Welcome to Haridwar Kumbh Mela
Kalash is called Kumbh. Kumbha means pitcher. This festival is related to the nectar which came out during the sea churning. When the god-asura(demons) was snatching the nectar kalash from each other, some drops of it fell in the three rivers of the earth. Kumbh is organized at the place where these drops fell. The names of those three rivers are: – Ganga, Godavari and Shipra.
Kumbh Mela, the largest religious gathering in the world, is held every 12 years in rotation at the four holy places of Haridwar, Allahabad, Ujjain and Nasik. Please check main bathing dates below.
Place near by to visit:
Har Ki Pauri
Har ki Pauri is considered to be the holiest ghat of Haridwar. This ghat is also known as Brahma Kund, and was built by King Vikramaditya in memory of his brother Brittani (Bhartihari), who meditated on the banks of the Ganges River. It is considered the most sacred and auspicious point to bath in the Ganges during the Kumbh which held every 12 years. ‘Har ki Pauri’ is the holy and most important religious place of Haridwar, the religious city of Uttarakhand state. It has meaning – “Hari stage of Narayana”. According to Hindu religious beliefs, after the churning of the ocean, Devashilpi Vishwakarma was taking away the urn of nectar, for which the gods and demons were snatching to get it.
Then a few drops of nectar on the earth spilled from the urn and those places became places of religious. The drops of nectar also fell in Haridwar and the place where they fell was “Har ki Pauri”. Bathing here is the most ardent desire of every devotee who has come to Haridwar, because it is believed that bathing here leads to salvation.
Daksheshwar Mahadev Temple
Daksha Mahadev Temple is an old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located appox 4 km from Haridwar. This temple was first establish by Rani Dhankaur in the year 1810 and was rebuilt in 1962. According to the mythological stories, the Daksha Yagna was performed at this place.
Maya Devi Temple
Haridwar old name was as Mayapuri which is because of the Goddess Maya Devi. In the 11th century, this ancient temple of Maya Devi, the Adhishthatri Devi (Patron Goddess) of Haridwar, is considered one of the Siddhapithas and is said to be the place where the heart and navel of Goddess Sati had fallen. It is one of few ancient temples still standing in Haridwar, along with Narayani Shila temple and Bhairav Temple.
Chandi Devi Temple
This temple is Goddess Chandi, who sits a top the ‘Neel Parvat’ on the eastern bank of the river Ganges. It was built 1929 A.D. by the king of Kashmir, Suchat Singh. Skanda Purana mentions a legend, in which Chanda-Munda, the Army Chief of a local Demon Kings Shumbha and Nishumbha were killed by goddess Chandi here, after which the place got the name Chandi Devi. It is believed that the main statue was established by the Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century A.D. The temple is a 3 km trek from Chandighat and can also be reached through a ropeway.
Mansa Devi Temple
This famous temple is located on the Bilwa mountain on the Siwalik hills, 3 km from the city of Haridwar. The mother Ganges and the flat plains of Haridwar are well visible from the temple. Devotees can reach this temple by cable car. This cable car is famous here as ‘Udankhatola’. Pedestrians from Haridwar city have to climb appox a steep climb of about 1.5Km.