Things to do in Haridwar

It is important in what way you are Searching Things to do in Haridwar. This Article is Mainly about Travel places near Haridwar and what you can do in those places. Haridwar is the gateway to the four pilgrimages of Uttarakhand. It is also the starting point on the journey to the sacred sources of the Ganga and Yamuna Rivers. Associated with both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu, Haridwar is among the seven sacred cities of India.

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 the river Ganga trickled forth form 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. Haridwar is a kaleidoscope of blissful Indian culture and is also termed as ‘Gateway of Gods’; it is also known as Mayapuri, Kapila as well as Gangadwar. The followers of Lord Shiva (Har) and followers of Lord Vishnu (Hari) pronounce this place as Haridwar and Haridwar respectively.

          General Information

               Population: 348142 (Urban) 1991

               Area: 2360 sq. kms.

               Altitude: 249 mtrs

               Climate:  Summer– Maximum- 40.9 C      Clothing: Cotton in Summers and woolens in winters

                                                  Minimum- 15.6 C        Time to Visit: Round the year

                              Winter– Maximum- 16.6C             Language: Hindi and English

                                             Minimum- 6 C                   STD Code: 01334

Pilgrimage

Har-ki-Pauri

It is said that yashodharam of Malwa (6th Century AD) known as King Vikramaditya constructed this sacred Ghat in memory of his brother Bhatrihari who is believed to have 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 Ganga present the most enchanting sight. The imprint of Lord Hari’s footprint hallows the riverbank temple here. The ghat is regarded as the most sacred and auspicious point to take a holy dip in the Ganga during the 12-year Kumbh and the 6year Ardh Kumbh.

Aarti

Every morning from 5 to 6 am, people join together for aarti. Spirits soar and days are truly begun as people give thanks for this new day and for all are blessed with.

Ganga Aarti is also performed at the time of Sunset. This Divine light ceremony is filled with devotional song, prayer, ritual and a payable sense of the divinity of mother Ganga. The aarti, an ornate oil lamp, lined with dozens of flames burning in pure ghee is offered to God.

Sapt Rishi Ashram and Sapt Sarovar

According to legend the Saptrishi’s (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. Here one statue of the Goddess has three mouths and five arms, while the other statue has eight arms. The temple can be reached through ropeway (Cable Car) or on foot.

Chandi Devi Temple

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. it is a 3km trek from chandighat

Gurukul Kangri

It is situated on the Haridwar- jwalapur bypass road. It is an old institution known for following a unique Gurukul system of education in India. The Ved Mandir Museum with archaeological exhibits in display can also be seen here Person with a keen interest in Vedic knowledge and history of the Hindu education system.

Sati Kund

Sati Kund, another well-known mythological heritage worth a visit is situated in the Kankhal. Legend has it that Sati self-immolated herself in this kund. This place has its own importance in Mahadev’s life and many Books related to the life of Mahadev.

Parad Shivling

Situated in Harihar Ashram, Kankhal. Shivling weighing about 150 kg and Rudraksha tree are the main attractions here.

Piran Kaliyar

The tomb Piran Kaliyar of shabir shahib in Roorkee is a living example of religious harmony in India which is visited by the people of all religious sects from all over the world. ‘Urs’ festival is organized every year on the holy dargah in summer. A place must to visit

Maya Devi temple

Known as one of the Siddhpeeths, Maya Devi Temple is an ancient temple that belongs to the Adhisthari deity of Haridwar. Said to be the places where the hearts and navel of Goddess Sati had fallen.

Daksha Mahadeva 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 Yagnya at this place. Daksha Prajapati did not invite Lord Shiva and Sati felt insulted. Therefore, she burnt herself in the yagana kund. This ancient 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.

Bhimgoda Tank

This tank is at a distance of about 11km from Har Ki Pauri. It is said that while Pandavas were going to the Himalayas through Haridwar, Bhim made this tank with the blow of his knee.

