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Haridwar in Uttrakhand state is a revered pilgrimage center among Hindus. Haridwar meaning ‘Gateway to God’ is one of the seven holiest places of the Hindus. It is a place where river Ganga descends to plains. Haridwar is often mentioned in ancient scriptures and even referred during the British times. With Allahabad, Ujjain and Nasik Haridwar forms the four important pilgrimage centres of India where Kumbh Mela is celebrated in every 12 years.

Har - Ki - Pauri is the most important place of Haridwar where thousands of people take a holy dip in the holy waters of Ganga.

Places of Interest:
Har - Ki - Pauri: Har Ki Pauri is the most important place in Haridwar where every year thousands of Hindu Pilgrims come and take the dip in the holy water of Ma Ganga.

Chandi Devi Temple: The temple of Chandi Devi is situated atop the Neel Parvat on the other bank of river Ganga and was constructed in 1929 AD by the King of Kashmir, Suchat Singh. Legend has it that Chanda-Munda the army chief of the local demon king, Shumbha-Nishumbha, was killed by Goddess Chandi here after which the place got the name Chandi Devi. Chandi Devi Temple is now accessible by a ropeway also, which starts near Gauri Shanker Temple. Chandidevi temple is one of the popular shaktipeethas in North India. It is also called siddhapitha as it is believed that the Goddess Chandi fulfills the wishes of her devotees.

Mansa Devi Temple: Mansa Devi is one of the most popular and most visited temples of Haridwar, Uttaranchal. The temple is dedicated to Mansa Devi, a form of Shakti (Power). Located at the top of Bilwa Parvat (Hill). Mansa Devi Temple is an ancient temple that attracts people from both far and near due to its significance. It is believed that the Goddess fulfills all the wishes of a sincere devotee. Actually, the term 'Mansa' is the altered form of word 'Mansha', which means 'wish'. On the top of the hill, there are many shops where coconuts, fruits, marigold garlands and incense sticks are available. These things are offered to the Goddess.

Daksh Prjapati Temple: Famously known as Daksha Temple, the Dakseshwar Mahadev has the privilege of being counted among five holy places in Haridwar. The ancient temple is located in the Kankhal town, just at a distance of 4 km from the pilgrimage town of Haridwar. Visitors can undertake a scenic walk to reach Kankhal. The location of the temple is very calm and serene and the Himalayas form a perfect backdrop to the scene. Like most of the other shrines, the Daksha Temple has also associations with a legend.

Hindus believe that it is here where King Daksha Prajapati (Sati's father) has observed his yagna (a ritual meant to invoke gods and seek their favour). Legend has it that while the king performed the ritual he did not invite Lord Shiva. On learning this Sati (Lord Shiva's consort) felt deeply insulted and as a result she set herself on fire in the yagna kund. An infuriated Shiva killed king Daksha. However, Shiva later brought Sati's father back to life. The Daksha Temple stands to commemorate the whole incident.

Pawan Dham: The Pawan Dham temple in Haridwar, Uttaranchal, India is located at a distance of 2 kilometers from the town and is known for the glasswork that is done on the temple walls. The Pawan Dham Temple is known for the elaborately decorated idols and is a must visit during your temple tours to Haridwar in Uttaranchal in India.

Bharat Mata Mandir: Located at Sapt Sarovar, the Bharat Mata temple stands tall with eight stories at 180 feet. Each floor of this shrine is representative of various mythologies, legends and deities. This temple salutes all the ssspatriotic freedom fighters who contributed to the freedom of India.






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