About Triveni Ghat
The convergence of three great rivers of Ganges, Yamuna and the Saraswati defines the Triveni Ghat. Nestled in the lap of Himalayas, Triveni Ghat is the most sacrosanct bathing spot and considered the holiest spot in Rishikesh. 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. Pilgrims from all over the globe visit here 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 light of the earthen lamps and the feeling of peace will envelop you.
Maha-Arti is performed here every day in the morning and night. The arti has its relevance and is said to hold special significance to those who attend it. Despite people swarming in great numbers, Maha-Arti is attended both the times with much enthusiasm and devotion throughout the year. Devotees also release small oil lamps on boats made of big leaves and release them in the holy water. There are other ceremonies like 'Pindha Daan' considered very important for ancestral salvation performed here.
Right across the Ghat, is a flourishing market that satiates the needs of pilgrims for religious artifacts and objects of worship. The market also has souvenirs and items of daily need which is why it is always crowded. You can also sit by the Ghat and enjoy a moment of much-needed peace and serenity. Feeding the fish is also an engaging and satisfying activity while sitting here. Rishikesh is full of beauties and Triveni Ghat is satisfying not just as a pilgrim locale but also as a place where you can find salvation.
History of Triveni Ghat
The name Triveni means three and that comes from the fact that it is the confluence of three major rivers of India namely Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati. It is said that a dip can relieve a human from all his sins and takes him/her towards purity of mind and soul. Devotees offer many things here, especially in the morning like milk and food for fish. Triveni Ghat holds an important place in Hindu Mythology and finds its mention even in the great tales of Ramayana and Mahabharata.
It is said that Lord Krishna came to the Ghat when he was hit by an arrow shot by Jara, a hunter. The famous Krishna Chatri is also constructed here because of the Lord's visit.The rivers also have their part to play in the rich history of the Ghat. The confluence of the rivers brings together this magnanimous Ghat.
The Ganges is always considered holy mainly because it is considered to ward off evils and sins that the human has done in his entire life. The Ghat is also considered as the cremation place of Lord Krishna. Every Ghat which marks the meeting of rivers holds importance in their own right.
How to Reach Triveni Ghat
By air: The nearest airport to Rishikesh is the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun. It is about 35 km away from Triveni Ghat. From the airport, one can hire a cab or taxi to reach the Ghat. There are direct flights from Delhi and Lucknow regularly.
By train: The nearest railway station is Haridwar which is 25 km from Rishikesh. It is well-connected with major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, and Varanasi. You will find conveyance from the station easily either by bus, auto-rickshaws and even cabs.
By road: One can easily find several buses from Delhi and Haridwar which will bring you directly here.
Best Time to Visit Triveni Ghat
The best time to visit here is between February and May. The weather is pleasant during this time. The month of October and November is also a pleasant time to visit. December and January are extremely cold months but if you enjoy winters, then you will love it here.
The monsoon season gets torrential rain falls here and we recommend you avoid it during this time.
What Not to Miss at Triveni Ghat
Things to do near Triveni Ghat
There are a lot of things one can do at Triveni Ghat
1. Ganga Arti: To seek nirvana, come for the morning or evening Maha-aarti held every day. Pilgrims attend this arti with much devotion here. The thumping drums, the fragrance of flowers strewn all over, and the mystical chants sung here for Lord Krishna, are perhaps the best things to do here.
2. Get healed: Triveni Ghat in Rishikesh can also be visited for the holistic development of the body. The best western and eastern approaches are applied during the healing process and the Yoga Asana is in sync with the body requirements and the healing process.
3. Visit the market: The chaotic market of Triveni Ghat has much to offer. From gems, semi-precious stones to jewelry, from knick-knacks to idols and Rudraksha beads, the market at Triveni Ghat is filled with tempting goodies.
4. Munch on the eatables: Lovers of street food will find immense pleasure in visiting the street foods offering all types of eatables like Gol Gappa, Aloo Bhaji, sweets and ice-creams. For a quick bite, the food stalls are not far away from the Ghat.
