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Triveni Ghat in Rishikesh

The bathing Ghat of Rishikesh, Triveni Ghat is set at the confluence of three sacred rivers- Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. Pilgrims from all across the country visit to take a holy dip in Triveni Ghat. As per the beliefs, it is said that a dip in water at this Ghat washes away all the sins and purifies the soul.

Early in the morning at sunrise, devotees offer milk to the river and feed the fishes. The star attraction of the Ghat is the 'Maha Aarti'- Aarti of Goddess Ganga, which is organized every evening at the Ghat. The aarti is accompanied by chanting of bhajans, lighting of diyas, beating drums and bells. Devotees visit here and release small oil lamps that are placed on leaf boats in the water. In the evening, all these lamps float in the water and offer a great view. Triveni Ghat is also known for performing ceremonies in the name of ancestors like 'Pindha Shraddha'.

Triveni Ghat holds an important place in Hindu Mythology, the Puranas and Hindu epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata. It is believed that Lord Krishna visited the Ghat when he was hurt by an arrow shot by Jara – a hunter. Triveni Ghat is known to house three important temples- Gita Mandir, Bharat Mandir and Laxmi- Narayan Temple. There is a small market near the Ghat from where visitors can buy religious items, books, paintings and gemstones.