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Haridwar

Hari ki Pauri, Haridwar

Haridwar is referred as the Gateway to the Lord and one of the seven holiest Hindu pilgrim sites situated on the banks of the sacred river Ganga. This place is deeply associated with Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. It is also a gateway to the four pilgrimages in the Uttrakhand region which makes it highly revered place by the Hindus.
The blessings from the trinity of Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma made this place a prominent Hindu pilgrimage destination of India. It is also among the four venues for the Kumbh Mela which is held at an interval of four, six and twelve years. At this place India's most sacred river Ganga descends from the hills to the North Indian plains.

The holy land Haridwar is one of the prominent Shaktipeeths of India which attracted several scholars, philosophers, saints and sages since time immemorial. Not only as a spiritual and religious centre, Haridwar also emerged as a major learning centre for arts, science and culture. This is also one of the best destinations for learning yoga and meditation. Ayurveda facilities are also available here.

Religious Places

Har ki Pauri

It is the holy ghat of Har-Ki-Pauri or Brahamakund which was constructed by King Vikramaditya in memory of his brother Bhatrihari. The religious importance of this place makes it among the most visited places in Haridwar. At this one can still see the footprints of Lord Vishnu in the temple beside the ghat. During the Kumbh and the Ardh Kumbh Mela this ghat becomes the most prominent and the scared place of bathing. This place is visited by almost every visitor who comes to this place.

Mansa Devi Temple

This is highly revered temple dedicated to Goddess Mansa Devi which is situated at the top of Bilwa Parwat. Devotees reach this temple via rope-way cable cars.

Chandi Devi Temple

It is located on the top of the Neel Parvat which is believed to be built in 1929 by Suchat Singh, the King of Kashmir. The main deity at the temple was enshrined by Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century. This temple offers a 3 km wonderful trek from Chandighat.

The holy land of Haridwar is popular for temples and pilgrimages. It is visited by scores of devotees and tourists throughout the year. Some of the known visiting places of this place are Bharat Mata Mandir,  Maya Devi Temple,  Bhooma Niketan,  Daksha Mahadev Temple, Sapt-Rishi Ashram and Sapt-Sarovar and many more.


Fairs And Festivals

Haridwar is an important religious centre which hosts festivals throughout the year. Some of the well known fairs celebrated in Haridwar are the Kumbh Mela, Ganga Dussehra, Somvati Amavasya Mela, Kavad Mela etc.

Kumbh and Ardh-Kumbh Mela

The Kumbh Mela is a mass Hindu Pilgrimage. This is one of the oldest and largest religious gathering of Hindus that occurs after every twelve years. Kumbh fair is organized once in 12 years when the planet Jupiter (Brahaspati) gets closer to the planet Uranus (the ruling planet of Aquarius/Kumbh). Ardh-Kumbh is held after every 6 years. During this time people from all nook and corner of the globe gather at Haridwar to take a dip in the holy waters of river Ganga. According to the Hindu mythology it is believed that taking a dip in the holy river removes all past sins and evils from an individual's life.


Kanvar Mela

It is organized on the 13th or the 14th night of the new moon during Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month of Phalgun with the festival of Shivratri (the wedding day of Lord Shiva and Parvati), when the devotees throng to Haridwar to collect the holy waters of the river Ganga. They carry it back to their home town and offer it to Lord Shiva on the occasion of Shivaratri.


Shopping

Haridwar being a religious place offers several prayer articles, idols of Gods & Goddesses, books and CDs on spirituality, Yoga and Meditation etc. One can visit  the Uttarakhand Handloom Emporium located near the Bharat Mata temple to purchase handicrafts, shawls, jewellery, beads, artifacts, decorative pieces, etc. Some of the other shopping areas of this place are Moti Bazaar, Upper Road, Jwalapur and Kankhal.


How to Reach

By Air: The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant (41 km) in Dehradun.

By Train: Haridwar itself is well connected by trains to almost all the major cities in India.

By Road: The city lies on National Highway - 45 . Therefore, it is easily accessible by road as well. One can reach Haridwar by state transport buses, deluxe buses or taxis from Dehradun, Delhi, Nainital, Agra or several other major cities.



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