Religious places for pilgrims in Haridwar
Haridwar is one of the most sacred pilgrimage city in India. A visit to Haridwar is must for each and every Hindu, as a dip in the Ganges near Haridwar is considered holy and sacred. However other than the dip in Ganges River, a pilgrim also visit the various religious places in Haridwar which mostly comprises of temples and ghats. Here's a few list of all the major religious places in Haridwar a pilgrim must definitely visit:
Har ki Pauri
Har ki Pauri is one of the most religious places in Haridwar. It is a ghat also sometimes referred as Brahmakund where pilgrims bathe to get rid of their sins. The Har ki Paur is usually crowded throughout the year as pilgrims from all over the world get down in this ghat to bathe in the holy river Ganges. The enchanting sight is when during Ganga Arti the whole Har Ki Pauri Ghat is enlightened with diyas and Maha-arti is performed with several pilgrims attending it.
Mansa Devi Temple
Mansa Devi Temple is found located on the Bilwa Parvat (Bilwa Hill). This temple holds great importance for every Hindu as it has a statue of goddess with three mouths and five arms. The Mansa Devi Temple can be reached only by a ropeway.
Chandi Devi Temple
This too is a very important temple in Haridwar which is located on the Neel Parvat. The temple was constructed by Maharaja Suchat Singhin 1929 AD. This temple is only accessible through rope-way.
Daksha Mahadev Temple
Daksha Mahadev Temple also refered as Kankhal, is one of the oldest temples of Haridwar. This temple has a great legendary tale attached to it, as it is said that father of Sati, Raja Daksh was killed by followers of Mahadev during a rift and Lord Mahadev bought him back to life. During this period as a tribute, this temple was built.
Unlike all other temples Piran Kaliyar is a durgah built by Ibrahim Lodhi in 13th Century. This durgah is also most visited religious places in Haridwar. People from all over the world visit this durgah especially during the annual URS which is a festival celebrated with great spirits.
Bharat Mata Mandir
Bharat Mata Mandir is a huge multi-storey temple dedicated to Mother India. This temple was buitl by Acharya Shankaracharya as a tribute to Bharat Mata. Each floors of this temple depict important eras of Indian History Like first floor for Bharat Mata, second for Shoor Mandir depicting war herpes, third floor for Matru Mandir depicting important Indian women in history, and so on.
Sapt Rishi Ashram and Sapt Sarovar
Sapt Rishi Ashrams is a religious place places in picturesque ashram. This place holds great religious importance as the name suggests all the seven important sages namely Kashyapa, Atri, Vishwamitra, Janadagni, Bharadwaja and Gautam have said to meditated here. Sapt Sarovar is the splitting of Ganga River into seven streams at this place.
The above stated religious places hold great importance and are must visit destinations in Haridwar, but that's not all, there are many other religious places in addition to this which too hold great significance like Ramanand Ashram, Shanti Kunj, Parvati Shivling, Jairam Ashram, Doodhadhari Barfani Temple and so on.
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