entered Uttarakhand on February 26 from the previous state Himachal Pradesh. On January 13,the ‘Bharat Parikrama Yatra’ had entered Himachal Pradesh and travelled across the villages creating awareness about conservation of water, ecology and rural Indian values in village life.