The holy land of Haridwar is situated to the right of Ganga river bank, and it
is the place from where Ganga spreads over the northern plains of India. It is a
city that is associated with Lord Vishnu as well as Lord Shiva. It is also one
among the seven most sacred cities in India. People from different corners of
India as well as the world, come to Haridwar to bathe in the holy water of Ganga
and wash all their sins. It is one among the four locations where Kumb Mela is
held. The city is considered to be a sacred place where the devotees get
salvation from all their pain and sufferings.
It is said that while leaving their footprints on the holy land of Haridwar, the gods also left the spiritual ethos of Hinduism in Haridwar, which all the devotees follow today. This sacred city stands as the doorway to the four major pilgrimage sites of Uttrakhand. The other names given to this magnificent city are Gangadwar, Mayapuri, and Mokshadwar since it has remained the major centre for all the devotees. This is the reason that is also referred to as the land of “doorway to the gods.”
The place is also famous for availability of herbal medicines as well as the traditional way of studying at Gurukul Kangri. The most sacred river of India, Ganga flows from Haridwar and is said to be sanctified by the trinity of Hindu gods – Lord Vishnu, Lord Brahma and Lord Shiva(Mahesh).
Haridwar is considered as the city where people can purify their mind, body and soul by taking a bath in the holy water of Ganga that is said to be so scared that it can wash away all the sins of the devotee. Apart from these mind, body and soul purifying activities in the city, it is also famous for learning science, arts as well as culture. Ayurvedic and herbal medicines is another area for which the Haridwar is famous all around India and even some parts of the world.
The major events taking place here are the Kumbh Mela and the Ardh Kumbh Mela that are held every 12 and six years respectively. While the place is filled with mystic mythology and aura that never fails to cast a spell on its visitors. It is also one among the oldest cities that is mentioned in the Hindu scriptures. The water of the holy river Ganga, is crystal clear and refreshing. Sitting on the ghats, bathing and attending the morning and evening Aarti is just mystical that directly connects the devotees to the lord.
Places to Visit
the sacred Ghat was constructed by King Vikramaditya in memory of his brother Bhartrihari. It is believed that Bhartihari eventually came to Haridwar to meditate by the banks of the holy Ganga. When he died, his brother constructed the Ghat in his name which later came to be known as Har-Ki-Pauri.
One of the most visited temples in Haridwar, Mansa Devi Mandir occupies a place on top of the Shivalik hills. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Mansa Devi, believed to fulfill the wishes of those who visit here.
The temple stands in dedication to Goddess Chandi. One of the most ancient in the country, the temple can be reached either by a ropeway ride or by undertaking a steep climb, that takes up around 45 minutes.
Daksha Mahadev Temple
The temple is situated towards the south of the Kankhal town. Built by Queen Dhankaur in AD 1810, the Daksha Mahadev Temple is the site where Daksha performed a yagna (a Hindu ritual to invoke gods and seek their blessings).
The ashram is both ancient and much popular. The words Sapt Rishi is a combination of sapt (seven) and rishi (sage). According to the Hindu traditions, it is the place where the sacred Ganga split herself in seven streams to prevent any disturbance to the seven sages.
Bharat Mata Mandir
This temple belongs to Mother India. It was inaugurated by Indira Gandhi on 15 May 1983 near river Ganges. The temple has eight stories (180 feet/55 m). Every floor depicts an period in the Indian history, from the time of Ramayan until India's freedom.
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Haridwar or 'the Gateway to the Gods' is one of the seven holiest places according to Hindu mythology, as the Gods are believed to have left.