Haridwar



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Haridwar is one of the places where Kumbha-mala is taking place each 12 years. The other places are Allahabad (Prayag), Nasik and Ujjain. Eating meat and fish and drinking of alcohol is prohibited there. On the opposite side of the hill there are temples of Anjana devi and Chanda devi. Cable railway is constructed there.

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Haridwar is located on the west bank of the river Ganges. "Haridwar" literary means "the gate to Lord Hari", Lord Vishnu. It is one of the seven most sacred places of India and in the Puranas it is called Mayapuri-ksetra.

3 x bigger image in new window A sight of Haridwar from the temple of Chanda devi.
3 x bigger image in new window Deity of Chanda devi (Durga).
3 x bigger image in new window Deity of Durga devi.
3 x bigger image in new window Haridwar is quite busy place. Hrisikesh, 20 km from there, is much more peaceful.
3 x bigger image in new window The bridge near the confluence of Ganges's branches.
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The river has a strong current in Haridwar. Therefore chains are spread about 2 m from the river banks to protect people coming there to offer flowers or take bath.

3 x bigger image in new window The temple of Bhairavi devi.
3 x bigger image in new window Deity of Bhairavi devi.
3 x bigger image in new window Lakshmi Narayana Deity.
3 x bigger image in new window Lakshmi Narayana Deity.
3 x bigger image in new window In Rama-ashram one can get cheap accommodation with a sight to the river. There are sculptures and other scenes from Ramayana in the ashram complex.
3 x bigger image in new window Figure of demon Ravana is burned at the end of the festival.
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3 x bigger image in new window Radha- Bankibihariji.
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There is a temple of Manasa devi on this hill. One can take a cable railway to get there and have a sight of a beautiful flower garden. There is a good sight of the town and Ganges from the top and in good climatic condition even Himalaya's peaks are visible.

3 x bigger image in new window Deity of Manasa devi.
3 x bigger image in new window Deity of Shri Varahadeva.
3 x bigger image in new window In summer, the weather is very hot, but the Ganges is always pleasantly cold.
3 x bigger image in new window Bath in Ganges purifies not only the body, but also the soul. It is said in the Vedas that even one bath in Ganges can eradicate all sins.
3 x bigger image in new window „Har-ki-pauri” literary means „legs of Lord Vishnu”. The ghat is also called Brahma-kund, since king Sveta was performing penances there to get Lord Brahma's benediction.
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Many people come to river banks to offer prayers, flowers and ghilamps on leaves.

3 x bigger image in new window Crowd is gradually gathering on Har-ki-pauri ghat...
3 x bigger image in new window ...and gets prepared for arati.
3 x bigger image in new window Harinam-sankirtan on Har-ki-pauri ghat.
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Sacred arati ceremony is regally held every evening. People are offering ghilamps and flowers accompanied by music.

3 x bigger image in new window Arati begins at 6 p.m. and gathered crowd creates wonderful atmosphere.
3 x bigger image in new window Many people comes from all over India to take part in this ceremony.
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3 x bigger image in new window Arati is finished in about 15 minutes and the river is nicely glistening from the temple lights.
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Courtyard of the temple.

3 x bigger image in new window Deity of Lord Shiva, Parvati, Ganesh and Murgan. In front of them there is Nandi, a bull carrier of Lord Shiva.
3 x bigger image in new window Shanti-patik Mandir Samadhi.
3 x bigger image in new window Sadhus in front of samadhi.
3 x bigger image in new window Anjani devi Deity (Durga devi).
3 x bigger image in new window In front of Anjani devi temple.


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