Haridwar is the gateway of God. Haridwar in Hindi means the gateway to the Gods; Hari meaning God and Dwar meaning Gate. This holy place is a famous religious destination which invites people of different faiths and backgrounds. Haridwar is the Indian culture and civilization in full force. The mythology of ancient India, referred to as Gangadwar Haridwar, Kapilsthan and Mayapuri, which is also known in antiquity. It is said that whoever takes a bath in the Ganga river here him salvation is received.
Positioned at a height of 249.7 meters above sea level and covers an area 2360 km ². The religious significance, this city has hosted religious festivals throughout the year. Festivals (mela) are Kumbh mela, Kavad mela, Somvati Amavasya mela and Ganga Dussehra. Of utmost importance is the Kumbh mela, as it occurs once in 12 years when planet Jupiter (Brahaspati) gets closer to planet Aquarius (Kumbh). Haridwar has its own various temples and religious interest not only commercial hub and wildlife sanctuaries. Haridwar is held by any visitor to visit all the temples located in the city and the experience of a devout and holy atmosphere.
Haridwar Tourist Places
Har Ki Pauri
Is a famous pier on the banks of Ganga Har Ki Pauri. This sacred Ghat was built by King Vikramaditya in memory of his brother Bhrithari. It is believed that Bhrithari came to Haridwar and meditated on the banks of the sacred Ganges. When he died, his brother built a Ghat in his name which later came to be known as Har-Ki-Pauri. The most sacred ghat of Har-ki-Pauri is Brahmakund. Literally, "Har" means "Lord Shiva", "ki" means "of" and "paudi" means "steps". Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu are believed to have visited the Brahmakund in Har ki Paudi in the Vedic times. There is a large footprint said to belong to Lord Vishnu on a stone wall.
Har Ki Pauri is believed to be the starting point of the Ganges from the hills and access to the plain. Har ki pauri is the area where thousands of pilgrims converge and the festivities commence during the Kumbha Mela, which Normal Kumbh Mela is celebrated every third year. Ardh (half) Kumbh Mela is held every six years at Haridwar and Prayag,  The (complete) Purna Kumbh is held every twelve years,  at four locations ( Prayag (Allahabad), Haridwar, Ujjain and Nashik). Maha (great) Kumbh Mela, which comes after 12 "Purna Kumbh Melas", or 144 years, is being held in Allahabad.
Chandi Devi Temple
Situated on the top of Neel Parvat, in Haridwar, Chandi Devi Temple is one of the most famous temples of India. Shaktipeeths regarded as one of northern India, this place has great religious significance. It's called the power meets the wishes of devotees, and it is also known as Siddhpeetha. As for the legend associated with the temple of goddess Chandi, also known as Chandika is president of the temple deity. The history of Chandika origin is as follows: long ago, the king of demons and Sumbha Nisumbha had conquered the kingdom of the god-king of heaven - the gods Indra and thrown Swarga (heaven). When the powerful prayers of the gods, Parvati assumed the form of Chandi, a woman of exceptional beauty, and marvel at its beauty, Sumbha want to get married. It was rejected, he sent a demo Sumbha Chiefs Chanda and Munda to kill him. Chamunda killed goddesss Chandika that comes from anger. Sumbha Nishumbha and then tried to kill Tchandika collectively but was killed by the goddess. Subsequently, Tchandika rested for a short time at the top of Neel Parvat and later built a temple here to witness the legend. In addition, the two peaks in the Cordillera and are called Sumbha Nishumbha.
Chandi Devi temple was built in 1929, Suchat Singh, his reign as king of Kashmir. However, the main murti at the temple of Chandi Devi is said to been installed in the eighth century, Adi Shankaracharya, one of the chief priests in the Hindu religion. The temple is also known as Parvati Teerth Neel is one of the Panchen Tirth (pilgrimages five), located in Haridwar.