Haridwar is one of the most ancient religious centres in India that has been recognized from times immemorial. Hari means God and Dwar means Gateway. Haridwar means Gateway to God. According to India mythology, it is one of the four places where drops of essence, Amrita accidentally spilt over from the jar or Kumbha, in which it was being carried away by the heavenly bird Garuda, the vehicle of Lord Vishnu. These four places have today become places where the Kumbh Mela is celebrated every 12 years in succession – Nasik, Ujjain, Haridwar, and Allahabad. Millions of devotees and tourists come from all over the world to perform ritualistic bathing on the banks of the river Ganges.
Top places to visit in Haridwar are:
1. Har Ki Pauri:
Har Ki Pauri at Haridwar is the gateway to heaven. This place has a great significance in Hindu mythology, and it is highly worshipped. This is the place where ashes are submerged in the Ganges since time immemorial. This is one of the greatest pilgrimages in Hindu religion. The Har Ki Pauri is worshipped like none other places in human history. The Ganges is worshipped every morning and evening without fail and it is termed as Ganga Arti. The Ganga Arti is attended by thousands of people who come here to seek blessings of mother Ganga. The river Ganga is considered as a mother in the Hindu religion and it is highly respected and worshipped by Hindus all over the world. The people take a holy dip in this pious river to wash away their sins and seek divine blessings. The month of Sawan during monsoons is the most sacred period to take a holy dip in the Ganges. People from far away from towns of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan walk several hundreds of Kilometers during Kanwar yatra. The Kanwarias carry Ganga water in pots, cans, and walk all the way from har ki Pauri to their hometowns. The Kanwar yatra takes place for almost 15-20 days and culminates on MahaShivRatri when holy water of Ganga is poured over Shivlinga.
The Har ki Pauri comes to a standstill during Kanwar yatra when millions of people flock together to take a holy dip in mother Ganga.
2. Ganga Aarti:
During the evening each day, pilgrims and tourists gather on the banks of the Ganges River to prestige the river Goddess Ganga with great ceremony – bells, mantras, music, fire, incense, and flowers. Little lights and flowers are floated down the river. It is simply a wonderful and uplifting experience, not to be missed. Ganga Aarti starts at around 6.00 PM and one can sit or stand at the Ghat to see the Aarti.
3. Chandi Devi Temple:
Chandi Devi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Chandi Devi and is in the holy city of Haridwar. The temple is located at the top of Neel Parvat. Chandi Devi Temple was built by Suchat Singh in the year 1929. However, it is said that the main Idol/Murthi of Chandi Devi had been installed in the 8th century by Adi Shankaracharya. Goddess Chandi is also known as Chandika is the leading divinity of the temple,
The rope-way service was introduced for the welfare of the pilgrims, the ropeway carries the pilgrims from the lower station located near Gauri Shankar Temple directly to the Chandi Devi Temple located at an altitude of 2,900 meters. We can see a lot of monkeys on the way to the temple.
4. Mansa Devi Temple:
Mansa Devi- The Vasuki’s SisterShakti is worshipped in various forms in India. In the pious lands of Haridwar, one can witness the grandeur of the goddess. The omnipresent is visible here for the devotees in the form of Mansa Devi. As per our religious texts, she has emerged from the mind of the Mahadev. This is amongst the panch tirtha (Five Pilgrimage) within Haridwar, Uttarakhand. It is a strong belief that one gets what one desires when visits the Goddess. The route to Mansa Devi starts from the Haridwar market. One can trek the path or climb a flight of stairs to the temple. The journey by ropeway to the temple is breathtaking and takes you 10 minutes to reach the top. The temple evokes a sense of spirituality and devotion to the almighty.
5. Shanti Kunj Gayatri Parivar:
A really nice place, a must-visit for everyone to get positive vibes and peace in their lives. Very calm and enchanting. And bordering dev Sankriti Vishvidhalya is really making Indian culture strong. When you will enter Vishwavidhayalya, you will get positive vibes from every aspect. Organic and healthy foods for students, students rehearsing in parks with instruments. These students are really blessed that they got a chance to study in such places. They got the blessing of mighty Gurudev with world-class facilities.
6. Rajaji National Park:
Rajaji National Park is both a national park and a tiger reserve. The park was created by the combination of 3 sanctuaries- Rajaji, Motichur and Chilla. The park is situated in the Shivalik range of Himalayas. It is spread over 820kms. Enclosing the Shivalik mountain ranges, Rajaji National Park is abundantly rich in flora and fauna and proves a great holiday destination for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts alike.
Famous for tigers and elephants, Rajaji National Park has recently received the status of a Tiger Reserve by the Government of India.
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