Among the many pilgrimages
that dot the length of the Ganga, Haridwar ranks among the Most
Holy in the land" According to Hindu mythology Haridwar was
known as Kapilsthan. Legend has it that the ancestors of Raja
Bhagirath, were consumed by fire at this spot following a curse
of Rishi Kapil. For their salvation Raja Bhagirath requested the
Ganga to descend on Earth. Haridwar is also famous by the names
of Gangadwar Mokshadwar, Tapovan and Mayapuri. It is at
Haridwar that the Ganga finally emerges into the northern
Haridwar - gateway to the four pilgrimages in the Uttaranchal region, is located on the foot hills of Shivaliks. The Ganges leaves the mountains and enters the plains with Haridwar being the first major town on the plains. Though the Ganges does not lose its rapids completely nevertheless it becomes very quite and calm here. The water is clean and people prefer taking bath on the numerous ghats built on the river shores. It is said that taking bath here purifies the soul and opens the way for the ultimate freedom, Nirvana.
A Major Shaktipeeth
Haridwar has earned fame as being the place which has been blessed by the trinity of Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma. It is also one of the major Shaktipeeths. Down the ages, Haridwar has purified the mind, the body and the soul. Not only in spiritual or religious terms Haridwar has come up as a major learning centre for arts, science and culture. This place has maintained the Gurukul tradition of teaching. This ancient tradition of teaching has maintained its fervour in Haridwar.