(Last Updated on : 19/04/2012)
Har Ki Pauri is the major landmark of the city of Haridwar
. It is believed that Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu are believed to have visited the Brahmakund in Har ki Paudi in the Vedic age. There is a large footprint which is believed to be that of Lord Vishnu
on a stone wall.
It is believed that Har Ki Pauri is a spot where the Ganges leaves the mountains and enters the plains. The ghat is on the west bank of Ganges canal through which the Ganges is diverted just to the north. Har ki pauri is the area where several pilgrims converge and the festivities commence during the Kumbha Mela
King Vikramaditya is believed to have built the ghat in 1st century BC in the memory of his brother, Bhatrihari
who had come to meditate here on the bank of Ganga River
. Brahamakund is an area within Har ki Pauri where the evening Ganga Aarti takes places and which is considered most sacred. It is considered to be the spot where the drops of Amrit fell over from the sky.
Har Ki Pauri ghat witnesses several pilgrims taking a dip in water of the Ganges. The ghat has undergone major extension and renovation as the crowds increased in subsequent Kumbh Melas. At the time of dawn the priest perform Ganga Aarti when lights are set on the water to drift downstream. People float earthen diyas, with burning flickers and flowers.
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