Triveni Ghat “Popular Bathing Ghat in Rishikesh”
Triveni Ghat is a sacred bathing spot situated on the confluence of the three holy rivers namely Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. Pilgrims from all over the world come here to take a holy dip which is believed to wash away all the sins and cleanse the soul.
The priests pray here to appease river Ganga to bless them, nourish them and to be gentle always. After the puja, many devotees release the oil lamps bedecked on the leaf boats in the gurgling water of river Ganges.
Aarti Timing: 06.00 PM to 07.00 PM (Daily)
Entry Fee: Free
Famous for: Ganga Aarti
Ideal time to visit: April - June
Religious Importance of Triveni Ghat in Hinduism:
Triveni Ghat is an important religious site in Rishikesh known as the “Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas”. Early morning during sunrise, many devotees come here to offer milk to river Ganga and to feed the fishes. This ghat is known for hosting the Maha Aarti- the Aarti of Goddess Ganga, every evening.
The prayer is followed by the chanting of shlokas, bhajans and religious Hindu hymns. Moreover, the the Ghat is also popular for observing “Pindha Shraddha”, a special ceremony conducted by the Hindu priest in the name of ancestors and the deceased.
What makes Triveni Ghat special?
In evening, the beating of drums, bells and the chants of Har Har Gange and Jai Ganga Maiya are suffused in the air of Triveni Ghat. At night, one can see several leaf diyas bedecked with flowers flowing carelessly on the calm water of river Ganga. The glittering diyas appears like as if, several shooting stars have landed on the river and are floating on the placid water of river Ganga.
Legend related to Triveni Ghat:
Triveni Ghat holds an important place in Hindu mythology and is cited in the Hindu epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata. According to a legend, Lord Krishna visited Triveni Ghat when he was wounded by an arrow shot by Jara, a hunter.
Things to do in and around Triveni Ghat:
One can pay obeisance at the three famous temples namely Geeta Mandir, Bharat Mandir and Laxmi-Narayan Temple nestled on the banks of Triveni Ghat. Stroll around at the small market area flanked on the bank of this Ghat, from where the visitors can buy religious items, books, paintings and gemstones.
Take a dip in the holy water of the ghat and enjoy the Maha Aarti performed here. Sit on the river bank and savour a gorgeous view of the sunset from here. The holy chants and hymns will offer you spiritual bliss. Just close your eyes and surrender to it.
Best Time to visit Triveni Ghat:
One can visit Triveni Ghat at any time as the weather in Rishikesh remains pleasant throughout the year. However, the best time to visit it would be during the summer months of April-June, as one can take a holy dip in the water of river Ganga. During monsoon, the river remains swollen and in winters its biting cold near the river bank.
Shop near Triveni Ghat:
Have a shopping spree near Triveni Ghat. You can easily lay your hands on gems, precious and semi-precious stones that are sold at reasonable prices here. Purchase the best ethnic wear and handicraft items from the street markets. Indian wear ranging from Kullu topis, Nehru jackets, kurtas, salwar kameez, bangles, chunky jewellery etc. are sold here.
Religious books, stone idols of Hindu Gods and like-like paintings of Hindu deities are also available here. If you are a foodie then hog on delicious local Pahadi food and lip-smacking Indian food served at the nearby restaurants.
How to Reach Triveni Ghat:
Triveni Ghat is located in the heart of Rishikesh. This popular bathing ghat is only 6 km away from Ram Jhula, 09 km away from Lakshman Jhula, 30 km away from Haridwar, 35 km away from Dehradun, 70 km from Mussoorie and around 240 km from Delhi. Deluxe, as well as normal buses to Rishikesh, are easily available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate, Delhi.
Rishikesh is well connected with motorable roads from major cities of Uttarakhand like Dehradun, Haridwar, Roorkee etc. You can catch a bus to Rishikesh, hire a taxi or take your private vehicle to explore the holy city. Auto rickshaws (Tuk Tuk), Vikram and other public transport are available for Triveni Ghat in Rishikesh.