Dev Prayag is the confluence of the two holy rivers, the Bhagirathi – the chief stream of the Ganges and the Alaknanda. It is the first prayag on the way to Badrinath. Beyond this confluence, the river is known as Ganges.
The confluence got the name tag ‘Dev’ from a poor Brahmin called Deva Sharma who performed “rigorous religious austerities” here and was blessed by Rama(incarnation of God Vishnu).There are two kunds or ponds the Vasistha Kund on the bank Bhagirathi river and the Brahma Kund on the bank of the Alakananda riverbanks of the rivers which join here. Legends says that Rama had done penance here to atone for his sin of killing demon Ravan, who was Brahmin by birth. A famous temple dedicated to Rama called the Raghunath Math is located above the confluence.