About Bharat Mandir Rishikesh
Bharat Mandir is also known as Hrishikesh Temple is the most ancient and sacred, place in Rishikesh. This temple is much famous among the tourist having a passion to know ancient history. The Temple is located in near the heart of the city Triveni Ghat (the confluence of three holy rivers). According to the evidences the main deity was reinstalled by Adi Jagadguru Shankaracharya on the day of Basant in 789 A.D. The temple was invaded by solders of Muslim King Aurangzeb in middle of the 16th century.
This cave is located near the Badrinath highways on down steps around 27 Kms uphill of Rishikesh. It takes to get there around 30 minutes by car. The is about 20 ft long and at the entrance around 10 ft wide but as you go inside it is slowly tapered down to a height of around 7 ft. and very dark, but really the energy is vibrant and peaceful. At the end of the cave, there is a Shivling. People looking for real peace go there for meditation.
Attractions in Bharat Temple Rishkesh
The Main Deity
The main deity carved on a single Saligram stone (Black Stone). The Aura is very energetic gives peace and spiritual relax to the mind.
The Sacred Tree
In front of the temple’s entrance there is a very old sacred tree. It looks like a Banyan Tree but it is a combination of three different trees those are intermingled in such a way that are very difficult to find as a separate entity. These trees are Pipal (Ficus Religiosa), Banayan and Bael (Aegle marmelos).
According to the Hindu’s believed, these three trees represent Three Main Gods, Lord Brahma (Generator), Lord Vishnu (Operator) and Lord Mahesha (Destroyer) also called Shiva. Devotees worship these trees with full of devotion and faith. This tree is said to be around twenty five decades old standing here in the same condition since the inception of this temple.
During your visit to Bharat Temple, you will find a Museum that is registered and certified by the Department of Archaeology Govt. of Uttar Pradesh. This Museum recently established in the temple’s premises containing Pottery, Sculptures and decorated Bricks found in excavations made in the Temple’s premises. The estimated period of these excavated objects between 3rd century to14th centuries A.D.
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