Haridwar or Har Dwar – means in sanskrit Gateway to the Gods.
Haridwar is a holy city in the state of Uttaranchal,now know as Uttarakhand in northern India. Known as the Gateway to the Gods, Haridwarcity or Haridwar is considered as one of the seven holiest places according to Hindus, as the devas are said to have left their footprints here in haridwar city. Here in city of haridwar, pilgrims float diyas on the Ganges, to commemorate their deceased ancestors. The city of haridwar also stands as a gateway to other important pilgrimage destinations: Rishikesh, Badrinath, Gangotri, Yamunotri and Kedarnath. In Haridwar you will see a great statue of Shiva at the fork of the river Ganges. If you are there in haridwar for a short visit, it is definitely worth to visit the temple in haridwar on top of the mountains neel parvat and bilv parvat. The temple are called Mansa Devi in haridwar and Chandi devi in haridwar.
Haridwar city is a city of temples, which showcases the root of hinduism and defines how deep our culture is in our blood.
The Gateway to the Char Dhams
Haridwar is the starting point of Char Dham Yatra. Char Dham Yatra starts every year in month of April- May in summer and ends at the start of winter, when the gates of holy shrines are closed. The Char Dham temples famous are as follows
The temple at the bank of Alaknanda River is a hot water spring known as “Tapt Kund”, a bath in which is very refreshing to all travelers. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple of Shri Badrinath Dham ji, is 5 m high, built in the form of a cone with a small cupola of a gilt bull and spire. The temple opens every year in the month of April-May and closes for winters in the third week of November.
An imposing sight, standing in the middle of a wide plateau surrounded by lofty snow covered peaks. The present temple, built in 8th century A.D. by Adi Shankaracharya, stands adjacent to the site of an earlier temple built by the Pandavas. The inner walls of the assembly hall are decorated with figures of various deities and scenes from mythology. Outside the temple door a large statue of the Nandi Bull stands as guard.
Yamunotri, the source of the Yamuna River and the seat of the Goddess Yamuna, is one of the four sites in India’s Char Dham pilgrimage. The sacred shrine of Yamunotri, source of the river Yamuna, is the westernmost shrine in the Garhwal Himalayas, perched atop a flank of Bandar Poonch Peak (3615 m) & situated opposite to Gangotri.
Gangotri Temple: As the legend goes, King Bhagirath used to worship Lord Shiva at the sacred stone, near which this 18th century temple is located. The slab on which King Bhagirath is believed to have meditated is called Bhagirathi Shila. The mother Ganga is worshipped as Goddess and the holy river in the temple.