Triveni Ghat

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Triveni Ghat, Rishikesh Overview

Situated on the banks of the holy river Ganges, Triveni Ghat is the biggest ghat in Rishikesh and the spot of the confluence of the three sacred rivers- Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. These rivers are considered extraordinarily pious and pure in the Hindu religion and are celebrated by every follower of this faith. It is believed that a dip in the holy waters by Triveni Ghat can purify you and cleanse you of all sins, worries and fears. They say the great Lord Krishna was shot in the leg by an arrow shot by Jara- a hunter at this very spot. 'Maha Aarti' happens every evening at Triven Ghat.

Triveni Ghat plays an essential role in Hindu Mythology and is also mentioned in the epics Ramayan and Mahabharat.  The Triveni Ghat is also where the chattri of Lord Krishna was constructed. In fact, the ghat is considered to be the cremation ground for the great Lord Krishna. Along with the holy dips, the devotees also make offerings to the river in the form of milk, while feeding the fishes in the Ghat too. 

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The evening aarti is also called the Maha Aarti and is conducted from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM every day. It is one of the most popular and well-attended rituals of the town, Rishikesh. The Maha Aarti is performed by chanting bhajans in praise of the lord and is celebrated by beating electrifying drums and rhythmic bells. The prayers offered to the lord are melodious and hypnotising, allowing you to feel the energy of the lord and connect with him.

The devotees release small floating leaf boats with oil lamps or gleaming diyas in them. The entire river is dotted with these little burning flames and the beauty of yellow flames in the dark water under the twinkling night sky is unparalleled.

Like the soul cleansing dip in the River Ganga, the relaxing by the river to soak in its beauty, and attending the famous Maha Aarti wouldn't be enough, Triveni Ghat surprisingly has more to offer.

1. You should make it a point to enjoy a boat ride on this magnificent river. During the trip, you will encounter views of gushing waters and lush greenery in the backdrop of fog tinted sky touching mountains- not a picture one would want to pass out on.

2. White river rafting is on the river Ganga! With over 21 rapids to add to the adventure, sitting on the edge of a raft as it pushes through the gushing water is a thrill truly unimaginable. You can jump into the river between rapids and amidst a 60 feet deep river. To add to the excitement, there is a rock at an elevation of 19 feet, where one jumps off of into the river. It is best if you take the opportunity of rafting in the summers when the water is comparatively warmer.

3. Devotees also come to the Triveni Ghat to perform a ceremony called 'Pindha Shraddha'. This ceremony is performed to honour the ancestors and pray for their soul to find peace, and what better place to do this than the lap of our holy mother Ganga?

4. The mesmerizing view of the sunrise at the Triveni Ghat is the perfect spiritual and relaxing start to the day. Many devotees come to the ghat to offer their offerings to the lord and the holy Ganga, and pray for a fruitful day. They offer milk to the river and also feed the many thousand fish that call the river Ganga their home. This ghat is the location where many people like to start their day, because it gives them the strength and will to make their day better not only for themselves but also for others.

The market in Triveni Ghat has a broad range of gems, precious and semi-precious stones, clothes, puja necessities, CDs, tapes and knickknacks. You can also find Kullu topis, Nehru jackets, salwar kameez, kurtas, jewellery and other accessories in the market. There are a few shops selling beautifully done idols of almost every Hindu deity, rudraksha beads, paintings and religious books.

Located only 6 km away from the famous Laxman Jhula, Triveni Ghat is a very frequently tourist attraction and very easy to get to. The Rishikesh Bus Stand is only 1 km away from Triveni Ghat, and numerous buses ply to and from the attraction regularly. Rishikesh Railway Station is also quite close, only at a distance of 3 km. It is also convenient and pocket-friendly to hail auto rickshaws (Tuk-Tuk) and taxis to Triveni Ghat.

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