One of the Four Dham of Uttarakhand. It is situated in the magnificent Garhwal Himalayas at an elevation of 3048 meters and is 105 kms from Uttarkashi. The Gangotri shrine is seen as the spiritual source of Hinduism’s most sacred river, the Ganga. According to Hindu mythology, Ganga, the stream of life, was granted as a reward for king Bhagirathi’s severe penance, and the river is worshipped as a deity. The physical source of the river is at Gaumukh, 18 kms southeast of Gangotri, along the Gangotri Glacier.
The shrine of Gangotri is situated at an elevation of 3048 mtrs. It is said that Bhagirath worshiped Lord Shiva at the sacred stone nearby. This temple is credited to have been built by Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa, Madho Singh, the ruler of Jaipur renovated the temple in the early 20th century. The 20ft high temple is made of white granite.