The blue light of the dawn, the vermilion redness in the east, the smell of fragrant incense sticks in the air, the ringing of temple bells, the sound of conch shells coming from a distance, the sound of Har Har Ganga flowing, the water of the Ganges flowing gurgling and the crowd of devotees gathering on the ghats as if a fair had been organized. This is a great sight of Har Ki Pauri located in Haridwar where every morning is filled with spiritual energy. A centuries-old tradition that is being passed down from one generation to another. Haridwar famous for its temples and ghats.
People come from every corner of the country to Haridwar. It is an ancient city. It is the holy place where the Ganga emerges from its source Gaumukh- Glacier and touches the flat land after crossing a long and rocky journey. It is from here that the Ganga enters the plains and brings prosperity and life. Haridwar famous for its temples and ghats. Haridwar famous for Pawan Dham and Har Ki Pauri.
History of Haridwar
According to Hindu mythology, when the eagle bird was carrying the urn of nectar that came out of the churning of the ocean, some drops of nectar spilled from the urn. The drops of nectar fell in Ujjain, Haridwar, Nashik and Prayag respectively. Haridwar famous for Bara Bazar, Local Markets, Rajaji National Park.
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Today these are the four places where the Kumbh Mela is organized. This fair is organized every 12 years in Prayag as Maha Kumbh. Crores of devotees come from all over the country and abroad to take bath in Mother Ganga in this fair. It is believed that taking a dip in the Ganges washes away all sins. Crores of pilgrims, devotees and tourists from all over the world gather here to celebrate this event and take holy bath etc. on the banks of river Ganges.
It is said that the holy ghats of Har ki Pauri were built by King Vikramaditya in the memory of his brother Bhrithari in the 1st century BC. It is believed that Bhrithari came to Haridwar and did penance on the banks of the holy Ganges. When he died, his brother got this ghat built in his name, which later came to be known as Har Ki Pauri.
The most sacred ghat of Har Ki Pauri is Brahmakund. The evening aarti of Goddess Ganga at Har ki Pauri is an important experience for any visitor.
A profusion of voices and colors follows the ceremony when pilgrims float lit lamps on the river to propitiate the souls of their ancestors.
Thousands of people from all over the world make it a point to attend this prayer during their visit to Haridwar. Most of the present ghats were developed during 1800 AD. Har Ki Pauri is one such place
Where a crowd of devotees gather from before the first rays of the sun till late night. Devotees traveling to Char Dham start their journey from here, hence Haridwar is also called the gateway of Char Dham.
People perform different types of worship at Har Ki Pauri. Many rites related to birth and death are performed by coming here.
Some have come to get their child shaved, some have come to get the new member of the family after marriage performed by their family priest, while some are immersing their ashes in Ganga ji and wishing for salvation for them. Some with flowers and lamps in their hands are engrossed in worship for the peace of the souls of their forefathers.
You will be surprised to know that here the genealogy of every person of the country is safe with one or the other Panda. Even if someone has settled abroad or has gone there at the time of partition, the accounts of his clan, his lineage, his grandfathers and great grandfathers are safe date-wise with the pandey of his clan. Haridwar famous for hosting important religious events.
The market adjacent to Har Ki Pauri is full of pure traditional eateries. Do have breakfast at Madanji Puri Wale.
Hot puri chole and moong dal halwa made in desi ghee will satisfy you till your soul. To eat food in Haridwar, definitely try Hoshiarpuri restaurant.
All Type of Religious Books Available Here
The markets of Haridwar are adorned with shops of items related to worship. If you want to buy books written on religion and spirituality, then there are many shops where you can find the oldest books.
There are beautiful Dharamshalas here which were built by the Seths for the common people. Apart from Har Ki Pauri, there are many other places in Haridwar which have unity to be seen.
Chandi Devi Temple
This temple, which sits on the top of “Neel Parvat” on the eastern bank of river Ganges, is dedicated to Chandi Devi. This was done by King Suchat Singh of Kashmir in 1929 AD. According to a legend in the Skanda Purana, Chanda-Munda, who was the general of the local demon kings Shumbha-Nishumbha, was killed here by goddess Chandi after which the place got its name as Chandi Devi. It is believed that the main idol was established by Adi Shankaracharya in the eighth century. The temple is located at a distance of 3 km from Chandighat. There are two ways to reach here, one you can reach the top by climbing a thin footpath and if you do not want to climb so much then you can also reach by Udankhatole (ropeway). To go by ropeway one has to wait in a long line. There is always a crowd of devotees here.
Mansa Devi Temple
Situated on the summit of Mount Bilwa, the temple of Manasa Devi, literally the goddess who fulfills the desires of the mind (Manasa), is a popular tourist destination, especially for the cable cars that offer a panoramic view of the city. The main temple has two idols, the first with three faces and five arms while the second with eight arms.
Maya Devi Temple
This ancient temple of 11th century goddess Maya, the presiding deity of Haridwar, is considered a Siddhapeeth and is said to be the place where the navel and heart of Goddess Sati fell. It is one of the few ancient temples that are still standing along with Narayani Shila and Bhairav Temple.
There is also a place named Kankhal in Haridwar. It is believed that this is the in-laws house of Lord Shankar. This is the place where mother Sati got immersed in the fire pit. Because King Daksh called all the gods in the yagya, but Sati’s husband and God Shankar was not invited. That’s why Sati dedicated herself to the fire of Yagya here. There is also a temple of Daksh Prajapati Mahadev. Students take education of Vedas here. The shooting of the film Arjun Pandit was also done in these akhadas.
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
About 25 kilometers ahead of here is the temple of Neelkanth Mahadev, which has a lot of recognition. It is said that when Lord Shankar drank the poison that came out in the churning of the ocean, then his throat turned blue, then Bhole Shankar stayed at this place. That’s why this temple is dedicated to Lord Shankar. It is dedicated to ji. When we go towards Neelkanth temple, there are many camps set up on the banks of the Ganges. Tourists come here for river rafting. foreign tourists come to learn yoga
Every year in the month of Sawan from Haridwar, Kavandis take Ganga water from far away in the form of Kavand to please Bholenath, then there is a festive atmosphere here.
Things to Do in Haridwar
- Ganga Aarti
- Birdwatching and Photography tour
- Wildlife Safari
- Crystal World
- Devprayag Sightseeing
- Rishikesh Tour
- Spiritual Bath
- Bungee Jumping
- Temple Hopping
- Meditation and Yoga
- Ayurvedic Treatments
- Mountain Biking
- Waterfall Rappeling
Places to visit in Haridwar in one day
- Har ki Pauri
- Mansa Devi Temple
- Chanda Devi Temple
- Rajaji Wildlife Sanctuary
- Shantikunj Gayatri Parivar
- Pleasant climate for many months of the year.
- Hilly terrains
- Maximum temperature recorded so far is 46.9 degree Celsius
- Minimum temperature of Haridwar is 14.6 degree Celsius.
- Summer temperature in Haridwar- 35 degrees to 45 degrees Celsius.
- Winter temperature ranges in Haridwar is 10 to 30 degrees Celsius
- Rainfall in Haridwar is about 2135.4 mm.
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