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About Rishikesh 
Significance : A gateway to the famous Hindu pilgrimage or Chaar-dhaam yatra and considered the Yoga Capital of the world.

Climate : Located in the foothills of Himalayas, Rishikesh is fortunate enough to have pleasant weather throughout the year. Winter stretches from November to mid-February but it gets really warm by June. Monsoons that begin in mid-July are welcomed as they bring relief from the heat.

HRISHIKESH: Its Historical Significance

Hrishikesh is the most ancient pilgrim place. It is an abode of the Gods, a place of worship and penance of the sages and saints. The celestial stream, Ganga, descends here from the foothills of the Himalayas. Hence it is regarded as India’s most sacred place of pilgrimage. The mystical powers of the earth and of the waters of this place, the spiritual vibrations of the area probably created by the penance of the sages and gods make it the supreme holy pilgrimage destination.

The scriptures talk of legends about this holy pilgrimage centre. The great sage Raibhya muni prayed to Lord Vishnu that He should dwell in this holy place forever. Lord Vishnu appeared before the sage who was in penance under the mango tree and told him to ask for a boon. Lord Vishnu was pleased to be present here forever as Hrishikesh and said, “O sage! Lord Bharat will reinstall me here in Treta Yuga and I shall be known as Bharat in Kaliyug. Adi Guru Shankaracharya will install me here in due course of time..

HRISHIKESH : Its Meaning

The root words “Hrishik” and “ish” join together to make “Hrishik+ish, Hrishikesh; “Hrishik” means “senses” and “ish” means “master” or “Lord”. Hence, the word means Lord of the Senses or Lord Vishnu. The sage Raibhya conquered his senses and attained Lord Vishnu, the Conqueror of the Senses. Hence, the place is known as Hrishikesh. However, later on, it came to be pronounced Rishikesh. In Skand Puran, this area is known as Kubjamrak as Lord Vishnu appeared here under a mango tree. In religious rites, people still use this name “Kubjamrak” even today..

Another legend says that a fierce fire broke out here in Rishikesh. Lord Shankar was angry with Lord Agni and cursed him. Then Lord Agni prayed here for the expiation of his sins. Hence, it is known as Agni Tirth - the holy place of penance of Lord Agni or the Fire God.

The sage som sharma performed  hard penance hare and prayed Lord Hrishikesh Narayan  who was pleased with the sage and granted him a boon and thus he attained the Darshan  of Lord Hrishikesh  Narayan here.

In medieval period very few people lived here. The pilgrim visited here during pilgrimage session. Only  a few poets and sages lived here .It was surrounded by the mango groves and shrubs of bamboo and Ber.There were many temples during eight century here. The floods in the Ganga and earthquakes and iconoclasts demolished many of them.
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