Haridwar is the gateway to the four pilgrimages of Uttaranchal.
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.
The holy city of Haridwar is home to some of the Most sacred Hindu
rituals. Round the year, devotees from all over the country flock
here in their thousands to perform "Poojas" or prayers.
Renowned for the "Maha Kumbh Mela" which appears Every
12 years and the enchanting "Aarti" at "Har Ki Pauri"
which captives the beholder with hundreds of burning wick lamps
floating down the Ganga, this town has been distinguished for centuries
in the Indian society.
The list of attractions in Haridwar is endless. Har-Ki-Pauri, the
sacred ghat was constructed by King Vikramaditya in the memory of
his brother Bhartrihari. The golden reflection of floral diyas in
the river Ganges is the most enchanting sight in the twilight during
the Ganga aarti ceremony at the ghat.
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 Hari's 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 Ardh
Sapt 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.
Mansa Devi Temple
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.
Chandi Devi Temple
The Chandi Devi temple at the top of Neel Parvat on river Ganga's
banks was built in1929 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.
Maya Devi Temple
This is an ancient temple of Maya Devi the Adhisthatri deity of
Haridwar, known as one of the Siddhapethas. Said to be the places
where the hearts and navel of Goddess Sati had fallen.
Daksha Mahadev Temple
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 didn't
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
Fairs & Festivals
Ardh 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. Mythological 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
The 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.
At 7:00 PM (local time) there is an aarti on the Ganga. It is performed
everyday (even Sundays) by worshipers of the River and can be performed
by tourists. Candles on lotus petals are floated down the river
as religious hymns are played on the loud speakers. Rain or shine,
hot or cold, the aarti starts promptly at 7 PM and is an experience
The nearest Airport is Jollygrant, BhaniaWala, Dehradun (41kms).
Vayudoot services from Delhi. Indira Gandhi International Airport,Delhi
Connected with all important Cities of India viz., Bombay, Delhi,
Agra, Howrah, Varanasi, Allahabad, Ujjain, Amritser, Dehradun, Lucknow,
Distance of important destinations
Delhi - 214 km
Agra - 386 km
Ambala - 168 km
Badrinath - 325 km
Dehradun - 52 km
Kedarnath - 250 km
Saharanpur - 81 km
Nainital - 286 km
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