Shiva and Vishnu have the maximum number of temples with their numerous forms represented as installed idols. Some of the important temples in Rishikesh are given below:
BHARAT TEMPLE: Close to Triveni Ghat, it is a grand temple of Lord Vishnu. As it was the place of penance of Lord Ram's younger brother Bharat, therefore it came to be known as Bharat temple. The presiding deity of this temple is Lored Narayana and inscriptions say that this temple was renovated by Jagadguru Shankaracharya, the great theologian of the 8th century. Some scholars believe that this temple has not been named after the loyal brother of Lord Ram, popular belief contends otherwise. The image installed here has a distinctly Himalayan cast of features. Though the temple is dedicated to Lord Maha Vishnu, it holds a number of images normally associated with the worship of Lord Shiva.
NEELKANTH MAHADEV: The Temple is about 12 Km away from Rishikesh by foot and 38 Km. by road. The Temple is of Lord Shiva. This is believed to be the place where Lord Shiva drank the poison churned out of the cosmic ocean. It turned his throat blue which is why he is also called Nilkanth. The devotees visit this place throughout the year but during the whole month of Shravan the temple is thronged by tourist and devotees. The Shravan period is from mid of July to August.
VEERBHADRA TEMPLE: Veerbhadra also known the apportion (Ansha) of Lord Shiva and worshipped like Lord Shiva and Veerbhadra Mahadev Temple is the same place where Lord Shankar smashed his hair-lock and Virbhadra appeared. The temple is 1300 years old approx. but the story is thousand years old. Some kings of the middle ages had worked many times on the relics of this temple to keep the vedic stories alive. It is also believed that in Veerbhadra, there is a place where anyone could recall one’s last birth life by laying down on the place. But the exact place is extinct meanwhile by divine powers to absolve from misuse. The Temple is situated 2 Kms away from Haridwar-Rishikesh Highway and one can here via local railway station, also named as Veerbhadra Station and situated on the highway. The Neem Karoli Baba Temple (Hanuman Temple) is also very near to the Veerbhadra station and 2 Km. far from the Veerbhadra Temple. The distance from the Holy Triveni Ghat to Veerbhadra Temple is 6 Km.
KAILASH NIKETAN TEMPLE: While Crossing Lakshman Jhula, the main temple you will see is Kailash Niketan Temple. It is a 13 storey slightly different from regular temples. The temple has sculptures of all the Gods and Goddesses. This is the uniqueness of this place that the Temple is of all known Gods and Goddesses.
KUNJAPURI TEMPLE: Goddess Durga has taken numerous incarnations and Kunjapuri Temple is one of them. It is situated on a hill at a distance of 25 Km. from Rishikesh. On foot it is 05 kms away from Narendranagar township and at a distance 03kms from the Hindolakhal bus stand. There is a road for jeep and taxi to reach the temple from this place from Rishikesh.
RAGHUNATH MANDIR: Generally regarded as the most important place for religious ceremonies in Rishikesh. It is believed that the Ganga is joined here by the Yamuna, and the Saraswati Rivers. Geographically, however, the Yamuna joins the Ganga in Allahabad and the legendary Saraswati has not been located by surveyors here as yet.
HANUMAAN TEMPLE: Located at Maya Kund, this temple was erected in 1924 by Swami Ramdas alias Oriya Baba. It draws a large number of devotees every Tuesday – the day auspiciously fixed for Hanuman worship. One other Hanuman Temple is also there at Hridwar – Rishikesh highway near by Veerbhadra Temple. It is also known as Neem Karoli Baba Temple. It is situated at the front side of the Veerbhadra railway station and the distance from Veerbdara Temple is 2Km.