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Rishkesh

Rishikesh Rishikesh is a small town situated 532 metres above sea level in the Dehradun district of Uttarakhand. Rishikesh gets its name from the Sanskrit word 'hrishik, meaning senses and ish' meaning master, after the Sage Raibhya who did penance to Lord Vishnu, believed to be the conqueror of the senses. The holy city of Rishikesh is visited by many people who are on a serious soul-searching mission. Since Satyug, Rishikesh is known to be the abode of the sages and is considered to be the gateway to the Char Dham and Panch Kedar Yatras. This place has no dearth of temples, ashrams and spa resorts, and is also known as the yoga capital and adventure sports hub of Uttarakhand. This three-fold importance attached. Lakshman Jhula at Rishikesh to Rishikesh has made it the most desirable tourist destination and pilgrimage centre. The best way to explore the town of Rishikesh is on foot as the town is hilly and has narrow lanes. To cross the River Ganga, one can take a motor ferry from the narrow suspension iron bridge known as the Ram Jhula which is near Swargashram. The Lakshman Jhula is a famous hanging bridge across the Ganga and is about 3 kilometres from Rishikesh. It is a 450-foot suspension bridge and was built in 1939. It is said that Lord Ram's brother Lakshman crossed the Ganga on a jute rope from here. The Lakshman Jhula is a bridge across the Ganga along the old route to the holy shrines of Badrinath and Kedarnath. The other suspension bridge or Ram Jhula is surrounded by a cluster of ashrams on both sides. The ancient Hindu saint Adiguru Shankaracharya is said to have constructed the Bharat Mandir in the 12th century on the bank of the River Ganga in the heart of Rishikesh. The 108 parikramas of the Bharat Mandir are believed to be equivalent to the Badrinath Yatra. It is the oldest temple in Rishikesh and is also regarded as one of the most ancient shrines in India. Bharat Mandir is approximately half a kilometre away from Triveni Ghat It is believed that the confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and the Saraswati took place at the Triveni Ghat. It is a most revered, sacred bathing spot in Rishikesh and is situated on the hanks of the River Gangis. Thousands of people come to take a holy dip in the sacred river and to observe the Crossing the Ganga via the Ram Jhula spiritual gatherings called 'aarti. The Rishikund or Sages Pond is nearby, where holy men performed fire rituals in ancient times. On request of the sages for a place to bathe, the water of the Yamuna magically appeared in the kund and has stayed there ever since. The Raghunath Temple dedicated to Lord Ram and Sita is situated here. Rishikesh is in the Garhwal region at the confluence of the Ganga and Chandrabhaga rivers, marking the beginning of the Indo-Gangetic Plain, in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayas and surrounded by the Shivalik range on three sides. Rishikesh is 25 kilometres to the north of Haridwar, and the journey time by road is 6-1/2 hours from Delhi. The route from Delhi is NH58 to Rishikesh via Modinagar, Meerut, Khatauli, Muzaffarnagar, Manglaur, Roorkee and Haridwar.

09-Apr-2018
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Haridwar

Haridwar Haridwar is the gateway to the four pilgrimages of Uttarakhand and is also known as the gateway to the Gods. It is thedwar or door to Hari (Vishnu) and is one of the oldest living cities. It has been mentioned as Mayapuri, Gangadwar and Mokhsadwar in the ancient Hindu scriptures and epics. Haridwar, besides being a religious place, has served as a centre for learning arts, science and culture right from the time of Buddha and continues even today. Haridwar is one of the first towns where the River Ganga emerges from the mountains and makes its entry into the plains. The age-old ritual of bathing in the sacred river is considered most important for the pilgrims and devotees cry out the celebratory exhortation of "Har, Har Gange!" with gusto while plunging into the holy water.Throughout the year, religious rituals likemundan or the head tonsuring ritual, upanayana or the initiation ritual, asthi visarjan or immersion of the ashes of the dead and Shraddha or prayers propitiating one's ancestors take place here. The place is crowded with devotees and priests, offering prayers to the Sun God and the holy Ganges. The Panch Teerth mentioned in the Puranas takes place in Haridwar and is located within the area mainly known as Gangadwar (Har ki Pauri), Kushwart Ghat, Kankhal, Bilwa Teerth (Mansa Devi) and Neel Parvat (Chandi Devi).ki Pauri is one of the most visited and famous holy places and is believed to be sanctified by the powerful trinity of Hindu mythology - Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. This sacred site was built by King Vikramaditya in honour of his brother Bharatrihari, the saintly poet who is reputed to have meditated here. The sacred Brahmakund is graced by the presence of the Ganga that flows in from one side and exits from the other. The Ganga Aarti ceremony that takes place from the promenade above the Brahmakund is a delight to watch as one can see the reflections of golden hues of floral diyas in the river while prayers are being offered to the Ganges. Aarti At Har Ki Pauri The auspicious Kumbh Mela held once every 12 years and the Ardha Kumbh Mela held once every six years attract a large number of people from different parts of the world. Haridwar is one of the four main sites where the Kumbh Mela takes place. Har ki Pauri is the place where divine nectar fell from the celestial Kumbh that guaranteed immortality to those who drank it. In the race to attain immortality, the gods and demons got into a fight for possession of the precious pitcher and Indra's son Jayanta managed to get hold of it. While being chased by the others, Jayantaspilled four drops of the sacred nectar at four places: Ujjain, Haridwar, Trimbakeshwar and Prayag (Allahabad), sanctifying these places forever. The Maha Kumbh in Haridwar is full of festivities (mela) in the township at Har ki Pauri with religious, cultural and other commercial activities. Haridwar lies between the Terai forests of the lower Shivalik Hills and the western bank of the River Ganga in lower Garhwal district. It is 54 kilometres to the south of Dehradun, 199 kilometres to the north-east of Delhi. The journey time by road is 6 hours from Delhi. The route from Delhi is NH58 to Haridwar via Modinagar, Meerut.,Khatauli, Muzaffarnagar, Manglaur and Roorkee.

15-Apr-2018
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