Haridwar – Heavenly Entrance

If you ever felt you could go to God, and could walk on the path to the Supreme Power then go to Haridwar the Gateway to God. Haridwar means the Gateway to God. Hari means God and Dwar signifies Gate. This pristine religious pilgrim spot in Uttarakhand, is a great Hindu pilgrim destination. Indian culture and tradition is seen at its best here. Haridwar also is known by the names of Mayapuri, Kapilsthan, and Gangadwar etc.


Haridwar is the place where the holy River Ganga is said to descend down, and crosses before she gurgles down to  the other town. Haridwar is the place where the Char Dham journey of India begins. The Char Dham journey includes Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri and Gangotri. It is believed that any person who takes a holy dip in the River Ganga here attains salvation.

Kedarnath Badrinath Yamunotri Gangotri

This pilgrim spot is a heavenly place at 249.7m altitude and has a huge area of around 2360sq km. The summers are very hot and the winters are very cold in Haridwar. There are many religious celebrations here all through the year and the festivals of Ganga Dusshera, Kumbh Mela, Somvati Amavasya Mela are all popular. The Kumbh Mela is a unique fair of the Hindus which is held once in 12 years and it is believed that this is the time the planet Jupiter gets nearer to the planet Uranus.

Kumbh Mela

Any devotee would be greatly content if he goes to Haridwar as it is a treasure house of temples and other religious destinations. There are lovely shopping areas for the devotees and also some sanctuaries where wildlife are preserved. It is required that a trip to Haridwar should include a visit to these places too. The Har Ki Pauri and Mansa Devi temple is a must go destination for anyone coming to this land of God Haridwar.

Har Ki Pauri Mansa Devi temple

There are mythological tales related to Haridwar and also many references in the Indian epics too. It is also believed that history proves the existence of Haridwar since the time of the great Mauryan Empire. However the distinction of mention of the city goes to the Chinese traveler Huan Tsang who mentioned it in his works. This is also the place the Sikh founder Guru Nanak had his bath and today it is a Gurudwara .

The Har Ki Pauri is the centre of Haridwar’s attractions. This is where pilgrims go to have their bath and also worship the River Ganga. It is legendary belief that this is where the nectar fell when the ocean was churned while creating the world. And a footprint on the stone wall is believed to be that of the Indian God Lord Vishnu’s. The sight of the floating lamps that are put in the evening in the river at Haridwar is something to remember forever.

River Ganga

Then the Maya Devi Mandir is another important religious spot to be visited and gives Haridwar the other name of Mayapuri.

Maya Devi Mandir

The Mansa Devi Mandir is also a popular pilgrim spot in Haridwar.

Many more places to see in Haridwar, and do make a point to visit this heavenly entrance.

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