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Places To Visit In Haridwar Sightseeing

Shantikunj

Shantikunj is a religious pilgrimage centre located in Haridwar of Uttarakhand state. This is an ashram for a social and spiritual awakening. Shantikunj was established in the year 1971 by Acharya Shri Ram Sharma. This place is the samadhi site of Acharya Shri Ram Sharma and his wife Bhagwati Devi Sharma. During his lifetime Acharya Shri Ram Sharma used to meet with the devotees here, therefore Shantikunj is considered to be the most sacred place. The idol of Gayatri Mata is installed inside the Shantikunj. It is said that near idol of Gayatri Mata, the lamp has been burning continuously since 1926. Various forms of Ma Gayatri can be seen in this place. Here, about 24 lakh Gayatri Mantras are sung daily by a dedicated spiritual seeker. This is a centre which provides training to people based on divine spiritual principles. The sacred symbol sign of all religions at this place, the rare garden of herbivorous and from the establishment of the Gayatri family can see the exhibition based on the present time. Shantikunj is the headquarter of the spiritual and social organization All-World Gayatri Family (AWGP). Shantikunj is one of the main religious places of Haridwar.



Patanjali Yogpeeth

Patanjali Yogpeeth is a medical and research institute in Ayurveda situated in Haridwar of Uttarakhand state. Patanjali Yogpeeth was established by Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev in the year 2006. This Yogpeeth is named after Maharshi Patanjali. This Yogpeeth is one of the largest yoga institutions of India in the world. Its purpose is to build yoga and Ayurvedic medicines. In this Yogpeeth, treatment is done with the help of yoga and Ayurveda. People from all over the world come here to get treatment for their disease. The university, foodstuff and herbal park are also present in this Yogpeeth campus. This institute forms a variety of Ayurvedic products and this Ayurvedic product, named Patanjali, is exported all over India. Patanjali Yogpeeth is making a popular place for Ayurvedic treatment, Ayurvedic medicines and yoga in Haridwar.



Daksha Mahadev Temple

Daksha Mahadev Temple is a famous temple located in Kankhal of Haridwar. This is a very old temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple was constructed by Rani Dhanakaur in 1810 AD and it was rebuilt in the year 1962. This temple is also known as named of "Daksha Prajapati Temple". This temple of Lord Shiva is named after King Daksha Prajapati, father of Goddess Sati (the first wife of Shiva). In this sacred temple, the footprints of Lord Vishnu are made. The temple complex is quite large, in which there are two large statues of lions situated. In the main adytum of the temple, Lord Shiva's vehicle "Nandi Maharaj" is situated. It is said that what is said in the ears of Nandi goes to Shiva's ears and soon the desire is fulfilled. There is a small pit in this temple, it is believed that in this pit Goddess Sati sacrificed his life. There is "Daksha Ghat" on the banks of Ganga near the holy Daksha Mahadev temple, where Shiva devotees get bathing in the Ganges and enjoying the darshan of Lord Shiva. Kankhal is considered as the in-laws of Lord Shiva because the daughter of Daksheshwar Maharaj (Goddess Sati) was married to Lord Shiva. Daksheshwar Maharaj used to live in this place. According to legend, Daksheshwar Prajapati, father of Goddess Sati, organized a yagna at this place. All the Goddesses were invited in Yajna but Daksheshwar Maharaj did not invite Lord Shiva. Seeing this, Lord Siva's wife Sati was very sad and Goddess Sati jumped in the same yagya and sacrificed his body. Listening to this, Virbhadra (which is considered to be the Gan form of Lord Shiva) separated the "Head" torso from Daksheshwar Maharaj. After that Lord Shiva put the "head of a goat" on the cut head of Daksheshwar Maharaj. Hence the name of this temple was kept as "Daksheshwar Mahadev Temple"



