Maha Shivratri: A view from Rishikesh
New Delhi: Rishikesh embraces huge number of devotees on Maha Shivratri from various parts of India and across the world. Rishikesh being the hub of peaceful ashrams and hostels with positive vibes, offers people to plan their spiritual and auspicious festivals here at Rishikesh.
Rishikesh has a soulful vibration, the place is surrounded by himalayan foot hills and blessed with river Ganga. One can see beautiful idols of shiva around the city.
It's said Shiva is omnipresent, he is the first yogi 'Adiyogi' and here in Rishikesh, one can find Shiva within by simply roaming on the roads leading to Tapovan or just by meditating at the banks of holy river Ganga.
Devotees go to Neelkanth Mahadev, which is located 32 kilometers from Rishikesh.
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is an ancient place which is located at the Manikut Parvat in Rishikesh. As per Mythological texts, the place is where Mahadev consumed the poison that originated from the sea when God (Devas) and Demons (Asuras) churned the ocean in order to get Amrita. This poison that emanated during the “Samudra Manthan” made his throat blue in colour. This is how he is known as Neelkanth.
However, the story also suggests that while he was in deep meditation and was away from Khailash Parvat, Goddess Parvati came looking for Lord Shiva in Manikut. On her request, Lord Shiva agreed to go back to Kailash but before leaving, he installed a symbolic 'Shivaling' at the site where he meditated. This place is named after that 'NeelKanth Mahadev Temple' where worshipers and devotees come to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva.
Rishikesh is a divine place, that's ever ready to embrace the visitors. It's a place where people can detox their minds and bodies with the blessings of the almighty.