Hari means Lord and Haridwar means abode to the world of Lord. Haridwar as the name suggests is the city that has religious significance. Pilgrims throng here to purify themselves after bathing in river Ganges.
The place occupies significant importance as pilgrimage spot in Hindu mythology. In fact it is regarded as one of the seven holiest places. Umpteen numbers of pilgrims gather around Har – Ki- Pauri ghat to experience the divine aura.
Another significance of this place is that Haridwar is one of the four places where drops of nectar fell from the pitcher that was being carried by Garuda and this place is named as Har- Ki- Pauri. Also this place is said to give salvation to the ancestors. Here thousands of people take a dip in holy waters of Ganges.
Other places of attraction are Chandi Devi temple, Maya Devi temple and Manda devi temple which attracts many tourists. The renowned Kumbh Mela is organized every 12 years where mammoth numbers of pilgrims swarm the place from all over the world to be a part of this auspicious mela.
Also the city is perfect collage of rich cultural heritage and civilization. All the Hindu festivals – Diwali, Holi etc are celebrated with great pomp and gaiety. The place gets bathed with colorful festivals and cultural activities viz. Kavad mela, Somvati Amavasya Mela, Ganga Dashara etc all are celebrated with lots of zeal and enthusiasm. Traditional songs are sung by locals to offer prayer and love to the Almighty.
Climate of Haridwar is pleasant for many months of the year. As it is nestled at the foothills of Himalayas, the climate always remain warm all through the year. So this place can be visited any time during the year.
Haridwar has umpteen numbers of restaurants and eating joints. Being religious place non vegetarian food is strictly prohibited and the city has in its platter simple vegetarian foods that are hygienically prepared. Such simple yet tasty vegetarian food symbolizes piousness and purity of life.
The place being holy city has in its ambience spectrum of art and craft items, items having religious significance, wood carvings, stone carvings, brass utensils, wide range of decorative items and wide range of Ayurvedic products. Small stone made kitchen toys, idols of God are really worth a buy.
Tourists from all across the globe come here to witness the incredible Ganga Aarti at Har- Ki- Pauri Ghat. Every day during evening this Aarti is done to offer prayer to Goddess Ganga. This divine light ceremony is filled with song, prayer and rituals. During Aarti light lamps are offered to God and these lamps are left to float in the river Ganga. This sight of sparkling lamps with their reflection in the river mesmerizes every onlooker.
Haridwar – The Gateway to the Gods is perfect blend of rich cultural traditions and religious flavors and it takes pride in being one of the seven holy places of Hinduism. A visit to this place once in life period augments the spirituality and religiousness of the inner soul and body.