Devghat is the most sacred as well as religious place located in the central part of Nepal. It is located at the tricentre of Tanahun, Nawalparasi and Chitwan as well as at the junction of Gandaki, Lumbini and Narayani Zones. It has an area of 54.34 square kilometers with natural, religious, archaelogical, historical as well as cultural importance. This is the place where the great rivers Kaligandaki and Trishuli meet together. The junction point of these great rivers is known as Beni.
This holy place of Devghat is situated nearby on the main Bhutwal- kathmandu road.
Devghat is the place where Holy river Gandaki from Muktinath meets Holy river Trishuli from Gosaikunda. From here Gandaki river further travels to flow in India through the state of Bihar and joins Ganges at Patna. From here till Triveni, this river Gandaki gets the name Narayani from here till the place Triveni on account of Gajendra Moksha pastime performed by Lord Narayan.
Gandaki has received its name from its origin which is Lord Vishnu’s cheek and Trishuli received its name as Shiva hits his trishul, trident, to get water to cool him down for relieving fire of halahal poison he drank during churning of ocean of milk. As both these rivers meet at Devghat, this place is also called Harihar kshetra. It is said at this place lord Shiva always lives with associates and so also Lord Vishnu lives here too with his own associates. Therefore this place is also named as Harihar kshetra. Devas, demigods, come here to meet both the Lords at one place and when they come, they take opportunity to take bath here. Hence this place got its name as Devghat. Devghat is also the famous place on the banks of which Sage Vasistha muni had his ashram and also where he performed Tapasya. Lord Ram and His brothers during their childhood were sent here by King Dashrath to gurukul of Vasistha muni . Devghat is the place where Lord Brahma did his first yajna here and thereafter this place is also called in Puranas as Adi prayag. As Vasistha muni meditated here, so you can also see the cave here called as Vasistha gufa close by to Devghat’s confluence.
In one kalpa, Lord Ram also did Ashwamedha yajna here. At that time, Valmiki muni brought Goddess Sita and Lavkush from his ashram nearby at Triveni to hand them back to Lord Ram here.Also,it was here that Sitadevi entered the earth during that time.
Ahead from Devghat on the way to Kathmandu from Buthwal is Gau ghat or Gai ghat. Here King Dilip of Ayodhya came and worshipped a cow regularly during his time. It is a meeting place, sangam, of river Seti and river Trishuli. River Seti (also called Seti gandaki river) originates at peaks of Mt Api and Mt Nampa in the south facing slopes of the main Himalayas. At its place of origin, Mother Gauri (Parvati) gave audience to Vasistha muni and in doing so, she started perspiring due to heat. These perspiration became this river Seti. Nepal is a country of around 6000 rivers.