One of the holiest sites in
, Har Ki Pauri attracts
millions of Hindu devotees from almost every corner of the globe. It is
the place where most of saints head to when they want to attain nirvana
(the state of eternal happiness). Located in the foot of the Garhwal
Himalayas, Har Ki Pauri remains packed with devotees and tourists all
round the year. However, the glory of this holy temple as well as a
revered Ganga Ghat is at its height during the Kumbh Mela season in the
holy town of Haridwar.
The Har Ki Pauri temple carries even more significance, because it
preserves the footprints of Lord Shiva even to this day. The scene at
the Ganges ghats can itself stir your soul and immerse you in the ocean
of devotion. The entire ghat remains lined with saints, rishihs and
Vedic chants and the sound of temple bells
reverberate throughout the day. The atmosphere of piousness becomes even
stronger as evening falls. If you want to experience the true glory of
this sacred place, you should pay a visit to this temple at the
twilight. It is at this time that Ganga Aarti is performed at the ghat
of Ganges at Har Ki Pauri. The Ganga Aarti attracts an equal number of
devotees and tourists from far and wide.
Har Ki Pauri is also known as Brahmakund. According to the Hindu
mythology, it was King Vikrmaditya who built the Har Ki Pauri temple in
Haridwar. Throughout the day, devotees keep on taking a holy dip in the
Ganges and offering prayers at Har Ki Pauri.