Haridwar city is popular for its temples. At each and every place in Haridwar you will find temples. Everywhere the temples of Haridwar are highly honored. You will find several big and small temples when you enter the main streets of the city. Mainly the temples of Haridwar are either dedicated to Lord Shiva or Lord Vishnu.
Haridwar is also famous and considered as home for various popular temples of Hindus. The name Haridwar is the union of two words, Hari and Dwar. The word Hari means God and the word dwar means Gate.
In Haridwar there are some ancient temples which not only attract people from India but it also attracts people from all over the world due to some specialties and also due to some significance. Some significant temples of Haridwar are Mansa Devi Temple, Parmeshwar Mahadev Temple, Pawan Dham Temple, Lal Mata Temple and Chanda Devi.
Haridwar a city in Uttaranchal, India is famous as it is one of the four main Hindu pilgrimage places in India. Because of several temples and pilgrimage hubs Haridwar is famous as one of the holy places in India.
Mansa Devi Temple :
Mansa Devi Temple is situated on the top of the Shivalik Hills. This temple is dedicated to the daughter of Lord Shiva, Goddess. Mansa Devi. Because of its situation at a great height the temple is like the tower of Haridwar City, which is looking downhill the city, as a loyal mother looks after her dearly loved children. In this temple you will find in one statue of the Goddess 3 mouths and 5 arms and in the other statue you will find 8 arms. You can have a eye-catching view of the city from this temple. One who visit this temple with devotions and offers prayers wholeheartedly is believed to get his wishes fulfilled in this temple. You can reach the temple by rope way (Cable car). There are three ways to reach the temple .
- By cable car (ropeway) (5 Minutes ride).
- By normal trek (1.5km one way)
- By steps (480 steps approx)
Chandi Devi Temple :
Suchat Singh the king of Kashmir constructed Chandi Devi Temple in 1929 AD. Neel Parvat which is on the other bank of river Ganga, can now be approached by means of a ropeway. This ropeway starts from Gauri Shanker Temple which is 3 kilometers path from Chandi Ghat. The myth behind this temple is that, the place where the temple exists is the place where Goddess Chandi killed Chanda-Munda who was the army chief of the demon king, Shumbha-Nishumbha, and this way the place got the name Chandi Devi and so came into existence the Chandi Devi Temple. It is believed, that the major statue was established by the Adi Sankaracharya in 8th Century AD. Like Mansa Devi & Maya Devi Temple, Chandi Devi Temple is also one of the siddhpeeths in Haridwar. Chandi Devi Temple can be reached by two ways.
- By Cable Car (ropeway) (10 Minutes ride).
- By trek (03 km one way)
Jain Temple :
Haridwar a city of temples has also a famous Jain temple. Jain temple is marvelously engraved and sculptured. Because of its carving it is the most beautiful temples of Haridwar. In Haridwar Jain Temple is a new attraction. Built in 1990s the temple is a major attraction for Jain religion. Jain Temple is located on the Rishikesh Highway of Haridwar. The compound of the temple has been built in amazing Jain architectural manner with Jaisalmer stone. Jain Temple is devoted to Shri Chintamani Parshwnath Bhagwan. You can also see idol of Shri Aadinath Bhagwan there.
Daksheswara Mahadev Temple :
Daksheswara Mahadev Temple as the name suggests is devoted to lord Shiva (Mahadev). It is also known as Daksha temple or Daksha Mandir. Dakash Temple a very old temple of Daksha Mahadev is situated in South of Kankhal city, which is at a distance of 4 Kilometers from Haridwar. The legendary behind this temple is that King Daksha Prajapati who was the father of Sati (Lord Shivas first wife) performed yagya at this place. Lord Shiva being not invited by Daksha Prajapati made Sati felt insulted. The consequence of this was that Satiburnt herself in the yagya kund. This incident forced the devotees and supporters of Mahadev and their anger made them kill King Daksha, but soon after Lord Mahadev brought him back to life. This way Dakash Temple came into being and Daksha temple is therefore a tribute to this myth. This temple is situated in town named Kankhal which is 04 kms far from Haridwar Railway Station. At Maha Shivaratri festival Millions of pilgrims comes to visit this temple.
