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Triveni Ghat, Why it is the sacred ghat of Rishikesh?

About and History of Triveni Ghat –

Triveni Ghat
Pic by Rahul Mishra

Triveni Ghat is situated at the banks of the holy river Ganges. This sacred ghat is used by most pilgrims. The main daily event of the attraction is the evening Aarti of the goddess Ganga also commonly called Maha Aarti. You will see a huge number of devotees offering prayers to the living goddess of India.  Here, 15 priests stand in a row at a pedestal to the side of the river and hold up large lamps lit with flames. Chanting the aarti, the priests move the lamps in all four directions as an offering to the river. The synchronization of each priest is nearly perfect and it looks like the giant patterns of fire dancing in the wind. 

Triveni Ghat holds a sacred place in Hindu Mythology. It is believed that Lord Krishna came to the Ghat when he was hit by an arrow shot by Jara, a hunter. Triveni Ghat, all year round is inundated with people. It is believed that when one takes a dip in the Ghat, it washes away all the sins of the person resulting in a pure soul. 

Faith:

 Pilgrims from all over the world visit the Triveni ghat to take a dip in the holy waters to reach divine salvation. When you set your eyes on the Ghat, the holy chants, the fragrance of flowers, the sound of the blue waves of the Ganges, the light of the earthen lamps, and the feeling of peace will envelop you.

Maha Aarti is performed here every day in the morning and at night. The Aarti has its relevance and is said to hold special significance to those who attend it. Maha Aarti is held two times a day with the same level of enthusiasm and devotion throughout the year. 

People bring the ashes of their lost loved ones to disperse them in the sacred waters of the Ganges, this process is called Pindha Daan. According to Hindu Mythology, by doing the Pindha daan, the deceased soul will get salvation. It satiates the needs of pilgrims for religious artifacts and objects of worship. This market will provide you with the kind of souvenirs you need to buy for your loved ones. You can also sit by the Ghat and enjoy a moment of much-needed peace of mind. You can also feed the fish by sitting at the banks of the Ganges. 

Rishikesh is full of beauty and it will leave a mark on your hearts. It is believed that a dip in the waters of the Ganges can relieve all your sins and will take you towards purity of mind and soul. 

How to reach Triveni Ghat:

By Air:

The nearest airport to Triveni ghat is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun. It is about 30kms away from the Triveni Ghat. From the airport, you’ll easily get a cab or taxi to reach the ghat. 

By Train:

The nearest railway station is Haridwar which is 25 kilometers away from Rishikesh. This railway station is connected to the major cities of Delhi, Mumbai, etc.

By Road:

One can reach Rishikesh easily by bus from Haridwar and Delhi. 

Best time to visit Triveni Ghat:

For attending aarti, you should reach Triveni ghat at 6:30 PM during summers and 5:30 during winters.

Triveni Ghat: What else is there?

Triveni ghat is a place to seek your inner peace, so whenever you visit Triveni ghat. Do not forget to attend the Ganga aarti. 

You can also enjoy doing yoga on the banks of the river Ganges.

The market of Triveni ghat is always bustling with people. It has many things to offer such as gems, semi-precious stones jewelry, rudraksha beads, etc. Besides this, Triveni ghat is a place for street food lovers. 

 When you come here to seek peace, I’ll suggest you Sit by the ghat and indulge in meditation. Sit upright and breathe in freshness and release everything toxic from the body. The power of meditation at the Ghat is worth exploring here. For inner peace and comfort, you can also feed the fish and feel the fresh air coming from the waves of the Ganges. The blue waters of the Ganges will surely make you forget everything. 

Several therapists and masseuses provide Ayurvedic massage and therapy to repair your skin and bring a charge of freshness to your body. If you are planning to go for any of these therapies, I’ll recommend you to have the Siddhartha treatment.

Do not forget to include the Beatles Ashram in your list.

Things to do in Triveni Ghat:

Sightseeing: 

Sitting near Ganga or wanting to dip your feet in the water, and look at the sunset across the river is your activity if you want to do nothing.

Photography: 

Many photographers click photos for 25-40 rupees. In case, you have a camera or phone, you click the pics for yourself.

Dip in the Ganga:

Devotees come to dive in the Holy water of the Ganga River for the whole day. The icy water is good for you.

Yoga Practice or Meditation

Here you can see many yoga practitioners do their asanas or meditate in this relaxed atmosphere.  

Walking: You can walk also here, the Ghat is 1-1.5 km long for walkers, also good for health.

Ganga Aarti: Also be a part of Ganga Aarti at 6:00 pm or 7:00 pm, the divine aarti is soulful for you too.

Things you should keep in mind while visiting Triveni Ghat:

Triveni ghat is very much crowded so if you are planning to visit there, we recommend you plan your trip accordingly. Try to book a hotel and accommodation beforehand.

If you are planning to visit in winter, then keep an adequate amount of warm clothes.

Keep your valuables safe because cases of chain-snatching and pickpocketing have been reported here in the past.

If you are planning to hire a guide, take all the details before locking the deal. Try to ask 2-3 agencies before confirming the deal.

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