Haridwar Uttarakhand

Gateway to Land of Gods

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Welcome to Haridwar

Haridwar is an ancient city and important Hindu pilgrimage site in North India's Uttarakhand state, where the River Ganges exits the Himalayan foothills. The largest of several sacred ghats (bathing steps), Har Ki Pauri hosts a nightly Ganga Aarti (river-worshipping ceremony) in which tiny flickering lamps are floated off the steps. Worshipers fill the city during major festivals including the annual Kanwar Mela.

Haridwar- Place of Pilgrimage It is the place where people not only from India but also from all over the world come to visit the pilgrimage and also for taking a holy dip into the holy river Ganges. Haridwar is an ancient city & it is one of the most revered cities in India. The diverse nature of Hindu religion in Haridwar has attracted foreign tourists from all over the world. This is the place where foreigners are forever fascinated because at Haridwar they can personally familiarize with various Hindu rituals, India's complex culture and the ancient civilization.

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The word Haridwar is a union of two words Hari & Dwar Hari means god & Dwar means gate. And so Haridwar means gateway to the god. India is famous for the Chardham yatra and this yatra is to the four holy temples Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath & Badrinath located on the hills, the yatra is known as Chardham yatra and these temples are famous as Chardham. Haridwar is gateway to chardham yatra. So if you want to visit chardham then you have to visit Haridwar first. As per Shaivites Haridwar is Har Dwar i: e Gateway to Lord Shiva (Kedarnath Temple) and as per Vaishnavites it is HariDwar i: e Gateway to Lord Vishnu (Badrinath Temple). As per our mythology Haridwar is blessed by the existence of all three chief Gods of Hindus Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwar. This is the reason which makes Haridwar as the Gateway to God.

Where is Haridwar Located Located in the foothills of the shivalik range in Garhwal Himalayas Haridwar is an ancient pilgrimage spot. It is the place which welcomes river Ganga to the plain areas. Haridwar in actual sense means innumerable temples, gurgling of river Ganges, enchanting sounds of Vedic hymns, groups of monks in saffron clothes and the divine holiness.


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Haridwar overview

  • 20 /7 °C
  • February to March and August to October
  • Har Ki Pauri, Holy Ganges, Shantikunj, Chandi Devi and Mansa Devi Temple
  • Rafting, Temple Visits, Cable Car Ride, Boat Rides and Ghat Visits
  • Garhwal
  • 2 days
  • Haridwar
  • Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun, 36 kms
  • Pilgrimage
  • Top Places to Visit In Haridwar

    Maya Devi Temple, Haridwar is a Hindu temple dedicated to goddess Maya in the holy city of Haridwar of Uttarakhand state in India. It is believed that the heart and navel of goddess Sati fell in the region where the temple stands today and thus it is sometimes referred to as a Shakti Peetha. Goddess Maya is the Adhisthatri deity of Haridwar. She is a three-headed and four-armed deity who is believed to be an incarnation of Shakti. Haridwar was previously known as Mayapuri in reverence to this deity. The temple is a Siddh Peetha which are the places of worship where desires get fulfilled. It is one of three such Peethas located in Haridwar, the other two being Chandi Devi Temple and Mansa Devi Temple.

    Daksheswar Mahadev or Daksha Mahadev temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, located in the town of Kankhal, about 4 km from Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India. It is named after King Daksha Prajapati, the father of Sati. Daksha is one of the fourteen Prajapatis, creator deities, who preside over procreation and are the protector of life in Hindu mythology. The present temple was built by Queen Dhankaur in 1810 and rebuilt in 1962. It is a place of pilgrimage for Shaivaite devotees on Maha Shivaratri.

    This temple is devoted to Lord Shiva and his Consort Goddess Parvati. According to mythology, the temple is the place where Goddess Parvati worshiped Shiva, and when Shiva appeared she asked him to accept her as his wife. Bilva is a tree which is quite sacred to Hindus. Its leaves represent the three eyes of Lord Shiva. This ancient temple is very popular among the local people. The temple is surrounded by woods in a hilly area. It is a small temple which houses a Shiva linga and Nandi made out of stone. The place also houses small temples for Lord Ganesh, Lord Hanuman and Goddess Parvati. It is a tradition to offer Bilva leaves to Lord Shiva and to do abhishek of the Shiva lingam with the water of River Ganga. The temple is very close to Haridwar Jn Railway Station and can be reached by foot.

    One of the most popular spiritual and moral enlightenment centres in the world is Shantikunj in Haridwar. Established in 1971, it is the headquarters of All World Gayatri Pariwar (AWGP) that has millions of followers across the world. The centre propagates national integration as well as cultural and ethical values apart from spiritual and moral upliftment. Shantikunj also has a research institute (Brahmavarchas Shodh Sansthan) and a residential university (Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya). This must-visit attraction has been visited by a number of world-renowned personalities, including Dalai Lama. You can also stay here for free for up to two days, during which you need to take part in all their daily activities, including bhajans and aartis.

    Rajaji National Park is an Indian national park and tiger reserve that encompasses the Shivaliks, near the foothills of the Himalayas. The park is spread over 820 km²., and three districts of Uttarakhand: Haridwar, Dehradun and Pauri Garhwal. In 1983, three wildlife sanctuaries in the area namely, Chilla, Motichur and Rajaji sanctuaries were merged into one. The Ganga and Song rivers flow through the park. Rajaji National Park has been named after C. Rajagopalachari, a prominent leader of the Freedom Struggle, the second and last Governor-General of independent India and one of the first recipients of India's highest civilian award Bharat Ratna.rajaji

    "Haridwar Ganga Aarti"

    Ganga Aarti is a religious prayer that takes place at the bank of the sacred river Ganga at the Har Ki Pauri ghat in Haridwar. Bringing in tourists and devotees from all over the world, it is a ritual of light and sound where the priests perform prayers with bowls of fire and the ringing of the temple bells. Visitors float "diyas" (small candles) and flowers, surrounded by the chanting of the mantras and the reflection of the lights off the surface of the flowing river, which is said to be blessed by the Goddess Ganga.

    Timings : Aarti timings: 5:30 AM - 6:30 and 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM.

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