Haridwar or 'the Gateway
to the Gods' is one of the seven holiest places according to
Hindu mythology, as the Gods are believed to have left their
footprints in Haridwar. Due to its geographical location
too, Haridwar stands as the gateway to the other three
important pilgrimages of Uttrakhand namely, Rishikesh,
Badrinath and Kedarnath. Referred to as Mayapuri, Gangadwar,
and Mokshadwar in the ancient scriptures and epics, Haridwar
has always remained a major pilgrimage for the Hindus.
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
Several festivals are celebrated in Haridwar. Haridwar,
one of the oldest and holiest pilgrim centers of India, is
also the place that plays host to around eight to ten
million devotees during the Kumbh melas. The history of the
Kumbh Mela dates back to the creation of the Universe and as
a show of their faith, Hindus from all over the country
assemble to take a holy dip in the Ganges.
One of the oldest living cities, Haridwar
has been in people's mind from the period of Buddha to the
British advent and now even in the 21st century. Besides
being a religious place, it has served as the center for
learning arts, science and culture. It's unique Gurukul
school of traditional education, scenic beauty, lush
greenery (full with Ayurvedic medicines and herbal remedies,
give the place a unique charm and flavor. For the wildlife
lovers, the Rajaji National Park is a must among the solemn
centers in a Travelmasti discoverer's itinerary of
12.302 sq. km.
3,48,142 (1991 census)
294.70 meters above sea level.
Round the year.
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Places to visit
The temple of Chandi Devi atop the Neel Parvat on the other
bank of river Ganga was constructed in 1929 AD by the King
of Kashmir - Suchat Singh. The temple is a 3 km trek from
Chandi Ghat. Legend has it that Chanda-Munda the army chief
of the local demon king, Shumbha-Nishumbha, was killed by
Goddess Chandi here after which the place got the name
It is believed that the main statue was established by the
Adi Sankaracharya in 8th Century AD. Chandi Devi Temple is
accessible by a ropeway, which starts near Gauri Shankar
One can reach here by Trolley through ropeway or on foot.
Bharat Mata Temple
This is one of the important temples of Haridwar. It has
eight stories in which the images of cities, heroes and
great men are installed.
It is the famous ashram of Gayatri. Followers and pilgrims
from far and wide converge here for yoga and natural
Maya Devi Temple
It is an ancient temple of Maya Devi the Adhishtkatri deity
of Haridwar, known as one of the Siddhapeethas. It is
believed that the heart and navel of goddess Sati had fallen
at this ancient Saktipeeth, located to the east of
Har-Ki-Pauri the sacred Ghat was constructed by King
Vikramaditya in memory of his brother Bhartrihari. It is
believed that Bhartihari eventually came to Haridwar to
meditate by the banks of the holy Ganga. When he died, his
brother constructed the Ghat in his name which later came to
be known as Har-Ki-Pauri. This sacred bathing Ghat is also
known as Brahmakund. The reflection of golden hues of floral
diyas in the river Ganga is the most enchanting sight in the
twilight during the Ganga Arti Ceremony. It is the most
important Ghat on the river Ganga, where a holy dip is a
must for every devotee.
Mansa Devi Temple
Mansa Devi temple is the most visited temple in Haridwar.
The temple is dedicated to Mansa Devi, an incarnation of
Goddess of power, Durga. The temple is perched on a hilltop,
called Bilwa hill. The only way to reach the temple is to
choose from the options of trekking or ropeway cable car.
Both of the ways sound really exciting, as spirituality and
adventure come together at Mansa Devi Temple.
Daksha Mahadev Temple
The ancient temple of Daksha Mahadev is situated in the south Kankhal town
.The mythological story about this place is that King Daksha
Prajapati, father of Sati (Lord Shiva 's first wife )
performed yagya at this place. Daksha Prajapati did not
invite Lord Shiva and Sati felt insulted . Therefore she
burnt herself in the yagya Kund . This incident provoked the
disciples and followers of Mahadev who killed King Daksha,
but later on Lord Mahadev brought him back to life. Daksha
Mahadev temple is thus a tribute to this legend .