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About 225 km northeast of Delhi, on the west bank of the Ganges, at the foot of the Himalayan mountains, there is a city called  Haridwar – a gateway to Hari (Lord Vishnu). It is the starting point for many pilgrimages to Himalaya, and also one of the four places where Kumbha mela is held every 12 years.

In the past, many great sages like Maitreya, Kapila and Daksha performed penances and sacrifices here.

Every year a hunderd thousand people come to Haridwar to bath in the river Ganga and pray for Her blessings.

The most popular place in Haridwar is probably the Har-ki-Pauri Ghat (Feet of Hari).  On the wall underneath the water at this ghat the footprints of Lord Vishnu are imprinted. Every evening at 7 pm there is an arati to the sacred Ganga. Hunderds of thousands of people come to bathe at this ghat on the first day of Vaisakha in April / May.

At the top of the Vilwa Parvat, a small hill above the city, there is a Mansa Devi Temple dedicated to Mother Durga. From the top, you get a bird’s eye view of Haridwar and the Ganga valley. It takes about a half hour to walk up the hill.

 

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