Lakshman (Laxman) Jhula
Situated on the bank of river Ganga, Lakshman (Laxman) Jhula is one of the major attractions in Rishikesh. It is an iron bridge with an average altitude of Rishikesh is 1360 ft. Constructed in the year 1939, it has a long story tale based on legendary during Ramayana. It is believed that Rama’s younger brother Lakshmana has crossed the Ganga on the Jute ropes of this bridge. To witness his footprints, a large number of tourists visit Rishikesh throughout the year.
History of Lakshman Jhoola:
According to the historians, Lord Rama has planned to forfeit in Rishikesh for killing Ravan, the demon king of Lanka. Rama’s younger brother, Lakhman made a plan to cross the River Ganga and he did at a same time. At that time, the bridge was made of Jute. From this chapter, this bridge named as Lakshman Jhoola. It is said that Lord Rama mediated himself with many rituals on the bank of the River Ganga but the noise of flowing water disturbed him so much, to see it, Lakshman got angry and he shot an arrow on it. Surprisingly, the noise of the flowing water stopped. Hence, all of his efforts were made for his elder brother Rama.
Lakshmana Jhoola is an iron made hanging bridge across the River Ganga situated at a height of 70 feet above the river. The length of this bridge is about 450 feet long. Earlier, it was made of jute-rope but in 1889, it was modified with iron-rope. While standing on the Lakshman Jhoola, one can view a splendid view of the entire landscape around. Thus, it becomes very popular among the tourists because it offer an interesting experience of love between two brothers.