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Spirituality and Tourism are the lifelines of Uttarakhand and the prominent player in the boom is the tiny city Rishikesh. With an abundance of Temples and Ashrams scattered around it manifests an aura of reverence. For the pilgrims, it would be a spiritual expedition; for the casual visitors, tourists and backpackers the city and surroundings provide an eyeful of spectacles.
Ram Jhula & Lakshman Jhula: Jhula literally means 'Swing'. Lakshman Jhula is a 19th century hanging bridge across the Sacred river Ganges. It was built in 1936 along the old route to Badrinath temple. It is believed that during the Ramayana Era, Lakshman, the younger brother of Sri Ram had crossed the river using a jute bridge at this location. Ram Jhula, a similar bridge a couple of kilometers downstream is a recent addition. Both the bridges have become the main tourist attractions of Rishikesh, due to the religious connotations attached to them as well as the sheer marvel of technology that keep them suspended from a pair of pillars on either bank.
Parmarth Aarti: Parmarth Aarti is a spectacular event visitors to Rishikesh could not afford to miss. Though it is a routine prayer session held to invoke the blessings of Goddess Ganges, by its rythmic chanting, colorful attire of the participants, the fragrance of burning incenses and clinging of bells has evolved through time as an event that keep masses of people in blissful awe. It is a daily event held at the premises of Parmarth Niketan Ashram and along the bank of Ganges, a few metres away from Ram Jhula.
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple: Perched at an altitude of 926 meters amidst three mountain ranges, Vishnukoot, Brahmakoot and Manikoot, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is visited by thousands of pilgrims. The presiding deity is Shiva. According to the myths, during the samudra manthan Shiva had consumed the Kalkut Vish, and retained the poison in his throat which gave it a permanant bluish hue. Hence he acquired the name Neelkanth meaning blue-throated. Neelkanth temple is 14 kms from Rishikesh. The route to this temple is surrounded by lush green hills and rivers, providing some of the most beautiful sights. Many pilgrims come to Neelkanth by trekking. The temple complex has also got one natural spring where devotees usually take a holy dip. The main shrine of the temple comprises a Shiva lingam. People make an offering of coconut, flowers, milk, honey, fruits and water to the Lord.
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