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History of Origin of Rishikesh
Rishikesh a small city in the foothills of the Himalayan ranges in Uttarakhand state popularly known as "The Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas". If we go back and look at the history of this place we will get to learn that the name Hṛṣīkeśa is the other name of lord Vishnu which means "the lord responsible of our senses". When Raibhya Rishi was doing Tapasya, lord Vishnu appeared in front of him in the appearance of Lord Hrishikesh and after that the place got its name. When we go in depth of Skanda Purana, we will get to learn that this place is also known as Kubjamrak. As appearance of lord Vishnu took place below a mango tree so this place is also called as Kubjamrak. The holy river Ganga is flowing by the side of this city. Along the banks of the river there are many ancient as well as newly built temples of different gods and goddesses are there. Devotees in huge population visit this place to take blessings of the almighty god.
The present Rishikesh:
Places of attraction in Rishikesh:
Triveni Ghat: In this Ghat every evening Ganga Aarti takes place. Devotees specially visit this Ghat to take bath for washing off the sins of life. People also perform shardha near this Ghat. It is believed that three important streams of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati meet here.
Bharat Mandir: One of the oldest temples in the city of Rishikesh is Bharat Mandir. This Mandir is located near to Jhanda Chowk. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu as over here he appeared in front of Raibhya Rishi. Basant Panchami is celebrated each year in this Mandir.
Rishikund: By Rishikund we mean Sages Pond. People believe that this pond is filled with water from Yamuna River when Rishi Kubz requested for it. Near to this Kund a Shani Mandir is present.
Laxman Jhula: The major attraction of rishikesh is Laxman Jhula. It was in the year 1939; this 450 ft long hanging bridge was constructed on the Ganges. As per mythological story Laxman the brother of Lord Rama crossed the holy river Ganga on a Jute Rope. A temple which is 13 storied is located at the other side of the river which is home to many gods and goddesses. You can enjoy the breeze of river Ganga while standing on this Jhula.
Ram Jhula: This Jhula acts as a connector between Swargashram to Shivananda Ashram. Various ashrams are located near to this Jhula. This Jhula is bigger in size in comparison to Laxman Jhula. The scenic view of river Ganga and the surroundings can be enjoyed better from this Jhula.
Geeta Bhawan: One of the oldest complexes of temple is Geeta Bhawan. This Bhawan now acts as a museum offering knowledge to people about mythological period. There are almost more than 1000 rooms over here where devotees can stay totally free of cost.
Neelkanth mahadeva: This place is considered very sacred as it is believed that Lord Shiva took the pain to Drank the poison which was produced during the Samudra Manthan. This poison turned the neck of Mahadev Blue and so the place was named as Neelkanth.
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