HARIDWAR – Dwar of
Hari or Gateway to Lord Vishnu, is a
holy city situated at the base of Shivalik ranges of high Himalayas as well as
on the flow path of revered River Ganga. It is widely believed that by taking a
dip in this holy river, one is cleared of all his past sins. Lakhs of devotees
from all over India visit Haridwar every year to take a dip in the holy River
Maa Ganga after carrying the
purity of heaven from the kamandal of Lord
Brahma, washing the feet of Lord Vishnu and flowing through the sahastrara of
Lord Shiva came on this earth and made Haridwar as it’s divine flow area. From
time immemorial, Maa Ganga has been doing the duty of absorbing the heat and
negativities of this earth. Besides and
, It is Gateway for the four dhams of
Himalayas viz. Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath.
It is also believed that Amrit
which was one of fourteen ornaments that came out from the Samundra Manthan was
sprinkled at 12 places in the universe out of which 8 places are in heaven.
Har-Ki-Pauri in Haridwar was one of the four places where Amrit was sprinkled
on earth. As a result , every 12 years Khumbh comes to Haridwar and draws half
a million pilgrims.
Besides it’s religious sanctity,
Haridwar is also known for its Industrial pilgrimage as it houses one of the
plants of the ‘Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd.’ (BHEL) – a Navratna company. It
was established during the first step of Industrialization done by first Prime Minister
of India Shri Jawaharlal Nehru after independence.