Rishikesh Temple Tour
Where is Rishikesh?
Rishikesh Temple Tour: The holy town of Rishikesh (24 km from Haridwar) is located in the state of Uttaranchal in northern India. Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, Rishikesh is profoundly significant to the Hindus.
How will you gain access?
Jolly Grant (Dehradun) is the closest airport to Rishikesh. However, after arriving at the Delhi International Airport, one can take a train or bus route to Rishikesh. The place has good links by rail to the major towns and cities of the country, though some of the links can only be accessed from Haridwar. Rishikesh is a 6-hour drive from Delhi, ISBT being the Delhi bus terminal.
What does it signify?
Rishikesh stands on the banks of the holy Ganges. It is the first town that the Ganges touches on its descent from the mountains. The place welcomes innumerable Hindus and wandering Sadhus. Many arrive here to take a holy dip into the Ganges as they believe it could wash away all the impurities of their souls. The town is home to a number of Ashrams. Major Ashrams like Vivekananda, Sivananda, Osho, and Bihar School of Yoga have their offices here. As the sun shows from behind the mountains, devotees and worshippers begin to wash in the river. The temple chanting can be heard right from dawn until after dark. Pujas (Prayers) are performed during the night time, leaving thousands of camphor-illuminated leaf boats.
What beckons devotees?
The Lakshmana Jhula is an iron bridge that was built in 1939. It is believed that it is the very place from where Laxmana crossed the Ganges on jute-rope-bridge. It has been a major attraction among the devotees and visitors of the place. The bridge gives a splendid view of the Ganges, welcoming you with the cool breeze from the river. Ram Jhula is yet another suspended bridge that lies close to the Laksmana Jhula.
The Bharat Mandir was built by AdiguruSankaracharya around the 12th century. The inner sanctum of the temple enshrines the idol of Lord Vishnu. The inner canopy, that lies over the idol, bears Shree Yantra installed by Adi Sankaracharya. During recent excavations, lots of old statues, coins, pots, and other relics of the past were found within the premises of the temple.
ParmarthNiketan is one of the most celebrated temple complexes and Ashram in the area. It is known widely for its extensive work on Hinduism. It also runs a school on traditional Indian patterns. Every evening, the Ashram holds Ganga Arti and Hawan at the Parmarth Ghat.
Rishikund is another very ancient place in the area, lying close to the Triveni Ghat. Ancient scriptures show its associations with Saint Kubz who was blessed by Goddess Yamuna, saturating the pond by its water.
The TriveniGhat is the most prominent Ghat of the area. This is the place where most of the pilgrims take their holy dips. The Ghat gets packed with devotees as Ganga Arti is held every evening here. It makes a magnificent sight as the devotees leave afloat myriad of tiny illuminated leaf-boats.
What is the best time?
There is no specific season to pay a visit to Rishikesh. The city, lying in the hilly region, enjoys a pleasant climate all year-round.