Saturday, March 14, 2009
Brij Ghat Garhmukteshwar
Situated on the bank of the holy river Ganga, 68 kms from Ghaziabad, Garhmukteshwar is a revered pilgrim centre. Also referred to as Khandvi Van and Shiva Vallabhpur because of its being an important centre of the Vallabh cult, Garhmukteshwar has been associated with mythology. It is said that this was the place where King Shivi, an ancestor of Lord Rama, had passed the fourth period of his life as an ascetic. Later, with the help of renowned sage Parshuram, he built a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is also believed that after two Ganas (disciples) of Lord Vishnu, Jai and Vijai, had achieved Mukti (salvation) at Shiva Vallabhpur the place came to be known as Ganamukteeshwar. With time, this name changed to the present Garhmukteshwar.
Text source: http://www.mysterindia.com/article592.html