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Har Ki Pauri



Haridwar Har Ki Pauri.jpg

Constructed by King Vikramaditya in the 1st Century BC, Har Ki Pauri is a sacred ghat dedicated to the memory of Vikramaditya's brother Bharthari.  Legend has it that Bharthari meditated on the banks of the holy Ganges in Haridwar.  This ghat later became known as Har Ki Pauri or the Steps of God Hara or Shiva.  In the evenings, a prayer is offered to Goddess Ganga.  This ceremony is an enchanting experience, encompassing sound and colour.  The ceremony ends with the visitors floating Diyas and incense on the river, a mark of respect to their deceased ancestors.  This event is attended by thousands of tourists and pilgrims from around the world.   

The Har Ki Pauri is a major landmark of Haridwar and this site also marks the point where the Ganges leaves the mountains and enters the plains. 

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