Saraswati River

The Saraswati River, named for the Wisdom Goddess, originates in Uttarakhand and is a tributary of the Alaknanda River. At Keshav Prayag, close to Mana village in the Chamoli district, the river meets the Alaknanda. Alaknanda, which up until that time was known as Bhagirathi, unites with Ganga at Devprayag after joining the Saraswati River.

saraswati river, Uttarakhand
saraswati river
LocationChamoli
Famous ForBadrinath Temple, Mana Village, Trekking 
Altitude 3200 mts
Badrinath Temple5  Km From Badrinath Temple
Nearest Railway Station or    AirportRishikesh, 300kms/ Jolly Grant Airport, 320 kms
Best time to visit UkhimathMay, Jun, Sep, Oct, Nov

Saraswati River significant cultural and religious importance

This River holds significant cultural and religious importance in Hinduism. However, there’s a bit of complexity surrounding its actual physical existence. In the religious texts, the  River is often mentioned as a sacred river, but it’s believed to have dried up thousands of years ago. Regarding its connection to Badrinath, there isn’t a direct association between the  River and Badrinath in terms of physical geography. Badrinath is located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, India, situated along the banks of the Alaknanda River, a major tributary of the Ganges. In ancient texts, the confluence of the Saraswati, Yamuna, and Ganges rivers (Triveni Sangam) holds immense religious significance. Though the  River isn’t visibly present today, its spiritual importance endures in Hindu mythology and rituals.

Saraswati River: A Tributary of river Alaknanda

Often believed to have had its own independent course and significance in ancient texts, separate from the Alaknanda or other prominent rivers in the region. This  is a mythical river mentioned in ancient Hindu scriptures. According to Hindu mythology, the River is considered a sacred river, associated with the goddess Saraswati, the deity of knowledge, music, arts, wisdom, and learning. However, in geographical terms, there isn’t definitive evidence of a physical river named Saraswati in Uttarakhand or elsewhere.

How to ReachSaraswati River
  • The River meanders close to Mana Village and is roughly 5 kilometres from Badrinath town.
  • There is local transportation available up to Mana Village, after which you must start a short walk to get to the  River.

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