Haridwar one of the most ancient pilgrim center in India. Hari means Lord/God and Dwar means gateway. Hence, Haridwar means Gateway to the Lord. According to popular Hindu mythology, it was here, the lord Shiva released Goddess Ganga from the lock of his hair. It is regarded as one of the seven holiest places (Sapta Puri) to Hindus. Haridwar along with Ujjain, Nasik and Allahabad is one of the place where Amrit accidently spilled while being carried by the bird Garuda (Acrroding to Hindu Mythology). Brahma Kund, the spot where Amrit spilled, is located at Har Ki Pauri.
Har Ki Pauri is one of the sacred Ghat on the banks of river Ganga in Haridwar. Literally, Har means “Lord Shiva” Ki means “of” and Pauri means “steps”. Brahm Kund is the place in Har Ki Pauri where the evening Ganga Arthi takes place and is considered most sacred. Thousands of Hindu devotees from all over the world take a holy dip at river Ganga, it is believed that a dip here will wash away all sins and provide Moksha (freedom from cycle of rebirth). Har Ki Pauri is one of the four site where Kumb Mela takes place every twelve years and Ardh Kumb Mela in every six years, during which millions bathe in the holy Ganga.
It is a pleasant experience to witness the devotees taking dip in holy Ganga and persists performing Ganga Arthi in Har Ki Pauri. No words to explain the beauty of the Ghat during evening Ganga Arthi. Stunning experience to visit the mythological places of Hinduism. Har Ki Puari also has the market, you can enjoy by walking.
How to Reach Har Ki Pauri
5km from Haridwar, 215Km from Delhi and 50Km from Dehradhun and 30Km from Rishikesh. You can reach here by bus, train or plane and the nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport (45Km).