Gateway of Four Pilgrimages Haridwar
Haridwar is one of the most popular Hindu pilgrimage places. River Ganges enters the North India plains. Haridwar or gateways to god is also known by Gangadwar, Kapilsthan and Mayapuri, as also known in olden times. Hindu pilgrims and devotees gather at Haridwar to offer prayers on auspicious occasions. The water of River Ganga is considered so scared that the pilgrims carry back the water from the Ganges. It is believed that Haridwar has been sanctified by the presence of 3 gods. Devout believers believe that they will attain salvation and go to heaven after a dip in the sacred Ganga. Most of the temples present in Haridwar are associated with mythological events. The famous temples, ashrams and other similar features make Haridwar the most visited pilgrimage centre of India. The temples of Haridwar are highly revered.
The famous pilgrimage attractions of Haridwar are:
Mansa Devi Temple: Is a Seedh Peeth where desires get fulfilled. Situated at the top of Bilwa Parvat, the temple of goddess Mansa Devi is a popular pilgrimage among the tourists. The main attraction here is the 2 awe inspiring sculptures. The temple is visited by walking up the hill to seek the blessings. However arrangements for trolley and ropeway are also available to arrive at the temple premises.
Chandi Devi Temple: On a Neel Parvat, the temple is located where pilgrims climb for about 45 min to reach the temple premises. The image of the goddess is installed by Adi Shankaracharya in 8th century AD. According to a legend, it is believed that goddess Chandika Devi rested here for a short while after she killed demon kings.
Har Ki Pauri: This Ghat is one of the most sacred Ghats. The ghat is also known as Brahmakund; here drops of nectar fell from the pitcher which was been carried by Garuda. History records an imprint of Lord Vishnu’s foot on one of the stones present on the Ghats which is indicative of the name. An evening ritual, Aarti is performed here by the priests on the banks of the river which is highly enchanting and a divine experience.
Sapt Rishi: The Ashram is named Sapt Rishi which means seven sages. In ancient times, there were seven saints who used to meditate here. The river Ganga in order to pass by without disturbing them splits here into 7 streams. Within the campus there are 43 small huts which are for devotees’ accommodation while their pilgrimage tour.
Dakshsheshwara Mahadev Temple: One of the most ancient temples of Lord Shiva situated in Kankhal. According to the legends, Goddess Sati's father Daksha Prajapati performed a yagna, at this place, but did not invite Lord Shiva. Sati felt insulted by his father's behavior and sacrificed her life in the fire of the yagna.
The Ghats on the banks of Ganges are another prime attraction of Haridwar. Often devotees are found taking a dip in the holy water of Ganges since they believe that this will lead them to the path of salvation. Pilgrims going to Haridwar are definite about experiencing the immense divine power which envelops the entire place.
How to Reach
By Air: Nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, 2o km away.
By Rail: Haridwar railway station is a major station well connected to all major cities in India.
By Road: Haridwar is well connected by tourist bus services and state owned bus services with all cities.