Other Places of Tourists Interest

Haridwar has several other beautifully made Ashrams/ temples of significance such as Shantikunj, Jairam Ashram, bhuma Niketan, Bharat Mata mandir, Vaishnav Devi temple, Radha Krishna temple, Sharavan Nath Math, Pawan Dham, Doodhari temple, bilkeshwar Mahadev temple, Shahi Gurudwara, parmarth Ashram, Premnagar Ashram, Ma Anand Mai Ashram, etc. All of these tourist places are worth seeing.

ACCESSIBILITY

AIR

The nearest airport is Jolly grant, bhaniawala, Dehradun (41km). Air services are available from Delhi.

Train

Connected with all Important Cities of India viz…, Mumbai, Delhi, Agra, Howrah, Varanasi, Prayagraj, Varanasi, Ujjain, Amritsar, Dehradun, Lucknow, etc.

Road

Haridwar on National Highway 45 is well connected to all major cities and other parts of the state

Delhi (214km)

Ambala (168km)

Dehradun (52km)

Agra (386km)

Badrinath (325km)

Kedarnath (250km)

Local Transport Services: Private Bus Services, Tempo (Vikram), Auto Rickshaw, Tonga, Cycle-Rickshaw & Taxi.

Fair & Festivals

Haridwar is one place where fairs are being organized with full enthusiasm round the year, such as Somwati Amavasya, Kartik Poornima, Shravan Poornima, Ganga Dussehra and other important bathing dates of Hindu calendar. The Kanwad mela during the month of Shravana is very popular among masses in which lakhs of devotees & followers of Lord Shiva come to Haridwar to take holy water of river Ganga. The pilgrimage comes to end on Mahashivratri. Apart from these, Kumbh mela and ardh Kumbh mela are also held at an interval of 12 and 6 years respectively. District administration had also organized ‘Haridwar Mahotsav’, a 3-4 day cultural festival on the bank of river Ganga and ‘Ayurveda Mahotsav’ . Besides this ‘Urs’ is being organized annually at the holy dargah of Piran Kaliyar in which people of all sects participate and pray for their well-being.

Ardh Kumbh & Kumbh Mela

Though all the Hindu festivals are celebrated here with pomp and gaiety, it is the Ardh Kumbh and Kumbh Mela, which attracts a large influx of tourists to this place for spiritual solace and rows.

The history of Kumbh Mela dates back to the creation of the Universe. Mythologists state that the Gods and the Demons once churned the ocean to retrieve the Kumbh (pot) containing the 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 nectar fell at four different places, Prayag, Haridwar, Nasik, and Ujjain. Since then devotees converge to commemorate this divine event of Kumbh Mela.  

The Ardh Kumbh is held every six years. It is said that a holy dip in the river Ganga during Kumbh and Ardh Kumbh enlightens devotees with Moksha or Nirvana. People congregate in a huge number to take the holy dip during these holy days. It is advised to avoid the overcrowded Ghats in Haridwar during Kumbh or Ardh Kumbh Mela. Ensure your accommodation well in advance. Kumbh & Ardh Kumbh Mela Symbolizes the strong belief of the Indian masses in the spiritual and divine oneness of God.

Piran Kaliyar Urs

This festival is held at Piran Kaliyar Sharif of Roorkee Tehsil in Haridwar District. In this Urs, Jaireens from within and outside the country come in lakhs. The Urs is of about one month which is held according to the Muslim Calendar near Id-E-Milad.

Kavand Mela

Ten days before Shivteras (during the months of Shravan & Phagun) thousands of devotees 9known as Kanwadiyas) usually be barefoot throng to Haridwar & even up to Gaumukh, the source of holy river Ganga to collect holy waters of the river Ganga. Then they carry it back to their hometown and offer it at Shivlingam the local Lord Shiva temple. Colorful shops spring up and Haridwar resounds to the chanting of hymns.

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