Bharat Mata Temple

Bharat Mata Temple is a famous temple located in Haridwar of Uttarakhand state. This temple is an 8-story building constructed at the Satasarovar place on the banks of River Ganga in Haridwar. The idol of "Bharat Mata" is established on the first floor of this building. This temple was constructed in the year 1983 by "Swami Nityananda Giri Maharaj". Bharat Mata Temple is also called "Mother India Temple". This temple of Bharat Mata is dedicated to those saints, women and braves, who have contributed immensely to the cultural, spiritual and social life of the country. This temple, by giving the form of an idol of the historical gems, made in their memory. Which are called the pride of our country and whose names have been written in the golden letters of history. All the idols set in the temple has been created very beautiful ways. A map of India has been made from sand in Bharat Mata Temple and this map decorated with red, blue light attracts a lot. This temple of Bharat Mata is one of the major attraction tourist destinations of Haridwar.



Saptrishi Ashram

Saptrishi Ashram is an ancient famous ashram located in Haridwar of Uttarakhand state. This ashram was established in the year 1943 by Goswami Guru Dutt. This ashram sages and saints from all over the world and there is a centre of faith to gain a good education of life. At this place, the idols of Pandavas on the banks of river Ganga are indicated, which shows that they passed through this ashram before he going to heaven. It is also believed that the Ganga split itself into seven currents at this place. It is believed that this ashram was the adoration site of seven sages. According to legend, the Saptrishi Ashram was a meditation centre for seven sages (Kashyap, Vashishta, Atri, Vishwamitra, Jamdagni, Bhardwaj and Gautam). Once all the sages decided to pay attention to the banks of river Ganga, but due to the sound of the flow of the river Ganges, they were having difficulty in meditation. Later, the Rishis divided the river into seven different streams to reduce the noise of the flow of the river Ganga, which is called Saptsarovar. For this reason, this place is also known as "Saptsarovar" and "Saptrishi Ashram".



Maya Devi Temple

Maya Devi Temple is a famous religious pilgrim site located in Haridwar of Uttarakhand state. This temple is one of the 51 Shaktipeethas. This holy temple is dedicated to "Goddess Maya". Haridwar was formerly called Mayapuri in the name of Maya Devi. According to legend, once the goddess Sati's father Raja Daksh organized a grand yajna, in which he had invited all deities, except Lord Shiva. The yajna had the place of all the gods except Lord Shiva. Seeing this insult of Lord Shiva, Goddess Sati jumped into the yajna kund. Upon hearing the news of jumping in the yajna of Goddess Sati, Lord Shiva happened indignantly and cut off the head of King Daksh. Lord Shiva, while mourning, kept the body of Sati on the shoulder and began Taandav. All the gods began to urge Lord Vishnu to calm Lord Shiva. After that Lord Shiva raised the body of Goddess Sati on the shoulder and rotated in all four directions, During this, Lord Vishnu had split the body of Sati into 51 parts with his Sudarshan Chakra, where-where the Sati's limbs part fell, those places became Shaktipeeth. It is believed that the place where this temple stands today, there, the navel and heart of Goddess Sati had fallen. The devotee takes a bath in the holy river the Ganges, then go to darshan the temple and receive the blessings from Goddess Maya. This temple of Maya Devi is one of the main religious destinations of Haridwar.



Har Ki Pauri

Har Ki Pauri is a famous historical place located in Haridwar of Uttarakhand state. Har Ki Pauri is a sacred religious place and important ghat on the banks of river Ganga. This Ghat is also known as named of "Brahma Kund". This place was constructed by King Vikramaditya. The king had constructed this ghat in memory of his brother "Britharee". There is a footprint of Lord Shri Vishnu in a stone on Har Ki Pauri. According to legendary beliefs, after the Samudra Manthan, when the struggle for receiving nectar in God-demons started, then to rescue the nectar Lord Vishwakarma was taking Amrit's Kalash with the sky route was going, at the same time suddenly from the Kalash of nectar a few drops fell in the river. At that time the drops of nectar in Haridwar, the places where fell, he was "Har Ki Pauri".This is the reason that after bathing in the holy river Ganges, all sin committed by man is destroyed and he gets salvation. It is believed that King Shwet had worshipped Lord Brahma on Har Ki Pauri. Pleased with his worship, Brahma Ji appeared before him and asked him to ask for his desire. Then the king demanded the boon from Lord Brahma that this place should be known only by the name of God. Brahma Ji gave the king the boon and since then Har Ki Pauri is also known as 'Brahma Kund'. Every evening there is Aarti of Goddess Ganga at this place, many devotees come here to join the Aarti. "Har Ki Pauri" Ghat is considered to be the holiest place in Haridwar.



