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12 Famous Temples in Haridwar

Reverence Temples of Haridwar

Haridwar being the land of God has many legends attached to its history, even today Haridwar has some of the reverence temples that have been there for many years and hold a really important place in Hindu Puranas. Here is the list of some prominent temples in Haridwar  :

1.   Chandi Devi Temple

Chandi Devi temple is located on the Neel Parwat of the Shivalik Hills in Uttarakhand. Chandi Devi temple is also known as Neel Parwat Tirth or Siddha Peetha. As there is a trekking path for reaching the temple, this makes it famous among young hikers or to the one seeking some adventure.  You can also reach the temple with the help of a ropeway and the view from the ropeway is a mesmerizing one. It is one of the oldest shrines in Haridwar which attracts lots of tourists and the footfall of tourists increases during festivals like Kumbh Mela, Navratri, and Chandi Chaudas.

History of Chandi Devi

The foundation of Chandi Devi temple was laid in the late 8th century by Guru Adi Shankaracharya and it is also believed that the idol of the goddess was also placed by the priest himself. It was built formally by the king of Kashmir named Suchat Singh in the year 1929 and from then it became famous as Chandi Devi temple.

How to reach Chandi Devi

There are two methods in which you can opt for reaching this temple, you can either take the ropeway or you can choose the trekking of about 3-4 km. The trekking for Chandi Devi Temple begins from the Chandi Ghar this trekking bit steep and has few odds but the beauty of nature which you can experience while trekking is what makes it worth trekking. The level of trekking to Chandi Devi Temple is from easy to medium and it's also a good destination for hikers.

Chandi Devi by ropeway

You can reach the top of the temple conveniently with the help of a ropeway. You can enjoy the trek of about 4-5 km in the ropeway and experience nature's beauty from the top and that view becomes a mesmerizing one also it reduces the time that would have been wasted in trekking. The ropeway is also known as Chandi Devi udan khatola which costs INR 84 per person.

Best time to Visit

The best time to visit Chandi Devi temple is during the festival period and festivals like Kumbh Mela, Navratri, and Chandi Chaudas, etc.

2.   Mansa Devi Temple

The Mansa Devi Temple is located on the Bilwa Parvat of the Shivalik Hills in Uttarakhand. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Mansa, about whom it is believed that it emerged from the mind of Lord Shiva. This temple is among the five pilgrimage sites in Haridwar. It is believed that the devotees who visit this temple can fulfill their wishes by coming here. It is also believed that this is among the four places where the elixir fell accidentally while it was being carried by Garuda, which is Lord Vishnu's vehicle.

History of Mansa Devi

The temple was constructed in 1811 A.D. and 1815 A.D. by King Gopal Sing of Mani Majra. the temple is dedicated to Goddess Shakti who is believed to be a form of Goddess Shakti, she is also the sister of Vasuki the serpent. According to Hindu mythology, it is the place where the drop of Amrit fell during the Samudra Manthan. The two goddesses Mansa Devi and Chandi Devi, both are forms of Goddess Parvati and hence they always reside close to each other. This is the result of why the temples Chandi Devi and Mansa Devi are also located in the same place.

How to reach Mansa Devi

The temple is located at a distance of approx 3 km from Haridwar and this distance can either be covered by trekking or it can also be covered by Ropeway. The slope is a bit steep and most of the people prefer to take the ropeway to reach the temple. Local taxes and auto-rickshaws are also available to reach the temple.

Ropeway to Mansa Devi

The ropeway which takes devotees to the temple is also known as Mansa Devi Udankhatola. The length of the ropeway from the base station to the temple is 540 meters and the height is about 178 meters. Devotees can also use the ropeway to visit the Chandi Devi temple as well. The starting time of cable car is 7:00 am from April to October and for the rest of the year the time is 8:00 am. The round trip cost around INR 150 per head.

The best time to visit Mansa Devi

The best time to visit the temple is throughout the year but during the holidays and festivals it becomes more favorable to visit this temple.

3.   Bharat Mata Mandir

Bharat Mata Mandir is the temple dedicated to Mother India and is located on the Sapt Sarovar Ghat. It is an eight-story temple where gods are not worshipped but freedom fighters and India's struggle for Independence is worshipped. This temple reflects the immense culture of Mother India and how we are diversified by culture and languages but still stand as one. The inauguration of this temple was done in the year 1983 by our late Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. The height of the temple is about 180 feet. A huge map of India is kept on the ground floor denoting the statue of Mother India. This temple was built before the partition and is dedicated to all those who took part in the formation of New India.

The structure of all the floors is described below:-

First Floor: On the temple, there is a 3d map representing the subcontinent of India carved as Mother India in a Pink saree, and the floor is covered with marble.

Second Floor: On the second floor there is a “Shoor temple” dedicated to all the “Shoorveers” or the personalities who fought for the freedom of our country. It has statues of freedom fighters like Bhagat Singh, Mahatma Gandhi, Subhash Chandra Bose, Rani Lakshmi Bai, etc.

