Temple in Rishikesh: The Most Mysterious & Divine

Temple in Rishikesh One temple that is said to be far more mysterious and ancient, the city’s most popular shrine- is Bharat Mata Mandir submerged in Rishikesh.  Rishikesh Neelkanth Temple is the most searched on the Internet but Bharat Mata Mandir is truly an ancient & mysterious Temple of Uttarakhand Himalayas, India.


Rishikesh is an important holy city for Hindus and is known as the gateway to the upper Garhwal region and home to four of the most important Char Dham Hindu pilgrimage sites, including Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath.  Other than that many ancient and historic temples are located in and around Rishikesh. However, they are a few enigmatic temples in Rishikesh that make pilgrims awe.

Where is Rishikesh?

The most happening place in Uttarakhand are temples in Rishikesh. People come here to take part in adventure activities, learn Yoga, and visit these Mysterious & Divine Temples to absolve their sins. The best thing about this place is that it does not cost much!

Let us have a look into some of the mysterious temples in Rishikesh, why it is considered mysterious? The legend and the spiritual importance of the temple.
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Neelkanth Temple Rishikesh
Neelkanth Temple Rishikesh

Neelkanth Mahadev Temple

Rishikesh Shiva Temple A divine Neelkanth Temple has a great spiritual importance temple located at an altitude of 1330 m which is 25 km from the Rishikesh. Moreover, this holy temple position near the great Nar Narayana Mountains is believed to be the third Incarnation of Mahavishnu as Nar Narayana Maharishis.

Pilgrims generally before entering the temple here take a dip in the natural Springs near the temple. The mystery of the temple is the Shiva Linga in the main sanctum is different from the other normal Shiva Lingas.

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Legends of Neelkanth

During Samudra Manthan, devas and asuras used Vasuki as the rope and the Mahendra mountain as the churning tool whereas Lord Vishnu incarnates as Kurma to hold the mountain on his back for churning. While churning different hard-to-value assets came from the ocean. Among these, a terrific poison that kills all the living organisms in the universe came out of the ocean.

All the Devas and Asuras were terror-stricken started praying to Lord Shiva. To save the world Lord Shiva the supreme being drinks the poison. Due to the effect of poison, his throw turns Blue from then he is popularly known as Neelkanth.

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Bhoothnath Temple - A Shiva Temple in Rishikesh
Bhoothnath Temple – A Shiva Temple in Rishikesh

Bhoothnath Temple

Rishikesh Famous Temple is located on the top of the hill in Theerthanagiri, Which gives an extraordinary view of the Rishikesh. The mystery of this temple is the main deity Lord Shiva is in the form of Linga. Here the linga is encircled by ten bells in all four directions. The mysterious part is no bell resembles the sound of another bell sound.

Legends of the Bhootnath Temple

During the marriage of the cosmic couple Lord Shiva and the Sati Devi. Lord Shiva when he came from Mount Kalish, stayed here overnight by resting along with the other Gods and demigods and his disciples. Due to this one can view the idols of other deities as well here.

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Sri Bharat Mandir - The Most Ancient Temple in the Himalayas
Sri Bharat Mandir – The Most Ancient Temple in the Himalayas

Bharat Mandir

The mystery of the divine Bharat temple is nothing but the numerous stories and all three major sectors of Hindisum in one temple. Vaishnavas, Shaivism, and Shaktism.

The main deity of the temple is Lord Vishnu in the form of the Hrishikesh  Narayana. Other deities inside the temple premises are Bhadra Kali temple(one of the Shakthi Peetam) and the Pataleshwar Mahadev temple.

Legends of Bharat Mandir

Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya reinstalled the presiding deity in the temple on the day of Basant Panchmi in 789 A.D. Once Raibhya Rishi did severe pence to absolve the curse of the Bharadwaj  Rishi. Lord Vishnu got pleased by his penance and appeared before him to bless.

Lord said he will be residing in this place in the form of Hrishikesh  Narayan. whoever prays him as Varah in the Satya Yuga, Parashuram in Treta  Yuga, whereas Vamana in Dwapra Yuga and Hrishikesh in Kali Yuga will get liberation(Moksha).  Besides this, there is another legend to this the place is where Bharath, an younger brother of Lord Rama did penance.

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Virbhadra Temple Rishikesh
Virbhadra Temple 

Virbhadra Temple,

This temple is dedicated to Virbhadra a furious form of Lord Shiva. This powerful temple is located in the Virbhadra town close to Rishikesh. One can reach this place through the local railway station. The Virbhadra railways or hire a taxi as is situated on the highway of Haridaw and Rishikesh.

Legends of the Virbhadra Temple

When Goddess Sati Devi immortal herself with her mystic power as she could not bear the insulting words uttered by her father Daksha Prajapati towards Lord Shiva.

As she came to this Yajna even though Lord Shiva restrained her from attending the Yajna. When the unfortunate news reaches Lord Shiva he could not bear the loss of his beloved wife. With great grief and anger, the Lord creates a very furious and powerful form of Lord Virbhadra. By pulling a hair from his matted locks.

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Shatrughan Temple, Rishikesh
Shatrughan Temple

Shatrughan Temple

The main deity in the holy shrine is Shatrudhna youngest brother of Lord Rama. Apart from this, there is one more temple to Shatrudhna in Kerala a southernmost state of India.

The distance from the railway station to the temple is 4km this beautiful holy shrine is on the banks of River Ganga in the Rama Jhula. The mystery of the temple is this is the main deity of the temple. Whereas another name for this temple is Adi Badrinarayan. Pilgrims visit this place before going to the Dham yatra. The meaning of the name Shatrughna is the destroyer of evil.

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Trayambakeshwar Temple

Trayambakeshwar Temple

The Rishikesh temple is a very popular divine mystery. The temple is a 13-story building that looks like Lord Shiva’s home. Other than that, there are many other god and goddess idols inside the temple.

Madhuban Ashram Rishikesh
Madhuban Ashram Rishikesh

Iskcon Temple in Rishikesh

Iskon Temple in Rishikesh is known as Madhuban Ashram, which is perched on the bank of the Ganges near Muni -ki Reti, literally “Sands of the Sages” traditionally Rishikesh is a gateway for the Do Dham Yatra to Badrinath, Kedarnath, It is here that the Ganges travels into the plain from the Shivalik Mountains’

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These are the most mysterious temples in Rishikesh. Plan a visit to these mysterious divine temples and get the blessing of God.

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Namaste! I am Om. I am a licensed Tourist Guide ( Approved by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India), I’m originally from Varanasi. Now, I am living in Rishikesh. I set up this blog to share my tips and experiences for traveling to inspire and help you to travel more. Hari Om

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