Haridwar: Land of Gods

BY Seema Shukla 

Haridwar, situated at the foothills of the Shivalik ranges and on the bank of the Ganges River is considered a sacred place for Hindus. It is the center of several important religious events like Kumbha Mela. Kumbha Mela is the most significant event organized in Haridwar, which is celebrated after every 12 years. During this mela, millions of pilgrims, devotees, and tourists congregate in Haridwar to perform ritualistic bathing on the banks of the Ganges to wash away their sins to attain moksha. According to Hindu mythology, Haridwar is one of four places where amrita drops during the Samudra Manthan, the other three sites are Ujjain, Nashik and Prayagraj (Allahabad). It was believed that amrita an ‘elixir of immortality’ accidentally spilled over from a Kumbha (a pitcher) while being carried by the celestial bird Garuda during the Samudra Manthan. The place where amrita spilled over is known as ‘Brahma Kund’ at Har ki Pauri (literally meaning of Har ki Pauri is footsteps of the Lord). Har Ki Pauri is the most sacred ghat of Haridwar.

Every year thousands of devotees have welcomed this ghat with the chimes of the temple bells and the religious chanting of the priests Besides Har Ki Pari Haridwar has several spiritual activities like ‘Ganga Aarti. It is a religious prayer that takes place every day in the morning and evening. The morning arti timing is 5:30 AM - 6:30 AM and the evening is 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM. People enjoy arti free of cost. Ganga Arti was performed by several priests with the diya light and bell sounds.

Another place to visit in Haridwar is Mansa Devi Temple. This temple is dedicated to the goddess Mansa Devi. It is believed that Mansa Devi is a form of Shakti, and she has emerged from the mind of Lord Shiva. Another attraction of Haridwar is Chandi Temple, which is devoted to Lord Durga. It is situated in an ancient hill-top temple. The devotee can reach the temple by using Udan Khatola a ropeway service or by trekking 45 minutes up the steep stairway.

Haridwar is a place of Patanjali Ayurved, an Indian multinational consumer packaged goods company based. It was founded by Ramdev and Balkrishna in 2006. Its office is in Delhi, with manufacturing units and headquarters in the industrial area of Haridwar.

 Today, Haridwar is coming out from its religious importance and focusing on industrial development. It is a center of fast-developing industrial estate of the State Industrial Development Corporation of Uttarakhand (SIDCUL) and Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), as well as its affiliated ancillaries.

Haridwar showcase a kaleidoscope of Hindu culture and development. Haridwar is open for all devotees every time. Haridwar is the best place to visit if anyone wants a glimpse of the Hindu religion. However, the non-vegetarian can face a little problem here because in 2004 it is declared as a holy town and non-vegetarian food are not allowed here.

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