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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular religious attractions in Haridwar?

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A quick tip: give your spiritual being a small push and rejuvenate your being. Visit the plethora of religious attractions in Haridwar and soak in the alluring heritage and architectural splendour of the past. The devotion of the visitors towards religious beliefs is signified through the beautifully adorned structures situated throughout the destination. Want to know what all you can explore if that's the idea, then read on.

  • Bharat Mata Mandir

    This unique temple, located around 5 km away from the centre of town, is dedicated to Mother India. The temple acts half as a temple and half as a nation building exercise. Well, it is the embodiment of what nationalism in India stands for. The temple has eight floors which are stacked with deities, saints, and secular heroes of all Indian faiths. The most amazing part of the attraction is the number of visitors that it gets everyday from different beliefs. Located at Sapt Sarovar, the temple is easily accessible through rickshaws, buses or taxis.

    There is no fee charged for entering the temple.

  • Chandi Devi Temple

    One of the most ancient temples in the country, this temple has deep rooted significance in the hearts of many as the ultimate wish-fulfiller. It is believed that whoever visits this temple, devoted to Goddess Chandi, located at the hilltop, they get a great deal of divine blessings and that all their tasks become easier to perform in their lives. The temple has one of the most amazing views of town which makes it all the more charming. Leather clothes and accessories along with non-veg food and alcoholic drinks are not permitted to be taken inside the premises of the temple.
    You can visit the temple any time of the year. If you want to be a part of the daily proceedings of the temple then you should be an early riser. The priests start the daily rituals as early as 4 in the morning.

  • Har Ki Pauri

    Believed to be one the holiest Ghats in the country, Har Ki Pauri is supposedly the exit point of the Ganges from the pristine ranges of the Himalayas and entry into the plains. The Ghat is also known as the Brahm Kund where you can also see the stone which has an imprint of Lord Vishnu's foot that becomes indicative of the name. The most interesting part of this religious spot is the evening Aarti which is performed by couple of priests on the banks of river Ganga. This highly enchanting and extravagant experience of the evening Aarti is something to look forward to during a visit to the place for sure. During this time, small and big lamps are seen floating on the river which are immersed after the ritual. These diyas which are easily available at different stalls near the Ghat create a splendid aura of lights which is further accentuated with the holy chants that fill the entire atmosphere with the most divine vibes possible. Really!

    Best Time: Around 7 in the evening (at the time of the evening Aarti)

  • Mansa Devi Temple

    The temples in Haridwar do tend to take good care of your wishes, provided they are the right ones. What were you thinking? Anyway, so here is another temple whose deity Mansa Devi is supposed to fulfill all the wishes of the visitors who come to the temple, tie a thread to the holy tree and then once the wish is fulfilled they show their respect by coming back and untying the thread. Located on the top of the Shivalik Hills, this temple is visited by travellers from all over the country and is one of the most revered ones in town. Mansa Devi is taken to be one of the vertex of the holy triangle formed between the three temples, Chandi Devi and Maya Devi being the other two vertices.

    Timings: 8 am to 12 noon and 2 pm to 5 pm.

  • Maya Devi Temple

    Believed to be in existence since the 11th century, this ancient temple is said to be the place where the naval and the heart of Goddess Sati fell. Any visit to Haridwar is considered incomplete if you do not visit the temple and take blessings from Goddess Maya Devi who is believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Shakti. The temple is one of the few temples which are still intact in its original form in Haridwar apart from Narayani Shila temple and Bhairav temple. Maya Devi Temple is taken to be one of the vertex of the holy triangle formed between the three temples, Chandi Devi and Mansa Devi being the other two vertices.

  • Daksha Mahadev Temple

    Considered to be one of the most prominent temples of Haridwar, Daksha Mahadev Temple is believed to be the place where an extravagant Yagna was performed by Goddess Sati's father, Daksha Prajapati. The temple, located around 6 km from the main town, is attributed to Lord Daksha who was brought back to life by Lord Shiva. Hundreds of people come every day to pay a visit to the temple which makes it one of the most crowded ones. People still engage in the proceedings of a yagna for getting their wishes fulfilled.

  • Sapt Rishi Ashram

    This Ashram located around 5 km from Harki Pauri has an interesting story to tell. It is said that to avoid any disturbance to the seven rishis meditating at this ashram, the holy river Ganges broke into seven streams at this point hence giving the place its name. Because of this, the ashram is also referred to as Sapt Sarovar. Since then, the ashram has religious values and is visited by hundreds of people in a day.

  • Vaishno Devi Temple

    You might think that I am suddenly talking about Katra here. But that's not true. A very few people know that there is an exact replica in Haridwar of the original temple. This temple has been built very recently but it has gained a lot of popularity in this short span of time. The temple, like the original temple in Katra, has a lot of tunnels and caves that lead to the main idol of the Goddess. It is believed that whoever comes here with honest intentions and devotion, their wishes are fulfilled without a doubt.

If you are a religious person, this destination is the best for you. If you are not, then this is going to be the perfect example for you to see how religious and devoted people can be. All in all, Haridwar is the destination for everyone alike.

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