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haridwar car rental, haridwar taxi service, taxi in haridwar Haridwar taxi service Haridwar is considered as the abode of god and also as the holy land. It is considered as the entrance to the four pilgrimages, which are in the Uttarakhand. The major reason for popularity is the mythological belief that it is the place that has been blessed by the Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma. It is situated on the foothills of Shivaliks and on the riverbanks of River Ganga. This city of holy Ganges has been an ancient pilgrimage site for many centuries. The River Ganges, after flowing for 253 kilometres (157 mi) from its source at Gaumukh , enters the Plains of North India at Haridwar, that’s why it is also known as Gangadwára in Ved and Puranas.

Most of the people go to Haridwar to take the holy dip in the holy river of Ganges. The main Ghat is known as the Hari-ki Pauri. The legend says that there is a footprint of Lord Vishnu on a stone on a wall present in that Ghat. The Ganga Aarti, which is carried out every morning and evening at 7pm, is a spectacular sight for the various tourists who come there. The scene of diyas and marigold floating in the water of holy Ganges gives unforgettable experience.

Haridwar is one of the seven most holy Hindu places in India usually considered as the holiest place where Moksha, final release can be obtained. Haridwar is also frist step of chardham Tour. These are Haridwar, Ayodhya, Mathura, Puri, Varanasi, Kanchipuram, Ujjain and Dwarka.

Haridwar is also known as the home of Devi Sati and the palace of her father Daksha. Hardwar is the home of many Ashrams (hermitages and places for meditation) and Dharamshalas (rest houses for pilgrims) that have been established by various swamis, yogis and religious institutions. Haridwar is also well-known for Ayurvedic medicines for ages. Haridwar has also been the attraction of wildlife and nature lovers because of Rajaji National Park.

Legends

According to mythology, 'Devas' (Gods) and 'Asuras' (Demons) churned the ocean (Samundra Manthan) to obtain Nectar (Amrita). and when the coveted 'Kumbha' (pitcher) of Nectar (Amrita) which gave immortality was obtained from the depths of ocean, was one of fourteen ornaments that came out from the Samundra Manthan. One of the 'Devas' whisked away the 'Kumbha' from the 'Asuras' and evading from the 'Asuras', stopped at four places viz. Hardwar, Allahabad (Prayag), Nasik and Ujjain before he finally arrived into the safety of heaven. A few drops of Nectar are supposed to have spilled over on the water at these four places and sages, saints and pilgrims started periodically to flock to each of these 'Tirthas' to celebrate the divine event.

According to astrologers, the 'Kumbh Fair' takes place when the planet Jupiter enters Aquarius and the Sun enters Aries. 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. The 'Kumbh' and the 'Ardh Kumbh' fairs are held periodically, every twelveth and sixth year in Hardwar, when a large number of pilgrims and devotees converge to commemorate this divine event. Amidst the Kumbha Mela, millions of pilgrims, devotees, and tourists congregate in Haridwar to perform ritualistic bathing on the banks of the river Ganges to wash away their sins to attain Moksha. Brahma Kund, the spot where the Amrit fell, is located at Har ki Pauri ("footprints of the Lord") and is considered to be the most sacred ghat of Haridwar.

History

In the Ved and Puranas it has been mentioned as Kapilsthan, Gangadwar and Mayapuri. It is also an entrance point to the Char Dham (Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri), Therefore both Shaivaites (followers of Lord Shiva) and Vaishnavites (followers of Lord Vishnu) visit this place. The famous King, Bhagirath, the great-grandson of the King Sagar is said to have brought the river Ganges from heaven, by years of penance in Satya Yuga, for the (salvation) of 60,000 of his ancestors from the curse of the saint Kapila, a tradition sustained by thousands of Hindus, who brings the ashes of their dead family members, in hope of their Moksha.

Haridwar came beneath the ruling of the Maurya kingdom (322–185 BCE), and later under the Kushan kingdom (c. 1st–3rd centuries). The town also fell under the rule of Timur Lang (1336–1405).First Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak (1469–1539) bathed at 'Kushwan Ghat', his visit took place on the Baisakhi day in 1504 AD. Pundits of the Haridwar have been famous for keeping family tree records of the Hindu people. Famous as vahis, these records are updated on their visit to the city.

Famous Festivals

haridwar car rental, haridwar taxi service, taxi in haridwar Kumbh Mela: Once every twelve years it is the venue for the, humanity's largest festival, which drew a record 70 million in 2003. (The festival rotates between Haridwar and Allahabad, Ujjain and Nashik.) The Ardh Mela, or "half mela", is held every six years. The last Maha Kumbh Mela was in 2010, and the next Ardh Mela will be in 2016.Kumbh Mela is a mass Hindu pilgrimage in which Hindus gather at the Ganges The Ardh (half) Kumbh Mela is celebrated every six years at Haridwar and Allahabad, the Purna (complete) Kumbh takes place every twelve years, at four places Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain, and Nashik.
Haridwar hosted the Purna Kumbha mela from Makar Sankranti (14 January 2010) to Shakh Purnima Snan (28 April 2010). Millions of Hindu pilgrims attended the mela. On April 14, 2010, alone approximately 10 million people bathed in the Ganges river. According to officials by mid April about 40 million people had bathed since January 14, 2010. Hundreds of foreigners joined Indian pilgrims in the festival which is thought to be the largest religious gathering in the world.

Baisakhi: Held in April month on the ocassion of baisakhi. One of the biggest festivals of sikh religion. Attracts thousands of people.

Kanwar Mela: In July. The largest yearly festival, drawing up to 300,000 visitors. In the sacred month of Shravan (Saawan) (July -August) devotees of Shiva known as Kānvarias comes to fetch holy waters of Ganges River( Ganga Jal)from Haridwar, Gaumukh and Gangotri in Uttarakhand which is later presented at their Shiva temples.they mostly travel the distance on foot and a very few on bicycles, motor cycles, scooters, mini trucks or jeeps.

Somwati Amavasya: In July. Almost as large as the Kanwar Mela. Amavasya of any month which falls on Monday is called Somvati Amavasya. It is specially known for the Tarpan of ancestors.

Kartik Purnima: Held 15 days after Diwali on the first night of the full moon in November.

How To Reach Haridwar

By Road: National Highway 58, between Delhi and Mana Pass passes through Haridwar connecting it with Ghaziabad, Meerut, Muzzafarnagar, Roorkee and Badrinath and National Highway 74 originating from Haridwar connects it with Kashipur, Kichha, Nagina, Pilibhit and Bareilly.

By Railway: The Haridwar Railway Station located in Haridwar is under the control of the Northern Railway zone of the Indian Railways. It has direct links the major cities of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Indore, Jaipur, Ahmedabad.

By Air: Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Haridwar which is located 35kms far from Haridwar. Flights are easily available from Delhi from Indian Airlines and other private carriers. Taxis are easily available from Jolly Grant Airport to Haridwar. Jolly Grant Airport is well connected to Delhi with daily flights.

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