Rishikesh is known for its adventure sports, Yoga and Temples. Today We are starting a Series of articles based on Temples in Rishikesh including all the famous and most visited temples in and around Rishikesh.
Rishikesh is a castle of beliefs and traditions built over the ineffable faith of the people. You will find numerous temples in Rishikesh some will be small some will be large, some popular some unknown. The serenity of the city takes a hold on you. Be it the ringing of the temple bells along with the console of the song of the river or the tranquil water touching you, a sensation of purity settles within. The faith drives many people to visit the divine yoga capital of the world.
Temples in Rishikesh
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
The Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is one of the most popular temples in Rishikesh. It is visited by innumerable people due to its winsome mythological tales. It is a firm belief that here Lord Shiva drank poison as the outcome of ‘Samudramanthan’.
The most frequent visits are in the months of July and August during the prestigious ‘Kanwar Yatra’. It is a lifetime time experience to see people rolling on roads to reach the temple. Though the path to the temple is a tedious 31 km trek, yet the chants of ‘Bol Bam’ keep you motivated and stimulated. The temple is open doors to all visitors during 5 am to 6 pm. The Pankaja and Madhumati rivers collaborate in the most sacred way at the temple.
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The Kunjapuri Temple
The Kunjapuri temple is devoted to Sati or Maa Parvati, the Mrs Mahadev, if I dare say. It is situated at a distance of 27 km from Rishikesh and can be visited throughout the day. The height of 1645 m provide an awe-striking view of the various ranges of the Himalayas with Rishikesh and Doon Valley on the opposite side.
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Triveni Ghat Temple
The Triveni Ghat, as the name suggests is a confluence of three mighty rivers, the Ganga, the Yamuna and the Saraswati. It is gleeful to attend the bathing ceremony followed by the sublime Ganga Aarti scheduled at 7 pm every day. At around 4 km from Rishikesh, it marks the entry into the city with a token of welcome.
The Parmarth Niketan
The Parmarth Niketan is a must visit sacred shrine with a distance of 15 km from Rishikesh. It is a flamboyant structure, boasting above 1000 rooms with proper amenities. It also has a colossal Shiva sculpture meditating near the Ganges. The temple is frequently visited by the followers and subjects. The evening aarti at 7 pm is sheer bliss.
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The Trayambakeshwar Temple
The trippy Laxman Jhula bridge takes you to the Trayambakeshwar Temple which is a 13-storied shrine of substantial glory. The temple is dedicated to the Mahadev, the three-eyed deity. The temple can be reached via autos as it is at a distance of 16 km . All the flavours of faith, fun and divinity give it a great mix. Each floor houses the several avatars of the deity.
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