Haridwar is one of the most revered Hindu pilgrimage sites located in Uttarakhand. It literally means the 'Gateway To God'. The city is home to the Holy Ganges and also the place where devotees start their pilgrimage journey to reach other sites of the Char Dham - Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri.
Thousands of devotees from all over the world travel to the city everyday to bathe in the holy water. It is believed that any person who bathes in the Holy Ganga once reaches Lord Vishnu's abode.
If you are a regular visitor to the pilgrimage site or just don't know much about the city then here we have some interesting facts for you. Read on.
First Place To Welcome Ganga
According to a legend, when Goddess Ganga was once agitated and decided to descend from heaven to earth and create havoc, Lord Shiva recieved her on his hair. Lord Shiva's hair locks were so strong that Goddess Ganga became helpless.
Lord Shiva then released river Ganga from his locks and after flowing about 253 km from the source, Gaumukh, it travelled down to the plains for the first time at Haridwar. This makes Haridwar the first place where the Holy Ganga touches down from the mountains.
Brahmakund In Har Ki Pauri
Har Ki Pauri literally translates to footsteps of God. It is believed that Lord Vishnu visited the Brahmakund in Har Ki Pauri. It is Haridwar's biggest landmark and thousands of devotees visit here to take a bath and attend the famous Ganga aarti which takes place every evening.
Host To The World's Biggest Gathering
Haridwar is one of the destinations where Kumbh Mela is held. The other 3 destinations are Nashik, Ujjain, and Allahabad. The Kumbh Mela is held at one of these venues after a gap of 12 years. It is the world's largest gathering and it recently took place in the city. Millions of people visited Haridwar for the festival this year.
Shanti Kunj - Roots Of Ayurveda
Many don't know that Shanti Kunj in Haridwar is the birthplace of all the herbal and Aryuvedic sources. All the ayurvedic medicines which travel through the country and world are developed here. It is also home to Patanjali Yogpeeth, a research institution and yoga institute started by Baba Ramdev. Thousands of people travel here for their treatment. Treatments here are done for free or at minimal charges.
Shanti Kunj has a year-round havan going on for world peace.
5 Pilgrimages In Haridwar
Haridwar is home to a lot of temples dedicated to the different Hindu Gods. However, there are 5 pilgrimages or paanch tiraths which are a must-visit. The list includes Mansa Devi Temple, Chandi Devi Temple, Maya Devi Temple, Har Ki Pauri, and Shri Chintamani Parswanath Jain Temple.
Among these 5, Mata Mansa Devi Temple is believed to be one of the most revered temples. It is believed that those who pray to Goddess Mansa Devi here with a true heart, their wishes come true.
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