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Situated on the banks of River Ganges, the city of Haridwar (also known as Gateway to God) is world-famous as pilgrimage land. This place is not only about faith but also an indicative of fabulous Indian history, cultural values and rich civilization. In ancient times, this city has been saying Mayapuri, Kapilsthan, Gangadwar. The River Ganga touches plain surface for the first time in Haridwar outing from hilly terrain.

According to a mythological legend, Prince Bhagirath performed penance here to salvage the souls of his ancestors who had perished due to Saint Kapila’s curse. Bhagirath was blessed and the holy river descended on the earth and its water revived the sons of King Sagara. Following the tradition of Bhagirath, devout Hindus stand in the sacred waters here and pray for the salvation of their ancestors.

Haridwar is also famous for the Kumbh and Ardh Kumbh fairs that are held once in every 12 and 6 years respectively. Millions of devotees assemble here during this auspicious occasion and take a dip in the holiest river of India. It is said that drops of amrit (nectar) obtained after the ‘Sagar Manthan’ fell at four places Haridwar, Allahabad, Ujjain and Nashik and the Kumbh fair is held at these four sacred sites.

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