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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. Devprayag is 70 km from Rishikesh. Devprayag has an average elevation of 830 meters (2,723 feet).

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. Devaprayaga, considered one of the 108 most divya or divine places in India and Nepal, is rich in mythological heritage and many Gods and Goddesses are associated with this sacred place. It is one of the five sacred confluences in the Garhwali hills. To begin with; this is where the Ganga, the holiest of holy Indian rivers, is formed at the confluence of the Bhagirathi and the Alaknanda.  

This fact lends sanctity to Devaprayaga that very few places in the country can claim. Of the five confluences (Pancha Prayag) on the Alakananda, Devaprayaga is considered the holiest for this reason.  It is a popular pilgrimage site for Hindus. 

It is said that when King Bhagiratha induced the Ganga to descend from heaven to earth, 33 crore Devatas (Gods) also descended from heaven along with her. They are believed to have made their home in Devaprayaga. It is also believed that Devaprayaga was associated with the Trimurti — 

Lord Brahma, Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu, especially Lord Vishnu in his incarnations as Varaha, Vamana, Narsimha, Parashurama and Lord Rama. It is believed that before creating the universe, Lord Brahma prayed to Lord Vishnu in Devaprayaga for 10,000 years and received the Sudarshan Chakra (Disc of Lightning) from him. This is why Devaprayaga is also known as Brahma Teertha and Sudarshan Kshetra. Brahmakunda, near the confluence, is believed to be the place where Lord Brahma meditated.

It is believed that Lord Rama named Devaprayaga after Deva Sharma. Lord Rama came to Devaprayaga to atone for the sin of having killed Ravana.

Devaprayaga is also said to be Lord Shiva’s favourite place as the Ganga finally forms into a river here. He is present in the centre and at the four different corners of Devaprayaga, in various temples. In the east, He is in the Dhaneshwara Temple, in the south in the Tundeshwara Temple, in the west in the Tanteshwara Temple, in the north in the Bileshwara Temple and in the centre He can be found in the Adi Vishveshwara temple. It is said that a person who visits all five of these Lord Shiva temples will be released from the cycle of rebirth, never to be born again. 

It is also said there is another Shivalinga under the waters of the Ganga which only the few truly enlightened can see. The Alaknanda river rises at the confluence and feet of the Satopanth and Bhagirath Kharak glaciers in Uttarakhand near the border with Tibet. 

The headwaters of the Bhagirathi are formed at Gaumukh, at the foot of the Gangotri glacier and Khatling glaciers in the Garhwal Himalaya. These two sacred rivers join to form the Ganges (Ganga) in Devprayag.