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Sightseeing in Haridwar

Sightseeing in Haridwar includes numerous places. The main focus of activity is along the Ganga and on the bathing ghats. Har-ki-Pauri is the main ghat, with bridges and walkways connecting smaller islands in the river.

Metal chains hang from the bridges for pilgrims to hold onto while bathing in the swift currents of the river. It is believed that King Vikramaditya built the ghat in memory of his brother Bhartrihari. Also known as Brahmakund, popular legend says that Lord Vishnu left his footprint at Har-ki-Pauri. Besides bathing at this site, you can take in the spectacular view of the Ganga Aarti in the evenings. Priests perform ritual worship of the river with huge multi-layered lamps, to the sound of conch shells and bells. Thousands of earthen lamps are floated in the water, which glitters like gold in the darkness. Though non-Hindus are not allowed onto the main ghat, they can watch the proceedings from the clocktower on a small island.

To the east of Har-ki-Pauri lies the shrine of Maya Devi, one of the 52 shaktipeethas revered by Hindus as the sites where body parts of Sati fell. Dating to the 11th century, the Maya Devi temple is said to be the spot where Sati’s heart and navel fell. Up north is the pool known as Bhimgoda. According to the epic Mahabharata, the Pandava hero Bhim drew water from the rocks by creating a pool with the stroke of his horse’s hoof.

Other sightseeing places include Chandi Devi temple that is situated on top of the Neel Parvat across the Ganga. Built in 1929 by the Maharaja of Kashmir, the last kilometre or so to the temple can be traversed on foot or on a cable car from the Gauri Shankar temple. According to popular legend, the Goddess Shakti killed the demon Chanda-Munda and gained the epithet Chandi, after which the temple is named.

Perched on the crest of the Bilwa Parvat, behind the town is the white painted shrine of Manasa Devi. Dedicated to the mother goddess, the main image in the temple is a three-headed, five armed Durga, while another idol has eight arms.

The temple can be accessed either by foot after a one-and-a-half kilometres trek or, by the ropeway that leaves from Upper Road near the station. From the temple, you get excellent views of the river and Haridwar.

The modern Bharat Mata Temple is an eight-storeyed edifice 5 kms north of the centre. The temple dedicated to ‘Mother India’ has images of important historical figures and Hindu deities.

Shanti Kunj is an ashram specialising in yoga lessons and natural cures. Pawan Dham has a temple dedicated to the monkey god Hanuman. The significant feature of this temple is its richly decorated glass interiors. A likeness of the cave shrine of Vaishno Devi at Jammu has been recently established in town.

On the outskirts of town – on the Jwalapur by-pass road is the other sight, Gurukul Kangri University, where training sessions in Ayurvedic medicine are conducted. The university also has a museum called Ved Mandir exhibiting artifacts from ancient times.

At Kankhal, 6 kms downstream, is the famous Daksha Mahadev Temple, also known as Shri Daksheshwar temple. According to Hindu mythology, King Daksha the father of Sati performed a grand fire sacrifice (yajna) at this spot.He invited all the celestial gods and goddesses except Shiva, his son in law, to the sacrifice, which enraged his daughter so much that she burnt herself in the sacrificial fire. When Shiva came to know of this, he beheaded the king, but later restored him to life. The temple is dedicated to this legend and has a gilded image of a serpent symbolising Shiva. The temple set on the banks of the Ganga, surrounded by trees, was built in 1810. Kankhal has some other temples and Ashrams besides the Daksha Mahadev temple.

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