Surya Kund - Yamunotri
Surya Kund is a part of the Yamunotri temple complex and holds great religious and mythological importance. Surya Kund is named after Surya Dev, the Hindu sun god. According to Hindu mythology, the daughter of the Sun god, Surya, is Yamuna.
The Yamuna River, one of the major rivers in India, is believed to originate from the Champasar Glacier near Yamunotri. The hot water of Surya Kund is attributed to the blessings of Surya Dev. It is believed that taking a dip in this hot water spring purifies the soul and washes away sins.
Natural Hot Spring: Surya Kund is a natural thermal spring with water that flows out at a high temperature. The water is hot enough to cook rice and potatoes, and it is also used by pilgrims to cook prasad (offering to deities) during their visit to the Yamunotri temple.
Champasar Glacier: The hot water of Surya Kund is believed to originate from the Champasar Glacier. This glacier is the source of the Yamuna River, and the water eventually merges with the Ganges River. The Yamunotri temple and Surya Kund are situated at an altitude of about 3,293 meters in the Garhwal Himalayas, making it a significant pilgrimage site in Uttarakhand.