In Sanskrit Rishikesh is a name of Vishnu that means 'lord of the senses'. The place gets its name after Lord Vishnu who appeared to 'Raibhya Rishi', as a result of his tapasya (austerities), as Lord Hrishikesh.
In Skanda Purana, Rishikesh area is known as 'Kubjamrak'
as Lord Vishnu appeared, under a mango tree. The name Rishikesh is loosely
applied to an association of five distinct sections encompassing not
only the town but also hamlets and settlements on both sides of the
These include Rishikesh itself, the commercial and communication hub;
the sprawling suburb Muni-ki-Reti or the "sands of the sages";
Shivananda Nagar the home of Sivananda Ashram and the Divine Life Society
founded by Swami Sivananda, north of Rishikesh; the temple section of
Lakshman Jhula, a little further north; and the assorted Ashrams around
Swarg Ashram on the east bank. One can reach the famous Neelakanta Maha
Deva Temple from here.
The Holy Maa Ganga Aarti performed at dusk at the Triveni Ghat
is very popular with visitors.