Haridwar Yatra The Gateway to Lord Hari

The ancient holy town of Haridwar is on the west bank of the Ganges. Haridwar means "The Gateway to Lord Hari." It is also called Gangadwara, because the sacred Ganges enters the plains from here. Haridwar is one of the seven main holy cities (sapta-moksha puri) in India as described in Garuda Purana.
Hari Ki Pauri (literally, "footsteps of Lord Hari.") is the most famous landmark of Haridwar. The footprints of Lord Vishnu are imprinted on a stone underneath the water at this ghat. This is the exact spot where the Ganges River leaves the Himalayas and reaches the plains and is considered a very holy place. Since time immemorial, every evening at sunset, famous Ganga Arati ceremony takes place at Hari-ki-Pauri. 
Highly pleasing natural beauty, the sweet chanting of mantras and prayers with sages meditating and reverberating evening Ganga Aarti exudes spiritual vibes and is a lifetime experience to attend! 
Haridwar along with Ujjain, Nashik and Prayag is one of four sites where drops of Amrit , the elixir of immortality, spilled over from the pitcher while being carried by the celestial bird Garuda. This is manifested in the Kumbha Mela being celebrated every 3 years in one of the 4 places, and thus every 12 years in Haridwar. Amidst the Kumbha Mela, millions of pilgrims congregate in Haridwar to perform auspicious bathing on the banks of the river Ganges. Also after every 6 years, Ardh Kumbh Mela takes place here.

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