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Rishikesh

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Rishikesh

Laxman Jhula:

A long iron bridge, 450 ft in length, the Laxman Jhula was constructed across the sacred Ganges River in 1939. Located close to Swarga Ashram in Rishikesh, the bridge draws a fair share of tourists every year. The bridge occupies an important position in the legends of India as it is said to be built in the same spot where the epic character, Laxmana, brother of Rama of “Ramayan” fame, crossed the River Ganges using ropes made of jute. The numerous ashrams and temples scattered nearby are popular attractions. The Rama Jhula, an even more elongated swinging bridge, was erected close to the site, just a few years back.

 

Bharat Mandir:

The oldest temple in Rishikesh, the Bharat Mandir is located nearby the Jhanda Chowk area, along the banks of the River Ganges. The temple was erected by the Hindu saint, Adiguru Shankaracharya in the 12th century. The idol of Lord Vishnu is housed within the temple, carved out of a single ‘Saligram’.  Rishi Rabhya is said to have carried out his penance at this holy spot. The inner canopy of the temple is the site of a spectacular holy Shree Yantra. The colourful spring festival of Basant Panchami is celebrated at Bharat Mandir.

 

Triveni Ghat:

Located on the banks of the River Ganga, the Triveni Ghat serves as the meeting spot of three sacred Indian rivers – the Ganga, the Saraswati and the Yamuna. The place is one of the most revered sites in the entire region of Rishikesh. The waters of the Triveni Ghat are believed to carry powers of purification. A dip in the Triveni Ghat is said to offer salvation, washing away all sins. Many offerings are made by devotees at the Triveni Ghat during early mornings and at sunrise. Visitors are greeted with a fascinating view of thousands of lamps floating in the river waters after sunset as part of the aarti ceremony for Goddess Ganga.

 

Shri Tryambakeshwar Temple:

Set against the backdrop of the majestic Himalayan mountain ranges, the Tryambakeshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The word “Tryambakeshwar” means “the abode of the three-eyed one”. The site is very well-maintained and tidy. The natural beauty surrounding the temple provides the visitors with the unique opportunity to experience the scenery of the region. Devotees enthusiastically offer many prayer services at the sacred spot, the most famous being Shivaratri.

 

Geeta Bhavan:

Situated on the banks of River Ganga, by the side of the Laxmana Jhula, the Geeta Bhavan happens to be one of the oldest temple centres in India. The site acts a museum for enlightening the public about the myths and legends of the region. The sprawling building houses a number of discourse halls and over 1000 rooms which are available to devotees at no cost. Simple vegetarian fare, grocery items and sweets are available at nominal rates for the convenience of the devotees.

 

Kaudiyala:

Kaudiyala hills is situated near Rishikesh at a height of 380 m above sea level. Perfect for adventure buffs, the site is ideal for rock climbing and white water rafting. Camping facilities are also present in this spot, with facilities for rafting and other sports activities. The dense forests surrounding the region lend it a picturesque appearance. Tourists can observe several species of wild animals in their natural habitat.

 

Rishikund:

The name “Rishikund” literally stands for “the pond of the sage”. The waters of the Yamuna are believed to have drenched this pond at the behest of Kubz saint. Rishikund is also the site of the famous Shani Mandir.

 

Neelkantha Mahadev Temple:

One of the most treasured temples in the Haridwar district of Uttaranchal, the Neelkantha Mahadev Temple is perfectly located at the confluence of the Madhumati and Pankaja Rivers, nearby Rishikesh. The site offers a beautiful panoramic view of the surrounding Vishnukoot, Manikoot and Brahmakoot hills, being situated at an altitude of 1330 m. Lord Shiva is the main deity, worshipped at this holy shrine. It is believed that Lord Shiva begot the name of Neelkantha when His throat turned blue after drinking the Kaalkoot poison, produced from churning the sea at this spot. Thousands of devotees flock to this place during annual festivals.