Kharsali is a small village near Yamunotri Temple in Uttarakhand, India, that hosts the idol of Goddess Yamuna during winters, after it is brought down in a ritual ceremony from the temple, some fifteen hundred feet higher, as it becomes inaccessible after being snowed in.[1] The priests of the Yamunotri Temple hail from this village.[2] The idol is brought down from the temple, a four-mile trek away, during the festival of Diwali (usually in October) with great celebration, and returns to the temple in spring (in April).[3]


  1. ^ Dash, Trilochan (July 3, 2017). "The Four Dhamas of the Himalayas: Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunetri". Soudamini Dash – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Alter, Stephen (February 10, 2009). Sacred Waters: A Pilgrimage to the Many Sources of the Ganga. Penguin Books Limited. ISBN 9789352140763 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Haberman, David L.; Haberman, Professor in the Department of Religious Studies David L. (July 21, 2006). River of Love in an Age of Pollution: The Yamuna River of Northern India. University of California Press. ISBN 9780520247895 – via Google Books.