From time Immemorial Uttarakhand has been a destination for the devout. The five Kedars(seats of Shiva), the Five Badris (Shrines of Vishnu) and the five Prayags (holy confluences) are the cherished goals of the Hindu Pilgrim. Deliverance from unhappiness is also promised to those who complete the arduous journey to the sources of the rivers Ganga and Yamuna. There are more than a dozen celebrated trithasthans (auspicious places) located in two adjacent areas in Garhwal which have traditionally been identified as the domain of Shiva, Kedarkhand, and the realm of Vishnu, Badrikshetra. Although at times the entire Uttarakhand, particularly Garhwal, is referred to as Kedarkhand, the entire is more appropriately applied to the tract of land lying between the valleys of the Bhagirathi and the Alaknanda.