This is a very famous temple in Haridwar located on the ghats of river Ganga. This is considered as the major spiritual landmark of the holy city. Pilgrims from around the globe come here to take bath in River Ganga, also known as Goddess Ganga. Attaching severe auspiciousness and purity, it is believed that one could rinse off the sins by taking a dip in the river, also getting the blessings from the Goddess. Each evening at sunset priests performs Ganga Arti here when lights are set on the water to drift downstream. In the evenings, people float earthen diyas into the river, as a symbol of wish and hope getting fulfilled. Not just this, flowers are also offered to the river. Har Ki Paudi is also known as the Brahma Kund. There are many local authentic stalls and food joints around the ghat.
Located at the top of the Bilwa Parwat, this temple in Haridwar is dedicated to Mansa Devi, the Goddess of Shakti (power). It is situated at a bypass road in Haridwar. The temple is known for being the holy abode of Manasa, a form of Shakti. This temple is also known as the Siddha Peeth and is believed to fulfil all the desires of the devotees. Considered as a must-visit pilgrimage while going to Haridwar, the temple attaches a great significance and has worshipers from around the world. There are ropeways available to take you directly to the temple.
The Chandi Devi Temple of Haridwar is a charming temple dedicated to the Chanda Devi Goddess, perched on the Neel Parvat of the Shivalik Hills. The Chandi Devi Mandir, also known as Neel Parvat Teerth, is one of the five pilgrimages of Haridwar and is also known as Siddha Peetha, a place where devotees worship to fulfil their desire. Because of its location, the Chandi Devi temple is also a preferred choice for trekking tourists. You can also reach the temple zenith by the means of a ropeway, the view from which is exhilarating.
Located in the town of Kankhal, this temple in Haridwar is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is visited by thousands of worshipers in the month of August, also known as the month of Sawan according to the Hindu Calendar. This month is dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva. This temple is named after King Daksh Prajapati, father of Sati. During the month of Sawan, this temple is the centre of tourism. Here Lord Shiva is installed in the Rudra form. The temple is known for its peace and tranquillity.
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Bharat Mata Mandir is dedicated to India as a country and thereby gets its name from its purpose. Its name translates into "The Temple of Mother India". It is a multi-storey temple in Haridwar that is situated in Sapt Sarovar. This is not a temple that worships gods or has any religious inclination, but one that stands for the many freedom fighters and patriots of the Indian struggle for independence. The majestic temple also celebrates the unique trait India and its immense culture.
Goddess Maya is believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Shakti. The Maya Devi Temple in Haridwar is considered very holy as Goddess Maya is the deity of Haridwar. The city was earlier known as Mayapuri as well. As per the mythology, the navel and heart of Goddess Sati fell here in the temple. The inner shrine of the temple has idols of Goddess Maya, Goddess Kali and Goddess Kamakhya. Maya Devi is believed to be a three-headed and four armed deity. This temple is located in the east of Har Ki Paudi and is easily accessible by buses and cars. During Navratri and Kumbh fair a large number of devotees visit the temple.
Famous for having hosted 7 great sages- Kashyapa, Vashishta, Atri, Vishwamitra, Jamadagi, Bharadwaja and Gautam, this ashram is well known for its tranquil atmosphere ideal for meditation. It is also believed that Ganga split herself into seven currents at this spot in Haridwar.
A replica of the Vaishno Devi temple in Kashmir, this temple in Haridwar is marked by tunnels and caves that lead to the inner sanctum containing the shrine of Goddess Vaishno Devi.
This peaceful temple of Haridwar is located near Chandi Devi Temple and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Maha Aarti on Monday is attended by a large number of devotees. With the Himalayas in the backdrop, one should visit Gaurishankar Mahadev Temple to experience tranquillity.
Kamraj-ki-Kali Temple is a temple of Goddess Kali. It is located on Haridwar- Rishikesh highway. Goddess Kali is known as the slayer of demons and the Mother of Destruction.
Located in Haridwar, Mahamrityunjaya Temple is well-known for the chanting of Maha Mrityunjay Mantra or Lord Shiva Moksha Mantra. In Hinduism, this mantra is believed to be a powerful means of self-realization; with it also being a cause of vibrations in the body that facilitate healing. Surrounded by lush green surroundings, one should definitely visit this place if they wish to seek peace of mind.
Bilkeshwar Mahadev temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and the legend says that it is at this site that Goddess Parvati worshipped Lord Shiva and asked him to accept her as his wife when he appeared. Situated in the Bilva Parvat valley and a walking distance from the Haridwar Railway Station, this temple houses a Shiva linga, Nandi statue, and small temples for Goddess Parvati, Lord Ganesha, and Lord Hanuman.
Neeleshwar Mahadev Temple is located at the foothills of the Neel Parvat and houses a Shiva Linga, a statue of Nandi, Shiva statue, which is placed outside the temple enclosed in a glass box, and a couple of other shrines of deities such as that of Lord Ganesha. This temple is very peaceful and serene; with a scenic view of Neel Parvat, surrounding greenery, and Chanda Devi temple located atop the hills visible from these temple grounds.
With distinctive design and stunning architecture that incorporate striking wall designs and idols adorned in lovely ornaments, Pawan Dham temple is one of the most popular pilgrimage sites for Hindus in Haridwar. This ancient temple was founded by Swami Vedanta Nand Ji Maharaj and offers a variety of activities that visitors can take advantage of such as attending yoga classes, shopping at souvenir shops, or enjoy trekking in the surrounding hills.
Known for its impressive white marble architecture and intricate carvings, Doodhadhari Barfani temple is situated inside Doodhadhari Barfani Baba Ashram in Haridwar. The temple houses striking images of Lord Rama, Sita Devi, and Lord Hanuman and is believed to be the site for miracles which contributes to it attracting an enormous crowd from all across the country. Set amidst lovely lush green gardens, this temple promises a peaceful and serene time for its visitors.
Dedicated to Goddess Anjana Devi (Lord Hanuman’s mother), Anjana Devi Temple is situated on the hilltop in Haridwar and entails a trek that offers some extremely beautiful and picturesque views along the way. With its location being so close to Chanda Devi temple, both the temples oversee visits from a lot of devotees. Visitors can also expect to spot several monkeys and local Ramphal fruit sellers during their visit to this temple.
Located in Kankhal in Haridwar, Sati Kund Temple is said to be the sacred site where Sati (the daughter of Prajapati Daksha) burnt herself in the sacrificial fire due to her father’s non-acceptance towards her husband, Lord Shiva. This temple is one of the most essential and fascinating spots in Kankhal and overseas visits by many followers.
The temples of Haridwar make it another exotic city of India to visit. It offers you everything from good living in a luxurious hotel stay to a celibate like an ashram stay. With the aroma of river Ganga, touching the mud and the sound of the river flowing, the city is sure to take you by no bounds.
This post was published by Tanushree Markandey
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