Third Floor: The third story is a “Mata Mandir” which is dedicated to the fearless motherly figures of India like Savitri Bai, and Meera Bai to name a few.

Fourth Floor: In the fourth story there is a temple dedicated to holy saints of India known as “Sant Mandir”. It has the figures of enlightened men like Gautam Buddha, Kabir Das, Tulsi Das, Sai Baba, etc.

Fifth Floor: in the fifth story of the temple there is a pictorial representation of the religions of India and some of their Pivotal moments in Hindu mythology. Like there is a painting depicting the scene where Mother Yashoda is scolding Lord Krishna for stealing butter.

Sixth Floor: in the sixth story of the temple there is a “Shakti temple” where the goddess of Hindu mythology is worshipped like Maa Durga, Maa Saraswati, Maa Parvati, etc.

Seventh Floor: in the seventh story it’s like an ode to Lord Vishnu and his all ten Avatars.

Eighth Floor: the eighth and last story of the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The scene of Mount Kailash is depicted there. Where lord Shiva is sitting in the meditating position and the Himalayan mountains are present in the background.

How to reach

The nearest bus stand is the Haridwar bus stand so you can take any interstate bus to the Haridwar bus stand. The nearest railway station to Bharat Mata mandir is the Haridwar Railway station from there the temple is at a distance of about 5 km. by air, if you want to visit this temple then the nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun which is about 25 km in distance to the temple. After reaching there you can take any local rickshaw or auto to the temple directly.

Best time to Visit

You can visit this temple during any month of the year. The morning and the evening are a bit crowded one so if you want to visit this temple calmly then you can visit it during the afternoon when there is less crowd and even at that time the view of the whole city from the temple is spectacular.

4.   Daksheswara Mahadev Temple

Daksheswara Mahadev temple is located in Kankhal in the Haridwar district of Uttarakhand. This is the oldest temple and included in places of pilgrimage for Shaivites. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Sati and is named after King Daksh Prajapati who was the father of Goddess Sati. there is a yajna kund in the temple and on the left side of the main temple, there is a Daksha Ghat.

Devotees visit this temple, especially during Shivaratri, and also take a dip in the holy water of the river Ganga. The temple is crowded with devotees generally but the crowd increases more during the Savan month. There is a Shivling installed inside the temple and also the wall of this temple depicts the story or history of the temple of that time. There is also a very old banyan tree outside the temple.

History of Temple

The temple is named after King Daksh Prajapati who was the father of Goddess Sati. once Daksh Prajapati organized the yajna at the place where the temple is located and did not invite his son-in-law for that yajna. When Goddess heard about this then she thought it’s my house and I don’t need an invitation to see my family and she appeared in the yajna. Daksha Prajapati insulted her asking how he invited you here in front of everyone.

Then Goddess Sati jumped into the fire of yajna because of anger and when she got to know that this yajna was organized just to insult her husband. When Lord Shiva got to know about everything that happened at the Yajna he got angry and sent one of his Ganas named Virbhadra to chop King Daksh Prajapati’s head and throw it in the fire of yajna Kund. All the gods and sages and even lord Vishnu then pleaded with him to restore Daksha Prajapati to life so that the yajna could be completed.

Then lord Shiva replaced his head with the head of a goat and revived him back. King Daksha Prajapati pleaded for his miss dead. Then it was decided that during Shravan month Lord Shiva would reside in Kankhal. Then Lord Vishnu chopped the body of Goddess Sati into pieces to prevent lord Shiva from mourning for her. The places where the pieces of her body fell became Shakti Peethas.

The architecture of the temple

The Nagara style of architecture is preferred for this temple. In the center of the temple, there is a single spire with a small dome around it. The huge ideal of Lord Shiva is installed in the center of the temple and the temple of Das Mahavidya is located next to the main temple. There is a ghat known as Daksh Ghat where devotees can take a dip in holy water.

How to reach

The nearest bus stand is the Haridwar bus stand which is 4 km away from the temple and if you are going on a train then the nearest railway station is the Haridwar railway station which is 3 km away from the temple. After reaching there you can take any local transport to the temple directly.

5.   Vaishno Devi Temple

Vaishno Devi temple of Haridwar is a replica of the Vaishno Devi temple in Jammu. This temple is dedicated to three Goddesses who are Goddess Lakshmi, Goddess Kali, and Goddess Saraswati. This temple is at Sapt Rishi Marg. The architecture and the tunnel or cave in the temple are similar to the main temple in Jammu. Devotees need to climb the floor and cross the tunnel by crawling to reach the main idol of the Goddess. The 12 jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva can also be seen here. Festivals like Kumbh Mela, Makar Sankranti, Basant Panchami, and Ganga Dussehra are also celebrated here.

The best time to visit

The summertime becomes hot and humid as it is nested on the banks of river Ganga so the best time to visit this temple is between October and March. The opening time of the temple is 8:00 am and the closing time of the temple is 8:00 pm.

