The temple city of Haridwar is a popular pilgrimage destination in Uttrakhand. Being a sacred place, this city has several temples, some of which are extremely ancient. There are 3 Siddh Peetha (a place of worship where desires get fulfilled) in Haridwar which are the most popular among pilgrims. Read on more to know about the most popular Haridwar temples and good hotels in Haridwar.
Popular Temples in Haridwar
Chandi Devi Temple is a Hindu temple of Goddess Chandi Devi and is located at a distance of 4 kilometers from Har ki Pauri. The temple is situated atop the Neel Parvat on the Eastern summit of the Sivalik Hills. It was built in 1929 by Suchat Singh in his reign as the King of Kashmir thirukadaiyur. However, it is believed that the main murti of Chandi Devi at the temple was installed in the 8th century by Adi Shankaracharya, one of the greatest priests of Hindu religion. The temple is also known as Neel Parvat Tirth, one of the Panch Tirth (Five Pilgrimages) located within Haridwar. Chandi Devi Temple is highly revered by devotees as one of the Siddh Peetha. Thousands of devotees visit the temple, especially during the festivals of Navratra and the Kumbha Mela. The temple is a must visit for the pilgrims going to Haridwar.
Mansa Devi Temple situated on Bilwa Parwat hence also known as Bilwa Tirth is a popular pilgrimage destination. It is also a Siddh Peetha and one of the Panch Tirth. Devotees who want their wishes to be fulfilled by Mansa tie threads to the branches of a tree located in the temple. Once their wishes are fulfilled, people come back again to the temple to untie the thread from the tree. It is also quite popular for the rope-way service known as “Mansa Devi Udankhatola”. It caters to the pilgrims also to the nearby located Chandi Devi shrine. The cable cars offer a picturesque view of Ganga River and Haridwar.
Maya Devi Temple is a Shakti Peetha where the heart and navel of goddess Sati fell. This temple, with Chandi Devi and Mansa Devi Shrine, makes the three Siddh Peetha of Haridwar. Goddess Maya is the Adhisthatri deity of Haridwar. Haridwar was previously known as Mayapuri in reverence to this deity. The temple was made in eleventh century. It is one of the three ancient temples of Haridwar which are still intact along with Narayana-shila and Bhairava Temple. The temple is located to the east of Har ki Pauri and is visited by many devoted pilgrims from all over India. Doodhadhari Barfani Temple and Sureshvari Devi Temple are also quite popular temples in Haridwar.
Hotel King is one of the budget hotels in Haridwar centrally located in Haridwar. It has a good overall rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars and 77% customer recommendation. The hotel is within a walking distance from the bus stand and the railway station and 1 km from Har ki Pauri. It provides rooms well equipped with modern amenities and other facilities like internet access in a price Rs.950. Hotel Arjun, Jassa Ram Road is also a good economy hotel located just 500m from railway station. It has good overall rating of 3.5 on 5 and is recommended by 6 out of 10 guests stayed here. Rooms are well furnished and have a starting tariff of Rs.695.