Sacred Places of Interest
Rishikesh, known as the “Gateway to the Himalayas” and more recently as the Yoga Capital of the World is where the ancient sages and saints traveled from far and wide to meditate upon the banks of the river Ganga, which is the lifeblood of this sacred town. To this day it has been sought after by those who are in search of a higher knowledge, these seekers make Rishikesh their place to begin the journey within
In February 1968, the Beatles visited the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram A.K.A Beatles Ashram in Rishikesh, attracted by his Transcendental Meditation. The Beatles composed numerous songs during their time at the ashram, many of which appear on the band’s self-titled double album, also known as the “White Album”. Since then numerous travelers have journeyed to Rishikesh as Yoga spread around the globe.
Rishikesh touts many sacred temples like Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, which is dedicated to lord Shiva (also called Neelkanth), along with Vashishtha Gufa (the ancient cave of Sage Vashishtha) and Kunjapuri Temple which is another a Hindu temple dedicated to the goddess Parvati (Consort to lord Shiva).
Rishikesh is well known for the daily worship of the river Ganges known as Ganga Arati which takes place every evening on the banks of the river at ghats (designated bathing areas) such as the Triveni ghat and Parmarti Niketan. As the sun begins to set, these ghats are filled by local people and travelers alike to join in the chanting of mantras, meditating and offering flowers and lamps into the flowing river with prayers for protection, guidance and grace.