How to reach

Vaishno Devi temple is located in Jwalapur, Haridwar. This temple is 5 km away from Haridwar railway station and is located close to Bharat Mata mandir. You can hire any local auto to the temple from the Haridwar bus stand. Jolly Grant Airport is about 44 km away from this temple.

6.   Mayadevi Temple

It is one of the ancient temples and popular Siddh Peeth in Uttarakhand. The incarnation of Goddess Shakti is a goddess Maya who is worshipped here. The previous name of Haridwar was Maya puri which was the name of the goddess Maya. This temple makes the trio of Siddh Peeth in Haridwar, the other two being Chandi Devi Temple and Mansa Devi Temple. The idols of Goddess Maya, Goddess Kali, and Goddess Kamakhya are present in the temple. Many devotees are attracted to this temple during festivals like Kumbh Mela and Navratri.

History of Mayadevi Temple

According to the mythology when Lord Vishnu chopped the body of Goddess Sati into peace so that Lord Shiva could not mourn anymore for her death. At that time the naval part and the heart of Goddess Sati fell on the place where the Maya Devi temple was built.

How to reach

Maya Devi temple is located near Har Ki Pauri and one can reach here directly by hired auto. Haridwar railway station is just half a kilometer away from this temple. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport which is 35 km away.

7.   Parad Shivling

Parad Shivling is located in Harihar Ashram which is located on Kankhal Road in Haridwar. The English word for Parad is Mercury. The Shivling here is made up of 151 kg of pure mercury and this is also a famous pilgrimage place among the followers of Lord Shiva. There is also a rudraksha tree from where devotees collect rudraksha and wear it for their better health and good life. Thousands of devotees visit this temple on an annual basis.

How to reach

The Parad Shivling is housed in Harihar Ashram which is located at a distance of 4 km from the Har ki Pauri ghat. The nearest bus stand is the Haridwar bus stand which is just 3 km away.

8.   Gaurishankar Mahadev Temple

This temple is located in Bilkeshwar Nagar in the Haridwar district of Uttarakhand. The Gaurishankar Mahadev temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located near the Chandi Devi temple. The devotees offer coconut, flowers, and incense sticks to Lord Shiva so that their wish might be fulfilled. Himalayan mountains surround this temple making the view of the temple more stunning and tranquil.

How to reach

The nearest bus stand and railway station is Haridwar Bus Stand and Haridwar Railway Station which is about 4-5 km away from the temple. You can take a local rickshaw or auto-rickshaw to reach the temple.

9.   Doodhadhari Barfani Temple

Doodhadhari Barfani temple is located on Haridwar- Rishikesh NH58 in Bhupatwala and is about 4 km from Har Ki Pauri. The architecture of the temple is authentic and made with white marble. The carvings on the walls of the temple display the divine image of Lord Rana, Sita, and Hanuman.

How to reach

This temple is located on NH 58, Haridwar- Rishikesh national highway. This place is easily accessible from any part of the country. From Delhi, you can take a bus from Anand Vihar bus terminal. The nearest bus stand and the railhead is in Haridwar. The nearest airport is in Dehradun which is Jolly Grant airport.

10.    Bilkeshwar Mahadev Temple

Bilkeshwar Mahadev temple is located in Haridwar in the vicinity of Haridwar Railway station. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple is located in a slightly hilly area and is surrounded by woods. This is the best tourist spot and the weekend getaway of Haridwar. People of all ages, be they kids or be it elderly people can enjoy it here. This place attracts most of the tourists throughout the year.

How to reach

The nearest railway station is within walking distance which is Haridwar Railway station. The most convenient train to get to Haridwar from Delhi is the Dehradun Shatabdi Express. The Dehradun Mumbai Express and the Dehradun Varanasi also serve here. The nearest airport is just 20 km away which is Jolly Grant Airport.

11.    Sureshvari Devi Temple

Sureshvari Devi temple is located in Ranipur, near Haridwar. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga. The temple is located in the dense green forest and in beautiful nature. It is one of the important pilgrimage sites and popular tourist spots in Haridwar.

How to reach

Sureshwari Devi temple is located near Rajaji National Park. The nearest railway station is Haridwar Railway Station, there is a motorable road leading to the temple which is well connected to major cities like Delhi, Lucknow, and Kolkata. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun.

12.    Sati Kund

Sati Kund is located in Kankhal, Haridwar. It is a yajna Kund where Goddess Sati jumped into the fire of the Kund. Sati was the daughter of King Daksh Prajapati and he disrespected her and was not accepting Lord Shiva as her husband. The Sati Kund is on the bank of River Ganga in Kankhal near the Daksha Mahadev temple.

How to reach

This Kund is located at a distance of 4.7 km from the Har ki Pauri Ghat. this place is well connected to the major part of India. Haridwar railway station is the nearest railway station which is well connected to Delhi. Kolkata and Lucknow etc. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun.

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