‘Haridwar’ is a famous ancient pilgrimage place for the followers of Hinduism. Here, coming out of the hills, Bhagirathi Ganga comes in the plains for the first time. Nestled in the northern part of the Ganges, Badrinarayan and ‘Kedarnath’ go to this place for the famous pilgrimages of Lord Vishnu and Shiva. That is why it is named with both the names ‘Haridwar’ and ‘Hardwar’.
The ancient mythological name of Haridwar is ‘Maya’ or ‘Mayapuri’, which was counted among the Sapta Mokshadayini Puris. A part of Haridwar is still famous as ‘Mayapuri’. In the Mahabharata, Haridwar has been called ‘Gangadwar’.