Haridwar Sightseeing Tour includes popular places of haridwar city. There are many places to see in haridwar. One can take an auto or taxi or walk for haridwar sightseeing tour. Haridwar has been an abode to rejuvenate body, mind, and spirit. It has also been a center of attraction for learning arts, science, and culture. The city has a long-standing position as a great source of Ayurvedic medicines and herbal remedies and is home to the unique Gurukul (school of traditional education), including the Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya, which has a vast campus and has been providing traditional education of its own kind, since 1902.
The University of Roorkee, now IIT Roorkee, is one of the oldest and most prestigious institutes of learning in the fields of science and engineering. Patanjali Yogpeeth in haridwar, Uttarakhand, is one of the largest yoga institutes in India, possibly the whole world. Named after the Rishi Patanjali, the institute is Baba Ramdev’s flagship project.
First day after reaching haridwar we checked in Hotel Alaknanda and have our breakfast at Mathurawalo Ka Prachin Dukan. After breakfast we went to Manasa Devi Temple. Mansa Devi Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to goddess Mansa Devi . The temple is located atop the Bilwa Parvat on the Sivalik Hills, the southernmost mountain chain of the Himalayas. The temple is known for being the holy abode of Manasa, a form of Shakti and is said to have emerged from the mind of the sage (Rishi) Kashyapa. Mansa is regarded as the sister of the Naga (Viper) Vasuki. The term Mansa means wish and it is believed that the goddess fulfills all the wishes of a sincere devotee. Devotees who want their wishes to be fulfilled by Mansa tie threads to the branches of a tree located in the temple. Once their wishes are fulfilled, people come back again to the temple to untie the thread from the tree. Mansa is also offered coconuts, fruits, garlands and incense sticks in order to conciliate her.
Mansa Devi Temple can be reached in two ways: on foot or by cable car. Walking requires a one and a half kilometer hike uphill. We have taken the cable car (also referred to as a ropeway or Uran Khatola ) up and down. The first cable car starts running at 7 a.m. during April to October, and 8 a.m. the rest of the year. Tickets cost 50 rupees per person, return. The departure point is very near to Har Ki Pauri. Devotees who visit the temple usually like to take some Parasad (offerings) for the Goddess. There’s no shortage of sellers, either where you board the cable car or outside the temple. Bags containing a coconut and flowers sell for around 50 rupees, and it’s possible to buy plates of flowers for around 20 rupees. Navaratri festival is celebrated here. People came here to full fill their wish. Don’t take your pets along as they are not allowed inside.
You should photograph the place as it is very beautiful. Learn of the religious and mythological significance of the temple. Carry sunglasses and water bottles along with you. Wear appropriate clothes and shoes. Be a little careful of the red-faced monkeys were indigenous to this place. Watch the view from the mountain top once you get here.
Then we moved to Chandi Devi Temple which is located on the top of Neel Parvat, Chandi Devi Temple is one of the major tourist attractions in Haridwar. It is also major religious site of this town. This is around 3 km from Chandighat. It is one of the Shidhh peeth. The temple is devoted to Goddess Chandi. The main temple is situated on top of Hill peak.
According to legend, it is believed that Goddess Chandika Devi rested for a short while on Neel Parvat. This happened after she killed demon kings, Shumbh and Nishumbha. Chandi Devi Temple was constructed in 1929 by Suchat Singh, who was the reigning king of Kashmir. It was believed that the idol present in the temple was installed in 8th century, by Adi Shankaracharya. However, the main Murti (statue) of Chandi Devi at the temple is said to have been installed in the 8th century by Adi Shankaracharya, one of the greatest priests of Hindu religion. Almost every temple in India has some legends associated with it.
Then we went to Maya Devi Temple.
Maya Devi Temple is an ancient religious establishment of Haridwar which is counted as one of the shakti peeths present in India. Maya Devi Temple, Haridwar is a Hindu Temple dedicated to goddess Maya in the holy city of Haridwar of Uttarakhand State in India. It is believed that the heart and navel of goddess Sati fell in the region where the temple stands today and thus it is sometimes referred to as a Shakti Peetha. Goddess Maya is the Adhisthatri deity of Haridwar. She is a three-headed and four-armed deity who is believed to be a manifestation of Shakti. Haridwar was previously known as Mayapuri in worship to this deity. The temple is a Siddh Peetha which is the places of worship where desires get fulfilled. It is one of three such Peethas located in Haridwar, the other two being Chandi Devi Temple and Mansa Devi Temple.
According to the Hindu mythology, Sati (Lord Shiva’s wife) set herself on fire to take revenge the insulting conduct of her father towards her husband. When Lord Shiva came to learn that Sati killed herself to keep his honor, he was filled with fury. An infuriated Shiva undertook a tour of the whole universe carrying the dead body of Sati. It was during this tour that various body parts of Sati fell at different places. Hindus believe that it was at the temple site of Maya Devi where the naval and heart of Sati fell down. The religious beliefs state that the naval and heart of Sati were found in the very place where the Maya Devi temple stands today in Haridwar.
