Rishikesh is yet another centre of
pilgrimage and tourist attraction for Indians as well as
foreigners. Rishikesh is popularly known as the Yoga
Capital of the World. Rishikesh is 28 kms from Haridwar
on way to Badrinath and is situated at the foothills on
either side of holy river Ganga and is surrounded by
Shivalik ranges from three sides. Rishikesh complex
consists of three distinct areas, known as Rishikesh,
Muni-ki-Reti and Swargashram.
The town is well known for modem
and ancient Ashrams. In addition, it has temples and
other places which are in one way or other connected
with Puranic legends. It is said that when Raibhya Rishi
did rigorous penances, the God appeared and the place
was named 'Hrishikesh' and subsequently the place came
to be known as Rishikesh. Bharat, brother of Lord
Rama, also subjected himself to severe penances here and
in his memory Bharat Temple was constructed. Temples are
also dedicated to Lord Ram, Lakshman and Shatrughan. The
other temples are Pushkar temple, Bharat temple,
Rishikund and Raghunath temple.
There are many spiritual Yoga and
meditation centre located here which are regularly
visited by large number of tourists from all over the
Places to visit
Laxman Jhoola :
It is a beautiful sight about 7 km north of Rishikesh.
There was a hanging just rope bridge across river Ganga
(without pillar) till 1889 which was rebuilt with iron
ropes in 1939. The
suspension bridge has a span of 140. Raghunathji's
temple is the main attraction at Laxman Jhoola. Laxman
is said to have visited this place and is believed to
have done penance to wash his sins for having killed a
Brahmin. The suspension bridge connects Rishikesh with
Tapovan across river Ganga where a temple is dedicated
1.6 km. A bathing Ghat, where three streams of Ganga,
Yamuna and Saraswati are believed to be flowing together
underground. This is a sacred place where 'Pinda Shradha'
is performed or food is offered to the departed soul.
Evening Aarti (prayer) of goddess Ganga is also
8 km. It is a quiet place on the left bank of the Ganges
opposite to Shri Shivananda Ashram. Swarg Ashram can be
reached either by crossing Ganga by boat or by another
Ram/Shivanand suspension bridge since built across river
Ganga. An idol of Shri Badrinath Ji is enshrined in the
temple which is surrounded by forest. Pilgrims visiting
Badrinath temple also pay their visit to Swarga Ashram.
The temple and Dharamshala is maintained by Kali
Kamliwala Kshetra enroute. In fact Swarga Ashram is a
self-contained township with restaurants, shopping
centre along with temple, parks, libraries, meditation
centre and Ay.urvedic dispensaries.
Ashram and Yoga Centre:
Yoga Niketan Laxman Thoola, Yoga Sadan Ashram Rishikesh,
hala Ashram and Transcendental Meditation Centres of
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Shankaracharya Nagar, Ved Niketan
and Yoga study centre.
Raghunath temple, Bharat temple, Pushkar temple,
Shatrughan temple, Laxman temple, Sheshdhara, Rishikund
and Bhagirath temple.