Considered as one of the 5 most historical places to visit in the state of Uttarakhand, Haridwar is a famous pilgrim spot worth visiting. According to the local legends, it is located right at the spot where ‘Amrit’ or elixir of life was churned during ‘sagar-manthan’ between the Devas and Asuras. Come, let’s check out some of the most visited attractions in this holy city.
Haridwar is one of the most famous amongst the ‘Char Dhams’ in the country. A significant centre of devotion among the Hindus, Haridwar attracts huge numbers of tourists and devotees each year from different corners of the country. If you’re coming from the national capital, you can either take a Delhi to Haridwar taxi or a bus to reach the destination. Let’s take a look at some of the most visited places in the holy city.
1. Hari ki Pauri – Known as the most worshipped spot in the holy city, Har ki Pauri actually implies the ‘Lord’s Footsteps’. It is said that its ghats (also the most famous area in the spot) are the foot shaped impression of Lord Vishnu himself. This impression is said to be right at the exact mark where Ganga river enters the plains of north India from the mountains. Har ki Pauri’s large ghats is also acclaimed for being the home turf for organizing the Kumbha Mela and Ardh Kumbh Mela.
2. Chandi Devi Temple – This famous temple is dedicated to the deity of Chandi Devi, an incarnation of Hindu Goddess Durga. The Chandi Devi Temple is a held as one of the ancient temples in India and pulls a large number of devotees and travelers especially during the celebrations of Navratri and the Kumbha Mela. The Chandi Devi Temple was established by the revered Hindu philosopher, Adi Shankaracharya, during the year 700 – 820 AD.
3. Shanti Kunj – Established in 1971 and under the administrative command of the All India Gayatri Pariwar, Shantikunj stand as a symbol of the good and otherworldly recovery in the Indian society. This tourist spot is known for attracting a large number of tourists who come here for to gain control over their otherworldly attractions.
4. Maya Devi Temple – Devoted to an incarnation of Goddess Shakti, the Maya Devi Temple dates back to the eleventh century AD. Historians say that the temple was one of the standing structures after Asian invader Timur Lang plundered and destroyed most of the artifacts during his loot of northern India. Locals, however, believe that it’s the same spot where the heart and navel of Goddess Sati fell after she immolated herself and thus, the temple is also known as the Shakti Peetha.
5. Mansa Devi Temple – Constructed in honor of the Hindu God Mansa Devi, the Mansa Devi Temple is set on a small hillock known as the Bilwa Parvat of the Shiwalik Range. The reason why you can large number of devotees in the complex is because it is said the Goddess grants the wishes of those who come with pure hearts and clean minds.
Apart from these five beautiful places to visit in Haridwar, there are some other tourist spots you can go to, like the Vaishno Devi Temple, Pawan Dham and Vishnu Ghat. Also, don’t forget to try your hands on some white water rafting in Rishikesh, a few miles off in the vicinity.