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Har Ki Pauri

History

Known as the most sacred bathing ghat, Har Ki Pauri on the banks of the holy river Ganges serves as a major landmark in Haridwar, Uttarakhand. Also known as Brahmakund, Har Ki Pauri is believed to be the exit point of the river Ganga from the mountains into the plains.

Har Ki Pauri ghat was created by King Vikramaditya in 1st century BC in the memory of his brother Bhatrihari who during his lifetime used to meditate on the banks of river Ganga. Millions of pilgrims throng this ghat to take a dip in the sacred river. Har ki pauri is also the area where thousands of pilgrims assemble to begin the festivities during the Kumbha Mela.

The Ganga Aarti (prayer) that takes place at Har Ki Pauri every evening after sunset is popular amongst pilgrims and tourists all over the world. The priests perform the Ganga Aarti at the ghat amidst thousands of devotees. People gather on both sides of the banks of the river to sing its praises. The priest stand on the ghat holding large fire bowls and the gongs in the temples start ringing. The air is filled with the fragrance of incense, sounds of various gongs/bells and the chants sung together by the priests and a large number of people present there.

Devotees float earthen diyas with flowers in the holy river while chanting prayers. Witnessing the golden orange shades of floral diyas reflected in the Ganga River at night is a breathtaking spectacle. Spend an evening at Har Ki Pauri and be a part of an experience that will be etched in your mind and soul for a lifetime.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Har Ki Pauri is during the summer months March till June, when the days get hot and the nights are pleasant. The best way to cool off is by taking a dip in the holy Ganges. The winter months between October and February tend to get chilly and are not advisable to take a dip in the chilly waters of the river.

Trivia

History records an imprint of Lord Vishnu’s footprint on one of the stones present on the Har Ki Pauri, which is also indicative of the name. ‘Har’ refers to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu ‘ki’ means of and ‘pauri’ means steps. It is believed that Lord Shiva/ Vishnu visited the Brahmakund in Har ki Paudi in the Vedic times.

Timing

You can visit Har Ki Pauri during anytime of the day.


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