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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What is the history and culture of Haridwar?

Reema Bhalla DEC 10 2012
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A paradise for nature-lovers, Haridwar presents a kaleidoscope of Indian culture and civilization. Haridwar also termed as 'Gateway to Gods' is known by several names such as Mayapuri, Kapila and Gangadwar. It is said that the followers of Lord Shiva (Har) and followers of Lord Vishnu (Hari) pronounce this place Hardwar and Haridwar respectively. town of Haridwar also acts as a point of entry to Dev Bhoomi and Char Dham (Four main centers of pilgrimage in Uttarakhand) viz. Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.

According to the legend, King Bhagirath brought the river Ganga from heaven to earth in order to provide salvation to his ancestors. In synch with that, it is also said that Haridwar has been sanctified by the presence of three Gods - Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. Lord Vishnu is said to have his footprint on the stone that is set in the upper wall of Har-Ki-Pauri where the holy Ganga touches it all the times. Devout believers feel that they can go to heaven by getting their salvation after a dip in the sacred Ganga at Haridwar. All this makes Haridwar as one of the most revered destinations in the country bringing in people from all over the world.
The deep rooted spiritual zeal of the place gives a different dimension to the culture of the place. People not only value religion in their lives but they are also devoted to give town what it demands the most, respect. The society is closely knit and has the old world charm that is new for some to explore at any place in the country.

The tourists who come here also respect the value system of the place and hence maintain the sanctity of the holy town. You think you want to delve deep into what the calmness of religion has to offer or you want to explore an old city with all the factors defining it intact, then Haridwar is the place for you. So, what are you waiting for? Go, explore the places to visit in Haridwar!

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