The city of Haridwar can also be spelled as Hardwar which was an ancient city located in Haridwar.
Hara means Lord Shiva and dwar means gate, so together it means gateway to Lord Shiva. This place is believed to be the place to start your journey towards Mount Kailash, the home of Lord Shiva.
The city is also known as Gangadwara because the Ganga river flows from Gaumukh from Gangotri glaciers and enters first in Haridwar.
According to legends, during the event of Samudra Manthan, the elixir of immortality which was carried by the celestial bird Garuda was accidently spilled on the city of Haridwar along with Nashik, Ujjain and Allahabad.
This is exhibited as the Kumbha Mela which is celebrated every 12 years. During the Kumbh mela, millions of pilgrims and devotees gather in Haridwar, take bath in the holy Ganga to wash away their sins to attain Moksha.
Brahma Kund is the spot where the Amrit fell and it is in Har Ki Pauri and is one of the most sacred ghat of Haridwar with a temple of Lord Vishnu.
There are also several other temples of great importance and ashrams too located in and around the city. Non- vegetarian food and alcohol is strictly not allowed in Haridwar.
Har Ki Pauri:
Also, known as Har ki Pairi is the centre of attraction in Haridwar. The place where a drop of nectar fell during the event of Samudra Manthan.
Devotees gather around the holy river Ganga to take a dip and offer prayers. The Ganga aarti is a sight to behold the tourist and pilgrims. The aarti takes place every day in the evening at 7pm. As the river, Ganga is worshipped, several diyas are set to afloat along the river.
Mansa Devi temple is situated at the highest point of Bilwa Parvat, you can reach Mansa Devi temple by hiring a bus or rickshaw from nearby Haridwar. To reach the top of the hill where the temple is located, you can either track down or take a cable car.
Mansa Devi is said have conceived from the mind of the holy saint Kashyap. She is the wife of Nag Raja Vasuki. Considered to be one of the most prominent temples of North India. Mansa Devi is one of the well-known places where one’s wish is fulfilled.
This temple is dedicated to Goddess Chandi. You can reach the temple by a ropeway or undertake the stairs which takes around 45 minutes.
Morning prayers start at 4am. The visitors have to follow a strict dress code while entering the premises of the temple.
Daksha Mahadev Temple:
The temple is located in Kankhal which is a small colony in Haridwar. The Daksha temple is the place where the yagna was performed by Daksha to please the gods and seek their blessings.
Daksha Prajapati was the father of Sati, she was the spouse of Lord Shiva. The temple is just a few minutes away from the railway station.
The temple is dedicated to goddess Maya Devi and is counted as one of the Shakti pithas in India. This is believed to be the place where the heart and navel of goddess Sati fell- down, while Lord Shiva was carrying her burnt body.