is the gateway to the four pilgrimages of Uttarakhand. It's
also your starting point on the journey to the sacred sources of
the Ganga and the Yamuna Rivers. According to legend, Prince Bhagirath
performed penance here to salvage the souls of his ancestors who
had perished due to Sage Kapila's curse. The penance was answered
and the river Ganga trickled forth from Lord Shiva's locks and its
bountiful water revived the sons of King Sagara. In the tradition
of Bhagirath, devout Hindus stand in the sacred waters here, praying
for the salvation of their ancestors.
and geologically, Haridwar, lying at the feet of Shivas hills,
i.e., Shivaliks, in Uttarakhand. It is believed drops of the nectar
churned out from the world-ocean fell at four places Haridwar,
Prayag (Allahabad), Ujjain and Nashik. Haridwar is situated on the
right side of the bank of the holy Ganga, and is the point where
the river spreads over the northern plains. Associated with both
Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu, Haridwar is among the seven sacred cities of India. It is also one of the four venues
for the Kumbh Mela, held in its magnitude every twelve years. Essentially
a religious centre which holds promise of salvation for devotees,
Haridwar is also a centre of herbal medicine, and traditional studies
at Gurukul Kangri. There are many places of scenic beauty on the outskirts
of the town.
Altitude: 294.7 mts.
Summer: 40.9-15.6 Degree Cel.
Winter: 16.6-06 Degree Cel.
Summer: Cotton &Tropical.
Har ki Pauri
King Vikramaditya constructed this sacred Ghat in memory of his
brother Bhatrihari who it is believed had come to Haridwar to meditate
on the banks of the Ganga. This ghat later came to be known as Har-Ki-Pauri
(also called Brahamakund). At twilight, golden hues of floral diyas
reflected in the river Ganga present the most enchanting sight.
The imprint of Lord Haris footprint hallows the riverbank
temple here. The ghat is regarded the most sacred and auspicious
point to bathe in the Ganga during the 12 year Kumbh and the 6 year
Rishi Ashram and Sapt Sarovar
According to legend the Saptarshis (seven sages) were deep in meditation
here. The Ganga, not wanting to disturb them split herself into
seven streams (Sapt Sarovar) around them.
The temple of Goddess Mansa Devi is situated at the top of Bilwa
Parwat. The rope-way with its brightly coloured cable cars take
devotees to the old hilltop of Mansa Devi.
The Chandi Devi temple at the top of Neel Parvat on river Ganga's
banks was built in 1929 A.D. by the King of Kashmir-Suchat Singh.
A three kilometers trek from Chandighat, it is believed that the
main statue was established by the Adi Shankaracharya in 8th century
AD. It is at a distance of six kilometers on Neel Parvat on the
other bank of River Ganga.
This is an ancient temple of Maya Devi the Adhisthatri deity of
Hardwar, known as one of the Siddhapethas. Said to be the places
where the hearts and navel of Goddess Sati had fallen.
The ancient temple of Daksha Mahadev stands in the south Kankhal
town. Mythology has it that King Daksha Prajapati, father of Sati
(Lord Shiva's first wife) performed yagya at this place, but didnt
invite Lord Shiva (Mahadev). Feeling insulted, Sati burnt herself
in the yagya kund. Provoked by this, the ganas (followers) of Lord
Shiva killed King Daksha. Later, Lord Shiva brought him back to
Places of Interest
Kanva Rishio Ashram; Bilkeshwar Mahadev; PawanDham; Bhooma Niketan;
Vaishnav Devi Temple; Bharat Mata Mandir; Doodhadhari Temple; Shahi
Gurudwara; Jairam Ashram.
Kumbh & Kumbh Mela
Though all the Hindu festivals are celebrated here with pomp and
gaiety, it is the Ardh Kumbh & Kumbh Mela which attracts the
mind of any tourist to this place.
The history of Kumbh Mela dates back to the creation of the Universe
legends. Mythologicals state that the Gods and the Demons once churned
the ocean to retrieve the Kumbh (pot) containing nectar of immortality
(Amrit). As Dhanvantri, the divine healer appeared with the Kumbh
containing nectar in her palms. A great fight followed between the
Gods and the Demons to wrist the pitcher. During the fierce battle
in the sky, a few drops of nector fell at four different places,
Prayag, Hardwar, Nasik and Ujjain. Since then devotees converge
to commemorate this divine event.
Ardh Kumbh is held every six years and than after six years Kumbh
Mela is held. It is said that a holy dip in the river Ganges during
the Kumbh & Ardh Kumbh gives you Moksha or Nirvana. People gather
in huge number to take the holy dip during these holy days. There
are Saints, Naga Sadhus, Politicians almost every one is here. The
city is overflowing with people. If going to Hardwar during the
Kubh or Ardh Kumbh then avoid the over crowded ghats. Every there
are reports of stampedes and the various factions or Akharas of
Sadhus clash with each other. Ensure your accommodation well in
advance if going during the Kumbh.
Ten days before Shivteras (during the months of Shravan &
Phagun) thousands of devotees throng to Hardwar to collect holy
waters of the river Ganga. Then they carry it back to their hometown
& offer it at the local Shiv temple. Colourful shops spring
up and Hardwar resounds to the chanting of hymns.
The nearest Airport is Jollygrant, BhaniaWala, Dehradun (41kms).
Vayudoot services from Delhi.
Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi (220kms)
Connected with all important Cities of India viz., Bombay, Delhi,
Agra, Howrah, Varanasi, Allahabad, Ujjain, Amritser, Dehradun, Lucknow,
Hardwar on National Highway no.45 is will connected to all major
cities and other parts of the state viz. Delhi (214 kms.), Agra (386
kms.), Ambala (168 kms.), Badrinath (325 kms.), Dehradun (52 kms.), Kedarnath
(250 kms.), Saharanpur (81 kms.), Nainital (286 kms.)
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