Lakshman Jhula Rishikesh
Situated about 4 Km from the main Rishikesh town, Lakshman Jhula, a 450 feet long hanging bridge across the river Ganga at a height of 70 feet, is one of the most popular sightseeing destinations in Uttarakhand.
There are many mythological tales associated with this bridge. According to myths, the bridge got its name from Hindu Lord Rama’s brother Lakshman, who crossed the river Ganga at the same site with jute ropes. In fact, till 1924 the bridge was only made up of jute ropes, which was unfortunately washed away in a great flood in October the same year. The bridge was then reconstructed with iron and was re-opened for public by 1939.
Lakshman Jhula undoubtedly is the most visited spot in Rishikesh. At one end of the bridge is the famous temple Tehra Manzil, a thirteen story temple which is known for its beautifully carved idols of numerous Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Apart from being a huge religious spot, the temple is also famous for providing a beautiful view of the surroundings.
There is another temple called Lakshman temple at one side of the bridge, which is known for its beautiful sculptures and paintings. Lakshman temple also has a high place in Hindu mythology. According to folklore, it is here in the Rishi Kund of the Lakshman temple where Lord Rama and Lakshman took bath with the water of river Ganga to purge their sins after killing Ravana.
The local markets on both sides of the bridge attract tourists with their colorful tinkrets. Many shops sell idols of Hindu Gods and Goddesses, rudraksha, books on Hindu culture, spirituality etc. While many others put on display locally made handicrafts, gems, and jewelry made of precious and semi-precious stones. Delicious local tempts passersby on both sides of the bridge.
The area around Lakshman Jhula is a center of activity in Rishikesh - a cacophony of mantras, music, flowing Ganga, vehicles, locals and tourists that presents a riot of color and liveliness.
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Lakshman Jhula, a 450 ft long hanging bridge across the river Ganga at a height of 70 ft.
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