Haridwar is the place where people from across the India visit for pilgrimage and to take a holy dip into the holy river Ganges. Haridwar city is an ancient and it is one of the most sacred cities in India.The diverse nature of the Hindu religion has attracted foreign visitors from all around the world. Foreigners always attracted to Haridwar because here they can closely experience India's complex culture, various Hindu rituals and the ancient civilization.
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Haridwar is district of Uttarakhand state in India.Haridwar is place where the river Ganges enters in plain areas north India after flowing 250 kms from its origin Gaumukh (Gangotri Glacier). Haridwar is the place where people from across the India visit for pilgrimage and to take a holy dip into the holy river Ganges.Haridwar city is an ancient and it is one of the most sacred cities in India.The diverse nature of the Hindu religion has attracted foreign visitors from all around the world.Foreigners always attracted to Haridwar because here they can closely experience India's complex culture,various Hindu rituals and the ancient civilization.Haridwar 30 kms from Rishikesh and 90 kms from Mussoorie and 220 kms from
Delhi. Haridwar is one of the primary areas where river Ganges emerges from the mountains and enters to the plain areas. Lush green forests and crystal clear water of river Ganges and background of mountains create the charming beauty of this holy city. In the evening ghats looks beautiful as hundreds of diyas (lamps) and marigold flowers float and light up the river Ganges. The Rajaji National Park is just 10 kms from Haridwar. Its an ideal destination for wild life and adventure lovers."Agar apne paap dhone hai to Haridwar mein Gangaji ki dubki lagao" (If you want to purify yourselves take a holy dip in the water of river Ganges at Haridwar.All your sins will be purified). This is most common thing which you can hear about Haridwar in all over India.
Haridwar contains two words Hari and Dwar.Hari means god and Dwar means gate.Haridwar means gateway to the god.There are four holy temples Gangotri,Yamunotri,Kedarnath and Badrinath on the hills also known as chardham.Haridwar is like a entry point to these chardham.People visit Haridwar before visiting these temples so the town was became famous as Haridwar. Shaivites call it Har Dwar Gateway to Lord Shiva (Kedarnath Temple) and Vaishnavites call it Hari Dwar Gateway to Lord Vishnu (Badrinath Temple) It is also said that Haridwar is blessed by the presence of all three major Gods of Hindus namely Brahma,Vishnu and Maheshwar.Thus,with all these mythological links attached to its name, it's little wonder why Haridwar is often referred to as 'gateway to god'.Haridwar is an ancient pilgrimage site situated in the foothills of the shivalik range in Garhwal Himalayas.Haridwar is welcomes the river ganga to the plain areas.Haridwar means gurgling of river Ganges,innumerable temples,groups of monks in saffron clothes,enchanting sounds of vedic hymns and the divine holiness.Apart from religious importance Haridwar is also a centre for learning different arts and culture. Haridwar is well known as great source of Ayurvedic medicines and herbal remedies. Haridwar is now home to unique Indian tradition of teaching "Gurukula." Gurukula Kangri Vishwavidyalay is providing unique teaching in Gurukul system since 1902.Haridwar is always place of interest for the researchers because it is one of the oldest living cities in India. Haridwar has numerous temples with interesting legacies. Maa Ganga after carrying the purity of heaven from the kamandal of Lord Brahma, washing the feet of Lord Vishnu and flowing through the sahastrara of Lord Shiva came on this earth and made Haridwar as itâ€™s divine flow area. From time immemorial, Maa Ganga has been doing the duty of absorbing the heat and negativities of this earth.Besides and ,It is Gateway for the four dhams of Himalayas viz. Gangotri,Yamunotri,Kedarnath and Badrinath.Haridwar is divided in several small areas such as Mayapur,Ranipur, Jwalapur, Har Ki Pauri,Motichur, Devpura, Bhupatwala,Haipur Kalan, Shivalik Nagar, and Brhampuri. Haridwar is also one of the four places where Kumbh Mela occurs after rotation of every twelve Years and Ardh Kumbh after every six years. It is said that drops of Amrit (Elixir) fell in to the Brahmkund of Har-Ki-Pauri, therefore considered that a dip in the Brahmakund.
