9 Best Religious Spots To Visit Atleast Once When In Rishikesh
Rishikesh already famous for its aarti, ghats and sadhus is also home to North India’s most beautiful temples. These temples will surely allure you with their simple grandeur and make you feel blessed. So bookmark this list and explore away!
1. Trayambakeshwar Temple
Meaning ‘Abode of the Three-eyed’ i.e Shiva, the Trayambakeshwar Temple is perched along the banks of the Ganges and is believed to be one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. Thronged by devotees from all over the world throughout the year, the ‘Tera Manzil Mandir’ is striking with its grand structure. Witness the sunset from the top or just relax inside the sanctum!
Where | Laxman Jhula
2. Sri Venkateswara Temple
With idols and sculptures adorning its walls outside, the temple is built in a South Indian architectural style. Dedicated to Lord Sri Venkateswara Swamy, also known as Lord Balaji in the hilly town, the temple holds annual fests such as Annual Brahmotsavam and Bandra. The shrines of Goddess Sridevi, Bhudevi Sri Andal Garudalwar and many others are present inside the temple.
Where | Haridwar Road (NH-58), Chandeshwar Nagar
3. Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
Situated on a hilltop amidst the trees, the Neelkanth Mahadev Temple narrates an amazing story of Lord Shiva and the Samudra Manthan. The temple with the coloUrful walls outside is peaceful on the inside. Pray, tie a thread on the Peepal tree, take a dip in the holy Ganges and this place will leave you all mesmerised and peaceful.
Where | Kotdwar Pauri Road, Kotdwara
4. Lakshman Temple
Famous for the ancient structure and paintings, the Lakshman Temple is a shrine of high religious significance for the Hindus. It is said that Lord Rama's brother Lakshman meditated here to attain enlightenment and made this place pure. Not only this, it’s also believed that both of them built the Lakshman Jhula. The mandir in its simplicity is a haven for experiencing divinity.
Where | Tapovan
5. Raghunath Temple
Devoted to Lord Rama and his wife Sita, the Raghunath Temple has a water body called Rishikund which is believed to be the bathing place of Lord Rama when he was enunciated for exile. Many believe that the holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati merge here. The major attraction here is the dusk aarti at Triveni Ghat which encapsulates the essence of Dharma.
Where | Pragati Vihar
6. Kunjapuri Temple
Devoted to Lord Shiva and his deceased wife Sati, the Kunjapuri Temple has a fleet of 250 to climb before you reach the main holy sanctum. Situated on top of the Kunjapuri Hill, about 27 kms from Rishikesh in the Tehri district of Uttarakhand, the temple provides such a picturesque view of the snow capped mountains.
Where | Hindolakhal Road, Adali
7. Parmarth Niketan Temple
Located on the banks of Ganga, Parmarth Niketan is like a blessing to Rishikesh with a capacity of more than 100 rooms. The morning prayers, meditation routines and ayurvedic therapies will shower your mind and soul with peace and harmony. The ashram also organises camps on stress management, pranayamas and yoga asanas. Do indulge in some therapeutic yoga here!
Where | Main Market Road, Near Ram Jhula, Swarg Ashram
8. Hanuman Mandir
Located at Maya Kund, Hanuman Mandir was erected in 1924 by Swami Ramdas or Oriya Baba. Everyday, the temple is thronged by thousands of devotees and it draws millions of them every Tuesday - the day traditionally fixed for Hanuman worship. There are many other locations where the temple is located in Rishikesh. You must visit at least one of them!
Where | Mayakund
9. Tera Manzil Temple
Also called the Trayambakeshwar Temple, Tera Manzil Temple is a holy 13 storeyed temple located on the banks of river Ganga. Each of the 13 floors has several small temples dedicated to Hindu gods and goddesses. It's one of the most popular landmarks and places of worship in Rishikesh making it a must visit!
Where | Laxman Jhula
Pay a visit to these holy places and discover your inner peace and holiness!