Temples in Rishikesh - A Melting Pot Of Heritage And Spirituality


Temples in Rishikesh

In the foothills of Himalayas, Rishikesh is the well known 'Dev Bhoomi' of Uttarakhand. It is a prominent tourist city owing to its idyllic setting beside Himalayan Hills and River Ganges. The white water river rafting of Rishikesh is considered the best in entire India and travel enthusiast flock the city year-round to experience river rafting along with camping. Apart from the adventure activities what truly makes Rishikesh a famous tourist city is its high concentration of temples and yoga schools. There are numerous temples in Rishikesh, some old some new, some big some small. But each one of them adds to the divinity of this city. Below we compiled a list of some of the most prominent temples in Rishikesh.

Here is the list of 10 Temples in Rishikesh - A Melting Pot Of Heritage And Spirituality

1. Trayambakeshwar Temple

Also known as Tera Manzil temple, Triambakeshwar is a 13-storied temple standing on the banks of River Ganga. The principal deity here is Lord Shiva although other gods are also worshipped. Triambakeshwar Temple is one of the most iconic temples in Rishikesh which is visible from Lakshman Jhula.

2. Raghunath Temple

The primary deities at Raghunath Temple are Lord Rama and Goddess Sita. Located at Triveni Ghat, where the famous Ganga Aarti takes place every evening, Raghunath Temple in Rishikesh is considered one of the most sacred places for Hindus. Rishikund, a holy pond is also nearby this temple.

3. Neelkanth Mahadev Temple

It is one of the most famous temples in Rishikesh and enjoys great significance in Hindu scriptures. According to the legends, that it is here that Lord Shiva drank the poison churned out from the sea after the legendary 'Amrit Manthan'. The act turned his throat blue, and hence the temple derives its name Neelkanth Mahadev.

4. Shri Bharat Mandir

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Founded by Adiguru Shankaracharya in the 12th century, the shrine houses Lord Vishnu carved out of a single piece of Saligram. The inner canopy of the temple contains Shree Yanthra. The architecture and interiors of this temple in Rishikesh have been detailed in the ancient record of Kearkhand. The present structure was reconstructed on the ruins of the original temple destroyed by Tamur. Excavations have yielded many old statues, ancient pots and coins from this site.

5. Lakshman Temple, Rishikesh

The Lakshman Temple in Rishikesh takes its roots from the Ramayana. It is believed that Lakshmana and Rama attained enlightenment here. The jute bridge which is now called the Lakshmana Jhoola is believed to have been constructed by Rama and Lakshmana. The temple is easily accessible by local transport such as cabs or autos. Make sure to take a look at the ancient sculptures and paintings that adorn this temple.

6. Kunjapuri Devi Temple

Kunjapuri Temple in Rishikesh is devoted to Goddess Sati, first wife of Shiva and an incarnation of Goddess Parvati. It is one of the Shakti Peeths as it is believed that a body part of Sati fell at this place when Lord Shiva travelled throughout the universe with her corpse.

7. Shatrughna Mandir

Shatrughna Mandir is devoted to Shatrughna from the epic Ramayana. This temple in Rishikesh was built by Adi Shankaracharya when he visited Rishikesh. This ancient temple is located near Ram Jhula.

8. Parmarth Niketan

Parmarth Niketan is another significant temple in Rishikesh. The temple also has a religious school which teaches Hinduism. It is a well known Yoga School as well. Every evening Ganga Aarti and Hawan are organised on Parmarth Ghat of the Temple.

9. Bhootnath Temple, Rishikesh

This isolated temple in Rishikesh is surrounded on three sides by the Rajaji National Park and the city of Rishikesh along the Ganga river on the other. Expect to see spectacular views from the top of the temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva as he was known to have taken rest here en route his marriage procession to Goddess Sita.

10. Gita Bhawan

Gita Bhawan is one of the oldest temples in Rishikesh. Indian epics Mahabharata and Ramayana are depicted on the walls of the temple. People come to this temple to read these legends and observe the Ganga Aarti which is performed at Gita Bhawan Ghat every evening.

The presence of so many important temples in Rishikesh into a holy city. Various Yoga and meditation schools are also set up here, and thus the city provides a holistic spiritual experience to tourists who come here. It is also known as the Yoga Capital of India.

This post was published by Shubham Jain

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