It has been proved by archaeological findings that terracotta culture had an existence in Haridwar during 1700 B.C. and 1800 B.C.Haridwar has been in people's mind from the period of Buddha to the British arrival and still in the 21st century.Haridwar was ruled by Maurya Empire from 322 BCE to 185 BCE and later it came under the rule of Kushan Empire according to historical evidences.Well-known Chinese traveler Huan Tsang visited India in 629 AD.He has mentioned Haridwar in his travel journal. At that time Haridwar was part of the kingdom of the King Harshvardhan (590 to 647).The city was also invaded by Timur Lang (1336–1405), a Turkish King on January 13, 1399.First Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak (1469–1539) bathed at 'Kushwan Ghat' on Baisakhi Day.Later in the 16th century Haridwar came under reign of Mughals and emperors like Akbar and Jehangir stamped their dominated here. According to Ain-e-Akbari Mughal Emperor,Akbar drank water from the Ganges river collected from Haridwar, which he called 'the water of immortality'.Thomas Coryat, an English traveler visited Haridwar during the reign of Jehangir. In 18th centaury Haridwar was a port city and it was widely used by ships of East India Company.One of the two major dams on the river Ganges is the Bhimgoda Dam. It is situated in Haridwar. Dam was opened in 1854. Haridwar Municipality' was constituted in 1868 including Kankhal and Mayapur.Haridwar was connected with railways by Laksar Railway Station in 1886.In 1901, Haridwar has population of 25,597 and Haridwar was a part of the Roorkee tehsil,in Saharanpur district of the United Province.Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya was established in 1902.In 1946 Haridwar was merged in Uttar Pradesh State. Haridwar Legends : According to Kedarkhand (Chapter 111) in Skanda Purana, the ancient great King named as Shwet did long penance on the bank of river Ganges at Haridwar. The Brahma pleased with his devotion & blessed that the place will be special place with blessing from all gods and bathing here will be very fruitful to devotees. Raja Vikramaditya's brother Bhratuhari has also done penance here. In his memory, King Vikramaditya built a “Paudi (pawadi)”/ Steps here, which later became famous as Har Ki Paudi or Har Ki Pauri. Apart from this two Guru Datatrey also has spent great amount of time here in Meditation. Haridwar is mentioned in various ancient Indian scriptures (Purans, Upanishads and Mahabharata) as a Mayapur, Kapilsthan, Mokshdwar or Gangadwar. In Mahabharata great sage Dhaumya mentioned Haridwar (Gangadwar) as a major pilgrimage town to Yudhisthira.
The legendary King Bhagirath, great grandson of the King Sagar of Suryavanshi clan (an ancestor of Lord Rama), is said that he brought the river Ganga down from heaven, through his long penance of many years, for the salvation of the souls of his 60,000 ancestors from the curse of the sage Kapila. The penance was answered and the river Ganges trickled out from Lord Shiva's locks and its ample holy waters rejuvenated the 60,000 sons of King Sagara. Sage Kapila lived here in his ashram so this place was also known as Kapilsthan. The tradition which was established by King Bhagirath is now followed by thousands of Hindu devotees, who bring the ashes of their departed family members, in hope of their salvation by the water of river Ganges.
Pandits (Priests) of the Haridwar have been known to keep genealogy records of most of the Hindu population. Known as vahis, these records are updated on each visit to the city, and are a repository of vast family trees of family in North India.
It is believed that nectar (Amrit) which was one of the fourteen valuable ornaments that came out from the sea churning (Samundra Manthan) was sprinkled at 12 places in the entire universe. Out of that 12 places 08 places are in heaven and only 04 places on earth. Har-Ki-Pauri in Haridwar was one of the four places where Amrit was sprinkled on earthr. As a result, every 12 years Khumbh Mela comes to Haridwar and draws more than half a million pilgrims. The Ardha Kumbha Mela comes once in every six years.
It is also said that Haridwar has been blessed by the attendance of all three major Gods; Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. Haridwar is the place where terrible Tandava Nrutya (dance of destruction) performed by Lord Shiva in sorrow led to Lord Vishnu dismembering Sati's body,with the different parts scattering across India.Pilgrims believe that they can go to heaven by getting their salvation after a holy dip in the river Ganges at Haridwar.
Ashrams in Haridwar which can accommodate pilgrims during Ardh Kumbha,Kumbh Mela and other occasion in Haridwar and take nominal fees from pilgrims for accommodation with basic facilities.There are more than 300 Dharamshalas and Ashrams in Haridwar which can accommodate more than 15000 pilgrims.Jairam Ashram is sited on the Rishikesh road in Haridwar. This ashram is recognized for outstanding lodging services. At a distance from housing a lot of tourist's stopover here in this ashram to view the eye-catching statue put on show here. The statues are belongs to Hindu Gods, Goddesses and demons.
Kanva Rishi Ashram is sited just 42 kilometer from Haridwar, this ashram is enrooted to Kotdwar and one has to travel through a path along the forest. Kanva Rishi Ashram is a quick getaway from Haridwar,being on the outskirts. Needless to say,a visit to this ashram promises a feeling of peace and security.Away from the disturbing life of the city,the Kanva Rishi Ashram is a treat to nature lovers.