5. Meditate: When you come here, you seek peace. Sitting by the ghats, indulge in meditation and peace. 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. The act of observance also is considered as an activity close to meditation.
6. Visit Ekam Yogshala: Visit here to get a daily dose of your yoga lessons.
7. Visit the famous Baba Massage center: Here the highly skilled therapists and masseuses provide deep Ayurvedic massage and therapy to repair old worn-out skin and bring a charge of freshness and rejuvenation to the body. The Siddhartha treatment is highly recommended here because it focuses on the overall well-being.
8. Visit Sivananda Ashram: Open only for 4 hours in the morning, the Satsang and art of living workshops here pave a way for lots of positivity in our lives.
9. Explore places: Visit different places close to Triveni Ghat like Laxman Jhula and Vashishta Gufa. Vashishta Gufa is a small and dingy cave where people meditate. It is one of the most soulful and calming experiences you will ever have.
10. Don’t forget the Beatles Ashram: Located in the Rajaji Tiger reserve, the Ashram is adorned with beautiful wall paintings and quotes. This is surely a soothing place to visit.
Places to visit near Triveni Ghat
The Holy town also doubles as a place that has many good places to explore.
1. Rishi Kund: Kund implies pond and it is believed that yesteryears’ rishis or sages came here to meditate and connect with God. It is also believed that when one of the Rishi was meditating, Goddess Yamuna blessed him by filling the pond with abundant water. The image of the Raghunath Shrine is also reflected in the pond.
2. Laxman Jhula: Rishikesh's biggest crowd-puller is the famous hanging bridge called Laxman Jhula. Built across the river Ganga, the suspended iron bridge also has a brief history associated with it. As per the Hindu mythology, Lord Laxman, the younger brother of Lord Ram, crossed the river using a rope bridge. This bridge was constructed in 1939 and it is thrilling to walk on the bridge and view the beauty of the town from the top.
3. Tera Manzil Temple: This well-constructed and architectural beauty stands tall on 13 floors and is dedicated to the Hindu Gods. All the Hindu Gods and Goddesses can be visited under one roof in this temple. If you get to the top of the temple, the sunsets are not be missed at any cost.
4. Rajaji National park: Located 19 km from the Ghat, Rajaji Tiger Reserve is situated at the foothills of the mighty Himalayas. The reserve has 3 sanctuaries in it, namely Shivaliks-Rajaji, Motichur, and Chila sanctuaries. The park does not open in monsoon and is home to several species of fauna and flora.
5. Bhimgoda Barrage: The barrage was built to find to help irrigation of the land and has aided the places in generating hydroelectric power. The barrage is also constructed in a manner to control floods.
Other Essential Information About Triveni Ghat
- Location: The sacred Ghat of Triveni is located in Mayakund in Rishikesh. The Ghat takes about 5 minutes to reach from the Inter-state bus terminus, Adarsh Gram.
- Fee: The entry to the Ghat is free of cost, but for exclusive Pooja or ceremony that you want to conduct will attract fee accordingly.
- Timings: The timings of the Ghat are between 5.00 AM to 9.00 PM. The Maha-Arti takes place in the mornings and evenings. The timings of the morning Arti is between 5.45 am and 6.15 am. The evenings Arti are very crowded and take place between 6.00 pm and 7.00 PM. It will take close to 2 hours to explore the place around and make the best of it.
Tips for Visiting Triveni Ghat
For a hassle-free and unforgettable trip here, keep the following dos and don’ts in mind.
1. Triveni Ghat is very crowded so if you are planning to pay a visit there, we recommend that you pre-book your hotel and accommodations.
2. If you plan to visit here in January, then carry warm clothes
3. If you want to also engage in the water sports activities, the best months are September and October.
4. Carry a good amount of cash with you because credit cards are not very common here
5. Keep your valuables safely guarded because often many cases of chain-snatching and pickpocketing have been reported here.
6. If you plan to hire a tourist guide, take all the details from the guide before locking him to take you through.