Rishikesh has emerged as a tourist place remarkably and is a popular destination for all type of tourists. There are many interesting landmarks and places to visit in this city, some are renowned widely while some are still less explored. Such unexplored places are so quiet and serene that it provides a sense of satisfaction and comfort to the people. One such place is the Rishikund near Raghunath Temple in Rishikesh.
Rishikund or the ‘Pond of Sage‘ is a natural hot water spring and is considered a very holy and important place to visit in Rishikesh. This ancient pond is believed to be built by a pious saint named Kubz and was blessed by Goddess Yamuna by filling the pond with her sacred water. The pond always reflects the image of the Raghunath Temple, dedicated to Lord Ram and Sita.
Located within close proximity to the Triveni Ghat, the most commonly believed story behind this holy pond narrates that it was once a havan kund. During the ancient times, as the holy Ganges was not flowing nearby, it created havoc among the people. To please Mother Ganges, few pious devotees performed yagna at this place and at their request, Goddess Yamuna appeared and stayed here forever. The place is also known for the Malamas Mela (which comes once every three months) for the Hindi devotees as various spiritual activities are organised here.
Other stories also say that it was once the bathing place of Lord Rama; dedicated to the lord and his wife Sita, Raghunath Temple was built beside Rishikund. Devotees from various parts of the world flock this tourist place and offer their prayers to the Goddess Yamuna and seek blessings of the other Gods as well. Rishikund has around ten steps from all four sides and the pond receives a fair shadow from large trees nearby. Since it is a calm place, visitors come here for relaxing and enjoying the naturalistic view