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Haridwar Tirth Kshetra



Haridwar Tirth Kshetra


Haridwar, Uttrakhand

Haridwar Tirth kshetra is a special and very important Tirth kshetra for Hindus. This Tirth Kshetra is on the banks of the river Ganges, Haridwar means "Gateway to God." Devotees come to the Haridwar pilgrimage area because the River Ganga is considered the most sacred river in the Hindu religion. It is believed that taking a dip in Ganga water not only eliminates all the diseases of the body but also purifies the soul. It is from the Haridwar pilgrimage area that the river Ganga descends from the mountains and enters the plains, hence this pilgrimage area is considered the center of pilgrimage in Hindu religion. The Haridwar pilgrimage site is one of the seven most sacred places in Hinduism. According to religious belief, "During the Kumbh Mela, the world's largest religious event, drops of the nectar of immortality fell at a special bathing place, Har Ki Pauri." Therefore, the Haridwar pilgrimage area is considered to be the most important and sacred pilgrimage site. According to religious belief, taking a bath in Haridwar and donating food eliminates all the troubles in life. By providing food to sages, ascetics, and Brahmins in the Haridwar pilgrimage area, along with freedom from Pitra Dosh, one also gets the blessings of the ancestral deities and Lord Shiva. It is believed that feeding one sadhu in the Haridwar pilgrimage area is equivalent to feeding many sadhus at other places and by this auspicious deed, the ancestors get salvation and the family gets happiness, peace, and prosperity, and gets rid of all the diseases, also gets liberation

Mythological History:

Haridwar is one of the seven holiest pilgrimage sites in India.Haridwar is considered a city of religion in India which has holy religious places. Haridwar literally means the gateway to Hari. Haridwar, situated on the banks of the holy river Ganges in Uttarakhand, is one of the seven most sacred pilgrimage sites in India. This place, Haridwar, is considered a city of religion in the country of India which has many sacred religious places.

Haridwar is a famous ancient pilgrimage place for the followers of Hindu religion, situated in the code of Shivalik hills. Here, Bhagirathi Ganga emerges from the hills and comes to the plains for the first time. In Hindu scriptures, Haridwar has been called by various names like Kapilasthan, Mayapuri and Gangadwar. The ancient mythological name of Haridwar is Maya or Mayapuri, which was counted among the seven Mokshadayini Puris. It is said that the Chinese traveler Yuen Chuang had described the same word as Peacock during his visit to India.  In Mahabharata, this place has been called Gangadwar. In this book, this place is mentioned along with famous pilgrimage sites.

This holy place is also the gateway to Char Dham. From this place, the route leads to the famous shrines of Lord Vishnu and Shiva named Badrinarayan and Kedarnath situated in the northern part of Ganga. That is why it is known by both the names Haridwar and Hardwar.

There is a belief in Indian Puranas that the nectar obtained from the churning of the ocean was spilled in Haridwar. Since then, the Kumbh Mela, is organized here every twelve years. A huge crowd of devotees gather here during the Kumbh Mela. Devotees keep coming here throughout the year to perform various religious rituals and take a dip in the holy river Ganga of the city and wash away their sins.

Places to Visit in Haridwar Tirth Kshetra:

Har Ki Pauri: Har Ki Pauri, one of the most sacred ghats of India, is also known as Brahmakund. It is said that this ghat was built by Viktramaditya in the memory of his brother Bhatrihari. Maha Aarti is organized here every evening, seeing which gives a different feeling.

Mansa Devi: The temple of Mansa Devi is built on the top of Balwa mountain behind Har Ki Pauri. Mansa Devi Temple is considered one of the major Shaktipeeths of India. It is said that the heart and navel of Shiva's wife Sati had fallen here. This temple is situated at a short distance from Haridwar. Devotees going to Haridwar do not forget to visit this temple. There is a walking path to reach the temple.

Chandi Devi: Chandi Devi temple is built on Neel Parvat on the other side of river Ganga. It is said that Adi Shankaracharya had installed the original statue of Chandi Devi here in the eighth century. Later this temple was built by King Suchet Singh of Kashmir in 1929 AD. One can reach here after trekking for 3 kilometers from Chandighat.

Pashupatinath Temple: The holy city of Haridwar is dotted all over with holy spots, temples, and iconic ancient shrines. The name of the city itself is made up of the combination of 2 names Hari meaning Lord Vishnu and Dwar meaning gateway. No matter what time of the year you visit Haridwar, a temple tour is a must. The temples in Haridwar hold a lot of spiritual value. Gracing some of the best locations in Haridwar are its incredible ter ples. One such sacred temple in Haridwar is the Pashupati Mahadev. 

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