Haridwar pilgrimage is probably one of the most cherished dreams of a pious Hindu. Described as sapta-puri by the holy Hindu scripture Purana, Haridwar is believed to have the bliss of the divine trinity of Brahama, Vishnu and Mahesh. The world-famous Kumbh Mela is also held in the holy land of Haridwar.
Pilgrimage to Haridwar is said to have a sanctifying effect. A prime entry point to the pilgrimage centers of Himalaya, Haridwar is the land of several ancient temples and ashrams. The holy Ganges River makes Haridwar all the more pious for the pilgrims who flock to the place from various corners of the country.
Most of the temples present in Haridwar are associated with mythological events. Devout followers visit these shrines to offer prayers to the presiding deity and to seek blessings of the Gods and Goddesses. Known by the name of Mayapuri, Gangadwar, Mokshapuri and Kapila, Haridwar is enriched with an age-old cultural and religious heritage.
The famous temples, ashrams and other similar features that make Haridwar a most-visited pilgrimage center of India are:
- Mansa Devi Temple
- Jairam Ashram
- Maya Devi Temple
- Chandi Devi Temple
- Pawan Dham Temple
- Lal Mata Temple
- Parmeshwar Mahadev Temple
The Ghats on the banks of Ganges are another prime attraction of Haridwar. Often devotees are found taking a dip in the holy water of Ganges since they believe that this will lead them to the path of salvation. Pilgrims going to Haridwar are definite about experiencing the immense divine power which envelops the entire place.
Last Updated on 17th Oct 2012