History of Gangotri
Like other pilgrims in India, Gangotri too has a legend. It is said that when Lord Shiva rewarded King Bhagirath after his penance and Ganga came down to earth. However, due to her pride that the earth would get devastated if it came down in full force, Lord Shiva caught her in his locks.
It was then proclaimed that Goddess Uma or Parvati, Shiva's consort, would bathe in the Ganges daily, and only then would she descend on the earth. The sacred stone near the temple denotes the place where Ganga first came down to earth. This is the reason Ganga is also known by the name of Bhagirathi.