Rishikesh Complex of Ruru Kshetra
Department of Archaeology
Palpa District, Lumbini Zone, West Nepal
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The Hindu pilgrimage and crematory centre mentioned in the mythological epics lies on the ancient route to Muktinath and Damodar Kunda. The complex presents various forms of architecture; typical medieval temple complex, sculptures of the Sen Period (15th to 18th Century). The adjacent settlement of Ridi still retains its medieval 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 propagation of Vedic rituals and culture and the practice of Bhaktini Amas (Female Mendicants).