Renowned for being surrounded by “tranquility” is a pious temple located in Uttarakhand known as Umra Narayan. This Lord Vishnu dedicated temple is situated in the Rudraprayag district at a distance of 5 to 7 km from the main town. In close proximity to this temple flows the extremely tranquil River Alakananda. Furthermore, this temple is also said to have constructed by Adi Shankaracharya. In addition, in this temple there is a “mandap” consisting of two footmarks that has been permanently imprinted on a stone.
a. Best time to visit Umra Narayan Temple
The ideal time to visit this town is in between March and October as a result of the climate being pleasant with, the temperatures ranging from a maximum of 17 degrees Celsius to a minimum of 12 degrees Celsius.
b. How to reach Umra Narayan Temple
Umra Narayan Temple Map
1. By Train:
The railway station closest to this sacred site is located in Rishikesh. The Rishikesh Railway Station is well connected to major cities in the country.
2. By Road:
If you intend to drive to this temple then the ideal starting points would be New Delhi, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Gurugram, and Dehradun.
- Via New Delhi:
There are two routes from New Delhi to this sacred town, and they are via NH334 and NH7.
- Via Haridwar:
There is one route from Haridwar to this town, and it is via NH7 and NH34.
- Via Rishikesh:
There are two routes from Rishikesh to this town, and they are via NH7 and via NH34.
- Via Gurugram:
There are two routes from Gurugram to this town, and they are via NH334 and NH7 and via NH9.
- Via Dehradun:
There are two routes from Dehradun to this town, and they are via NH7 and via Chamba-Mussorie.
3. By air:
The nearest airport to this town is located in Dehradun at a distance of 183 km. The Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is well connected to major cities in the country.
c. Religious significance of the Umra Narayan Temple
This temple is dedicated to Lord Umra (i.e. an incarnation of Lord Vishnu) supposedly the first god of the Gariola clan located in Gram Sann. It was supposed to have been constructed by Adi Shankaracharya while he was on his way to Badri Dhaam. It is also said that at the beginning of harvest season every year the first set of crops is blessed by reciting holy charnas associated to Lord Umra.
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