]The name Haridwar brings forth the imagination of saints, devotees, pristine and nimble Ganga river, chilly weather and of course, temples in our imagination and truly so. This city is and the surrounding is full of remarkable temples, each of which is a tourist attraction. We will try to cover 5 such destinations for you. Let’s go.
Chandi Devi Temple
This is located atop Neel Parvat and the present structure was built by the then king of Kashmir, Subhat Singh, in 1929. This temple is dedicated to Devi Chandi who, according to the myths, killed the army general chanda-munda of the demon kings, Shumbha-Nishumbha. The status inside is said to be of the 8th century and was worshipped by Adi Sankaracharya, a great saint.
This temple garners enough devotees all around the year and there are two ways to reach the temple, by trekking or by taking the cable car. The cable car provides a magnificent view below and the trekking enthusiasts prefer to trek which mixes pilgrimage and fun into one package for them.
Bharat Mata Temple
Bharat Mata temple is one of the modern architectures in Haridwar which has gathered many visitors. It looks almost like a high-rise building and the temple is indeed 8 stories high. While the whole temple is dedicated to Mother India (Bharat Mata), each floor is dedicated to a different mythological deity. There is a status depicting Mother India on the first floor and the second floor is dedicated to the heroes of India. It also depicts the culmination of several religions on the fourth floor, except Abrahamic faiths like Islam, Judaism and Christianity. The top floors are dedicated to the chief deities of Hindu religion including Shiva and Vishnu.
Some of the best hotels in Haridwar are around this temple so you will probably not miss this.
Daksha Mahadev Temple
It is frequented by the followers of Lord Shiva due to the mythological association of the deity with this temple. King Daksha was the father in law of Mahadev and he organised a ritual where he didn’t invite Mahadev. When Mahadev arrived uninvited, he was insulted by his father in law. Mahadev’s wife, however, didn’t stand for the atrocities of her father and suicide. The wrath of Mahadeva gave birth to a demon that killed the king. However, later, Mahadev regained composer and reanimated the king, giving him a goat’s head. This temple is where Mahadev, along with King Daksha with a goat’s head is worshipped by the devotees.
Mansa Devi Temple
Mansa Devi is the goddess of wish fulfilment and thus, this temple is such a craze among the devotees all of whom visit the temple to share their desires to the devi. This temple is located on top of Bilwa parvat, a hill and the only way to reach there safely is via a cable car. There are two idols of Goddess Mansa in this temple, one with 8 hands and one with 3 heads and 5 hands. The location of Mansa Devi temple is rather strategic as it completes the Siddhapeeth triangle, with Chandi Devi and Maya Devi temples being the other two vortexes.
Sapt Rishi Ashram
While not a temple in the traditional sense, this ashram is located where seven great hermits, namely Gautam, Kashyapam Vashisht, Bhardwaja, Jamadagi, Vishwamitra and Atri, meditated on this ground, making it an immensely holy land. In fact, this place is mentioned in the Mahabharata as well.
The ashram maintains a temple-like atmosphere and the old school charm of traditional India. It serves as a Sanskrit teaching centre now which also works towards spreading the Indian culture among the youths. Situated on the banks of Ganga River, the serene atmosphere will bring a holy feeling to everyone.
However, don’t confine your Haridwar trip to visiting temples only. Find one of the best hotels in Haridwar and along with comfortable stay, they will guide you to the best local temples and general attractions. This city offers some great destinations for general vacationing purposes as well.