Rishikesh : The Sacred Abode

At the foothills of the Himalayas along the bank of sacred river the Ganges, lies the town of Rishikesh. It is where the Ganges descends in the plains after a long journey of 250 Kms. in the rugged terrains of Himalayas from it's origin. Rishikesh or Hrishikesh has got its name from the God Vishnu, who appeared as Lord Rishikesh to Rabhya rishi after his austerities. It is also believed that Lord Rama did penance here on the advice of Sage Vashishtha to kill the demon king Ravana. His younger brother Laxman or Lakshman crossed the Ganga river using a jute rope bridge, which later got the name Lakshmana or Laxman Jhula. There is a Laxman temple as well as Ram, Bharat & Shatrughna temples present in Rishikesh on the banks of Ganga near Lakshman Jhula. Rishikesh is aptly called as Tirth Nagari and Dev Bhumi.

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