a small town in Uttaranchal, is better known as the Yoga capital of
India. The land of Rishikesh is supposed to be perfect for performing
Yoga and Meditation. According to legends, Brahma, the creator of
universe, found the land and aura of Rishikesh perfect for performing
Yagna. It is said that he prayed here for overall peace of whole
universe. Later lord Vishnu and Shiva also performed penances here. Gods
found this place perfect for prayers and meditation. Gradually Rishikesh
gained popularity for its perfect atmosphere and surroundings for
meditating. Sages and spiritual gurus made Rishikesh as there home and
opened up Ashrams. Devotees from all over the world started flocking to
Rishikesh, once the word about benefits of Yoga and Meditation was
spread all over the world. Celebrities, musicians, statesman, singers
and leaders from all parts of globe came here and added to the charm of
Yoga was preached by these saints to common people. Gradually Yoga gained immense popularity in India, and worldwide, as a means to cure the physical ailments and to keep oneself fit. Asanas in Yoga are the postures of various exercises. Some of them are very difficult to perform. There are 84 million postures according to Hindu religious books. Some popular forms of Yoga are:
Karma Yoga: Is a path of action without expectation of reward
Bhakti Yoga: Is devotion to supreme being to submerge emotion and self in pure love.
Jnana Yoga: Is liberation through spiritual books and knowledge.
Hatha Yoga: Is the physical path to train the body to control the mind and senses through asana and pranayama.
Raja Yoga: Is the restraint of fluctuations in the consciousness.
Tantric Yoga: Is the worship of goddess of energy and sees the body as the temple of the divine.
Location - 24 Kms from Haridwar (Uttarakhand)
Near by Attractions - Haridwar, Dehradun, Mussoorie
Best Season - Throughout the Year