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Har Ki Pauri: Har Ki Pauri is the main reason to be in Haridwar. This ghat was built by King Vikramaditya in memory of his brother Brithari who meditated on the river banks. It is said that an impression of Lord Vishnu's foot is located on the stones on the ghat and people come from great distances to see this foot print. The ambiance of the place is also quite amazing and spiritual. Mansa Devi Temple: Located on the top of Bilwa Parvat, Mansa Devi Temple Haridwar happens to be the abode of the wish-fulfilling goddess Mansa Devi who is a manifestation of Shakti. It is believed that in order to get their wishes fulfilled devotees need to tie thread on a holy tree.
As soon as the wish gets completed, they come back to untie the holy thread and express their gratitude to the goddess. Udan Khatola: It is a ropeway which is used as a mode of transport to reach the hill top temples of Haridwar. There are two hilltop temples near Haridwar, Mansa Devi and Chandi Devi, both have rope-ways to reach the temples comfortably. The ropeway is quite popular by the name of ropeway to the Gods and takes 5 minutes to reach the hill top. IIT Roorkee: The well-known oldest technical institute of Asia, IIT Roorkee ranks among the best technological institutions in the whole world and has contributed to all sectors of technical expansion.
Chandi Devi Temple: Situated about 6 kms from Haridwar on top of Neel Parvat, Chandi Devi Temple Haridwar draws numerous pilgrims from all across the country. Goddess Chandi who killed the devil king Shumbha-Nishumbha of the local region, is the presiding deity of this temple. Best Time To Visit October, November, December, January, February, March
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History of Haridwar
Haridwar or 'the Gateway to the Gods' is located in the state of Uttarakhand in northern India. Haridwar is considered as one among the "Sapta-puris" (seven sacred cities) and is an important pilgrim destination. Haridwar is located at a distance of about 214 km from Delhi and 28 km from Rishikesh. Hindi, Punjabi, Garhwali and English are the languages used in the area. Geographically, Haridwar stands as a gateway to the three other Chardham destinations of Uttarakhand which are Rishikesh, Badrinath, and Kedarnath. The history of Haridwar dates back to the period of King Vikramaditya. Haridwar is referred to as Mayapuri, Gangadwar, and Mokshadwar in the ancient Hindu texts and epics. The ancient holy city of Haridwar is considered as old as Varanasi and according to legend; gods left their footprints in Haridwar.
People and Culture of Haridwar
The main pilgrimage spots in Haridwar are located along the banks of the River Ganga. Pilgrims who visit Haridwar have the custom of floating floral lamps on the River Ganges to commemorate the deceased ancestors. Haridwar is also the venue for the famous Kumbh Mela which takes place only once in 12 years. There are many historical shrines in Haridwar some of which are mainly located along the banks of the River Ganges. Some prominent spots among them are Har-Ki-Pauri, Chandi Devi Temple, Mansa Devi Temple at Bilwa Parvat, Vaishno Devi Temple, Bharat Mata Temple, Maya Devi Temple, Bhimgoda, Shanti Kunj, etc. The tomb, Piran Kaliar of Shabir Shahib in Roorkee is also visited by hundreds of tourists.
Things To Do in Haridwar
Besides being a popular pilgrim destination, Haridwar is a fast growing industrial city as well. The city houses the Bharat Heavy Electricals India Ltd. Haridwar also has the first technical institute in India, the University of Roorkee, which is now known by the name of IIT Roorkee. Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya is another popular learning centre at Haridwar on Haridwar - Jwalapur bypass road where education is imparted in the traditional Gurukul technique of ancient India. Veda Mandir, which exhibits ancient relics, is also situated within the precincts of the Gurukul Kangri University. The proximity of Haridwar to Rishikesh, Sapt Sarovar, Triveni Ghat, Kanva Rishi Ashram, Chila Wildlife Sanctuary, etc. has made Haridwar a popular destination among holidaymakers. The best time to visit Haridwar is from September to March.
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