Rishikesh – A Famous Pilgrim place in India
Located on the confluence place of the three holy rivers – The Ganges, The Yamuna and The Saraswati, Rishiesh is famous as a rare pilgrim place for the Hindus. The city in Uttarakhand is also is famous for its lush green, scenery and water bodies and one of the popular summer holiday destinations in India.
Most prominent places of visit in Rishikesh, is the Triveni Ghat, where the three holy rivers converge. A bath in the Ghat is believed to be sacred and can provide relic to someone from his sins.
The Trayambakeshwar Temple, on the east bank of The Ganges at Lakshman Jhula Bridge, is 13 stories high and has different deities throughout the massive temple.
The Bharat Mandir built by Adiguru Shankrcharya in 12th century, where Lord Vishnu is worshipped and the deity is believed to be carved out of a single ‘Saligram’. In the inner canopy above the idol is ‘Shree Yantra’ installed by Adi Shankaraharya.
A rare sight in Rishikesh is the 450 feet long an iron suspension bridge over The Ganges called Laxman Jhula or Laxman Jhoola. As per history, it is said that Lord Lakshman crossed The Ganges at this spot on jute ropes at the location where this bridge is built. Lakshman Jhula was built in 1939, and provides spectacular views from the bridge.
The other most visited places in Rishikesh are – Gita Bhavan, Swarg Ashram, Parmarth Niketan, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple and Vashista Goofa or Vashista Cave, which have lot of religious importance.
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