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A Divine Dip in the Elixir of Life!

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July 16, 2017 in Entertainment

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Are you a religious geek? Do you wish to breathe in the pious air of ancient India? If yes, Haridwar is the place awaiting your divine soul! When one visits it, one can have a lively view of the devotees, mushroomed together in the temples, with aspiring hearts to be blessed by the Lord.

Haridwar is well connected by roadways and railways, and one can easily take a Delhi to Haridwar taxi to reach the city.

As the name itself says, Haridwar or Hari ka dwaar, is the gateway to Lord Vishnu, and the four pilgrimages of Uttarakhand, the four ghats–Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath.

It is one of the seven holiest places (Sapta Puri) according to Hindus. The Great Ganges emerges from the Gangotri glacier and descends to the plains of north India. Haridwar is the place where people from all over the world come to bask in the Ganges– the elixir of life– and wash away their sins in its holy water.

Haridwar is the abode of several devi’s, like Chandi Devi, Mansa Devi, Maya Devi and Sureshwari Devi as well as several temples like Kankhal, Piran Kaliyar, Doodhadhari Barfani Temple and Pawan Dham, each of which has some legendary story weaved to it. If you are an ardent nature lover, here is another place to hit your list, Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar, a bird sanctuary which is an abode to various mind goggling migratory birds.

All the travellers like to have little souvenirs from their trips; the shops in Haridwar are flooded with them! There is plethora of items, from precious stones to jewellery, idols, rudraksh, and spiritual books. Another place to visit in Haridwar is the Patanjali Yogpeeth, the famous ashram and yoga centre, set up by Baba Ramdev to propagate yoga through classes where they teach ancient techniques like Tattva Yoga, Kriya Yoga, Hatha Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga.

The beauty of this place is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! In the daytime, the sun-dappled river Ganga seems to blurt out gold from its waters. And at night, the quintessential beauty of the river is amplified by the magnificent diyas and the marigold flowers floating on it.
Legend has it, that many moons ago a few drops of Amrit fell at Brahma Kund at Har-ki-Pauri, while the sacred bird Garuda carried it to the heavens.

Har-Ki-Pauri, which means the Lord’s footsteps in Sanskrit, has actual imprints of Lord Vishnu. This makes this place so pious that it is believed that the water of the Ganges is truly vivifying! Several sacred rituals are performed at Har-Ki-Pauri like mundan(shaving off the head), Asthi visarjan (putting the ashes of the dead in the water), and the naming ceremony of the newborns.
Haridwar is also famed for its great Kumbh Mela, a grand fest which takes place every twelve years. Millions of devotees from all over the world meander in this magnificent event to liberate themselves from the vicious circle of life and death, and head towards the light of eternity.

All these little gems, make Haridwar a garland, so vivacious and rejuvenating that it remains etched in one’s soul till eternity.

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