Har Ki pauri Haridwar, Uttaranchal
About Uttarakhand Pilgrimage
Uttaranchal, is also called 'devbhoomi' meaning the land of gods.
One of the most enchanting states of the country, Uttaranchal, the
abode of gods is a perfect place to relax and rejuvenate. It is the
most preferred destination of every devout Hindu. At every turn and
every sight, there is not a place which has been left untouched by the
beauty of nature of spirituality of air. While geographically the
entire landscape is dotted with deep valleys, gorges, beautiful
meadows, snow capped peaks, ice laden glaciers, crystal clear lakes,
springs and waterfalls, hidden in these or lingering close by are the
shrines, temples and famous pilgrimages. The land of Uttaranchal is
dotted with ancient tempels and shrines made thousands of years ago
giving testimony to the rich religious heritage.
Popular Pilgrimage Sites In Uttaranchal
The holy cities of Rishikesh, Pauri Garhwal, Rudraprayag, Haridwar
are on the itinerary of every Hindu who holds religion close to heart.
However, what makes a trip to Uttaranchal all the more memorable and
significant is the presence of Chardham. The four pigrimage
holiest four pilgrimages. According to the Hindu mythology, a trip to
all four of these leads one to salvation. The temples at these places
were set up centuries back by Adi Shankaracharya. Since then they have
been time and again hit by natural calamities and rennovated by kings,
queens and so on. What makes the faith strong in these institutions of
worship are the mystic surroundings like the presence of hot water
springs in the company of snow laden peaks thousand feet above the sea
level. The faith runs strong since centuries, the spiritualness is
unfaltered and the aura so pure that no soul comes back untouched. At
every step you take there is a spring, shrine, a temple or an ashram.
And all these are not alone, they come accompanied by legends which
have been narrated since centuries from one generation to other.
Apart from Chardham, other holy cities like Haridwar Uttaranchal
are home to shrines like Neel Kanth Mahadev (Rishikesh) as well as
hill top shrines of Mansa Devi and Chandi Devi (Haridwar). Other
famous temples like Vishwanath (Almora) and Binsar Mahadev (Ranikhet)
are also some of the major pilgrimage attractions in Uttaranchal.
Uttarakhand Temple Shrines
Temples, shrines, holy cities are undoubtedly major pilgrimage
attractions here in Uttaranchal but there is more to pilgrimage here
than just these. It is the numerous ashrams on the bank of Ganga
especially in Rishikesh, the meditation and Yoga, the daily aarti of
Har ki Pauri
, the daily Keertans in the temples and the fairs and
festivals celebrated with zeal since centuries that make Uttaranchal
such mystically enchanting pilgrimage destination.
|Haridwar - A Pilgrim Attraction - By Ganesh Sibu|
The government has made it easy for the pilgrims with a rope way to visit the Chandni- Maa temple situated on the peak of a hill.....