Karanprayag is a small city in Chamoli District of Uttarakhand State of North India. Karanprayag is one of five sites where the confluence of sacred rivers occurs. Karnaprayag is the base for treks to Roopkund and the Bedni Bugyals and the approach to the Pindari Glacier. KaranPrayag is being a part of Panch Prayag located at the confluence of two holy rivers Alaknanda and Pindar River. The other confluences or prayags are Vishnuprayag, Nandprayag, Karanprayag, Rudraprayag and Devprayag. Perched at an elevation of about 1,451 metres above the sea Level. Karanprayag has plenty of sight seeing spots. The Karanprayag temple is dedicated to worship the lord Uma or Goddess Durga. Karanprayag is on the main highway between Rishikesh and Badrinath.
Char Dham Yatra and Karna Prayag
On your way to Rishikesh and Badrinath, Karanprayag is a stopover. Hotels and Lodges are in plenty to provide accommodation for the night. Karanprayag is 11 kms from Gauchar, 69 kms from Gwaldam, 115 kms from Sri Kedarnath Temple and the road to 128 kms from Sri Badrinath Temple via Joshimath.
Legend and Mythology
Karanprayag is believed by many to be the place where Karna of the Mahabharata, was to have worshipped the Sun God for many years back. There is an ancient temple, devoted to lord Uma and Karna. It is said that Karna of Mahabharata meditated here for many years to acquire the impregnable shield, which made him a formidable warrior in the battlefield.
It is said that Swami Vivekananda also meditated here for eighteen days with his Guru Bhai, Guru Turianand ji and Akharanand ji.
Place to Visit in Karanprayag
Uma Devi Temple : Uma Devi Temple is one of prime attraction of Religious place Karanprayag. The temple is dedicated to worship the goddess Uma Devi. Every 12 years, a grand procession to the deity’s maternal village is made and the idol is taken out of the temple.
Karna temple : Karna temple located beside the Uma Devi Temple is an another major Attraction of Karanprayag. The temple is dedicated to lord Karna the formidable of the epic Mahabharata, who acquired his impregnable shield from the Sun God after meditating for three years.
Nauti Village : Nauti Village is renowned for Nanda Devi Raj Yatra which is done once in 12 years is said to be the home of Goddess Nanda. The Yatra is considered as one of the longest pilgrimage tour covered by foot into the tiring path bestowing lively natural beauty which can leave anyone mesmerized.
How to Reach
By Air : Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun is the nearest Airport located around 213 km away from Karanprayag.
By Train : Haridwar Railway Junction is the nearest Railway Station located 24 km away from Rishikesh Railway Station connected all major part of the Country.
By Road : The road distance from Rishikesh to Karnaprayag is 172 km away. Rishikesh is the major starting point for road journey to Karnaprayag and regular buses operate from Rishikesh bus station to Karnaprayag.