Lakshman Jhula is a famous handing bridge in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand. Located some 3 km from the city, the bridge is built across the Ganga and it is 450 feet long. The bridge, at a height of 70 feet from the river, has religious and mythological significance and this is why visited by devotees and tourists alike. It’s believed that the younger brother of Lord Rama – Lakshman – crossed the river where the bridge exists presently.
A jute bridge existed at this placed for long time but when it eroded, a new one was built on iron in 1939. The bridge is perhaps the most visited site in Rishikesh and its popularity lies beyond its religious significance and ancient origin. The bridge is responsible for grand temples and thriving market that have come around this iconic place.
A visit to Lakshman Jhula gives visitors an opportunity to visit some popular temples around as well. The 13-storey temple – TerahManzil – is very popular and gives a great view of the nearby areas. There is also the ‘Lakshman temple’ with a lot of mythological significance. Those who visit the bridge feel serene and a sense of piety wafts the air. So, if you ever happen to in Rishikesh, don’t forget to visit this iconic bridge.