Chandi Devi Temple

Chandi Devi Temple is a famous temple located in Haridwar of Uttarakhand state. This holy temple is dedicated to Chandi Devi. This temple is situated on the eastern peak of the mountains of the southern mountain range of the Himalayas, above the Neel Parvat. Chandi Devi temple is one of the 51 Shaktipeeths. This temple was constructed in 1929 by Suchaat Singh, the King of Kashmir, during his reign but the main statue of Chandi Devi situated in the temple was established in the 8th century by the Adi Guru Shankaracharya. This holy temple is known as the named of "Neel Parvat". There is also a temple of Goddess Anjana near the Chandi Devi Temple, which was the mother of Hanuman Ji. Chandi Devi is also known as "Chandika". According to legend, when the demon king Shumbh and Nishumbha had captured Paradise and the gods fired from heaven. On the request of the gods, Mata Parvati took the form of Goddess Chandi. After this, Goddess Chandi killed Asur Shumbh and Nishumbh. After killing them, Goddess Chandi rested on the summit of Neel Parvat and later a temple was constructed there. Two peaks situated on the mountain are called Shumbh and Nishumbh. The pilgrims who come to Haridwar, come to this famous temple and do the darshan.



Mansa Devi Temple

Mansa Devi Temple is a famous religious pilgrimage site located in Haridwar of Uttarakhand state. This holy temple is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas, which is dedicated to Ma Mansa Devi. Mansa Devi is considered as a form of power, who is said also to be the sister of Vasuki Nag. Mansa Devi Kashyap was the daughter of the sage, which was manifested from his mind, therefore they are called Mansa. It is believed that both the Mansa Devi and Chandi Devi are two forms of Goddess Parvati, who live close to each other. It is also believed that Mansa Goddess is a power emerged from Lord Shiva's mind. The word 'Mansa' literally means "desire". According to the name, Mansa Ma fulfils the wishes of her devotees. The devotee to fulfil her wishes situated in the temple courtyard, on the branch of the tree, binds a sacred thread. When the wishes of the devotees are fulfilled then devotees come back and open the same thread from the branch. This custom shows immense shraddha, devotion and fidelity towards Ma Mansa. In this temple, there are two statues of Ma Mansa, an idol "eight-arm" and the second idol has "three heads" and "five-arm". With "Chandi Devi" and "Maya Devi" of Haridwar, "Mansa Devi" is also considered as the major in the Siddha Peethas. This temple of Mansa Devi is one of the main religious destinations of Haridwar.



Bilkeshwar Mahadev Temple

Bilkeshwar Mahadev Temple is a holy temple located in Haridwar of Uttarakhand state. This holy temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, which situated near Haridwar is built on the "Bilva Parvat". It is a small temple, which is made of stone with the usual Shivlinga and Nandi. This temple is surrounded by a forest in a mountainous area. In this temple to offer leaves of Bel for Lord Shiva and with the water of the river Ganges, Shivling is the tradition of anointing. In this temple, Bilkeshwar Mahadev is in the form of Shivling below Sheshnag. It is said about this place that Mata Parvati here used to calm down his hunger by eating 'Belpatr', but when to drinking water used to be a problem then upon the insistence of Gods, Lord Brahma used to leave the stream of Ganga. There is "Gauri Kund" at a distance of 50 steps from Bilkeshwar Mahadev Temple. It is believed that during penance, Mata Parvati used to take bath in this Gauri Kund. Bilkeshwar Mahadev Temple is one of the main religious places of Haridwar.



