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Things to do in Haridwar

Things to do in Haridwar

Ganga Aarti in Haridwar

Ganga Aarti is carried out at Har-ki-Pauri Ghat in Haridwar . Har Ki Pauri is one of the most famous places to take holy dip in the river Ganga. Ganga Aarti in actual sense means prayer of River Ganga. Aarti according to Hindu mythology is an ancient Hindu ritual offered to Gods, spiritual leaders, holy things or to the guests. Aarti is a Sanskrit word which means remover of darkness (ignorance). Aarti offered at Har Ki Pauri Ghat is built by King Vikram in 1st century. Bhratuhari who was the brother of King Vikram meditated at Har ki Pauri ghat for Lord Vishnu and Lord Vishnu appeared and gave him his blessings. This way the place named Har Ki Pauri which means Foot Prints of God. This is the same place where drop of nectar fell down and this makes this place a place of prime attraction during Kumbh Mela Festival in Haridwar.

Every evening as the sun’s last rays reflect off the unlimited waters of Mother Ganga, people gather for Ganga Aarti. This heavenly light ceremony is filled with song, ritual, prayer and a palpable sense of the divine. Aarti is the attractive ceremony in which dias (clay made oil lamps) are lighten in river Ganga. Aarti can be done to a deity in the temple, it can be done to a saint or it can be done on the banks of the Ganges to Mother Ganga. It is performed to God, in any form, in any manifestation, and by any name.

The motive behind Ganga aarti is to say “Thank You” to the God who offers us light – the light of the sun, the light of His (Her) blessings and the light of life throughout the day. Through Aarti we give thanks to God and also through lights by the way of diyas we offer back the light of our thanks, the light of our devotion and the light of our love.

Holy Dip at Ganges in Haridwar

As per our Hindu mythology if you take a bath in the river Ganges your all sins will be removed. On an average over one billion people take holy dip every year. The year in which Kumbh Mela comes the number increased to 10 billion. In Haridwar River Ganga is very clear and has holy atmosphere as compare to other towns such as Varanasi or Allahabad and so Haridwar is the best place to take holy dip at Ganges.

Yoga in Haridwar

In todays world Yoga has became a necessity so is now growing fast as a popular activity all over the world. If you visit Haridwar you will come to know that there are so many ashrams where you can learn & practice yoga. If your stay in Haridwar is for a short period you can take short classes in morning & evening from good yoga instructors and if your stay is for a long oeriod you can learn yoga in deep. Yoga has several benefits; it can not only give you perfect synchronization of mind, breath & body but yoga can also improve your immunity, energy level, relations, & health of your body & mind.

Meditation in Haridwar

As Haridwar is a holy place there are so many places in Haridwar which has wonderful environment for meditation. The instructors are too good to teach meditation in Haridwar. Meditation is nothing but a practice by which we train our mind to know our self. Meditation helps is normally in relaxation and stress release world wide. Through Meditation you will get peace & balance which benefits both your emotional health as well as your overall health.

Karma Yoga in Haridwar

Yoga is recognized all over the world as physical exercise, but Karma Yoga is something different as it means to do something good, for other people. A city likes Haridwar, which has spiritual atmosphere, so for doing Karma Yoga, Haridwar is one of the best places. So do visit Haridwar and join people who serve other people and spend some time with poor & those who are homeless basically the old people living in ashrams. With them share your experiences and distribute food or fruits to hungry people or cows. You can also visit orphan home & spend time with kids. If you want and have time you can also teach them few.

Patanjali Yogpeeth in Haridwar

Patanjali Yogpeeth is one of the well-known ashram & Yoga institute in Haridwar. The Institute is opened under the flagship of Baba Ramdev. Patanjali Yogpeeth is famous for research & development in Yoga & Ayurveda and treatment. The Ashram is situated at a distance of 22 kms from Haridwar Railway Station at Delhi – Haridwar Highway.

Ayurveda in Haridwar

Ayurveda is a conventional and traditional way or system of medicines used and popular in Indian subcontinent. Ayurveda is a sort of alternate medicine. Ayurveda is broadly used in Haridwar and it is also used in other parts of India. In Haridwar there is some ashram and centers which provide facility of Ayurvedic treatments. One of the very popular and famous ayurvedic therapies is Panchkarma. Through Panchkarma one can get rid of toxic materials present in our body. For Ayurvedic treatment Ayurveda uses generally plant based medicines which are easily available in Indian subcontinent.

Astrology in Haridwar (Palmistry)

In Haridwar as it’s a religious city Astrology or Palmistry services are easily available. At several places you will find people reading personal horoscopes & palms but you should choose the best among them. There are so many people who want to get answers about their future. So if you too are interested you too can go for a session but before having the session you should have the basic details with you like Birth date, time & city.

Shopping in Haridwar

Whenever we go to visit a place we always wan some special souvenirs of the trip for our family, friends or relatives. Haridwar is a pilgrimage place, so the trend of big shop bargains is missing. In Haridwar you can have varieties for Shopping. In the local markets you can get gems, precious & semi precious stones, jewelry, clothes, rudraksh, idols, spiritual books & other spiritual items. The major shopping areas are in the main market.

Top Things to do in Haridwar

Prayagraj Kumbh Mela 2025
Main Shahi Snan Dates/Special Bathing Dates
14/15 Jan 2025 Makar Sankranti
(1st Shahi Snan)
13 Jan 2025 Paush Purnima
29 Jan 2025 Mauni Amavasya (Main Royal Bath-2nd Shahi Snan)
03 Feb 2025 Basant Panchami
(3rd Shahi Snan)
12 Feb 2025 Maghi Purnima
26 Feb 2025 Maha Shivratri

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