Temples & Ashrams:
|All distances are in kilometers from the hotel Sagar Ganga Resort.|
1) Har-Ki-Pauri -1.5 km
Clock tower at
Har-ki-Pauri This sacred bathing ghat is also known as Brahmakund. The evening prayer at dusk (Aarti) offered to Goddess Ganga at Hari-Ki-Pauri (steps towards God Hari) is an enchanting experience for any visitor. A spectacle of sound and color is seen when, after the ceremony, pilgrims float diyas (floral floats with lamps) and incense on the river commemorating their deceased ancestors. A majority of present ghats were largely developed in the 1800s.
This is the far most important activity in Haridwar and one cannot miss seeing it. It is like going to Paris and not seeing the Eifel Tower!
2) Chandi Devi Temple - 6 km
The trolley car ride to
Chandi Devi and Mansa
Devi Temples The temple is dedicated to goddess Chandi who sits atop the 'Neel Parvat' on the eastern bank of river Ganga. It was constructed in 1929 A.D. by the king of Kashmir Suchat Singh. Skanda Purana mentions a legend in which Chanda-Munda, the Army Chief of a local Demon Kings Shumbh and Nishumbha were killed by goddess Chandi here, after which the place got the name Chandi Devi. It is believed that the main statue was established by the Adi Shankracharya in the 8th century A.D. The temple is a 3 km trek from Chandighat and can also be reached through a ropeway which is operated by a private company and is very safe to travel in(Ph #: 01334-220324, Time-8.30 AM to 6 PM.) One can take a sharing Rickshaw ride to the ropeway. The website of the company that runs the ropeways is http://www.udankhatola.com/
3) Mansa Devi Temple - 0.5 km
4) Maya Devi Temple - 0.5 km
Ancient shrine of Mayadevi Dating to the 11th century, this ancient temple of Maya Devi, the Adhisthatri deity of Hardwar, is considered one of the Siddhapethas and is said to be the place where the heart and navel of Goddess Sati had fallen. It is one of the few ancient temples still standing in Haridwar, along with Narayani Shila temple and Bhairav Temple.
5) Daksha Mahadev Temple -4 km
A view of the Daksha Mahadev Temple The ancient temple of Daksha Mahadev is situated in the south of Kankhal town. According to Hindu mythology, King Daksha Prajapati, father of Dakshayani (Sati), Lord Shiva's first wife, performed a yagna here, in which he deliberately did not invite Lord Shiva. When he arrived uninvited he was further insulted by the king, seeing this Sati felt infuriated and self-immolated herself in the yagna kund. King Daksha was later killed by the demon Virabhadra who was born out of Shiva's anger. Later the king was brought back to life and given a goat's head by Shiva. Daksha Mahadev temple is a tribute to this legend.
6) Sati Kund - 4 km
A view of the Sati Kund Sati Kund, another well-known mythological heritage worth a visit is situated in the Kankhal. Legend has it that Sati (Lord Shiva’s first wife) immolated herself in this kund.
7) Bhimgoda Tank – 2.5 km
This tank is situated at a distance of about 1 km from Har-ki Pauri. It is said that while Pandavas were going to Himalayas through Haridwar prince Bhima drew water from the rocks here by thrusting his knee, or goda, to the very ground.
8) Jairam Ashram – 2.5 kms
Famous for its diorama exhibition, and a massive white statue depicting the famous Samudra manthan episode, a must-see for any visitor. It is situated at Bhimgoda (about 1 km from Har-Ki-Pauri)
9) Sapt Rishi Ashram & Sapt Sarovar - 7 km
A picturesque place near Haridwar, where seven great sages or Saptarishis, namely Kashyapa, Vashisht, Atri, Vishwamitra, Jamadagni, Bharadwaja and Gautam said to have meditated. Ganga split herself into seven currents at this place so that the Rishis would not be disturbed by the flow.
10) Parad (Mercury) Shivling - 2 km
The Shivling made of pure mercury weighing 150 kgs Situated in Harihar Ashram, Kankhal Shivling weighing about 150 kgs made of Mercury and actual Rudraksha tree are the main attractions here. A visit to the Shivling made of Mercury is good for people who have the Kaal-Sarp Yoga in their horoscopes. One can buy the original Rudraksha here for a small price. It is walking distance from the hotel in the direction of Delhi.
11) Doodhadhari Barfani Temple
Part of the ashram of Doodhadhari Barfani Baba, this temple complex in white marble is one of the most beautiful ones in Haridwar, especially the temples of Ram-Sita and Hanuman.
12) Sureshvari Devi Temple
The temple of Goddess Sureshwari is situated in the midst of the beautiful Rajaji National Park. Serenity and religiousness makes this temple abode of worshipers, saints etc. It’s located in the outskirts of Haridwar in Ranipur.
