Bharat mandir Rishikesh
About Bharat mandir
Bharat Mandir (Temple) is the most ancient, most sacred, most famous temple in Rishikesh. Temple is located in the heart of the city (middle of the city). Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya reinstalled the presiding deity in the temple on the day of Basant Panchmi in 789 A.D.
According to historical evidences, Adiguru Shankracharya, the great theologian, laid the foundation stone of Bharat temple. The temple has been named after Lord Ram’s second brother ‘Bharat’; however the presiding deity of this temple is Lord Vishnu,
Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya reinstalled the presiding deity in the temple. Every year on this day the Shaligram is taken for a holy bath in the sacred Mayakund. A grand procession accrued the idol through the city back to the temple for the symbolic reinstallation.
The temple is famous among visitors as it comprises an idol of Lord Vishnu, which is placed in the inner sanctum of this temple. This idol was carved out of Saligram, a single black stone and has Himalayan cast of features. Several tourists throng this temple at the time of the famous spring festival, know as Basant Panchami. The temple is also famous for old statues, pots, coins and various artefacts that are housed inside.
The temple is mentioned in Vishnu Puran, Shrimadbhagwat, Mahabharat, Vaman Puran and Narsingh Puran. Lord Hrishikesh known as Shri Bharatji Maharaj is different from Lord Rama's younger brother Bharat. He is known by the name of Bharat because he is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu in Kaliyuga, the preserving force holding Shankh, Chakra, Gada and Padam in his four hands. It is said that the five Pandavas along with Draupadi visited here on their way to heaven. Having stayed here for some period and performed worship of Lord Hirishikesh Narayan.
Just opposite to the main entrance of temple there is an age old tree. Actually it's a combination of three different trees whose roots are intermingled in such a way that it is next to impossible to visaulise them as a separate entity. This include old banayan tree i.e vat virksh, pipal tree and bail tree. All these trees hold a very scared space in Hindu mythology.
It is believed that, these three trees represent Tri Dev , Brahama the creator, Vishnu, the preserver and Mahesh the destroyer. Devotees pray these trees with ultimate devotion and belief. A broken buddha statue is kept under this tree which was obtained during the excavation. It is believed that this statue dates back to Ashoka period when buddhism was spreading all around the country.
Though the actual age of this tree is not known but it is believed that it is more than twenty five decade old and was there in same condition since the inception of this temple
The History of this sacred town is infact the history of Shri Bharat Mandir, a centre of spritual worship and culture. Shri Bharat Mandir holds a very very special place in the history and making of this city called Rishikesh.
BY AIR -
The nearest airport is Dehradun, 35 km from Haridwar.
BY RAIL -
Rishikesh is connected by rail via Haridwar (24 km) to Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Lucknow, Varanasi, Dehradun and other cities.
BY ROAD -
Rishikesh is connected by road via Haridwar with Agra, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Kullu, Manali, and Shimla. It is also linked to Mussourie (77 km), Badrinath (301 km), Kedarnath (228 km), Gangotri (258 km), Yamunotri (288 km), Srinagar (105 km), and Joshimath (252 km). We would provide you all India tourist permit vehicles for the local transportations and also for the intercity drives too.
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Every year, on the day of Basant Panchami, the idol of Lord Hrishikesh is taken out, in a holy procession, for a dip in the sacred water of river Ganga. Followers from far off places come to Rishikesh for participating in this procession. The holy records of Bharat temple can be found in the ancient records of Kearkhand, a religious text of Hindus. It is said that the temple that stands now is actually a renovated image of the original temple, which was destroyed by Tamur, a bandit. Bharat temple is the perfect destination for tourists who have a love for ancient religious monuments and a desire to explore historical facts.
Open Time: All days of the week: 5:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM.