Hindu Holy Place - Haridwar
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India is the land with multiple religions and is a country of God fearing people.People start for the pilgrimage from one place to another and perform pooja etc.to wash away all their sins.There are many holy places in India and the main such places are shown here in the following table.
Haridwar,the gateway to Gods, is the starting point of the journey to the sacred places of the rivers Ganges and the Yamuna.It is also called as Mayapuri,Gangadwar and Kapila.This is one of the four places where Kumbha Mela occurs.
Haridwar is one of the first places,where Ganga emerges from the mountains to touch the planes. So, the water is crystal clear and cool.
As per the legend, Prince Bhagirath performed penance here to get Moksha(salvage) to the souls of his ancestors who got perished due to sage Kapil's curse.
Lord Shiva was pleased and the river Ganges sprinkled from Lord Shiva's locks and its divine water revived the sons of King Sagar.The hindu devotees stand in the sacred waters here, praying for salvation of their ancestors.
Attractions In Haridwar
Har ki Pauri
King Vikramaditya constructed this sacred ghat in memory of his brother Bhatrihari,who had come to Haridwar to meditate on the banks of the Ganga. This ghat is also called Brahamakund.At twilight, golden hues of floral lamps reflected in the river Ganges creates the most enchanting sight.
The ghat is regarded as the most sacred and auspicious point to bathe in the Ganga during the Kumbh Mela held after 12 years and Ardh Kumbh after 6 years.
Sapt Rishi Ashram
As per the legend the Saptarishis (seven sages) were deep in meditation here. The river Ganga, not wanting to disturb them split herself into seven streams and started flowing around them.
Mansa Devi Temple
The temple of Goddess Mansa Devi is situated at the top of Bilwa Parvat.The conveyance here is the roperail which take the devotees to the old hilltop of Mansa Devi.
Chandi Devi Temple
The King of Kashmir-Suchat Singh constructed this temple,on the banks of the river Ganga,on the top of Neel Parvat in the year 1929 AD. A three kilometre trek from Chandighat,
The main statue was established,in 8th century A, by the Adi Shankaracharya,which is at a distance of six kilometres on Neel Parvat.
Maya Devi Temple
It is said that the heart and navel of Goddess Sati had fallen here.This is an ancient temple of Maya Devi the Adhisthatri deity of Haridwar, known as one of the Siddhapethas.
Daksha Mahadev Temple
This is the place where the King Daksh Prajapati, father of Sati (Lord Shiva's first wife) performed yagna.However,Sati burnt herself in the yagna kund,cause Shiva was not invited here.Angry Ganas,Shivas followers, killed King Daksha. Later, Lord Shiva excused him and brought him back to life.
Rajaji National Park
This is about 825 sq. km. in area,which attracts wildlife lovers with its natural beauty.There are various wild animals here.