Haridwar has been a centre of religious and historic importance from the early ages. A religious city that has been remembered by different names in our scriptures and ancient historic epics. Some times it was Mayapuri and at other times Gangadwar.Situated on the foothills of the Himalaya on the right bank of the Ganga,this city is a beautiful place for the tourists and pilgrims.Haridwar is one of those four chief religious places where the festival of Kumbh takes place in every twelve years. In Hindi language Haridwar literally means ‘Gateway to God’.Haridwar has a lot of spiritual retreats or Ashrams carrying on the lineage of providing the way to body soul perfection via various yoga and meditative techniques.
HISTORY : According to legend the forefathers of King Bhagirath were reduced to ashes due to sage Kapil’s anger.So, King Bhagirath did severe penance and made Ganga descend from the heaven for the salvation of his forefathers. It is believed that if one bath in its sacred waters, he is relieved of all sins and achieves supreme salvation. According to Hindu mythology, as the Gods are believed to have left their footprints in Haridwar.Haridwar is the first town where the River Ganga descends to touch the plains. There are legends which also say that this is where a drop of nectar fell as a result of the manthan – churning of the oceans. It was initially under the Maurya Empire during 322–185 BC, and later under the Kushan Empire during the 1st–3rd century.
LOCATION : Haridwar – Location Haridwar, a part of the erstwhile Saharanpur Divisional Commission, rests at the foothills of the lofty Shivalik ranges. The city is enclosed between Dehradun district in the north, Muzzaffar Nagar and Bijnor districts in the south, Pauri Garhwal and Dehradun districts in the east and Saharanpur district in the west.