Muni Ki Reti

Muni Ki Reti

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<!-- See WikiProject Indian cities for details -->Muni Ki Reti (Devanagari:मुनि की रेती) is a town and a nagar panchayat in Tehri Garhwal district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It lies close to pilgrimage town of Rishikesh, and is most known for a host of ashrams in the area, including the Shri Shivananda Ashram of Swami Sivananda, the founder of Divine Life Society.

Etymology

Traditionally, the sandy (reti) banks of Ganges River here have been used by munis (sages) and sadhus for tapasya, giving the place it is name Muni ki Reti, literally "sands of the sages"

History

Traditionally considered the gateway for the Char Dham pilgrimage &mdash; Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri.'Kailash Ashram' was established here in 1880, later in 1932, Shivananda Ashram was established here by Swami Sivananda, making it a popular destination for Yoga and Meditation practitioners from all over India, and seekers of Vedantic knowledge. The town became a nagar panchayat on nagar panchayat 30 November 1949. Uttarakhand Govt. Official website. Over the year several others ashrams have come up in the area namely Swargashram, Gita Bhawan, Parmarth Niketan of Swami Chidanand Saraswati and Vanprastha Ashram, all situated on the opposite bank of the Ganges

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