History of Haridwar

History of Haridwar

Haridwar is one of the oldest towns in India.  Let us walk through the history of Haridwar, through some images.

Hardwar, or Haridwar, is one of the holiest spots for Hindus in India. It is critical that pioneers often go from Haridwar to the two awesome Himalayan places of worship of Kedarnath and Badrinath, as Har implies Shiva (the god of Kedarnath), Hari implies Vishnu (the god of Badrinath), and Dwar implies entryway. Hardwar is hence the door to the two blessed altars of Shiva and Vishnu. The town has likewise been called Gangadvar, signifying ‘Entryway of the Ganga’ in light of the fact that at this place the sacrosanct waterway Ganges leaves the mountains to stream out upon the Indian fields. Numerous years back it was likewise called Kapilsthan after the immense sage Kapil, who lived and pondered there.

Today, Hardwar is the home of many Ashrams (withdrawals and spots for reflection) and Dharamshalas (rest houses for travelers) that have been built up by different swamis, yogis and religious organizations. During the time huge quantities of explorers come to bathe in the Ganges, particularly at the Hari-ka-charan ghat (additionally called Hari-ki-Pauri), where an impression of Vishnu is venerated. Explorers likewise think of it as imperative to visit the lovely Shiva sanctuary of Daksheswar.

Pre-History & Vedic Period (From 6500 BC to 1000 BC)

As stated in Timemaps, Prior to 6500 BC, the Indian sub-continent was home to hunter-gatherers. By the start of the 4th millennium farming communities dotted the flood plain of the river Indus.

Map of India duiring the Vedic period | History of Haridwar , Uttarakhand
Map of India duiring the Vedic period | History of Haridwar , Uttarakhand

 

 

The first reference of the settlement along the river Ganges can be found during the Vedic period.  The Indo-European peoples (Aryans) started spreading across northern India and have begun to live in settled villages and tribal states. Archeological discoveries have demonstrated that earthenware culture dating between 1700 BCE and 1200 BCE existed in this region.

The Mahabharata

In the Vanaparva of the Mahabharat, where sage Dhaumya enlightens Yudhishthira about the tirthas of India, Gangadwar, i.e., Haridwar and Kankhal, have been alluded to, the content additionally says that Agastya Rishi did retribution here, with the help of his significant other, Lopamudra (the princess of Vidharba).

The amazing King, Bhagiratha, the colossal grandson of the Suryavanshi King Sagar (a predecessor of Rama), is said to have brought the stream Ganges down from paradise, through years of atonement in Satya Yuga, for the salvation of 60,000 of his progenitors from the scourge of the holy person Kapila, a custom proceeded by a great many dedicated Hindus, who brings the cinders of their withdrew relatives, in any wish for their salvation.Lord Vishnu is said to have left his impression on the stone that is set in the upper mass of Har Ki Pauri, where the Holy Ganges touches it at all circumstances.

The Classical Age

The Classical Age saw the resurrection of urban progress in old India, and with it, a proficient culture. It was a time of astonishing religious inventiveness, with the introduction of two new religions, Jainism and Buddhism. Haridwar was an important point for pilgrimage among Hindus , during this period, ruled by different kings, during the different time. Most notable were the Panchala and the Kosala kingdom.

 

Timemap of the New States of Classical Age India | History of Haridwar , Uttarakhand
Timemap of the New States of Classical Age India | History of Haridwar , Uttarakhand

The Mauryan Empire

Haridwar was an important province of Mauryan empire under the King Changragupta Maurya and Ashoka.

 

Haridwar and Uttarakhand Under control of Mauryan Empire | history of Haridwar Uttarakhand
Haridwar and Uttarakhand Under control of Mauryan Empire | history of Haridwar Uttarakhand

Haridwar went under the rule of the Maurya Empire (322–185 BCE), and later under the Kushan Empire (c. 1st–3rd centuries).