Maa Anandamayi Ashram in Haridwar : Anandamayi Ma Ashram is sited in Kankhal one of the five sub-cities of Haridwar, the ashram houses the smaadhi shrine of Sri Anandamoyi Ma (1896-1982), a noted saint of India. Twilight aarti and satsangs perform here, by the ashramvasi and the followers are fairly gripping.
Prem Nagar Ashram in Haridwar : Prem Nagar Ashram is sited in Haridwar,one of the holiest cities in the country.Established in 1944 by Yogiraj Satgurudev Shri Hans Ji Maharaj, the ashram was made by his own devotees, who toiled hard to make Shri Hans Ji Maharaj's vision come true.Prem Nagar Ashram in Haridwar has now turn into a spiritual sanctuary for those seeking peace and meaning in their lives and people come here from every corner of the world.
Soham Ashram in Haridwar : Soham Swami was a big spiritual leader and yogi of India.He was in this world previous to the 1st part of the 20th century.His actually name Shyamakanta Bandopaddhyaya.He was Advaita Vedantic follower of Tibbetibaba. Tibbetibaba was a big yogi and maharishi of India.Soham Swami built an ashram named as Soham Ashram in both in Nainital and Haridwar.He was born at Autsahi in Dhaka.
Mansa Devi Temple : Mansa Devi Temple is dedicated to goddess Mansa Devi.Goddess is also known as Maa Mansa Devi.It is believed that Mansa Devi was emerged from the mind of great Sage Kashyapa.Mansa means wish and the goddess fulfills the wishes so the Goddess is known as Mansa Devi.The temple is situated at bilva Parvat (Mountain).Rope way (Cable car) is also available here.The pilgrims can reach the temple by 03 ways. 1. By normal trek (1.5km one way) 2. By steps (480 steps approx) 3. By cable car (ropeway) (5 Minutes ride).
Bharat Mata Mandir : Bharat Mata Mandir is dedicated to India. Here India is imagined as a mother (Bharat mata). Bharat Mata Mandir or Mother India Temple is situated near Sapt Rishi Ashram around 04 kms far from Haridwar. The complex has 08 floors. Each floor has idols of various gods, goddesses, kings, leaders and revolutionists. It was inaugurated in 1983 by the late India Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi.
Chandi Devi Temple : Chandi Devi temple is dedicated to goddess Chandi Devi. Chadi Devi Temple is located at the height of 208 meters at Neel Parvat and it is 4 kms far from the Haridwar Railway Station. It is believed that here Goddess Parvati (Wife of lord Shiva) had killed demon Chand and Mund in ancient times. So the Goddess is known as Chandi Devi. Chandi Devi Temple is also one of the siddh peeths in haridwar along with Mansa Devi and Maya Devi Temple. Temple can be reached by two ways. 1. By trek (03 km one way) 2. By Cable Car (ropeway) (10 Minutes ride). There is also Anjani Temple which is 500 meter far from here and can be reached by trek.
Har ki Pauri : Hari ki Pauri is one of the most sacred bathing ghat in India. Har Ki Pauri is 02 kms far from the Haridwar Railway Station. Har means God and Pauri means foot prints. Har Ki Pauri means footprints of God. It is believed that Lord Vishnu came here in ancient time and also there is a stone where his footprints are still there on the stone wall. Har Ki Pauri is also main place for holy bath during the Kumbh Mela. Hindu people believe that if you take a holy dip (bath) here river Ganges will wash all you sins. Everyday there is ceremony called Ganga Aarti is organized here. Ceremony is dedicated to River Ganga which is constantly providing life in the form of her water to people. Ganga Aarti is widely visited by thousands of people everyday (Mostly in evening).
Neeleshwar Temple : Neelaswar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to goddess Mansa in the holy city of Haridwar.Neeleshwar Temple is another religious site in Haridwar.Neeleshwar Temple Haridwar is located just 500 m for the Har Ki Paudi in Haridwar. Neeleshwar Temple,dedicated to Hindu God Shiva, is a small but very old temple in Haridwar.The temple is located atop a hill.The spot is located near the Kushavarta Ghat.
Mahamrityunjaya Temple : The Maha Mrityunjay Mantra or Lord Shiva Mantra is measured very powerful and significant by the Hindus.Also famous as the Moksha Mantra of Lord Shiva, chanting of Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is said to create divine vibrations that heals.Maha Mrityunjay is one more temple in Haridwar.
Pawan Dham : Pawan Dham temple lies in the aesthetically adorned attractive idols and the glass work designed on the temple walls,which makes it a famous sightseer spot. Pawan Dham is distanced at 2 kilometer from the main town of Haridwar and about 3 km from Har-ki-Pauri.
