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Following is the list tourist places in Haridwar. These are some of the popular tourist spots in Haridwar.
Har ki Pauri :
It is also known as Brahmakund and it is believed to be the place where divine nectar fell from the pitcher. It is the site for the famous Kumbh Mela which is celebrated in 12 years. Large number of devotees comes especially to Haridwar to take a holy dip in the Ganga River. 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 to the visitors. This sacred Ghat was built by King Vikramaditya in memory of his brother Bhatrihari, who is said to have meditated on the banks of Ganga in Haridwar.
Chandi Devi Temple :
Situated on the top of the Neel Parvat, Chandi Temple was built in 1929 by Suchat Singh, the King of Kashmir. The temple can be reached after a 3km trek from Chandi Ghat. The main statue of Chandi Devi Temple is said to be established by the Adi Shankaracharya in 8th century. Cable car has also been introduced upto Chandi Devi Temple.The reason for the absence of the name Chandi in any ancient Sanskrit work is because of the deity belonging to the non-Sanskrit or non-brahminical tradition of Hinduism
Mansa Devi Temple :
Mansa Devi temple is perched on the top of the Bilwa Parwat and it is dedicated to Goddess Mansa Devi. Mansa Devi can be reached either by a ropeway that carries pilgrims to the temple or on foot. A statue of the Goddess here has three mouths and five arms, while the other one has eight arms. The temple affords bird’s eye view of Haridwar.Mansa Devi Temple is an ancient temple that attracts people from both far and near due to its significance. The temple is considered a must visit for the pilgrims going to Haridwar
Maya Devi Temple :
It is believed that the heart and navel of Goddess Sati fell here when Lord Shiva was taking her corpse. Maya Devi Temple is regarded as one of the Siddhapeeth’s. This ancient temple is dedicated to Goddess Maya Devi, the Adhisthatri deity of Haridwar. She is a three-headed and four-armed deity who is believed to be an incarnation of Shakti. Haridwar was previously known as Mayapuri in reverence to this deity. The temple is a Siddh Peetha which are the places of worship where desires get fulfilled.It is one of three such Peethas located in Haridwar, the other two being Chandi Devi and Mansa Devi Temple
Daksha Mahadev Temple :
This ancient Daksha Mahadev Temple (Daksheswara Mahadev Temple) is located in the south Kankhal with Lord Shiva as its residing deity. According to mythology, this temple is supposed to have been the site of a yagna conducted by Daksha. Named after King Daksha Prajapati, the father of Sati or Dakshayani, Lord Shiva 's first wife. Daksha is one of the fourteen Prajapatis, creator deities, presiding over procreation, and protector of life, in Hindu mythology.
Bhimgoda Tank :
This tank is at a distance of about 1 km from Har ki Pairi. It is said that while Pandavas were going to Himalayas through Haridwar, Bhim made this tank with the blow of his knee. It happened when the Pandavas were on their way to the Himalayas through Haridwar. When Bhima felt the need for water, he thrusted his knee against the rocks and out flew streams of water. The divine sanctity of the site pulls in hordes of devotees from all across India and the world the Bhimgoda Tank enlivens the glorious scenes of the Hindu epic Mahabharata.
Bharat Mata Mandir :
5 km north of the center. Dedicated to Mother India, this is half temple, half nation building exercise, with seven floors stacked with deities, saints, and secular heroes of all Indian faiths. The image of Bharatmata formed with the Indian independence movement of the late 19th century. A play by Kiran Chandra Bannerjee, Bharat Mata, was first performed in 1873. Bankim Chandra Chatterji's 1882 novel Anandamath introduced the hymn "Vande Mataram",[2] which soon became the song of the emerging freedom movement in India.
Ma Anandamayee Ashram :
The ashram is dedicated to Ma Anandamayi, meaning the blissful mother. The ashram also bears the immortal remains of Anandamayi Maa buried in a samadhi. The ashram complex is located in the mythological town of Kankhal, at a distance of 6 km from Haridwar. The mother was a Bengali Mystic. Visitors from all around the world come here to pay their tribute to the blissful mother, known for her yogic powers.The samadhi of Shree Shree Ma Anandamayee (Anandamayi) is located here and is also the Head Office of the revered organisation.
Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar :
This Bird Sanctuary is situated on the main Ganges river, or Neel Dhara, at the Bhimgoda Barrage, it is a paradise for bird watchers and home to many migratory birds during the winter season.The place is much popular with tourists as a bird watcher's delight. Not only avid bird watchers, but the spot also welcomes a good number of nature lovers and trekkers. Trekkers, because the Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar occupies a position from where pass various trekking routes of Haridwar. Visiting the place provides travellers an opportunity to be in close contact with nature.
Doodhadhari Barfani Temple :
The temple of Doodhadhari Barfani temple in Haridwar is a big centre of attraction. Not only for its religious significance but for its beautiful construction work as well. The temple is located in the Dudhadhari Barfani Baba Ashram. The temple complex is built in white marble and is treat for eyes. Inside the temple complex, there are other temples as well dedicated to various Hindu gods and goddesses. Of these, the Ram-Sita Mandir and the Hanuman Mandir are worth visiting.
Pawan Dham :
A modern temple, made entirely of glass pieces, Pawan Dham is now a popular tourist destination. The temple complex was constructed by the effort of Swami Vedantanand Ji Maharaj and the institute located there is growing under the leadership of Swami SahajPrakash Ji Maharaj. People from Moga in Punjab have put considerable efforts and money to erect this place.
Parad Shivling :
Parad Shivling when worshipped with proper procedure, belief, and enthusiasm helps human beings physically, spiritually, and psychologically. Also protects people from natural calamities, disaster, external evil effects. Some of the reference in the ancient texts of Ayurveda and mythological origins which justifies these belief are as follows. It is stated and believed in various texts that if a mercury Shivling is placed and worshipped in a house, society, or a temple. It is considered that it leads to prosperity, positive strength.
Ramanand Ashram :
Situated in shravan nath nagar of the town near railway station, this is the main ashram of Ramanand Sampraday in Haridwar. Mahant Bhagwan Das is the chief of this ashram.
Shantikunj :
Shantikunj is the headquarter of famous spiritual and social organisation All World Gayatri Pariwar (AWGP) established by Pt Shriram Sharma Acharya. Its located at a distance of 6 Kilometers from Haridwar railway station towards Rishikesh/Dehradun on NH58. At the bank of the holy Ganges and between the Shivalik ranges of the Himalayas, its also a place of attraction for tourists as well as seekers of spiritual guidance.
Sati Kund :
Another well-known mythological heritage worth a visit is situated in the Kankhal. Legend has it that Sati immolated herself in this kund.
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