| Haridwar, literally means ‘The gateway to the Gods, one of seven sacred cities of India lies 214 km northeast of Delhi, Haridwar is situated on a 3 km stretch of the banks of the Ganges River in the foothills of the Shivaliks.It is located on the right bank of river Ganga and from here the holy river spreads over the northern plains.
History of Haridwar
Haridwar is the city of God. According to a mythological legend, Prince Bhagirath performed penance here to salvage the souls of his ancestors who had perished due to Saint Kapila’s curse. Bhagirath was blessed and the holy river descended on the earth and its water revived the sons of King Sagara. Following the tradition of Bhagirath, devout Hindus stand in the sacred waters here, and pray for the salvation of their ancestors
Haridwar Local Sight Seeing
Har Ki Pauri:
Har Ki Pauri in Haridwar is believed to be the exit point of the Ganges from the mountains and entry into the plains. Also known as Brahm Kund, this ghat was built by King Vikramaditya in memory of his brother Brithari who often meditated on the banks of river Ganga in Haridwar. History records an imprint of Lord Vishnu’s foot on one of the stones present on the ghat, which is indicative of the name.
Maya Devi Temple:
The temple of Maya Devi in Haridwar carries a lot of significance in the mythological history of Haridwar. Visitors to this holy town make a beeline to seek the blessings of goddess Maya Devi to whom the temple is dedicated. The temple is more popular among visitors because it completes the Siddhapeeth Triangle in Haridwar along with the temples Mansa Devi and Chandi Devi. A pilgrim’s visit to Haridwar is deemed to be incomplete without visiting the Mansa Devi Temple.
Mansa Devi Temple :
Mansa Devi Temple in Haridwar is an ancient and powerful Serpent Goddess, worshipped in different forms and names all over the world. The most important day of Mansa Devi poojan is Naag Panchami. She is also worshipped for protection from incurable diseases.
Chandi Devi Temple :
Chandi Devi Temple in Haridwar is situated atop the Neel Parvat of the Sivalik Hills in the city of Haridwar in the Uttarakhand state. The temple of dedicated to Goddess Chandi Devi and her deity was enshrined in the temple in the 8th century by Adi Shankaracharya. This temple is believed to be constructed in 1929 by Suchat Singh, the King of Kashmir.
Daksh Prajapati Temple :
Pilgrims can travel a distance of 6 km from Haridwar to visit the Daksha Mahadev Temple, also popular as the Daksha Temple. Situated in the town of Kankhal in Haridwar, the temple has the privilege of being one of the most ancient in Haridwar. The temple was erected by the Queen Dhankaur back in 1810 AD. The Daksha Temple carries more significance due to the fact that it occupies a place in the list of five sacred sites in the town of Haridwar in Uttarakhand.
Patanjali Yogpeeth :
Patanjali Yogpeeth in Haridwar, Uttarakhand is one of the largest Yoga institutes in India. Named after the Ancient Yog Guru Patañjali. The institute is Ramdev’s flagship project & has been set up for treatment, research & development in Yoga and Ayurveda, as well as the manufacturing of Ayurvedic medicines. It is also the home of the University of Pat