Rishikesh Complex of Ruru Kshetra
The Rishikesh Complex of Ruru Kshetra is located in southwestern Nepal in the Palpa District, Lumbini Zone. It is an important Hindu pilgrimage as well as a cremation site referred to in the Hindu epics. The Rishikesh Complex of Ruru includes the
living heritage of the adjacent medieval town of Ridi.
Persival Landon who visited in this area at the end of the 19th century has compared the sacred place Ridi with Banaras the holiest place of Hindus in his book.Since then,it is known as ‘The Banaras of Nepal.’
The complex is a combination of numerous styles of architecture, form the medieval period and Sen period(15th to 18th Century). The site is still well preserved and in use today as a sacred Hindu site where important Vedic rituals are performed. The Hindu pilgrimage and crematory centre mentioned in the mythological epics lies on the ancient route to Muktinath and Damodar Kunda.
The adjacent settlement of Ridi still retains its medieval character and architecture with its close linkage to the Rishikesh Complex. The living heritage of Rishikesh of Ruru Kshetra is still preserved, with fairs and festivals being held regularly, ancient worship practices related to the propagation of Vedic rituals and culture and the practice of Bhaktini Amas (female mendicants).
The festival of Rishikesh is one of the important festival of Ridi.It is held in November.On every eleventh day of the lunar months and on the occasions of solar and lunar eclipses pilgrims come here to have a dip into the sacred river.
• The ancient medieval architecture which is still protected is the greatest attraction of this beautiful place.
• Another thing is the natural surroundings which will give you a heavenly touch and culture.
This site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on January 30, 2008 in the Cultural category.
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