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Haridwar Festivals

Haridwar Festivals

Mainly on the occasion of religious festivals and fairs people move to the holy city Haridwar. The sacred river Ganga flows touches the site in Uttarakhand state. Rishies, Munies, Pundits, children, Sages, men and women take a holy bath in the river Ganges.

People of haridwar are very religious and observe many religious festivals and fairs. The gateway to one of the Dhams of the most auspicious Char Dham Yatra of India, Badrinath and also an entrance to Kedarnath, Haridwar is a one of the most sought after Hindu Tirtha Kshetras of India. Both pilgrims as well as tourists flock this city all round the year.

The major festivals celebrated at this ‘Door to the Land of God’ include the Kumbh Mela, Kanwar Mela, Kavad mela and Ganga Dussehra, etc.

A List of Festivals in Haridwar is given below

Kumbh Mela is celebrated four times over the course of 12 years, the site of the observance rotating between four pilgrimage places on four sacred rivers—at Haridwar on the Ganges River, at Ujjain on the Shipra, at Nashik on the Godavari, and at Prayag (modern Allahabad) at the confluence of the Ganges, the Jamuna, and the mythical Sarasvati.

Khari Holi Festival : Khadi Holi starts a little later than Baithaki Holi. This traditional festival of colours is celebrated to welcome spring and to value good over evil. When in Uttarakhand around the time of Holi, you should without a doubt be a part of the Khari Holi as the festival celebrates the joy of togetherness, culture, and colours that add more meaning and happiness.This vibrant festival is extravagantly roistered over a period of two months in Kumaon.

Kanwar Yatra :The kanvadias, as they are called, usually carry two pitchers of holy water from river Ganga (gangajal) on either side of a pole balanced on the shoulder. The Kanwar Yatra takes places in the holy Hindu month of ‘Shravan’ also known as ‘Saavan’.

Ganga Dussehra Festival : Ganga Dussehra is a festival for worshiping River Ganga. Rishi Bhagirath took many years meditating to convince Ganga to come on earth. This is the day on which the sacred river Ganga descended on earth from heaven. So this festival is also known as Gangavataran which means the descent of the Ganga.