Each year, Rishikesh embraces a huge number of devotees on Maha Shivratri from all across the world. It, being the hub of peaceful ashrams and lodges with positive vibes, offers visitors a pleasant experience.
Rishikesh’s serenity is protected by Himalayan foothills and the graciously flowing river Ganga. One can see beautiful idols of shiva around the city.
It's said Shiva is omnipresent, he is the first yogi aka '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 the holy Ganga.
Devotees also go to Neelkanth Mahadev, which is located 32 kilometres from Rishikesh.
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is an ancient place which is located at the Manikut Parvat in Rishikesh. As per Hindu mythology, it is the place where Mahadev consumed the poison that originated from the sea when God (Devas) and Demons (Asuras) churned the ocean to extract Amrit (Elixir of life). The poison that emanated during the “Samudra Manthan” turned his throat blue in colour. This is how he became Neelkanth.
However, there is another story that says while he was in deep meditation and 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 the '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 visitors. It's a place where people can detox their minds and bodies with the blessings of the almighty.