The history of the Maya Devi temple dates back to the 11th century. Devotees as well as tourists from all across the country and the world flock to Haridwar to visit the shrine and to seek blessings of goddess Maya Devi; the goddess represents shakti (divine power). Among the Hindu community this divine power is very highly regarded and revered. Maya Devi temple came into existence in Haridwar in the 11th century.
After visiting all three temples we felt hungry. We visited Haridwar famous Mashir Hotel, which is renowned restaurant for Bengali cuisine. The place has some amazing & simple traditional Bengali Food, and that to it decently priced. The food is really awesome and one should go for it.
After a tasty but late lunch around 4 p.m we visited Har Ki Pauri ghat for evening aarati. The evening aarti at Har-ki-pauri is a must. The traditional way of worshiping Goddess Ganga will definitely cast a spell on you. The chants and the huge fire creates a different aura altogether, with thousands of people from all over the world chanting in their own tunes.
Ganga Aarti is performed at Har Ki Pauri Ghat in Haridwar. Visit to Haridwar is not complete if you have not seen Ganga Aarti. Ganga Aarti means prayer for River Ganga. Prayers are dedicated to Gods and Goddesses. River Ganga is not just a river in India, it is Divine Mother. River Ganga gives life in the form of water. The same water also removes sins when you take a dip in its holy water. River Ganga also gives liberation to souls.Saint Bhagirath made a long meditation to give liberation to his ancestors (reduced to ashes due to curse of sage Kapila). He was blessed by Ganga and Lord Shiva held her in his head to reduce her mighty flow. When Ganga flew on the remaining of ancestors of Bhagirath they got Moksha (Liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth). Following the same tradition still Hindu people offer remaining of their dead relatives (after burning the body) to the river Ganga and expect the moksha for them. In the name of the saint Bhagirath river Ganga is known as Bhagirathi at the source and gets name Ganga when it is meeting Alaknanda River at Devprayag.
The Ganga Aarti is kind of thanks giving to River Ganga. Ganga Aarti is organized two times in a day, morning (at sunrise) and evening (sunset). Starting time will depend on sunrise and sunset timing at Haridwar. Morning Ganga Aarti is not as famous as evening one. Approx timings of Ganga Aarti you can see in below table. Minor difference of +15 mins or -15 mins can happen. You should reach at least 45 mins before the aarti time for morning Ganga Aarti and 75 mins before the evening Ganga Aarti Ganga
Ganga Aarti is organized at Har Ki Pauri Ghat. On Long weekends and all big indian festivals more people join the Ganga Aarti. Har Ki Pauri is most famous ghat to take holy dip in the ganga. On some of the big festivals such as baisakhi, makar sakranti, somvati amavasya, shivratri number of people comes to take holy dip. It is the place where drop of nector fell down during the battle between devas and asuras for nector. Due to this it is considered one of the holiest place to take bath in the holy river ganga. Obiously where Holy River and holy place comes together it will attract large amount of people in India. It attracts millions of people to take bath in ganga during kumbh festival which comes after every 12 years in Haridwar.
Ganga Aarti is done by the pundits (priests) selected by Ganga Sabha. Ganga Sabha is NGO which is managing Ganga Aarti since it is started. Ganga Sabha is also manages the ghat along with help of govt.Initially people start coming early to get good spot. Priests carried out the idol of River Ganga from the small temple located close to the ghat. Idol is normally carried out in “palkhi” by pundits and other people whom they put on the platform of ghat near river ganga. Some people also go to the idol of Ganga and take blessing. A few minutes later pundits come and start the ceremony. Initially they are chanting sanskrit mantras along with offering such as cotton, colors, milk, honey, sugar, curd, ghee and some other things. The chanting are done by pundits live which you can hear on loud speakers. After the offering are completed they starts singing Ganga Lahari – A Sankrit Poem written by Pundit Jagannath. Pundit Jagannath was sanskrit scholar and poet born in 1590.
After the Ganga Lahari the pundits takes promise from everyone to not to pollute the river ganga which people promise by raising both hands. Some time they also chant the name of ganga “Har Har Gange, Jai Ma Gange” for a while. There is little break in before the main Ganga Aarti starts. The workers of Ganga Sabha ask for the donations if people want to donate something. This donation is not compulsory and one can donate whatever they like. Donations will be used for the expanses of Ganga Aarti and some other religious and social welfare. Soon after this the pundits lights the Aartis and you can hear the Ganga Aarti song on loudspeaker with the background music of bells. This song is just 5 mins song during which you can see three or more pundits waving aarti in front of river.
