Project Detail: The art of Yoga in Rishikesh - INDIA


LuganoPhotoDays 2014




Marco Alpeggiani


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The art of Yoga in Rishikesh - INDIA

Rishikesh is the most ancient pilgrimage location in India. The place is known as the Tapo Bhumi; meaning the place for yoga meditation of the Gods. Rishikesh is a peaceful, temple town on the banks of the holy Ganges River, which is clear and flows full of spiritual energy. Rishikesh is a holy place that acts as an entry point leading to the sacred places deep in the Himalayas. Rishikesh is the perfect abode for people who have a spiritual inclination. Spiritual people will find total peace in Rishikesh and will feel at home. Rishikesh translated means “the city of saints.“

According to mythology, the sage Rishi Raibhya sat on the banks of the Ganga and performed severe penance in the form of extremely autere yoga practices. He was rewarded when lord Vishnu appeared in the form of Rishikesh, thus giving the place its present name. Over the ages, saints have meditated at this peaceful spot with the soaring mountains looking down and the sacred Ganga flowing beside. One of the most prominent religious leaders in modern times, Adi Shankaracharya, traversed this land in the 9th century AD. Shankaracharya’s pilgrimage to Rishikesh was later codified into the great pilgrim circuit, and gave a heightened sense of sacredness to this land of the gods. Ever since, Rishikesh has been the stepping stone and the first destination on a list of holy shrines and sites stretching across the lofty Himalayan Range.