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Rishikesh another name for Lord Vishnu, Rishikesh is also “ Yoga Capital of the World and it is known as the 'Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas one of the most exciting places, Rishikesh is nothing less than a spiritual heaven for all the people who are planning to visit this lovely place. Rishikesh has its own charm and aura that is one of the prime reasons why Rishikesh is considered to be visited by the people from foreign countries frequently. With serenity and tranquillity all over, this place is nothing but a heavenly abode for all the visitors.
The bridge is known to be of mythological importance and is connected with great Hindu epic, Ramayana. If legends are to be believed the bridge is named after Lakshman, the brother of Lord Rama. It is said that he had crossed the river from same spot using a long jute rope. Till 1924, the bridge was still a rope bridge that was washed away in floods. Later on, a bridge was constructed here, which was opened for public in 1939. It is a 450 feet long hanging bride built across the mighty Ganga River at a height of 70 feet.
Lakshman Temple near bridge is a popular ancient temple located on the banks of river Ganga in Rishikesh. Famous for the ancient sculptures and painting on the walls of the temple, Lakshman Temple is believed to be the same place where Lord Lakshman did meditation.On one of the ends of the Lakshman Jhula is a popular 13-stoery temple, Tehra Manzil, which has beautiful carved sculptures several Hindu Gods and Goddesses. The bridge boasts of wonderful picturesque surroundings.
Ram Jhula is one among the two extremely popular hanging-bridges in Rishikesh. It is one of the important places of interest for those who visit Rishikesh. The bridge was put-up in year 1986 on the River Ganga. It is around 450 ft in height connecting the two famous ashrams, Swarg Ashram and Shivananda ashram.
Triveni Ghat, Rishikesh is the confluence of three holy Rivers, the Ganga, the Yamuna and the Saraswati. The revered bathing spot is said to be holiest places in the town snuggled in the lap of Himalayas along the River Ganges. According to belief, bathing or taking a dip in waters of Triveni Ghat washes away all the sins and purifies the soul. The divine source is said to grant salvation, a release from all the circle of life and death. Pilgrims from all over the world bathe in the glacial waters throughout the year.
The Triveni Ghat is the site where daily “Maha Aarti” both in the morning and evening are performed. Thousands of pilgrims gather at the Ghat to witness the ceremony. The fragrance of flowers, the chant of hymns and the twinkling lights creates a divine ambiance. The melody of drums, bells and mystical chants makes an otherworldly connection. Devotees release small oil lamps placed on leaf boats in the water. Holy ceremonies like 'Pindha Shraddha' for the salvation of ancestors are also done at Triveni Ghat.
Vashistha Gufa is an ancient cave where great Sage Vashistha meditated and situated around 25km from Rishikesh. Vasishtha is a revered Vedic sage in Hinduism. He is one of the Saptarishis (seven great Rishis) of India. Vasishtha is credited as the chief author of Mandala 7 of Rigveda. Vasishtha and his family are mentioned in Rigvedic verse. Yoga Vasistha, Vasishtha Samhita, as well as some versions of the Agni Purana and Vishnu Purana are attributed to him. He is the subject of many mythologies, such as him being in possession of the divine cow Kamadhenu and Nandini her child, who could grant anything to their owners. He is famous in Hindu mythologies for his legendary conflicts with sage Visvamitra.
The Vasisht gufa after 25kms drive to byasi then you would have to walk down a mountain to reach the cave but the walk is worth once you reach the cave. The inside is dark except for dimly lit lamps at the Shivlinga. This is an amazing sacred space. A priest chants before the entrance of the Guha (cave). Going inside is amazing. You get an idea of what it's like for individuals who renounce everything in order to become a priest.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Ashram
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Ashram is one of the mystical attractions in Rishikesh also popular as Beatles Ashram, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi known as Maharishi meaning "great seer" and Yogi. He developed the Transcendental Meditation technique and was the leader and guru of a worldwide organization that has been characterized in multiple ways including as a new religious movement and as non-religious.
In February 1968, the English rock band the Beatles travelled to Rishikesh in northern India to take part in an advanced Transcendental Meditation (TM) training course at the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Led by George Harrison's commitment the band's interest in the Maharishi's teachings changed Western attitudes about Indian spirituality and encouraged the study of Transcendental Meditation. The visit was also one of the most productive periods for the band's songwriting Called White album.
