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Rishikesh Pilgrimage Site in India


Rishikesh Pilgrimage Site

Rishikesh also spelled Hrishikesh , Rushikesh or Hrushikesh , is a city and a municipal board in Dehradun district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is surrounded by two other districts namely Tehri Garhwal and Pauri Garhwal. It is located in the foothills of the Himalaya in northern India and attracts thousands of pilgrims and tourists each year, from within India, as well as from other countries. Rishikesh is a vegetarian city by law, as well as an alcohol-free city. Rishikesh has also banned use of plastics bags by shopkeepers and vendors.It is also known as the gateway to the Himalayas and is located around 25 kilometres north of another holy city, Haridwar.


Rishikesh is one of the holiest centers in India . Crowded with sadhus with long matted hair and pilgrims from all over the globe, Rishikesh is the birthplace of yoga. It attracts thousands of tourists every year, who come to seek mental peace in the midst of the humdrum of modern life. The various ghats and temples assist the human spirit in its endeavor to be one with the ultimate source of all creations. It is also an attraction for the ones in search of adventure and passion. For those who choose to feed there adventurous spirit , river rafting, hiking, are very popular. In the 1960s, the place came into limelight as the place where the pop group Beatles met their guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Rishikesh is located in the northern part of Uttarakhand . It is 238 km northeast of Delhi and 24 km north of Haridwar and spreads on the right banks of the Ganges, at its confluence with the Chandrabhaga stream.It is surrounded by hills on three sides and is perched at an altitude of 356 meters above sea level.


The name Rishikesh is loosely applied to an association of five distinct sections encompassing not only the town but also hamlets and settlements on both sides of the river. These include Rishikesh itself, the commercial and communication hub; the sprawling suburban Muni-ki-Reti or the " sands of the sages "; Shivananda Nagar, north of Rishikesh; the temple section of Lakshmanjhula , a little further north; and the assorted ashrams around Swarg Ashram on the east bank. In Rishikesh, the winters last from November to March, when temperatures fall below 0°C. The monsoons are generally experienced in the months of July and August. April -June is the summer season. A high of 35 degrees , yet a dip in the Ganga and cool evenings and mornings assist with cooling off the heat of the day.




It is associated with Ram.  According to legend, hare he came  on the  advice of sage Vasishtha to do penance for killing Ravana.  the  king  of Lanka.  There are scores of ancient  temples  and ashrams affording spiritual solace to pilgrims, the important among them  being temple of Bharata Pushkar temple, Shatrughan temple, Lahkhsmana temple,  Geeta Bhawan and the Punjab Kshetra. Rishikesh, also known as the "place of sagas" is  a spiritual town situated 24 kms upstream from Haridwar, at the confluence of the Chandrabhaga and Ganga. It is believed that God by the name of "Hrishikesh" had appeared as an answer to the hard penances by Rabhiya Rishi and henceforth the place derived its name. It is the starting point for the Char Dham pilgrimage and an ideal destination not only for pilgrims but also for the people who are interested in medtation, yoga and other aspects of Hinduism. For the adventure seekers, Rishikesh is the suggested place for starting their trekking expeditions to the Himalayan peaks and for rafting. Also, International Yoga week which attracts participation from across the world, is held here, every year, in February on the banks of the Ganga.

Rishikesh Triveni Ghat

A bathing Ghat which resounds with the 'Arti' performed every evening to river Ganga.

Rishikesh Laxman Jhoola

A suspension bridge across river Ganga, on the old route to the shrines of Badrinath and Kedarnath is worth visiting spot.

Shivanand Jhoola

Also known as Ram Jhoola, the bridge runs across the river near Swarg Ashram.

Rishikesh Temples

Some premier temples in Rishikesh are Raghunath Temple, Pushkar Temple, Venkateshwar Temple, Chandra Mauleshwaran Temple, Shatrughan Temple, Bharat Mandir and Lakshman Temple.

Rishikesh Ashrams and Yoga Centres

Some of the main Ashrams are Shivanand Ashram, Muni Ki Reti, Mahesh Yogi Ashram, Shankaracharya Nagar, Swarg Ashram, Gita Bhawan, Ved Niketan and Yoga Study Centre.

Rishikesh Swarga Ashram

Number of temples are here. This place has many eating joints and shops where one can enjoy shopping. The beautiful statues in the area mesmerize the visitors. It is located just across the Laxman Jhula.

Rishikesh Rishikund

Close to Trivenighat is the most ancient place, the rishikund. As per legend goes this place is associated with Kubz Saint, who was blessed by the Goddess Yamuna by saturating this pond by its water.The pond reflects the temple of Raghunath, dedicated to lord Rama and his wife Sita.

Rishikesh Bharat Mandir

It is the oldest temple in Rishikesh. The image installed here has a distinctly Himalayan cast of features. Though the temple is dedicated to Lord Mahavishnu, it holds a number of image normally associated with the worship of Lord Shiva.

It was built by Adiguru Shankra Chrya arround 12th century, Bharat mandir is situated in the heart of the old town on the Banks of the Ganges. Detailed account of this oldest temple of Rishikesh are available in anciant record of Kedarkhand. The Inner sanctum of the temple has the idol of lord Vishnu, carved out of a single Saligram. In the inner canopy above the idol is shree yantra installed by Adi Sankraya Charya. The original temple was destroyed by Tamur lan in 1398 A.D. Lot of old statues, coins, pots and other things of historical importance were found in recent excavatiions in the premises of the temple.

Rishikesh Tera Manzil Temple

A multistory temple complex of idols of hindu Gods, and Goddesses. Very popular among the domestic pilgrims. One can have an excellent view of the entire area from the top floor of the temple complex. Sunset view from this place in winters is a excellent option.

Rishikesh Garur Chatti

Garur Chatti is located about 8kms. from Laxman Jhula, in Rishikesh. There is a temple located here which is dedicated to Lord Garur Maharaj.

Rishikesh Narendra Nagar

Narendra Nagar is a hill station that is located about 15kms. from the holy city of Rishikesh. It was the capital of the former state of Tehri. Many palaces of the former Maharaja Narendra Shah are also located here, at Narendra Nagar. There is an attractive place, called Kaunjpura that is located here. It provides a beautiful and panoramic view of the Himalayas around it. This town is of archaeological importance. The King of Tehri Narendra Singh built the town. Narendra Nagar has recorded many events, which have left their impact on the town. The Royal palace is worth seeing and the huge magnificent Nandi bull cannot escape your attention.

Rishikesh Vasishtha Goofa

Vasishtha Goofa is one hour drive from Rishikesh, where famous saint vasishtha meditated on the banks of the Ganges. The cave is very peaceful and is a perfect place for meditation. The entire drive to Vasishtha Goofa is along the river.

Rishikesh Bhoothnath Cave

Another important excursion situated 3 kms. from the Lakshman Jhula in Rishikesh, is the Bhoothnath cave. It is an attractive place for the pilgrims, the tourists as well as the adventure seekers.

Rishikesh Chila

It is just 20 kms from Rishikesh. The whole place is covered with forests and provides very pleasant environment. Government has declared Chila a sanctuary. A canal from Ganga feeds the reservoir where one can spot many animals. One can stay at the tourist lodge and enjoy the peaceful scenic surroundings.


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