July 20 this year will mark the onset of the much revered Kanwar Mela. It happens during the month of Shravana. During this time devotees of Lord Shiva from across the country make a journey to Haridwar, Gaumukh and Gangotri to collect the holy water of river Ganges. This water is then used by them through the year to bathe the Shivalinga on special occasions such as MahaShivaratri. On their journey devotees carry on their shoulders pots tied on two ends of a stick to fill the water of Ganga. These are called Kanwars and hence the name – Kanwar Mela.
There are various mythological stories around the reason behind Kanwar Mela. One such story in the Puranas narrate that Ravana had once brought Ganges water from Haridwar and offered it to Lord Shiva. This later became a prevalent custom among devotees of Lord Shiva.
Kanwarias, as the devotees are called, travel on foot chanting prayers of Lord Shiva or make their journey in groups singing praises of the God. The ambience in Haridwar is of celebration and one big fair. It is one of the best times to visit the city. It is believed the mela attracts over 25 lakh visitors through the month.
Located just over a kilometer from the Har ki Pauri Ghat, Hotel Ganga Sadan is one of the best hotels in Haridwar to stay during this time. Our close proximity to the religious ghats and temples makes it easy for our guests to enjoy this festival to the fullest. We also offer a private ghat so that you can take a spiritual dip in the holy river on this auspicious occasion without jostling with the crowd.