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).
Satements of authenticity and/or integrity
The Rishikesh Complex of Ruru Kshetra including the settlement of Ridi embraces an intact medieval ensemble within an undisturbed landscape. The living heritage is well preserved and most ancient practices and rituals have carrid on over the ages.
Comparison with other similar properties
This property can be compared to Pashupati, which is one of the seven monument zones of the Kathmandu Valley World Heritage Site in both physical context as well as religious significance.