Most Visited Temples in Haridwar: Let us warmly welcome you to Haridwar, one of the seven holiest cities in India. Devotees often find themselves drawn to this peacefully settled town in the state of Uttarakhand. Coming here, taking a dip in the holy river Ganges, taking blessings from the many temples and visiting ashrams are activities that visitors often engage in. And while doing so, they feel an aura of intense devotion and peace. You can do all these famous activities when you plan a trip to Haridwar. But for today we are taking you on a tour of the temples of Haridwar.
They call Haridwar the ‘Gateway of God’ and you can say, the temples of the city take the visitors to that entrance. So, here we begin our journey through these divine temples of Haridwar to the ‘Gateway of God’.
10 Most Visited Temples in Haridwar
- Mansa Devi Temple
We will begin this Haridwar temples list with one of the ‘Panch Tirthas’ (five pilgrimages) of Haridwar. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Manasa, a form of Shakti. Mythology says that Goddess Manasa emerged from the mind of Lord Shiva. Another belief around the temple is named after it. Mansa translates to desire. And the locals believe that if you visit this temple and offer your prayers, your wish will be fulfilled.
When you are in this temple, your heart is immersed in peace and purity. And your temple visit will be adventurous. The temple is situated at a great height and to reach the temple complex you have to go by ropeway. Told you, it will be an exciting adventure! We are guessing this is going straight on your list of best places to visit in Haridwar. And in that case, you must remember the hours to come. From 5 am to 9 pm.
- Chandi Devi Temple
Next, we have another one from the ‘Panch Tirtha’ of Haridwar, Chandi Devi Temple. As the name suggests, Goddess Chani is worshiped here. You can visit the temple at any time of the year between 7 am to 7 pm. But Chandi Chaudas, Navratri and Kumbh Mela are the best times to plan a visit here. You will find this temple on the Neel Parvat of the Shivalik hills. From this, you can guess that the view around the temple is going to be quite amazing. Also, there are excellent trekking opportunities on the way to the temple. If trekking is not your cup of tea, then you must not miss out on the adventure. Ropeway ride will come to your rescue.
- Gaurishankar Mahadev Temple
A few steps away from Chandi Devi Temple is the Gaurishankar Mahadev Temple. Devotees visit the temple in large numbers throughout the year to offer their prayers in front of Lord Shiva. The devotion around the temple is perfectly complemented by the charm and serenity of the surrounding nature. And the Himalayas in the background of the temple make for a mesmerizing view. For all these reasons, we think this temple is a must-have on your Haridwar travel guide. The temple remains open from 8 am to 8 pm. Plan your trip accordingly.
- Bharat Mata Mandir
Not only because of the devotion that surrounds the temple but also for what the temple represents, this Haridwar temple name should be on your travel guide. And that is India as a country (hence the name). It is no surprise that this temple worships the freedom fighters, patriots, and freedom movements of India. The temple also pays tribute to the rich culture and diversity of India. Visit Bharat Mata Temple between 5 AM to 9 PM on any day during your Haridwar visit. And see how beautifully India is celebrated and worshiped here!
- Daksha Mahadev Temple
If you travel to Kankal, located 4 km (between 6 am and 8 am) from Haridwar, you will find our next destination Daksha Mahadev Temple. Although the temple is named after King Daksha Prajapati, it is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Sati, daughter of King Daksha. Offer your prayers here and then spend some time exploring the temple complex. There are two things that will catch your attention. The first is a thousand-year-old banyan tree. And the other is the temple walls depicting the stories of King Daksha and the history of the temple.
- Sati Kund
After talking about the Daksha Mahadev Temple and its stories, another temple, the Sati Kund comes to mind. Haridwar temple location is also in Kankal. And here is its story from the pages of mythology. King Daksha could not accept Lord Shiva as the husband of daughter Sati. Due to her father’s disapproval, Goddess Sati surrendered in a yajna at this very spot. This is the reason why Sati Kund is considered one of the most important temples of Haridwar and that is why we urge you to visit here (anytime between 9 am to 9 am).
- Mahamrityunjaya Temple
You must have probably heard about Maha Mahamrityunjaya Mantra or Lord Shiva Moksha Mantra. This mantra has a very special significance among Hindu mythology and Hindu devotees. This mantra means self-realization and healing. Mahamrityunjaya temple is famous for this mantra. The sound of many devotees chanting the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra will leave you spellbound! Adding more charm to the enchanting atmosphere is the surrounding greenery! If nothing else, at least for the ambiance, then we suggest that you do visit this temple. Darshan’s timings are from 4 am to 8 pm.
- Maya Devi Temple
If you look through the pages of Hindu mythology, you will know that this is where the navel and heart of Goddess Sati fell. This makes this temple a Shaktipeeth and the main temple in Haridwar. As the believers say, Goddess Maya is a form of Adi Shakti and she represents divine power. Along with being a Shaktipeeth, this temple is one of the three oldest temples in the city. This says a lot about its importance! When you visit this temple (6 am to 12 am or 4 pm to 8 pm), you will find idols of Goddess Kali, Goddess Maya, and Goddess Kamakhya inside the temple.
- Vaishno Devi Temple
If the name reminds you of the Vaishno Devi temple of Kashmir, then visiting the temple will do the same. Like the one in Kashmir, the Vaishno Devi temple in Haridwar has several caves and tunnels that lead to the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. After crawling through the narrow caves and tunnels and climbing the steep stairs, you will also get to see the statue of Vaishno Devi and replicas of the 12 Jyotirlingas of India. There are also idols of Goddess Lakshmi, Goddess Saraswati, and Goddess Kali. If you leave Haridwar without taking the blessings of Vaishno Devi Temple, your journey will be incomplete! When planning a trip here, keep the visiting hours in mind, ie 8 AM to 8 PM.
- Neeleshwar Mahadev Temple
Earlier we visited Chandi Devi Temple situated on the Neel Parvat. Now, we will visit another revered temple of Haridwar at the foot of the mountain. We are talking about Nileshwar Mahadev Temple. Yes, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and you will also find a Shiva Linga along with the Nandi idol inside the temple. But the first thing that will leave you mesmerized is the tall statue of Lord Shiva located right in front of the temple. Come here, pray to Lord Shiva, and get immersed in the religious value and beauty of the temple. when can you go? Any day, from 6 am to 8 pm.
Our Haridwar all temples list ends here. Add your favorites to our list and start planning your trip. Book your flights and hotels in Haridwar in advance so that you can enjoy your trip without any hassles!
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