Muni Ki Reti

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Muni Ki Reti
मुनि की रेती
A study group by the Ganges at Muni ki Reti
A study group by the Ganges at Muni ki Reti
Muni Ki Reti is located in Uttarakhand
Muni Ki Reti
Muni Ki Reti
Location in Uttarakhand, India
Coordinates: 30°04′N 78°10′E / 30.07°N 78.16°E / 30.07; 78.16Coordinates: 30°04′N 78°10′E / 30.07°N 78.16°E / 30.07; 78.16
Country  India
State Uttarakhand
District Tehri Garhwal
 • Type Nagar Panchayat
 • Body Muni Ki Reti Nagar Panchayat
 • Total 1.82 km2 (0.70 sq mi)
Elevation 456 m (1,496 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 7,879
 • Density 4,329/km2 (11,210/sq mi)
 • Official Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 249201
Telephone code 0135
Sex ratio 581 /

Muni Ki Reti (Hindi: 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 Sivananda Ashram of Swami Sivananda, the founder of Divine Life Society.


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" [1]


Traditionally considered the gateway for the Char Dham pilgrimage — Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri. It is also known as the place where King Bharata of Ramayana did penance. [2]

In modern history, 'Kailash Ashram' was established here in 1880 by Dhanraj Giri. It was one of the first large ashrams to be established in Rishikesh, prior to which it was mostly as a place for individual seekers, or pilgrims to stop over on way to Char Dham temples pilgrimage. [3][2]

Subsequently Swami Atmananda founded Swargashram in 1908, Sivananda Ashram was established here by Swami Sivananda in 1936, gradually other ashram came up and soon it became a popular destination for Yoga and Meditation practitioners from all over India, and seekers of Vedantic knowledge. The town became a nagar panchayat on 30 November 1949.[4][2] Over the year several others ashrams have come up in the area namely, Gita Bhawan, Parmarth Niketan of Swami Chidanand Saraswati and Vanprastha Ashram, all situated on the opposite bank of the Ganges [5]

In February 1968 The Beatles visited, the now closed Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram,[6] John Lennon, even recorded a song here, titled, 'The Happy Hrishikesh Song' [7][8] The Beatles composed nearly 48 songs during their time at the Maharishi's ashram, many of which appear on the White Album. Several other artists, including Mike Love of The Beach Boys, Donovan and Gyp Mills, visited the site to contemplate and meditate.

For years boats were the only way to go across the Ganges where numerous ashrams lie, but in the 1986, the building of the 222 ft. 'Ram Jhula', similar to the Laxman Jhula at Rishikesh, allowed easy access to the area, and also its rapid growth.


According to 2001 India census,[9] Muni Ki Reti had a population of 7879. Males constitute 63% of the population and females 37%. Muni Ki Reti has an average literacy rate of 73%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 79%, and female literacy is 63%. In Muni Ki Reti, 13% of the population is under 6 years of age.



  1. ^ mythology
  2. ^ a b c Nitya Nand; Kamlesh Kumar (1989). The Holy Himalaya: A Geographical Interpretation of Garhwal. Daya Publishing House. pp. 372–. ISBN 978-81-7035-055-2. 
  3. ^ Sarah Strauss (2005). Positioning Yoga. Berg. pp. 30–. ISBN 978-1-85973-739-2. 
  4. ^ Town Profile Uttarakhand Govt. Official website.
  5. ^ Local attractions.
  6. ^ Site dedicated to the visit of the Beatles to Rishikesh Beatles in Rishikesh by Paul Saltzman, 2000, Penguin Studio Books. ISBN 0-670-89261-0.
  7. ^ The Happy Hrishikesh Song - Beatles
  8. ^ The Happy Hrishikesh Song
  9. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 

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