Maya Devi Temple :
Maya Devi Temple is also one of the famous temples where you will see the statue of 3 headed Durga and the statues of Bhairava and Lord Shiva. It is the thinking that the heart and navel of goddess Sati had fallen at this very old shaktipeeth, to be found to the east of Har-ki-Pauri. This temple is dedicated to the power and strength of goddess. In the evening you can enjoy the evening temple ceremony (temple Arti. The temple is located in central area of Haridwar.
Bilkeshwar Mahadev Mandir :
Bilkeshwar Temple as the name suggests is dedicated to lord Shiva & his wife Goddess Parvati. The temple is located at Bilvaparvat near bilkeswar colony Haridwar. According to Hindu mythology the legend behind the temple is discussed in (Skandapurana). One of the ancient Gaurikund (Bathing place of Goddess Parwati) is located 500 meters far from the Bilkeshwar temple. From Hridwar Bus stand the temple is at a distance of 2 kms.
Bharat Mata Mandir :
As is clear from the name Bharat Mata Mandir is devoted to India. In this mandir India is predicted as a mother (Bharat mata). Mother India Temple or Bharat Mata Mandir is located near Sapt Rishi Ashram around 04 kms far from Haridwar. Its compound has 08 floors. Each floor has idols of various gods, goddesses, kings, leaders & revolutionists. Bharat Mata Mandir was inaugurated in 1983 by the late Indian Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi.
Doodhadhari Barfani Temple:
Doodhadhari Barfani temple in Haridwar is a big centre of attraction. This temple is so much relevant not only because of its religious importance but also because of its stunning construction work too. You can find this temple in Doodhadhari Barfani Baba’s Ashram. Compound of the temple is built in white marble. Within the compound of the temple, you will find temples devoted to several Hindu gods and goddesses. The Temple is situated 06 kms far from Haridwar Railway Station. Because of its work the temple is one of the most beautiful temples in Haridwar. Inside the compound of the temple you will find two main temples, one is that of Lord Ram & his wife Sita and other is that of lord Hanuman.
Pawandham Temple :
Pawan Dham temple is the known temple which has aesthetically decorated eye-catching idols. Because of the glass work designed on the walls of the temple makes the temple a famous tourist spot. Pawan Dham is at a distance of 2 kilometer from the main city of Haridwar and is about 3 km from Har-ki-Pauri. Pawan Dham temple is located Just 02 km from Hari Ki Pauri & 04 km from Haridwar railway station. Because of the most beautiful work of glass & mirrors the temple is a good tourist attraction spot.
Mahamrityunjaya Temple :
The Maha Mrityunjay Mantra or Lord Shiva Mantra is considered very commanding and important by the Hindus. Maha Mrityunjay Mantra is also famous as the Moksha Mantra of Lord Shiva. It is believed that by chanting Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra heavenly atmosphere is created which helps in healing. Maha Mrityunjay temple is one more popular Maha Mrityunjay Mantra.
Neelaswar Temple one of the famous temples in the city of Haridwar is a Hindu temple and is devoted to goddess Mansa.
Sati Kund is in fact the spot of the Yagna Kund, the sacrificial fire whereas per Hindu Legend Goddess Sati (Lord Shiva's wife) putherself to fire. Sati burnt herself because of the abusive conduct of her father Daksha Prajapati towards her husband Lord Shiva. This yagna kund from there and then became famous as Sati Kund.
Sri Yantra Temple
Shree Yantra Temple one of the most honored Shakti Upasna Kendra is visited by large number of people every day. Several people attending worships throughout in Navratras in Chaitra (April)and Ashwin (October) months. The Pathotsava of maa Tripur Sundri is held in the month of April. The temple is located at a distance of 300m from the Daksh Mandir.
Sureshwari Devi Temple is located on the lap of Shivalik hills. Haridwar is believed as the front entrance to the 4 pilgrimages in the Uttrakhand State. In your lifetime do once stop over this holy and sacred place to get your body, mind and the spirit clean and purified. Spent some precious time on the Ghats in Haridwar to enjoy a special attraction in the twilight with innumerable diyas floating in the waters of River Ganges.
Gauri Shankar Temple
Gaurishankar Mahadev temple one of the further spiritual temple in Haridwar is situated near Chandi Devi temple. This temple is renowned as the temple of Lord Shiva. Gaurishankar Temple is a part of the various religious festivities held throughout the year. One who visit this temple with devotions and offers prayers wholeheartedly is believed to get his wishes fulfilled in this temple.