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Top 5 tourists attractions in Haridwar
Haridwar is the city in the district of Uttarakhand, India It is the largest city in the district and second largest in the state. The city is situated on the bank of the Ganga river located at the foothills of the Himalayas.
It is famous for temples and ghats where devotees bath to allay themselves of their sins. Haridwar is considered as the holy place for Hindus as it is regarded as a holy place tourists came from different parts of the world to visit Haridwar.
Now we are going discuss about top 5 tourists attractions that you should must visit in Haridwar.
- Shri Mata Mansa Devi Temple
- Ganga Aarti at Haridwar
- Daksh Mahadev Temple
- Har ki Pauri
- Patanjali Yog Peeth
1- Shri Mata Mansa Devi Temple
Mansa devi Mandir is dedicated to the goddess Mansa devi in the holy city of Haridwar in the Uttarakhand state of India. The temple is located at the top of the Bilwa Parvat on Sivalik Hills is the southernmost mountain chain of the Himalayas.
The temple is also known as Bilwa Tirth is one of the Panch Tirth within Haridwar. The temple known for being the holy dwelling of goddess Mansa devi, form of shakti appear from the Shiva. The word “Mansa” means wish and it is said that the goddess Mansa devi fulfill all the wishes of a sincere devotee.
There is a famous tale about this once Mansa devi as a common girl who was unaware about her truth her guardians decided to meet Shiva and asked him about complete truth. Goddess Mansa devi sat for Sadhana and after many years of psychic exercise She got a chance to meet Lord Shiva and elucidate her truth from him. After learning the truth she accomplished the power of Goddess Mansa devi for welfare of the world.
People who pray to Goddess Mansa devi tie threads on the branches of the tree located at the temple to make their wishes come true Once their wishes were fulfilled people comeback to untie the thread.
It is located on 3 km from Haridwar and connected with pedestrian path or by Ropeway also called as Mansa Devi Udankhatola. Mansa devi temple open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
2- Ganga Aarti at Haridwar
Haridwar is famous for Har ki Pauri and for its ganga Aarti. People in large number visit this place ganga aarti at 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Priests hold large bowls of fire in their hands chants of the mantras flowing in the air and bells at the temples start ringing. The shadow reflects on the ganga and lighting of Diyas on flowing ganga looks so glorious. It is very appealing experience to be the part of the ganga aarti performed in the evening at Har ki Pauri. It continuous for 1 hour everyday.
3- Daksh Mahadev Temple
In the ancient times Daksha Mahadev Mandir is known as Daksheshwar Mahadev temple situated in south kankhal town in Haridwar. It is the great place for the devotees of Lord Shiva this temple is the centre of attraction in the holy month of Savan as per the Hindu Calendar. The temple is open from 4 am to 7 pm. One can reach at the temple by bus or by taxi from Haridwar or by railway or by airport.
Mythology about Daksh Mahadev Temple
King Daksh Prajapati was the son of the Brahma and had a daughter named as Sati Who married to lord shiva. Once Daksha organized grand yagya and all the saints gods and sages were invited expect Lord Shiva in the presence of Sati Felling insulting for her husband Sati jumped to the Fire of Yagya.
Then Lord Shiva in anger send one of his Ganas Virbhadra a great warrior. Virbhadra chopped off the head of Daksha. After the behest of all the gods. Lord Shiva gave life to king Daksh and put the head of the male goat on him. King Daksh realished his mistakes and regret for it.
And then Lord Shiva declared that during the holy month saavan, he will reside at Kankhal at the place of Yagya kund, Daksha Mahadev temple was build.
4- Har ki Pauri
Har ki Pauri is the famous ghat on the banks of ganga in Haridwar in the state of Uttarakhand. This place is the holy mark of the city of Haridwar. “Har” denotes “god”, “ki” denotes “s” , and “Pauri” denotes “steps”.
It is said that Lord Vishnu to have visited Brahmakund in Har ki Pauri in vedic times. It is one of the four places where drops of amrit were accidently split by Garuda. The river is filled by thousands of diyas offered by the devotees floating in the river. It is believed that it is the precise spot where ganga leaves the mountains and enters plains.
Har ki Pauri is also the area where pilgrims in thousands come during the kumbh mela which takes place every twelve years and the Ardh kumbh mela which takes place every six years.
5- Patanjali Yog Peeth
Patanjali Yog peeth is the yoga institute located at Haridwar India. Founded in 2006 and named after the Rishi Patanjali the purpose of this institute is to practice, research and develop ayurveda and yoga. This institute is the flagship project of the entrepreneur and yoga teacher Ramdev.
In 2017, the (ITAT) income tax Appellate Tribunal gave tax exempt to the Patanjali Yogpeeth to its Delhi branch. It is about 15 km from Roorkee and about 20 km Haridwar. We can reach easily at Patanjali yogpeeth by taxi, car and bus from Haridwar and Roorkee.
At last I will advice you that you should must visit this “piece of Heaven”
once in your lifetime. It is the place where water is crystal clear and cool. Haridwar is famous to wash their sins and seek blessings from the Divine.
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