Haridwar is a place where the Temples are widespread in each and every place of the city. There are some many ancient temples in Haridwar who attract devotees all over India due to its significance. The temples of Haridwar are highly revered. Haridwar has many small and big temples, spread in the mean streets of the city. Most of the temples in Haridwar are dedicated to Vishnu or Shiva. Haridwar is also well known for Kumbha Mela,which takes place in every twelve year.
Haridwar has become more than just a religious city, where people thronged to perform immersion of the ashes or took a dip in the water to wash away their sins. It has in fact evolved into Yoga, cultural and spiritual centre and has also become a prime hub for learning Sanskrit language The modern day, Haridwar is the reflection of the culture of India and thus offer much to its visitors.
Some of the ancient temples in haridwar are Mansa Devi Temple, Chandi Devi Temple, Maya Devi Temple, Daksheswara Mahadev Temple which attracts peoples due to its significance.
A List of Temples in Haridwar is given below
Chandi Devi Temple : The temple is devoted to Chandi Devi, a form of the Hindu idol Durga. The Chandi Devi Temple is one of the most ancient temples in India and attracts thousands of pilgrims during the festivals of Navratra and the Kumbha Mela.Chandi Devi Temple is also one of the siddh peeths in haridwar along with Mansa Devi and Maya Devi Temple. Temple can be reached by two ways. 1. By trek (03 km one way) 2. By Cable Car (ropeway) (10 Minutes ride).
Mansa Devi Temple : Mansa Devi Temple is dedicated to goddess Mansa Devi. It is an ancient temple that attract people all over from India due to its significance. It is located at the top of Bilwa Parvat. Pilgrims can also use ropeway. The pilgrims can reach the temple by 03 ways. 1. By normal trek 2. By steps 3. By cable car (ropeway).
Maya Devi Temple :Maya Devi temple is one of the most popular temple in Haridwar. The temple is placed to the east of Har Ki Pauri. It is also one of the shakti peeths in Haridwar. You can enjoy the evening temple ceremony (temple Arti) in temple.
Daksheswara Mahadev Temple : Daksheswara Mahadev Temple is dedicated to lord Shiva (Mahadev). Daksheswara Mahadev Temple is one of the popular and ancient temple in Haridwar. It is also known as Daksha temple or Daksha Mandir. This temple is placed in Kankhal. Millions of pilgrims come here at Maha Shivaratri festival.
Bharat Mata Mandir : The Bharat Mata Mandir is placed near sapt Rishi Ashram, Haridwar. It dedicated to mother India. It is a religious shrine and it is founded by Swami Satyamitranand Giri. It was inaugurated by the late India Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi in 1983.
Doodhadhari Barfani Temple : The Doodhadhari Barfani Temple is known for its architectural finesse. Doodhadhari Barfani Temple is placed in the ashram “Doodhadhari Barfani Baba”, This is one of most classic temples in Haridwar. The comfort work in marble and inlay with beautiful carvings makes its architecture looks apart from other shrines of Haridwar.
Har ki Pauri : Har means God and Pauri means foot prints. Har Ki Pauri means footprints of God. The most popular landmark at the Ghats is the footprint of Lord Vishnu himself. The area is famous for being the location of the Kumbha Mela and the Ardha Kumbha Mela. Hari ki Pauri is one of the most sacred bathing ghat in India. Har Ki Pauri is 02 kms far from the Haridwar Railway Station. Everyday there is ceremony called Ganga Aarti is organized here. Ceremony is dedicated to River Ganga which is constantly providing life in the form of her water to people. Ganga Aarti is widely visited by thousands of people everyday (Mostly in evening).
Bilkeshwar Temple : Bilkeshwar Mahadev Temple is a religious-places and is to be found at Haridwar, Uttarakhand. Bilkeshwar Mahade Temple is yet one more place which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. As the story told by the board placed outside the temple, Parvati appeased Lord Shiva under the Bilva tree, therefore the name of the temple. The God, pleased with the prayers of Parvati, blessed her and agreed to take her as his wife. The very old temple is very popular among the local crowd.
Neeleshwar Temple : Neelaswar Temple is a famous religious spot in Haridwar dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is ancient and small Temple in haridwar. Neeleshwar Temple Haridwar is placed just 500 m for the Har Ki Paudi in Haridwar. A stream of Ganga flows down near the temple and it is known as Neeldhara.
Jain Temple : Jain temple is famous for its art design and the huge temple campus. The temple is beautifully curved making it one of the most beautiful temples in Haridwar. The Temple is made up of the yellow stones brought from Jaisalmer.
Pawan Dham : Pawan Dham is Placed about 500 mt further, along the Rishikesh road. The temple is renowned for it’s fantastic glass and mirrorwork and it’s elaborated garbed idols. Pawan Dham Temple is Placed just two km from Haridwar, along the Rishikesh road, in Uttarakhand. The temple was constructed by the attempts of “Swami Vedantanand Ji Maharaj.” The temple is one of the famous tourist attractions.
Mahamrityunjaya Temple : The Maha Mrityunjay Mantra or Lord Shiva Mantra is measured very powerful and significant by the Hindus. It is believed that reciting the Maha Mrityunjay Mantra ia an powerful method of self-realization. It helps in the removal of evil effect and also famous as the Moksha Mantra of Lord Shiva.
Sati Kund : Sati Kund is the site of the Yagna Kund, the sacrificial fire in which sati burnt himself in the wake of the insluting demeanor of her father Daksha Prajapati towards Lord Shiva.