Gau Ghat

Gau Ghat is a holy Ghat located in Haridwar of Uttarakhand state. This ghat is situated on the banks of the holy river Ganga. It is said that mostly those people come to this ghat, who has sinned to kill cows. To get rid of this sin, they come in this ghat and the holy Ganga takes a dip in the river. Through the stairs built on the Ghats, the river Ganga can be reached. Safety barriers have also been put to up in this ghat to avoid the flow of the Ganges. A dip is to set in the Ganges by catching the barrier made of these iron. There are also many shops nearby the ghat, where the items related to worship are easily found. It is said that after Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi's death their ashes were immersed in this ghat. Gau Ghat is one of the major Ghats of Haridwar.



Doodhadhari Barfani Temple

Doodhadhari Barfani Temple is a popular temple located in Haridwar of Uttarakhand state. It is considered as the most beautiful temple in Haridwar. This popular temple is situated in the Doodhadhari Barfani Ashram. Inside this temple premises, there are other temples, as well as the statue of various Hindu gods and goddesses. Of these, the Ram-Sita temple and Hanuman temple are deserved visiting. Along with the holy temples of Ram-Sita and Hanuman, the Doodhadhari Barfani temple is known for its architectural art. The impressive architect has provided a unique fame to the Doodhadhari Barfani temple. The entire temple complex has been constructed using white marble with beautiful carvings, which looks different from the other temples of Haridwar. The Doodhadhari Barfani temple is considered as a temple of faith and miracle. The Doodhadhari Barfani temple is one of the main religious destinations of Haridwar.



Parad Shivling

Parad Shivling is a holy place located in Kankhal near Haridwar of Uttarakhand state. This holy Shivling is situated inside the Harihar Ashram. This is a unique Shivling, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. 'Parad' means the mercury and 'Shivling' is the symbol of Lord Shiva. The Parad Shivling literally means 'mercury shivling', which is made up of about 151 Kg of pure mercury. Here is a holy Rudraksha tree in the campus, which has been present here for many years. The devotees coming here gather this rudraksha from the tree and make garland and wear them. It is believed that by wear Rudraksha get rid of many problems. To darshan Parad Shivling, thousands of devotees go to this ashram. Parad Shivling is the centre of attraction here.



Bhuma Niketan Temple

Bhuma Niketan Temple is a holy hindu temple located in Haridwar of Uttarakhand state. This holy temple is situated on the route of Saptasarovar. This holy temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. This holy temple was the establishment by Swami Shri Bhumanand Tirtha Maharaj. There are many statues of gods and goddesses installed in this temple. The idol of Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati is established at the entrance to the temple. This temple is also known as the Bhuma Niketan Ashram. In the ashram, spiritual, social, education and public health programs are also organized. There is a proper arrangement of the pure vegetarian meal for staying and eating in the ashram. Bhuma Niketan Temple is one of the main religious tourist destinations of Haridwar, which attracts the visitors coming here.



Bhimgoda Kund

Bhimgoda Kund is located near Har-Ki-Pauri in Haridwar of Uttarakhand state. This sacred Kund is situated at a distance of about 300 meters from Har-Ki-Pauri. It is a holy ancient Kund, whose name the hero of the Mahabharata epic, one of the five Pandavas, named after Bhima. According to mythology, when Pandavas were roaming in the forest, then Draupadi (Bhima's wife) seemed of the thirst for water. Around Draupadi, there was no source of water, then powerful Bhima kept his knees on the ground, which caused a pit in the ground and that pit was full of water, from which Draupadi extinguished his thirst. So this place was named "Bhimgoda". 'Bhima' is the name of one of the Pandava brothers and 'Goda' is a Hindi word for the knee. Bhimgoda Kund is one of the main holy places of Haridwar.



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