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Haridwar stands for Dwar of Hari or Gateway to God, with 'Hari' meaning god and 'dwar' meaning gate . Haridwar is regarded as one of the seven holiest places to Hindus.After travelling from Gumukh,situated at the edge of Gangotri glacier,Ganga enters the Indo gangetic plains at Haridwar.Haridwar is one of the four sites where drops of elixir of immortality, Amrita(means without death however it means nectar in this context) were spilled,by Garura after the Samudra manthan(story in Bhagavat).Kumbha mela is celebrated after three years in each of these four place and the Maha Kumbha mela at Allahabad after 12 years.
The spot where the nectar fell is considered to be the Brahma Kund at Har-ki-Pauri (literally, "footsteps of the Lord," and symbolically the footprints of the Amrita), the most sacred ghat of Haridwar; thousands of devotees and pilgrims flock here during festivals or snan from all over India to take a holy dip. This act is considered to be the equivalent of washing away one's sins to attain Moksha.



Summers: 15 C - 39.8C
Winters: 6C - 16.6C [38]

In Hindu traditions, the 'Panch Tirth' (Five Pilgrimages) within Haridwar, are Gangadwara (Har-ki-pauri), Kushwart (Ghat), Kankhal, Bilwa Teerth (Mansa Devi) and Neel Parvat (Chandi Devi)

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This sacred Ghat was constructed by King Vikramaditya (1st century BC) in memory of his brother Bhrithari. It is believed that Bhrithari came to Haridwar and meditated on the banks of holy Ganga. When he died, his brother constructed a Ghat in his name, which later came to be known as Hari-Ki-Pauri.

A public prayer in Haridwar.This sacred bathing ghat is also known as Brahmakund. The evening prayer at dusk (Aarti) offered to Goddess Ganga at Hari-Ki-Pairi (steps towards God Hari) is an enchanting experience for any visitor. A spectacle of sound and colour is seen when, after the ceremony, pilgrims float diyas (floral floats with lamps) and incense on the river, commemorating their deceased ancestors. A majority of present ghats were largely developed in the 1800s

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  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Oct 4, 2008 at 4:43 PM

    Hello.......lovely, informative pages, Mantrana. I am looking to reading all your pages soon

  • mallyak's Profile Photo
    May 27, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    These are some beautiful pages and the Ghats feel calm inspite of the chaos.

  • goutammitra's Profile Photo
    May 24, 2008 at 6:23 PM

    Wow you really enjoyed and made it in scorching summer! You could see so much in just one day. I visited all your tips and pics and taking pride to be your first vistor.


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