Har Ki Pauri in Haridwar

Har ki Pauri Haridwar

The Bathinda Wali Dharamshala is at walking distance from the Har-Ki-Pauri. It is located in the middle of the market, halfway between the Har-Ki-Pauri and the Bus Stand & Railway station. Restaurants, other shops and facilities are available. A variety of transports like taxis, autos and rickshaws are easily available right out-side the door of the Dharamshala. Har ki Pauri is chief and well-liked ghat on the banks of Ganges in Haridwar.

It was built by king Vikramaditya in memory of his brother, Brithari who had come to meditate in Haridwar. One of the Tourist places in Haridwar is Har ki Pauri which principally means footsteps of the Lord. Har-ki-Pauri is visited by thousands of pilgrims every year. The ghat is the spot where the River Ganges, after twisting its way through the mountains, touches the plains for the first time. Visitors gather along this pious ghat around dawn to take a holy dip during the Ganga Aarati. Countless people bathe in the water of the river to wash off all their sins, as per Hindu beliefs. There are several temples next to the ghat and one can always hear the calming chant of mantras and temple bells. The key appeal is the evening Ganga arti (a fire ritual). One can see the ghat swarmed with priests carrying three-tiered lamps of fire, and devotees engrossed in a spiritual zeal, while the sound of mantras and gongs reverberates through the surroundings. During the arti, the devotees float lamps in the river, creating an unearthly aura of beauty. It is mesmerizing to watch the whole ghat getting illuminated by the sparkling lights. A prime attraction during the day time is a footprint imprinted on a wall which is believed to belong to Lord Vishnu

About Har Ki Pauri

Accurate meaning of the term 'Har Ki Pauri'- "Har" means "Lord Shiva", Ki" means "of" and "Pauri" means "steps". Priest of the nearby temples says that during the Vedic times, Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu believed to have visited Brahmakund in Har Ki Pauri. The Ghat got its name from the foot imprint of the Lord Vishnu, the imprints of the same are present on one of the stones of the Ghat. Har Ki Pauri is a major landmark place and a famous ghat on the banks of river Ganga in Haridwar. A center place of attraction among devotees in Haridwar, Har ki Pauri is believed to be the place of exit of holy river Ganga from the mountains. World famous Ganga Aarti takes place in Brahmakund area of Har ki Pauri, a sacred spot where it is believe that the nectar (Amrit) felled on earth. Har Ki Pauri remains busy during the Ardh Kumbh Mela, Vaisakhi festival, Kanwar Yatra, and Magh Mela. Also, it is one of the four incredible sites in India that hosts the Kumbh Mela, during which millions bathe in the Ganga River.

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