Bharat Mandir in Rishikesh

Bharat Mandir Overview

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"Bharat Mandir, Rishikesh's most ancient temple, is situated in the heart of the town on the banks of the Ganga River. Legend has it that Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya installed an idol of Lord Vishnu, as a mark of his devotion, on the sacred day of Basant Panchami. Also known as 'Spring Festival', the day of Basant Panchami is celebrated with full of energy at this temple and attracts a large number of pilgrims and tourists. The temple sanctum houses an exquisite idol of Lord Vishnu and its uniqueness lies in the fact that it was carved out of a single black stone, known as Saligram.

Every year, the Saligram is taken to Mayakund for a holy bath and then taken back to the shrine after a procession. According to beliefs, if any devotee on Akshya Tritiya takes 108 parikramas (rounds) of Shri Hrishikesh Naranyan (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu) at this place, all his wishes are fulfilled. Moreover, on this, the feet of the Lord are uncovered.

The temple has an age-old tree, which is a combination of vat, pipal and bail vriksh. The roots of these three trees are so intermingled that they appear as a single entity. Underneath this tree is a broken statue of Buddha, dating back to the Ashoka period. The temple complex has a museum that is stocked with pottery, bricks, coins and various artefacts found during excavation. The sculptures of Yakshini, Yaksha and four-armed Vishnu in the temple are also worth mentioning. Owing to its religious and cultural relevance, this temple is an ideal place for devotees, historians and archaeologists."

  • Opening Closing Time 05:00 am – 12:00 pm
    04:00 pm – 09:00 pm (Daily)

  • Entrance Fee Free

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Rishikesh, 249304, Uttarakhand