Explore Rishikesh

Permarth Niketan RishikeshRishikesh has come in the limelight in the world map since 1968 when The Beatles visited the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi "The Happy Rishikesh" song by John Lennon was recorded here. Uttarakhand is known for its natural beauty of the Himalayas. It is often referred to as the Devbhumi-“Land of the Gods”. Uttarakhand is the only state in India with Sanskrit as one of its official languages. Rishikesh is a name of Vishnu that means ‘lord of the senses’. The root words Hrishika and Isha join together to make Hrishikesha. Hrishika means Senses and Isha means Master or Lord. Hence the word means Lord of Senses or Lord Vishnu.

Rishikesh is located in the foothills of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand. Rishikesh is a destination of all seasons & all reasons. Rishikesh is well known as "the world capital of Yoga".

The glorious attraction of Rishikesh is none other than the great river the Ganges herself, running rapidly throughout the city. In the ancient time and still so many yogis, rishis, sages, and sannyasis attracted to Rishikesh to practice yoga in this peaceful location. Since then, Rishikesh has known as an abode of sages. Rishikesh is a holy town with so many Ashrams and it is famous for yoga worldwide. Rishikesh is now world famous as a Yoga Capital of the world. Every year during the March month one-week long International yoga festival is hosted by Rishikesh.

Rishikesh is also known as the gateway to the Char Dham. Char Dham is four popular holy temples on the hills (Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri) Thousands of people attracted every year to Rishikesh for spiritual relief, peace, learn yoga, adventure and to take a dip for salvation. The famous among them were Beatles, Kate Winslet, and many more other celebrities. It is believed that by meditation in Rishikesh one can get "Moksha" (liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth) as well as a holy dip in the river Ganges.

Ganga Aarti in Rishikesh

The most well known Ganga Aarti in Rishikesh is held on the banks of the river Ganga at Trivani Ghat.

Ganga Aarti

The ceremony commences with the singing of bhajans (devotional songs), prayers, and a hawan (a purifying and sacred ritual that takes place around a fire, with the offerings made to Agni, the fire god). The lamps are lit and the aarti occurs as the final part of the ceremony. The children sing along with the spiritual head of the ashram, in sweet, haunting voices. A huge statue of Lord Shiva overlooks the proceedings.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat. Do arrive early if you want to get a seat on the steps close to the action. It can be difficult to see otherwise. Shoes must be removed but you can securely store them for free at the entrance.

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