13) Pawan Dham – 2 kms
A modern temple made entirely of glass pieces is now a popular tourist destination. It is situated on the Haridwar-Rishikesh highway approximately 2 kms from the hotel.
14) Bharat Mata Mandir – 5 kms
A multi-storey temple dedicated to Bharat Mata (Mother India), with each floor depicting an era in the Indian History from the days of Ramayan till India's independence. For example one floor is dedicated to the freedom fighters of India another is for the goddesses of India. There is a lift which takes the traveler to the top floor for a rupee only and then one can walk down. It is an interesting place to visit.
This temple is situated on the Haridwar-Rishikesh road. On the same stretch there are many temples and places to visit. It is a bit of a mythological disney land with very innovate concepts in temples for example the Vaishnodevi temple, which is a miniature climb of the actual Vaishnodevi temple in Jammu and Kashmir including the cold icy water and caves before one reaches the three pindis. A Must visit!
15) Anandamayi Ma Ashram
Situated in Kankhal one of the five sub-cities of Haridwar, the ashram houses the smaadhi shrine of Sri Anandamoyi Ma (1896-1982), a noted saint of India.
16) Gurukul Kangri University - 4 km
Situated in Kankhal on the banks of river Ganga on the Haridwar-Jwalapur bypass road, Gurukul Kangri is one of the oldest Universities of India. It was founded in 1902 by Swami Shraddhananda (1856-1926), according to the tenets of Swami Dayananda Saraswati, the founder of Arya Samaj. It has also been visited by British Trade Union leader Charles Freer Andrews and British Prime Minister, Ramsay MacDonald, to study the unique Gurukul based education system. Here Ancient Vedic and Sanskrit literature, Ayurveda, Philosophy are part of the curriculum besides Modern Sciences and Journalism. Its 'Archaeological Museum', (est. 1945) houses some rare statues, coins, paintings, manuscripts and artifacts, starting from Harappa culture (c.2500-1500 BC). Mahatma Gandhi visited the campus three times, and stayed in its sprawling and tranquil campus for an extended period of time, most notably during the 1915 Kumbh mela, followed by a visit in 1916, when on March 20, he spoke at Gurukul Anniversary.
17) Piran Kaliyar - 20 km
Built by Ibrahim Lodhi, a ruler of Delhi, this 'Dargah' of Hazrat Alauddin Sabir Kaliyari, a 13th century Sufi Saint of Chishti Order (also known as Sarkar Sabir Pak) in Kaliyar village, 7 kms from Roorkee is a living example of religious harmony in India, visited by devotees from all over the world during the annual 'Urs' festival, which is celebrated from 1 st day of sighting the moon to the 16th day of Rabeeull month according to the Islamic calendar.
18) Shanti Kunj
Shantikunj was founded and developed by Gurudev Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya in 1971 in Haridwar, India, as a model of the divine society of the 21st Century. It is the head-quarter of All World Gayatri Pariwar, which has more than 70 million followers all over the world. The smooth working of this vast organization is based on voluntary contribution of fifty paisa, one handful of grain and one hour daily for missionary work by millions of its devotees. For raising the moral, cultural, spiritual and ethical values, national integration and development of youths various trainings are organized regularly. Amongst these, the regular ones are:
• Nine days training of Sanjeewani Vidyaa (Art of Living & Art of Relating training camps)
• One month training of Yug Shilpi and Parivraajak (Art of Serving & Art of Leading training camps)
• Three months training for proficiency in Sangeet (music).
More details can be find at www.awgp.org
19) Divya Yog Mandir Trust University
This is 16 kms from Haridwar on the Rorkee-Haridwar road. It is founded by Baba Ramdev, the now famous exponent of Yoga in India and all over the world. Our hotel can arrange for a meeting with the people in the Divya Yog Mandir for personal consultations.
20) Santoshpuri Ashram
This is a very special ashram nestled on the banks of the Ganga in an extremely peaceful environment just ahead of the Bharat Mata Temple on the same road. The founder of the ashram “babaji” has now attained Samadhi but his German wife and children manage the affairs of the ashram, teach yoga and give lectures. They have accommodation as well. It is highly recommended for people looking for a personalized and non-commercial form of spiritualism and yoga. “Mataji” as she is called is the most innocent and pure soul that might exist in today’s world of crass commercialization and largely capitalist culture.
21) Keshav Ashram
This ashram is located very close to the hotel. It is walking distance towards the Delhi highway. It has the remains of the ashes of Lahiri Mahasya the famous guru of Yuteshwar Giri who was the guru of the world famous Paramhansa Yogananda (Auto-biography of a Yogi) – Self Realization Fellowship. Keshav Maharaj was a direct disciple of Lahiri Mahasya.