Sati Kund : Sati Kund is actually the site of the Yagna Kund,the sacrificial fire. According to Hindu traditions,it is the tank where Sati (Lord Shiva's wife) put herself to fire.Sati burnt herself in the wake of the insulting demeanor of hes father Daksha Prajapati towards Lord Shiva.This yagna kund is today famously known as Sati Kund.
Shri Yantra Temple : Shree Yantra Temple is one of the most revered Shakti Upasna Kendra.The temple is visited by large number of people every day.Big worshippers are held throughout Navratras in Chaitra (April) and Ashwin (October) months.The Pathotsava of maa Tripur Sundri is held in the month of April.The temple is situated just 300m from the Daksh Mandir,an ancient temple dedicated to Bhagwan Shankar.
Gauri Shankar Temple : Gaurishankar Mahadev temple is one more religious place in Haridwar.Positioned near to the Chandi Devi temple,this temple is recognized to represent Lord Shiva. Gaurishankar Temple is a part of the various religious festivities held throughout the year.Any religious individual offering prayers with all his devotion gets his wishes fulfilled in this temple.
Kankhal : Kankhal is a small colony situated in Haridwar.Kanakhal is famous form its Daksheswara Mahadev Temple and Maa Anandamoyi Ashram Kankhal and Patanjali Yog Peeth. Kankhal is one of ' Five Pilgrimages' (Panch Tirth) in Haridwar.The other fours are Har ki Pauri,Kushwart (Ghat in Kankhal),Bilwa Teerth (Mansa Devi Temple) and Neel Parvat (Chandi Devi Temple).
Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar : Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar is Bird Sanctuary located on the river Ganga, which is also known as Neel Dhara, at the Bhimgoda Barrage. This sanctuary is a heaven for bird watchers and home to many migrant birds in the winter season.
Sureshwari Devi Temple : This temple belongs to deity Sureshwari. The temple located in middle of Rajaji National Park. Peaceful and spiritual atmosphere makes this shrine more beautiful for devotees. Permission is necessory from forest rangers to visit this temple.
Pawan Dham : Pawan dham is a modern temple made by using glass pieces.The temple was constructed by the attempts of "Swami Vedantanand Ji Maharaj." The temple is one of the popular tourist attractions.
Jairam Ashram : Jairam Ashram is well known for its huge white sculpture of the "Samudra Manthan"
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.
Sureshwari Devi Temple : This temple belongs to deity Sureshwari.The temple located in middle of Rajaji National Park. Peaceful and spiritual atmosphere makes this shrine more beautiful for devotees.Permission is necessory from forest rangers to visit this temple.
Parad Shivling : This Mercury Shivling is located in Harihar Ashram in Kankhal. The waigth of shivling is about 150 kg. There is also "Rudraksha tree" nearby.
Hotel Haveli Hari Ganga Haridwar: Haveli Hari Ganga Haridwar is one of the most popular hotels in Haridwar. Hotel is best option if you want to stay close to Har Ki Pauri. Haveli Hari Ganga is old Haveli built in 1913 for important guests of royal family of Pilibhit. River Ganga is just behind the hotel where you can take bath. Suite rooms river facing. Haveli Hari Ganga has 20 luxurious rooms, Multi-cuisine vegetarian restaurant, Spa, Yoga and Meditation facilties. Hotel is located inside the market near Har Ki Pauri. Car parking is 300 meters far from hotel. Free Rickshaw Rides are provided by hotel from parking to hotel. For best rates of Haveli Hari Ganga you can contact us.
Hotel Godwin Haridwar : To be found on Rishikesh Road, a 4-star hotel offers swimming pool, beach and pool beds, and lawns and gardens. Har-ki-Pairi Ghat, Mansa Devi and Hotel Godwin has 'Golden Mushroom', a multi-cuisine restaurant that serves only vegetarian food. It also has 'Cafe Road', a 24 hours coffee lounge and 'Jungle Bar' serving various brands of liquors and lip-smacking hot/cold coffee. All air-conditioned rooms are equipped with cable and satellite television, intercom and direct dial telephones.
Hotel Country Inn Suites Haridwar : Country Inn Suites Haridwar is a 4 Star hotel, just 15 minutes drive from the Har-Ki Puri. There are 56 well-appointed rooms, including 3 Executive Suites, 2 Premium Suites and one Presidential Suite. The Mosaic - a multi-cuisine restaurant serves scrumptious fare to its diners and can also unwind in the casual ambiance of the Atrium - a Tea Lounge. Rejuvenation can be attained at the Solitude Spa located on the 7th floor, and the fitness centre is ideal for a rigorous work-out.
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