 

 Kushan Empire | History of Haridwar, Uttarakhand
Kushan Empire | History of Haridwar, Uttarakhand
Gupta Empire | history of Haridwar, Uttarakhand
Gupta Empire | history of Haridwar, Uttarakhand

The Gupta Empire

India in 750 AD

An incredible champion, Harsha, quickly joined northern India under his run in the main part of the seventh century, yet his domain broke apart promptly after his passing in 647.  . First present day time composed proof of Haridwar is found in the records of a Chinese voyager, Huan Tsang, who went to India in 629 AD amid the rule of King Harshavardhan (590–647) records Haridwar as ‘Mo-yu-lo’, the remaining parts of which still exist at Mayapur, a little toward the south of the advanced town.Among the remains are a fortress and three sanctuaries, enriched with broken stone sculptures, he additionally specifies the nearness of a sanctuary, north of Mo-yu-lo called ‘Gangadwara’, Gateway of the Ganges

Islāmic Invasion

From 1000 onwards, Mahmud of Ghazni, a Muslim ruler in focal Asia, directed many strikes into India and vanquished the Punjab. After Mahmud’s passing, and his successors’ thrashing by the Seljuqs (1040), the Ghaznavids moved their energy base to the Punjab, the vanguard of a Muslim attack of the sub-mainland. The Rajput rulers of northern India held off the Muslim intruders for, yet their resistance was hampered by nonstop battling among themselves. At the appointed time, a few Muslim sultanates built up themselves in the north, the Sultanate of Delhi being the most capable.

The city also fell to the Central Asian conqueror Timur Lang (1336–1405) on 13 January 1399.

Invasion of Muslims India | History of Haridwar, Uttarakhand
Invasion of Muslims India | History of Haridwar, Uttarakhand

British India Empire | history of Haridwar, Uttarakhand

 

Guru Nanak Dev

Amid his visit to Haridwar, first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak (1469–1539) took a holy dip  at ‘Kushawart Ghat’, wherein the celebrated, ‘watering the yields’ scene took place,[19][20] his visit is today honored by a (Gurudwara Nanakwara), as indicated by two Sikh Janamsakhis, this visit occurred on the Baisakhi day in 1504 AD, he later likewise went to Kankhal in transit to Kotdwara in Garhwal.Pandas of the Haridwar have been known to keep parentage records of the greater part of the Hindu populace. Known as vahis, these records are refreshed on each visit to the city, and are a storehouse of tremendous family trees of family in North India.

The Mughal Empire

The Mughal Empire | history of Haridwar, Uttarakhand
The Mughal Empire | history of Haridwar, Uttarakhand

Ain-e-Akbari, composed by Abul Fazal in the sixteenth century amid the rule of Mughal Emperor Akbar, alludes to it as Maya (Mayapur), known as “Hardwar on the Ganges”, as seven holy urban areas of Hindus. It additionally specifies it is eighteen kos (each approx. 2 km) long, and huge quantities of explorers collect on the tenth of Chaitra.It likewise specifies that amid his voyages and furthermore while at home, Mughal Emperor, Akbar drank water from the Ganges waterway, which he called ‘the water of eternity’. Extraordinary people were positioned at Sorun and later Haridwar to dispatch water, in fixed jugs, to wherever he was positioned.

From 1800 till Now

British India Empire | history of Haridwar, Uttarakhand
British India Empire | history of Haridwar, Uttarakhand

 

Haridwar has a long history, however was undeveloped until around 1800.

The British enlarged the bathing ghat in the 1820s, and these temples date from that time or later.  The upper left temple has a dome and not a spire, which is unusual for contemporary Hindu temple architecture.  Since the 1820s the ghat has been enlarged several times, most recently in 1986.

 

 

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The Left temple has a dome , showcasing old mughal style architecture – 1860 | history of Haridwar

 

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Image of Har ki pauri in 1880 | history of haridwar

 

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Dam kothi in 1894 | history of Haridwar

 

Present Day Dam Kothi Haridwar
Present Day Dam Kothi Haridwar

 

 

Gallery of Historical Images

References

 

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