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Culture of Rishikesh

Rishikesh is located in the south western region of the Indian state of Uttarakhand. The city is also the gateway to the Char Dham yatra which comprises of Yamunotri, Badrinath, Gangotri and Kedarnath. The name of the city comes from the name of Hindu God, Lord Vishnu. It is located on the banks of the River Ganga and is crowded by a number of ashrams and pilgrimage centres. It is surrounded by the Himalayas on three of its sides and the city has a moderate climate throughout the year.

Rishikesh Culture

Basant Panchami

This festival is celebrated to welcome the onset of the spring season. This festival is dedicated for bringing in peace and beauty to the city and the world. During this festival the whole city of Rishikesh is covered in green and yellow. One can notice a sudden surge in the enjoyment and noise of the city. The people of Rishikesh celebrate the festival by wearing yellow clothes and eat yellow rice which is cooked in saffron, turmeric and colored sweets. The main sweet of this festival is the besan ki mithai. The festival is marks the beginning of the Holi Baithaks which is in the Magh month of the Hindu calendar.

Holi in Rishikesh

The next big festival is the festival of colors. Holi is celebrated throughout Rishikesh with a lot of pomp and joy. The festival is dominated by the presence of frolic, colors and a lot of fun where people pour liquid colors on each other. People also take the blessings of their seniors by touching their feet.
The festival is celebrated in the month of Phalgun which falls in the month of March by the Hindu calendar. The festival is now celebrated throughout the world by different names. One also should not be shocked to see a huge crowd of foreigners who come here to witness the celebrations.

International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh

Being the yoga capital of the world it is necessary for the ashrams and mediation centres of Rishikesh to spread their knowledge and wisdom every now and then. This is done via the International Yoga Festival which is held by the tourism department of Uttarakhand is association with the Parmath Niketan Ashram.

The event is held for 6 days between 2nd and 7th of February or sometimes even in the month of March. This fair attracts the biggest names from all over the world who are working in the field of yoga and spiritualty. One of the most noticeable parts of this festival is the Yoga Aid Challenge charity fundraiser. One can register online if he wishes to attend the festivals. They also have an official website

Classical Dance in Rishikesh

Indian classical dance is a lost form of tradition but the locals in Rishikesh strive to keep a balance between the new and the old. While the city is moving towards commercialism, the locals prefer Indian dance classes to the contemporary aerobics. Some of the dance classes are Bal Bharti Music and Dance by Mrs. Shivani Gupta, Modern school by Mrs. Sudha Uppadaya, Omkaranand Saraswati Dance Academy by Mrs. Kusum shrivastava, Nupur kala Mandir by Dipashri Moulik.

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