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Haridwar is a pilgrimage city in the Haridwar District of Uttarakhand, India. Associated with both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu, Haridwar is among the seven sacred cities of India. It is also one of the four venues for the Kumbh Mela, held in its magnitude every twelve years.where the Ganges enters the plains is a very religious, Hindu spot. Legend has it that Bhagiratha, brought the Ganges into the earth, and into this point where his ancestors were burnt to ashes by the curse of the sage Kapila,Legend has it that Bhagiratha, brought the Ganges into the earth, and into this point where his ancestors were burnt to ashes by the curse of the sage Kapila. Kapilastaan, a spot in Haridwar is pointed to as Kapila's hermitage. Haridwar was once known as Gangadwara.
Haridwar is dotted with numerous temples and sightseeing spots. The Har Ki Pauri ghat, said to be built by Vikaramaditya to the memory of his brother Bhartrihari, is one of the most sacred places in not only Haridwar, but also India. The Maha Aarti performed every evening here is a must see for any visitor.
Chandi Devi and Mansa Devi, two temples situated at trekking distance from the city are a must visit temples . The ancient temple of Maya Devi is dedicated to Sati, the spouse of Lord Shiva who immolated herself to preserve his honour and is one of the major Shakthipeeths. Four kms from Haridwar is the Daksha Mahadev temple built in honour of Sati's father, King Daksha Prajapati. Legend has it that King Daksha displeased with his daughter's marriage to Lord Shiva did not invite them to a yagya. Sati, who went nonetheless, was insulted by her father and unable to bear it burnt herself alive. Daksha was killed by Shiva's followers and later brought back to life by Shiva. The temple commemorates this event and is one of the five sacred places in Haridwar.
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