The sacred city of Haridwar offers a colorful and fascinating blend of culture. Being one of the seven holiest cities in India, Haridwar often bustles with devotees. Haridwar means the Gateway to God, where ‘Hari’ – God and ‘Dwar’ – Gate. Haridwar is also known as Hardwar. This is also mentioned in the Vishnu Purana. Haridwar was also known as Mayurapura ( Home of Peacocks) and Mayapura ( Goddess Maya Devi ) during olden times.
It propitious location near the holy River Ganga has made itgain more popularity. With the passage of time, it has become more than just a religious city, where people thronged to perform immersion of the ashes or took a dip in the water to wash away their sins. One of the most popular places in Haridwar, Har Ki Pauri is a ghat, which was built by King Vikramaditya. It is believed that Vikramaditya ordered for this ghat to be constructed in the memory of his brother Bharthari. The most famed spot here is the Brahmakund, which is thronged by devotees from all over the country. Another major attraction of Har Ki Pauri is the evening Aarti that is organized each evening with great zeal. It has in fact evolved into Yoga, cultural and spiritual center and has also become a prime hub for learning Sanskrit language The modern day, Haridwar is the reflection of the culture of India and thus offer offer much to its visitors.