The next KUMBH Stop- Haridwar 2021
One of the Holiest places of India, the city of Haridwar is also one of the four locations that hosts Kumbh Mela. The name ‘ Haridwar’ holds a significant meaning. ‘Har’ depicts Lord Shiva, ‘Hari’ depicts Lord Vishnu whereas ‘Dwar’ means Gates. Visiting the holy place and immersing yourself in the water of ganga will open all the ‘dwars’ or gates to the adobe of Lord Shiv and Lord Vishnu. It is auspicious in way because through haridwar the ganga leaves the mountains of Himalayas and enters the planes of India which is is considered to be in its purest form. The city apart from it holy ganga has plethora of sacred temples and spots each having religious significance. Known for its my most auspicious ghat Har Ki Pauri, Haridwar throughout the year attracts a large number of visitors coming from different parts of the world to bathe and wash off their sins in the waters of ganga. Har Ki Pauri which means Steps of Hari(Lord Vishnu) got its name from the belief that Lord Shiv and Lord Vishnu had visited Haridwar during the vedic period and to back it up, there is also lord Vishnu’s footstep on a stone wall which is worshipped by the devotees. Home to many ashrams and dharamshalas, Haridwar is also host of the annual kaward mela.
Haridwar is the next stop for the Kumbh Mela 2021. The last Purn Kumbh Mel in haridwar was held in the year 2010 which is believed to have reached the footfall around 40 million people. Haridwar had also hosted an Ardh Kumbh mela 2016.