Next day morning beginning with another holy dip in river Ganga we started our day by visiting the beautiful temples in Haridwar. We finished our complimentary breakfast and went for city tour in an auto.6 points we fixed for Rs.1500 .First we went to
1) Gita kutir temple
Gita kutir temple is a beautiful temple in Haridwar. The temple is decorated with statues of several Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Chaardham, the four pilgrimage sites Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, Yamunotri , are the main attraction of the temple, which are displayed here.
2) Daksheswara Mahadev Temple
ONE OLD MANSION AT HARIDWAR ON THE WAY DAKSH MANDIR
The journey from haridwar to Kankhal is quite a scenic one. During our drive, we witnessed heart-stirring views of the surrounding areas and the Himalayan landscape. This temple has been built in the dedication of King Daksha Prajapati (Sati’s father).
The origin of the temple lies in the mythological story narrated in the Shiv Purana. As answer to the prayer of Brahma, one of the trinity of the Hindu Gods, Jagdamba or Bhagwati (the supreme shakti) took birth as Sati. She was born in the form of the daughter of his son, Daksh Prajapati who had his kingdom at Kankhal. Sati performed hard and long tapasya (meditation) to please Lord Shiva to wed her. At last, the Lord consented to marry her. However, later on strains developed in the relationship of King Daksh and his son-in-low. Shiv Purana narrates how once King Daksh organized a big yajna at Kankhal and invited all the Gods, rishis and munis to the ritual, but ignored his son-in-law. When Sati came to know of the function, she prevailed on Lord Shiva to allow her to go there. During the function, her father uttered insulting words for Lord Shiva. At this, Sati was so enraged that she consigned herself to the flames of the yajna. As the tragic news reached Lord Shiva, he sent Veerbhadra, one of his bravest warriors to Kanakhal. Veerbhadra chopped off the head of King Daksh and annihilated it in the fire of the yajna. On the request of all the Gods, including Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva appeared there as the self-created linga. The kind Lord Shiva, in order to complete the yajna that had been disrupted, restored King Daksh to life by putting the head of a male goat on the shoulders of his dead body. King Daksh repented his misdeeds. Then Lord Shiva declared that every year during the month of Sawan, the month that is dearest to the Lord, Kankhal would be His abode. After this, the grief-stricken Lord Shiva wandered across the universe, carrying the dead body of his wife.
The myths say that Lord Vishnu, with his sudarshan chakra, chopped off the parts of Sati’s dead body in order to separate it from Lord Shiva and free him from his deep mourning. The places where the severed parts body dropped on the earth later on became shakti peeths and came to be honored. Later on in 1810, the king of Landhora state, who had legal rights on the land, constructed a big temple here. This temple was renovated in 1963 by the Mahanirvan Akharas Kankhal, which now looks after the management of the temple.
One part of the Temple consists of the Yajna Kund , while in the other part, a Shiv Linga has been installed, which is worshipped by Gita kutir temple. The entire story of the yajna of King Daksh and the following episodes has been vibrantly depicted on the walls of the temple. A very old banyan tree, which is said to be thousands of years old and is considered sacred. Then we went to visit
3) Parad Shivling
The words ‘Parad Shivling’ have been derived from ‘parad’ (meaning mercury) and ‘shivalinga’ (a sacred symbol of Lord Shiva). That’s why; the Parad Shivling is also sometimes referred to as the Mercury Shivalinga. Among other holy sites of pilgrimage in Haridwar, this shivling has a lot of religious significance. Since Lord is the supreme god in the Shiva tradition, Hindus can never afford to miss a visit to the Parad Shivling. The Parad Shivling can be reached by traveling a distance of 6 km from the sacred town of Haridwar in Uttarakhand to Kankhal. The shivling is located inside the compound of Harihar Ashram. Visitors and pilgrims can use various modes of local transport to reach the site.
After entering the premises we went near a Rudraksh tree. Rudraksha, is a seed traditionally used as prayer beads in Hinduism. They are associated with the Hindu idol Shiva and are commonly worn for protection by his devotees. The seeds are primarily used in India and Nepal as beads for organic jewellery. Various meanings and potencies are attributed to beads with different numbers of segments (faces), and rare or unique beads are highly prized and valuable.
The weight of the Parad Shivling is around 150 kg. A huge number of devotees as well as tourists from all across the globe travel to Kankhal to pay a visit to the shivling and seek the blessings of Lord Shiva. In any case, don’t miss a visit to the Rudraksha tree at the Harihar Ashram.
We then went to
4) Pawan Dham Temple
Pawan Dham Temple is one among the most visited pilgrimage shrines in haridwar. Devotees who come to Haridwar can never afford to miss a visit to Pawan Dham Temple. The ornamental Idols are the biggest attraction within the shrine. Swami Vedantanand ji Maharaj is the founder of the temple.
