Ruru Kshetra also known as Rishikesh Tirtha lies on the confluence of Kali Gandaki and Ridi Khola rivers in Palpa district. It lies in a small suburb with urban character known as Ridi. The holy place can be reached after a ride of around 30 kilometers from district headquarters Tansen which takes around one and half hours. Ridi is situated in a deep narrow valley. There are many historic temples here most famous of them is the temple of Rishikesh established by Mukund Sen – the first king of Palpa. It is said that the King discovered the idol of God Rishikesh in Kali Gandaki when he was having a holy bath. Ruru Kshetra lies on ancient route to Muktinath and Damodar Kunda. The complex presents various forms of architecture – typical medieval temple complex and sculptures of the Sen Period (15th to 18th century). The adjacent settlement of Ridi its medival character and architecture with its close linkage to the Rishikesh Complex. The living heritage of Rishikesh of Ruru Kshetra is still preserved, with fairs and festivals being held regularly, ancient worship practices related to the peopagation of Vedic rituals. According to Baraha Purans the holy place gets its name from a girl named Ruru. She was both to a fairy named Pramlocha and brought up by a doe Ruru, through her, penance, pleased Lord Vishnu when Vishnu appeared before her and asked for her wish. She asked Lord Vishnu at the place forever. So, Lord Vishnu stayed there as Rishikesh. There are two separate temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Ruru Kanya. A four-arm stone inin age is seen inside the Rishikesh Temple. Pilgrims offer homage to Lord Vishnu at the Rishikesh Temple and also offer Sraddha in memory of the departed souls at the confluence of Ridi Khola and Kali Gandaki rivers.
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