Sights to See
Daksh Mahadev Temple and Sati Kund
The temple and the kund are located at Kankhal, which is one of the five sacred places (Panch Tirthas) around Haridwar. The other four are Ganga, Kushwart, Bilwa Tirth and Neel Parvat. The ancient temple of Daksha Mahadev stands in the south Kankhal town. Mythology has it that the King Daksh Prajapati, father of Sati (Lord Shiva's first wife) performed yagya at this place, but didn’t invite Lord Shiva (Mahadev). Feeling insulted, Sati burnt herself in the yagya kund. Provoked by this, the ganas (followers) of Lord Shiva killed King Daksha. Later Lord Shiva brought him back to life.
Bharat Mata Mandir
This eight-storeyed temple houses icons of all Hindu gods and goddesses besides the statues of heroes and great men of India.
As per legend, Bhim, one of the Pandava brothers, protagonists of the epic Mahabharata, with one blow of his horse’s hoof drew water from the rocks at this spot.
Gurukul Kangri University
This University is located on the Haridwar-Jawalapur road. Worth seeing here are the Ved Mandir Museum and Ayurvedic Pharmacy.
Canal Centenary Bridge
One gets a good view of the ghats below from this bridge
A panoramic view of Haridwar can be enjoyed from this temple. The Chandi Devi temple at the top of Neel Parvat on river Ganga’s banks was built in 1929 AD by the King of Kashmir, Suchat Singh. A 3 km trek from Chandighat, is the site where it is believed that the main statue was established by the Adi Shankaracharya in 8th century AD. It is at a distance of 6 km on Neel Parvat on the other bank of River Ganga.
Har-Ki-Pauri is the most important ghat on the river Ganga at Haridwar. A holy dip here is a must for a devotee. The Ganga Arti performed every evening here is a spectacular sight when thousands of lighted lamps are set afloat on the river. King Vikramaditya constructed this sacred ghat in memory of his brother Bhartrihari who it is believed had come to Haridwar to meditate on the banks of the Ganga. This ghat later came to be known as Har-Ki-Pauri (also called Brahmakund). At twilight, golden hues of floral diyas reflected in the river Ganga present the most enchanting sight. The ghat is regarded the most sacred and auspicious point to bathe in the Ganga during the Kumbh held after 12 years and Ardh Kumbh after six years.
Mansa Devi Temple
Situated on the Bilwa Parvat, with a beautiful view of the city. The temple of Goddess Mansa Devi is situated at the top of Bilwa Parwat. The ropeway with its brightly coloured cable cars takes devotees to the old hilltop of Mansa Devi.
Sapt Rishi Ashram and Sapt Sarovar
According to legend, the seven sages, Kashyap, Vashist, Atri, Vishwamitra, Jindayani, Bhardwaj and Gautam meditated here. The Ganga, not wanting to disturb them, split herself into seven streams (Sapt Sarovar) around them.
Maya Devi Temple
The temple of Maya Devi an important deity of Haridwar is known as one of the Siddhapeethas. It is said to be the places where the heart and navel of Goddess Sati had fallen.
Wellness There are numerous Ashrams in Haridwar. The important ones are Akhandparam Dham, Manav Kalyan Ashram, Maa Anand Mai Ashram, Parmarth Ashram, Pawan Dham, Prem Nagar Ashram, Shanti Kunj.