Sivananda Ashram also known as The Divine Life Society is a shining example of the creative aspect of the Divinity within man. It is a remarkable achievement of the Founder, His Holiness Sri Swami Sivananda, who from the year 1936, has built up the wonderful mansion of 'Divine Life' brick by brick, on the firm foundations of purity, integrity, nobility and magnanimity. The ideals of the Society are lofty, most practicable and within the reach of every human being, irrespective of position, caste, colour, country and creed. The Institution caters to the cultural needs of all ranks of people, to whatever class they may belong. Each one can tap whatever suits him the best according to his stature and intellectual or spiritual attainments. The holy river Ganga flows by the side of the Ashram, coming down from the icy regions of the Himalayas, carrying with her the message of seers and sages of the past and the present, thus in a way keeping intact the connection between the ancient and the modern and nourishing the body and the mind of the wearied soul in its earthly sojourn. There is also available a Jnana Ganga (river of knowledge) emanating from the prolific pen of the Great Master Sri Swami Sivananda and his direct disciples, whom the Master has chiselled and moulded into his own pattern with the laudable idea of enabling them to continue and further the cause of his lofty mission.
The temple provides very beautiful panoramic view of snow capped mountains in Garhwal Himalayas and Altitude 1650 meters above sea level at Kunjapuri Hill, Kunjapuri Temple is claimed to be the one of the three Siddha Peeths in Tehri district, other two being Surkanda Devi and Chandrabadni. According to the mythology, when Lord Shiva was carrying the burnt body of Sati, her burned chest fell at the place where the temple is currently located. From the temple, one can see the panoramic view of the neighbouring hills like Swargarohini, Gangotri, Banderpunch and Chaukhamba. Also, from the other side of the temple, tourist can relish the view of the nearby landmarks like Rishikesh, Haridwar and Doon Valley. The temple sees a massive crowd around Dussehra and Navratri festival. The temple is an important stopover point for tourists on a journey to Char Dham yatra. All the buses going towards Gangotri will pass through the Kunjapuri Hill. Since the temple is 27 km from Rishikesh, one can reach Kunjapuri Hill by car or bus. To reach the main shrine, tourists will have to climb a flight of 300 stairs.
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is a sacred and famous temple located at 32 km from Rishikesh. Scenically situated on a hill at a height of 1330 mtrs, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is a one of the most popular temples of Lord Shiva. According to Hindu mythology, the place where the Neelkanth Mahadev Temple currently stands is the sacred location where Lord Shiva consumed the poison that originated from the sea when Devas (Gods) and Asuras (Demons) churned the ocean in order to obtain Amrita. This poison that emanated during the Samudramanthan (churning of ocean) made his throat blue in color. Thus, Lord Shiva is also known as Neelkanth, literally meaning The Blue Throated On.
Neer Gaddu Waterfall
Neer Gaddu Waterfall is one of the beautiful sightseeing spot in Rishikesh. This natural waterfall adorns the town by its exquisite picturesque views and beautifully carved rocks. Travelers from all over the world find this place unique and it inherently touches their soul. Artists spend whole day in painting the best shot on their canvas whereas photographers never stop clicking their camera. It is difficult to picture the whole Neer Gaddu in one visit. Campers take back a wonderful lot of capitulating reminiscences with them and keep talking about this beautiful spot for weeks.
Gita Bhawan is situated on the banks of the holy river Ganges, amidst the Himalayan mountains at Swargashram, Rishikesh. It consists of a very large complex comprising discourse halls and over 1000 rooms available free of charge for the stay of devotees. Regular discourses are organised. A large number of devotees visit and stay here for holy Ganges dip, listening to discourses and sadhana & meditation. During the summer months (end -April to early-July), day-long special Satsang programs are arranged and devotees flock in thousands to attend it.
Parmarth Niketan Ashram
Parmarth Niketan Ashram is a spiritual abode on the banks of river mother Ganga and in the lap of Himalaya, known worldwide for its Yoga and spirituality. Parmarth Niketan ashram was founded in 1942 by Pujya Swami Shukdevanandji Maharaj and Parmarth Niketan ashram organized international yoga festival Every Year from 1st March to 7th.