After sunset, the famous Ganga Aarti takes place at the Triveni Ghat , which sees the whole stretch of Triveni Ghat come alive. Hundreds of leafed lamps float down the stream as divinity becomes the very air. You can buy these dias from the nearby stalls and be a part of the beautiful custom. It is believed that the aarti transports the devotee to a different world altogether. The oil lamps floating on the Ganga in the dark are a sight to behold.
Triveni Ghat, a confluence of three holy significant Rivers the Ganges, the Yamuna and the Saraswathy, is a most revered sacred bathing spot in Rishikesh and is situated on the banks of Ganges River. It is of belief that those who take a dip in Triveni Ghat will have release, a relief from all sins carried out; the water here has the power to purify them. Devotees make many offerings at Triveni ghat, in the early morning at sunrise they offer milk to the river and happily feed the fish in the Ghat. An impressive view of lamps floated in the river as part of aarti ceremony is pleasing to eyes after the sunset. Triveni Ghat holds a significant place in the Hindu Mythology and Puranas and also finds a mention in the Hindu epics Ramayana and Mahabharata. It is believed that Lord Krishna visited this holy spot when he was hurt by an arrow shot by Jara a hunter. The popular temples Gita Mandir and Lakshminarayan temple are located on the banks of Triveni Ghat.
Triveni Ghat has a market also. You can get gems, precious and semi-precious stones, knickknacks, clothes, puja items, CDs and tapes. Also shops for religious goods, kullu topis, Nehru jackets, kurtas, salwar kameez and jewellery, bangles on the narrow streets. Pick up simple, painted Ganesh idols, gems, incense, rudraksh beads, religious books, paintings, Natarajas and statues of almost every deity in the Hindu pantheon. For food they have road side shops Ice creams Shops, Golgappa & sweets shops. For who like to read books they have a book stall you can find every kind of books here.