Temples in Rishikesh
From time immemorial, Rishikesh has been revered as a land of spirituality. The modest town has many mentions in Hindu mythology. Additionally, being the gateway to the Himalayas – the revered mountains - the place is replete with temples, large and small, ancient and new. The renowned Hindu saint, Adi Shankaracharya, built many temples in Rishikesh during the 8th century. Over time, individuals and organizations built many more temples. Today, these temples apart from conducting Hindu rituals, also offer lessons on Hindu philosophy, yoga, meditation and Ayurveda.
Most famous temples of Rishikesh include:
Located about 20 kms from the main town of Rishikesh, at the confluence of river Pankaja and Madhumati, Neelkanth temple has an interesting legend associated with it. It is believed that it was here, Lord Shiva drank venom that came out of the ocean during ‘Samudra-Manthan’. Due to the venom, Lord Shiva’s throat turned blue, and he got the name of ‘Neel-kanth’, which literally means ‘blue throat’.
Perched at height of 925 mts, the trek to the temple is lush with scenic views. Manikoot, Brahmakoot and Vishnukoot valleys and Nar Narayan mountain range surround the temple, augmenting the beauty of this religious site. The architecture of the temple is equally breathtaking. The entire story of Lord Shiva taking the poison is depicted on the walls of the temple.
The temple can be reached by road or through a trek and round the year, devotees and trekkers visit the temple.
Tera-Manzil temple is among the most significant temples of Rishikesh. Also known as Trimbakeshwar Temple, Tera-Manzil is built across 13 stories and is the largest temple of Rishikesh. Its ornate and symmetric architecture, nearness to Lakshman Jhula, and panoramic view one gets from temple’s top, make it extremely popular among tourists. Tera-Manzil is also famous for its beautifully crafted idols of various Hindu Gods and Goddesses, and its collection of various traditional artifacts.
While devotees are driven by their devotion to climb up the 13 storeys, the tourists take up the challenge to relish the scenic view of the town and the majestic Himalayas from the 13th floor, especially at sunset.
Perched at the top of a hillock, about 15kms from Rishikesh, Kunjapuri temple is an ancient temple dedicated to Goddess Durga. Considered one of the Siddhapeeths, the temple has lot of significance for Hindu devotees.
The steep, winding roads that lead up to the temple are lush with greenery. The temple site offers panoramic view of the Rishikesh and Doon valleys and the Himalayan peaks.
Ganga Ghats are spread across all the towns and cities that share the banks of the holy river.
Yoga ashrams are places of yoga sanctity. Almost all ashrams in and around Rishikesh.
Rishikesh is a ‘must visit’ place on every rafters map, and rightly so. Plunging from the Himalayan
The Hindu saint, Adi Shankaracharya, built many temples in Rishikesh.
Spring season is ideal for exploring the locales, and are perfect for adventures activities.
Lakshman Jhula, a 450 ft long hanging bridge across the river Ganga at a height of 70 ft.
The best way to reach Rishikesh is to first reach the national capital – New Delhi.
Rishikesh offers a wide range of accommodation options for typical hitchhikers.
Rishikesh is the center from where all excursions – spiritual or adventurous - begin.