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Published on Sep 18, 2012
History of Ruru Kshetra Ridi:
Hindus have four holy pilgrimages(Dhams) in india . Likewise,there are four religious centers(peeths)of Hindus in Nepal .They are Muktishetra,Rurukshetra,Barahakshetra and Pashupatikshetra.Two of them ,Muktishetra and Rurukshetra are located on Kaligandaki River.Ruru rision lies in the western Nepal. About 96 km to the northof Tansen lies Rurukshetra, at the comfluence of the Kali Gandaki and the Ridi river. Ruru is on the tarred road linking Tansen with Tamghas.Ruru commonly known as Ridi,was named after a mythological girl named Ruru.she was born ta fairy named Pramlocha and doughter up by a doe.Ruru Through her penance, pleased Lord Vishnu.when lord Vishnu appeared before her and asked her to big of Him for a boon. She asked him to stay there forever . So lord Vishnu stayed there as Hrikshikeshav and Rurukanya .A four armed stoneimage is seen inside the hrishikeshav Temple.Other places worth visiting are Bhrigutungeshor Mahadev cave, Achammeshwor,Ram temple at Rudrabeni,etc. Ruru is known as Banaras of Nepal because all the Hindu rituals which are performed on the bank of the Ganges in Banaras are also performed here . The most important festival at Ridi is Maghesakranti, the first day of the Nepali month Magha(mid-january).Thousands of Hindu devotees have a holy dip in the water of the Kali Gandaki river. This is also done on every Ekadashi,the eleventh day of the new moon & eclipsses. It is believed that the holy dip cleanses their bodies and souls free from sins and prepara tha souls for salvation. Most Hindus in surrounding areas wish to be cremated after their death on the bank of the Kali Gandaki at Ridi For Salvation. In case of failure to bring dead bodies here for cremation, ashes are flowed in the water of the Kali Gandaki. Ruru region covers Ruru , Thanapati and Aslewa VDCs of Gulmi District, Argali VDC of Palpa district and Karikot of Chanjedhanjyang VDC of Syangja district.