Haridwar is one of the seven holiest places for Hindus. It really means “Gateway To God”, and it is the place where the Holy Ganges Leaves the mountains to flow down God’s own town. Thousands of devotees visit here and take bath in the holy water and gather around the Har-Ki-Pauri for evening aarti and seek blessings of god. Haridwar is the first place down the mountains that welcomes the holy River Ganga.
Haridwar also features among the four venues for the Kumbh Mela, which witnessed the word’s most peaceful gatherings. The other three destinations are Allahabad, Nashik and Ujjain. The festival is held once at each venue after the gap of 12 years. A ropeway that carries devotees to hilltop temples of Chandi Devi and Mansa Devi is nicknamed “Udan Khatola”. The gates of Haridwar Temple is open for 12 months.
PLACES TO VISIT IN HARIDWAR
1: CHANDA DEVI TEMPLE
The Chanda Devi Temple of Haridwar is a charming temple dedicated to the Chanda Devi Goddess, perched on the Neel Parvat of the Shivalik hills. The Chanda Devi Temple also known as Neel Parvat Teerth, is one of the five pilgrimages of Haridwar and is also known as Siddha Peetha, a place where all devotees worship to fulfill their desire.
2: MANSA DEVI TEMPLE
The Mansa Devi Temple, Haridwar is a Hindu Temple dedicated to the goddess Mansa Devi in the holy city of Haridwar in the Uttarakhand state of India. The temple is located a top of the Bilwa Parvat on the Shivalik hills the southernmost mountain chain of the Himalayas. The Temple also known as Bilwa Tirth is one of the Panch Tirth (Five Pilgrimage within Haridwar. The word Mansa fulfills means wish, and devotees firmly believe that the goddess Mansa fulfills all the wishes of a dedicated and sincere person who visits the temple.