Haridwar is one of the seven holiest pilgrimage sites in India, located in Uttarakhand. The literal meaning of ‘Haridwar’, located on the banks of the sacred river Ganges, is ‘Door to reach Hari’. The city is located in the northwest of the state of Uttaranchal , north of India. Haridwar is called the city of religion. For hundreds of years, people have come to this holy land in search of salvation. To take a dip in the sacred river Ganges of this city and destroy their sins, devotees visit it throughout the year. The Ganges enters the plains from Haridwar leaving the mountainous areas behind. Haridwar is the gateway to the four main pilgrimage sites in the Uttarakhand region. Siddhpeeth, Shaktipeeth and many new ancient temples are built throughout Haridwar.
Places to visit:
Har Ki Pauri
This place is one of the most sacred ghats in India. It is said that this ghat was built by Vikramaditya in memory of his brother Bhatruhari. This ghat is also known as ‘Brahmakund‘. Although bathing in the Ganges is considered the one who gives salvation, but the legend says that bathing in Har Ki Pauri washes the sins of birth. Mahaarti is celebrated here at night. The aura of countless golden lamps flowing in the Ganges River is very attractive here. The most unique thing about Haridwar is the Ganga Aarti night. Every night, Ganga Aarti is made with thousands of lamps. The light of the lamps seen in the water looks like thousands of twinkling stars. There are many temples and ashrams in Haridwar.
Mansa Devi Temple
The Mansa Devi temple is built on top of the Balwa mountain behind Har Ki Paudi. There is a walkway to the temple. There is also a rope way to visit the temple. Beautiful view of Haridwar can be seen from the top of the mountain. A statue of Goddess Mansa Devi has three faces and five arms, while the other statue has eight arms.
Chandi Devi Temple
This temple is built on the Neel Parvat on the other side of the Ganges river. This temple was built by Raja Suchet Singh of Kashmir in 1929 AD. It is said that Adishankaracharya installed the original statue of Chandi Devi here in the 8th century. According to legends, Chandi Devi killed Chand and Mund, commanders of ShumbhNishumbh, here. It can be reached after 3km of walking from Chandighat. Now the path of the rope has also been made for this temple. After the rope path, a large number of people have begun to go to the temple.
Maya Devi Temple
The Maya Devi Temple is one of the main Shaktipeeths in India. It is said that the heart and navel of Shiva’s wife, Sati, fell here. Maya Devi is considered the goddess president of Haridwar, whose history is available since the eleventh century. There is also an ‘Anand Bhairav temple’ next to the temple. During the festivals, a large number of devotees visit the Maya Devi temple. The goddess Pindi has been consecrated in the Maya Devi temple since ancient times and in the 18th century, the goddess idol was consecrated in this temple. Tantra Sadhana is also performed in this temple along with religious rituals. Bhagwati’s navel fell in Haridwar, so this place is also considered the center of the universe. There is a wonderful triangle to protect Haridwar. The two points of this triangle are located in the mountains such as Maa Mansa and Maa Chandi Raksha Kavach, while the peak of the triangle is towards the earth and Bhagwati Maya occupies the same facing face.
Daksha Mahadev Temple, Haridwar
This ancient temple is located south of the city. This temple is built in memory of Sati’s father, King Daksha. According to legends, Sati’s father, King Daksha, performed a great yagna here. He did not invite Shiva in the yagna. Seeing her husband’s insult, Sati committed self-immolation in the Yagya Kund. This caused Gan, a follower of Shiva, and killed Daksha. Later, Shiva revived him.
Chila Wildlife Sanctuary
There is also Rajaji National Park in Haridwar for nature lovers. This sanctuary is located under Rajaji National Park, which extends over an area of about 240 square kilometers. There are 23 mammals and 315 wildlife species. There are animals like the elephant, the tiger, the leopard, the wildcat, the sambar, the chital, the deer, the langur, etc. You can also enjoy fishing with permission.
How to reach
Travelers can reach Haridwar by air, rail or road. The closest national airport to this place is ‘Jolly Grant Airport’, which is about 20 km away. It is located far away. It is also connected to the ‘Indira Gandhi International Airport’ of Delhi by regular flights.
The nearest train station is the Haridwar train station, which is connected to all major cities in India.
It can also be reached by buses from different parts of the country. Apart from this, there are luxury buses available from New Delhi to Haridwar at regular intervals.
Best time to visit
In Haridwar, it is hot in summer and extremely cold in winter and there is humidity in the monsoon environment. Monsoon is not a good time to visit Haridwar, because the weather is very uncomfortable during this time. The weather between September and June is the best time to visit Haridwar because the weather is nice here.