Haridwar meaning ‘Gateway to God’, located on the banks of River Ganges. It is the place where river Ganga descends to the plains. Haridwar is also spelled as Hardwar or Hari- Dwar.
Haridwar is the gateway to Hari or Lord Vishnu.
With Ujjain, Nasik and Allahabad, Haridwar forms the four important pilgrimage centres of India where Kumbh Mela is celebrated hereafter every 3 years rotated over these 4 destinations.
Har-ki-pauri is the most important place of Haridwar where thousands of people take a dip in the holy waters of the Ganges. At twilight, when evening aarti is performed the reflection of the golden diyas that keep floating on the river offers an enchanting view of the ghat. Hundreds throng to the ghats at Hari-ki-Pauri to participate in aarti everyday and it is a moving sight to watch hundreds ofminiature lamps float along the river.
The main temples situated in Haridwar are Mansa Devi Mandir occupies a place on top of the Shivalik hills, the Chandi Devi templestands in dedication to Goddess Chandi, the Daksha Mahadev Temple is the site where Daksha performed a yagna, the Maya devitemple is the place where the heart and navel of goddess Sati fell down, while Lord Shiva was carrying her burnt body.