Temples in Haridwar

Temples in Haridwar

Being the city for consisting the largest number of ghats, Haridwar is filled up with worshipers all the year round. Set along the holy river Ganga flowing through the city, the temples in Haridwar around the ghats are major tourist attractions. Being the gateway to the four pilgrimages, Haridwar is one of the venues for the Kumbha Mela too. It is among the seven sacred cities of India. It is an arch to Lord Shiva. Har ki Pauri or footsteps of Lord Shiva is considered the most sacred place in Haridwar. Known as the spiritual destination of Rishikesh, Haridwar leaves no bound to leave the tourists mesmerised and astonished.

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Here is the list of 10 Temples in Haridwar

1. Har Ki Paudi Ganga Temple

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.

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2. Daksh Mahadeva Temple

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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3. Mansa Devi Temple

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.

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4. Maya Devi Temple

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.

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5. Chandi Devi Temple

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Devoted to Lord Durga's form Chandi, this ancient hill-top temple is famous for its wish-fulfilling belief. You can reach the temple using Udan Khatola aka the ropeway or trek 45 minutes up the steep stairway.

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6. Bharat Mata Mandir

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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.

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7. Sapt Rishi Ashram

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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.

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8. Vaishno Devi Temple

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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.

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9. Gaurishankar Mahadev Temple

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.

10. Kamraj-ki-Kali Temple

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.

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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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