Several mythological stories are associated with Rishikesh. One of them states that, Rishikesh was the abode of a famous saint named Raibhya Rishi. He performed penance in the banks of river Ganges. As a reward, Lord Vishnu appeared before him as Hrishikesh, from where the place got its name. It is also believed that Rishikesh has been a part of the legendary ‘Kedarkhand’, where Lord Rama performed deep penance to kill Ravana. His brother Lakshmana, crossed the Ganges River at a particular point which is known as Lakshman Jhoola. \n\nThe other story states that Bharat, one of the brother to Lord Rama, performed a penance here, after whom the Bharat Temple stands. However, Rishikesh gained prominence as the religious place, after Adi Shankaracharya, a famous religious leader, visited the place in the 9th century AD. Post-independence, Rishikesh has been declared as the holy Hindu city.
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