Holy Places In India - Rishikesh

Rishikesh (Sanskrit: Hrishikesh) is a city, Hindu pilgrimage center, Nagar Nigam and Tehsil in Dehradun district of Uttarakhand. It is the gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas and the global capital of yoga. Rishikesh is located 25 km north of Haridwar and 43 km south-east from Dehradun.

The entrance to the Himalayas, Rishikesh, where it reaches the Ganges, leaving the Ganges Ranges and moving towards the surface. The serene atmosphere of Rishikesh is home to many noted ashrams. Situated at an altitude of 1380 feet above sea level in Uttarakhand, Rishikesh is one of the holiest pilgrimage centers in India. Surrounded by the low hills of the Himalayas and the scenic beauty, the river Ganges flows from this religious place makes it incredible. Rishikesh is considered the gateway to Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. It is said that by meditating on this place, salvation is attained. Every year a large number of pilgrims from the ashrams come here for meditation and peace of mind. Foreign tourists also come here regularly in search of spiritual happiness.

There are many religious stories related to Rishikesh. It is said that the poison Shiva drank at this place during the churning of the sea. After drinking the poison, his throat turned blue and he was known as Neelkanth. According to another observation, Lord Rama spent his time in the forests here during exile. Laxman swing made of rope is believed to be the proof. The Lakshman swing was rebuilt in Vikramaswat 1919. It is also said that the sage Raibhya had done austerities here to see God. Pleased with his penance, God appeared as Hrishikesh. Since then this place has been known as Rishikesh.



This Jhula, which connects one bank of the Ganges to the other, is the hallmark of the city. It was built in Vikatasamvat 1996. It is said that to cross the river Ganges, Laxman made a jute swing at this place. Upon reaching the middle of the swing, he appears to be moving. There are Lakshman and Raghunath temples near this swing of 450 feet long. The beautiful views of the surroundings can be enjoyed by standing on the swing. Like the Laxman Jhula, the Ram Jhula is also located close by. This swing is made between Shivanand and Swarga Ashram. Hence it is also known as Shivanand Jhula. In Rishikesh, Ganges on the banks of the Ganges is very soft and soft, sitting on it makes it look like mother's lap affectionate and tender, just by sitting here, there seems to be the rise of unlimited peace and Ramta in the heart.


This is the main bathing ghat in Rishikesh where many devotees take a dip in the holy Ganges river in the morning. It is said that at this place there is a confluence of Ganga Yamuna and Saraswati, the three major rivers of Hinduism. From this place, the river Ganga turns to the right. The view of the regular holy aarti here at Twilight Vela is very attractive.

SWARG ASHRAM          

This ashram established by Swami Vishuddhanand is the oldest ashram in Rishikesh. Swamiji was also known by the name 'Kali Kamali Wale'. Many beautiful temples are built at this place. There are many food and drink restaurants where only vegetarian food is served. There are many handicrafts shops around the ashram.


Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is situated on the top of the hill of Swarg Ashram at an elevation of about 5500 feet. It is said that Lord Shiva took the poison emanating from the sea churning at this place. After poisoning, his throat became blue due to the effects of poison and he was known as Neelkanth. There is a water fountain in the temple complex where devotees take a bath before visiting the temple.


It is the oldest temple of Rishikesh which was built by Adi Guru Shankaracharya in the 12th century. This temple, dedicated to Lord Rama's younger brother Bharata, is located in the Old Town near Triveni Ghat. The original form of the temple was damaged during the Timur invasion in 1397. However, many important things of the temple have been preserved till date after that attack. The statue of Lord Vishnu is engraved on a single Shaligram stone in the inner sanctum of the temple. Sriyantra kept by Adi Guru Shankaracharya can also be seen here.


The Kailash Niketan temple is just after crossing the Laxman swing. This huge temple built in 12 blocks is different from other temples of Rishikesh. The idols of all the deities are installed in this temple.


The 3000 year old Vasistha cave is located on the Badrinath-Kedarnath road, 22 kilometers from Rishikesh. Many sadhus can be seen resting and meditating at this place. It is said that this place was the residence of Lord Rama and the priest Vashistha of many kings. In Vashistha cave, the sadhus can be seen in meditative posture. A Shivling is also installed inside the cave. This place is very popular for tourism.


The Gita Bhavan is just after crossing the Ram Jhula which was built by Shri Jayadayal Goindkaji in Vikatasamvat 2007. It is famous for its scenic walls. Here the walls adorned with paintings of Ramayana and Mahabharata make this place an attraction. There is also an Ayurvedic dispensary and a branch of Geetapress Gorakhpur. Pravachan and kirtan are regular functions of the temple. Devotional music can be enjoyed here in the evening. There are hundreds of rooms here for pilgrims to stay.


This place comes between Rishikesh to Neelkanth Marg, which is named Phoolchatti, Mohanchatti, this place is very quiet environment, there are four more beautiful instruments here, Mohanchatti on Neelkanth Marg becomes the center of attraction.


Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport near Dehradun, 18 km from Rishikesh. Air India, Jet and SpiceJet flights connect this airport to Delhi.

The nearest railway station of Rishikesh is Rishikesh which is 5 km from the city. Rishikesh is connected to major railway stations in the country. And Rishikesh is the last station. After this, the railway line does not go ahead.

There are deluxe and private buses to Rishikesh from Kashmiri Gate in Delhi. State Transport Corporation buses ply regularly from several cities of Delhi and Uttarakhand to Rishikesh.



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