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Haridwar Travel Guide IndiaHaridwar has very rich ancient religious and cultural heritage. In the ancient scriptures of India, this place is well known by the name of Mayapur. This city is also well known for many other things apart from the holy river Ganges. The tomb Piran Kaliar of Shabir Shahib in Roorkee is a living example of religious harmony in India which is visited by the people of all religious sects from all over the world. Besides this, Kumbh fair is organized at the interval of every 12 years in this city in which about 1 crore pilgrims from all over the world participate.

"Among the many pilgrimages that dot the length of the Ganga, Haridwar ranks among the most holy in the land " Accroding to Hindu mythology Haridwar was known as Kapilsthan.

Lagend has it that the ancestors of Raja Bhagirath, were consumed by fire at this spot following a cused of rishi Kapil. For their salvation Raja Bhhagirath requested the ganga to descend on Earth. Haridwar is also famous by the names of gangadwar, Mokshadwar, Tapovan and Mayapuri. It is at Haridwar that the Ganga finaly energes into the northern plains. The Kumbh and the Ardh Kumbh melas also take place here every 12 th & 6th year.

Places to see:

Har ki Pauri, Haridwar
King Vikramaditya constructed this sacred Ghat in memory of his brother Bhatrihari who it is believed had come to Haridwar to meditate on the banks of the Ganga. This ghat later came to be known as Har-Ki-Pauri (also called Brahamakund). At twilight, golden hues of floral diyas reflected in the river Ganga present the most enchanting sight. The imprint of Lord Hari's footprint hallows the riverbank temple here. The ghat is regarded the most sacred and auspicious point to bathe in the Ganga during the 12 year Kumbh and the 6 year Ardh Kumbh.

Mansa Devi Temple, Haridwar Travel Guide IndiaMansa Devi Temple, Haridwar
The temple of Goddess Mansa Devi is situated at the top of Bilwa Parwat. The rope-way with its brightly coloured cable cars take devotees to the old hilltop of Mansa Devi.

Sapt Rishi Ashram and Sapt Sarovar, Haridwar
According to legend the Saptarshis (seven sages) were deep in meditation here. The Ganga , not wanting to disturb them split herself into seven streams (Sapt Sarovar) around them.

Chandi Devi Temple, Haridwar
The Chandi Devi temple at the top of Neel Parvat on river Ganga's banks was built in1929 A.D. by the King of Kashmir-Suchat Singh. A three kilometers trek from Chandighat, it is believed that the main statue was established by the Adi Shankaracharya in 8th century AD. It is at a distance of six kilometers on Neel Parvat on the other bank of River Ganga.

Daksha Mahadev Temple, Haridwar
Mythology has it that King Daksha Prajapati, father of Sati (Lord Shiva's first wife) performed yagya at this place, but didn't invite Lord Shiva (Mahadev). Feeling insulted, Sati burnt herself in the yagya kund. Provoked by this, the ganas (followers) of Lord Shiva killed King Daksha. Later, Lord Shiva brought him back to life. The ancient temple of Daksha Mahadev stands in the south Kankhal town.

Maya Devi Temple, Haridwar
Holy-Men Sangam, Haridwar Vacation TourThis is an ancient temple of Maya Devi the Adhisthatri deity of Hardwar , known as one of the Siddhapethas. Said to be the places where the hearts and navel of Goddess Sati had fallen.

Other Places of Interest
Jairam Ashram, Vaishnav Devi Temple, Kanva Rishio Ashram; Bilkeshwar Mahadev; PawanDham; Bhooma Niketan; Bharat Mata Mandir; Doodhadhari Temple; Shahi Gurudwara.

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