The enthralling beauty of the temple itself defines the great work of art. The wonderful work of glasses and artistically designed walls are the main reasons of its popularity. Ultimately, the aesthetically work describes the rich culture and heritage of the ancient India. A holy visit of to the ancient temple is believed to make oneself free from one’s sin.
Followers can easily reach Pawan Dham shrine from Haridwar. The distance between the temple and Haridwar is just 2 km. The shrine of Pawan Dham is situated at 3 kilometer from Har ki Pauri, a major attraction in Haridwar. It is one of the most worth-visiting places in Haridwar. The people of Punjab owe a lot of credit for giving a donation for the existence of the temple and its care. Photography and filming is unrestricted, so make the best use of that facility. It is best to visit the temple while daylight is still there. There are shops exclusively for souvenirs, make it a point to pay visits to them. Next we visited
5) Bharat Mata Mandir
It is dedicated to India. Here India is imagined as a mother (Bharat mata). Bharat Mata Mandir or Mother India Temple is situated near Sapt Rishi Ashram around 04 kms far from Haridwar. The complex has 08 floors. Each floor has idols of various gods, goddesses, kings, leaders and revolutionists. It was inaugurated in 1983 by the late India Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi.
On the first floor is the statue of Bharat Mata. The second floor, Shur Mandir, is dedicated to the well renowned heroes of India. The third floor Matri Mandir is dedicated to the achievements of India’s revered women, such as Radha, Mira, Savitri, Draupadi, Ahalya, Anusua, Maitri, Gargi etc. The great saints from various religions, including Jainism, Sikhism, and Buddhism are featured on the fourth floor Sant Mandir. The assembly hall with walls depicting symbolic coexistence of all religions practiced in India and paintings portraying history in various provinces is situated on the fifth floor. The various forms of the Goddess Shakti can be seen on the sixth floor, whilst the seventh floor is devoted to all incarnations of Lord Vishnu. The eighth floor holds the shrine of Lord Shiva from which devotees can gain a view of Himalayas, Haridwar, and the campus of Sapta Sarovar.
The temple was built under the former Shankaracharya Maha-Mandleshwar Swami Satyamitranand Giri Maharaj. Since the inception of the Swami Satyamitranand foundation in 1998, several other branches have been opened, namely in Renukut, Jabalpur, Jodhpur, Indore, and Ahmedabad.
We then went to
6) Vaishno Devi Temple
It has charming mythological significance, ancient rocks and caves leading up to it, a promise for wish fulfillment and astral beauty to top it all off. Plastics and other pollutants are also best avoided. There are bathroom and locker storage facilities available within the premises. Click a lot of photographs of this beautiful place. Undertake a journey around the rock caves leading up to the temple, they have information in artistic forms.
Then we went for lunch at Dada Baudir Hotel.
This place offers quality Bengali food at a very reasonable price. We have visited for a late lunch and we got their standard meal .Service is prompt and fast. Quality is excellent. They start with lemon, salt, chili, deradoon rice, ghee, dal, fried brinjal (i.e.begun bhaja), two vegetable curries, chuttney, and papad. Roti comes with these at night. There are many more items; but you have to pay individually for them. Food is served as much as you can eat. Average thali costs Rs. 70. Taste of food is awesome. Restaurant is clean but basic. Offers value for money.
Then our auto driver proposed that he will take us to a fantastic location. We are also ready for that. He also mentioned that whatever money we want to give, we can give him after coming back .
WOW .He took us to Patanjali Yogpeeth in haridwar, Uttarakhand, which is one of the largest yoga institutes in India, possibly the whole world. Named after the Rishi Patanjali, the institute is Baba Ramdev’s flagship project. Its purpose is to practise and research and develops yoga and Ayurvedic, as well as manufacture ayurvedic medicines. It is also the home of the University of Patanjali. Acharya Balkrishna is the General Secretary of Patanjali Yogapeeth.
Located on the Haridwar-Delhi highway at Kankhal, very near to Roorkee, Patanjali Yogpeeth offers treatments for all and has residential accommodation. Pantanjali Yogpeeth is about 20 km from Haridwar at Kankhal and about 15 km from Roorkee.
Established in the year 2006, this gigantic ayurvedic centre is named after Maharishi Patanjali .The enormous yet impressive yoga ashram is split into two parts- Patanjali Yogpeeth- I & Patanjali Yogpeeth- II. Established in 2006 by H.H. Yogrishi Swami Ramdevji Maharaj & Acharya Balkrishnaji Maharaj, Patanjali The centre is also renowned for rendering services free of cost to millions of people around the world through the means of Ayurveda and Yoga like Yoga classes, Yoga science camps, Ayurvedic consultancy, residential and food facility to the poor .
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