After the birth of the universe, a lot of changes took place in the world, a lot of civilizations flourished and destroyed. Many villages flourished, and somehow they too were destroyed. Troy i Sparta cultures have also disappeared. Time sets all civilizations and villages for change. The storm of time is proof that many cultures have changed or been destroyed, yet there are few cultures or villages that have faced the situation and are still alive. They did not allow their culture, identity and existence to disappear. Haridwar is one of the places that has faced all the difficult situations and still exists in India.
It is about 200 KM away from the Indian capital Delhi. This is a sacred pilgrimage of Hindu culture located near the holy river GANGA. It has long been a hotbed of mythology. Deserving Hindu followers come here to dive in the Ganges River. Here too KUMBH festival, and at that time the presence of Hindu followers becomes very large. Probably no one knows since when these rituals began and how this place has become so important to Hindu followers.
There is a story that King Sagara of the Ishvaku dynasty left his horse Ashwamegh Yagne and then Indra stole it and tied it to the hermitage of Kapil Muni. This ashram was located in Haridwar, and the sons of King Sagara Kapil Muni were hotly burned in Haridwar itself. So when Sagar’s great-grandson bhagirath meditated to bring the Ganges to earth, he first bought the Ganges at Haridwar because he wanted to save Sagar’s sons who had died. Because of that, Sagar’s sons were the first on earth to be saved from the holy water of the Ganges, and since then the tradition of immersing bones has begun.
After the turbulence of the sea, when the nectar came out of the sea, there was a dispute between the demons and the gods to drink it. Devraj Indra’s son, Jayant, took the form of a crow and flew away with the nectar. Jayant rested in 4 places so that they become sacred, and Haridwar is one of them And all Hindus who believe in this truth come here for a holy shower. Every 12 years people celebrate Maha Kumbh in Haridwar and everyone comes here for a holy shower in the Ganges. About 2 to 3 Cr people come here at the time of Maha Kumbha. Due to the uniqueness of the place, the ritual and the river Ganges, this place becomes the most powerful in the eyes of all. From the time of Maurya, the Ganges is a sacred river and all of India and every Hindu who play rituals on the Ganges. In the time of the Indian king Samudragupta, around 350 AD, a canal was built in the Ganges for the convenience of the people. Even today that canal passes through Har ki Pauri or Brahmakund.
After that, his son King Chandragupta built a pier on the banks of this canal or built ghat stairs near Brahmakund, and after that it was rebuilt many times. Har ki Pauri is the most important place in Haridwar for everyone. There is a Brahmakund near Har Ki Pauri. Wherever this goes, here is Brahma himself doing penance. Brahmakunda is considered the most and here bathing is most important. There is a temple of MA GANGA near Brahmakunda, and every evening there is Ganga aarti on Brahmakunda.
People come early to take their proper place and see the Ganga aarti properly. In a short time, thousands of people gather and they are mostly tourists. Even the Mughal king Akbar had confidence in the holy water of the Ganges, they regularly used the water of the Ganges in his castle. Even Guru Nanak also believes in the world of the Ganges. The Pandavas also came to Haridwar at the time of their exile and when Draupadi felt thirsty for water and the Ganges was far from there, so Bhima broke through the hill and created a source of water, and this place is still here as Bhimgoda.
The goddess Haridwar is Maya Devi. There used to be a Maya Devi temple in front of Harmilap Hospital in Haridwar. This is a very ancient Siddha Peeth and is also mentioned in the Puranas and perhaps the Mayadevi temple is the oldest temple in Haridwar. That is why Haridwar was called Mayapuri a long time ago and after that he became Haridwar. In fact, Haridwar has many more names like Hardwar which is derived from the name of Lord Shiva, and another name is Haridwar which comes from Lord Krishna.
In 1885, railway lines reached Haridwar. Later, the railway began to be brought from Haridwar to Dehradun. As a result, a tunnel was built in Khadkhadi, but the railway line could not advance further. whenever the English tried to build a railway in front of them, they never succeeded because the remains of a hill fell on it. Even the latest technologies of the English could not work. After all this, some savant suggests that there is a residence of Maa Bhadrakali and that people are worshiped on the mountain. After that, the Englishman built a temple on the mountain and made a flyover on the railway for the people, so that the people would be able to go and worship. After building the temple, they easily passed the railroad on.
Haridwar is located between Mount Neel and Mount Bill. The Mansa Devi Temple is located on Bill Mount, it is said that the Goddess fought demons in this place. There has been a small temple here since ancient times, and today there is a large temple here. The rope is there to reach this temple. Also, the Chandi Devi Temple located on Mount Neel. The wire line is a bit huge compared to Mansa Devi. There is a story that Chandi Devi Idol appeared on Mount Neel and after that Shankaracharya worshiped and made a temple to Devi.
Kushavart Ghat has its own significance in Haridwar. Here Saint Datatrye prayed standing on one leg. It doesn’t matter at all if you’re a pagan traveler, Haridwar has a lot that keeps you immersed and makes your days off vital. No one can say how many answers to your unresolved questions this place contains!