Haridwar or Hardwar is one of the four holy cities where Kumbh Mela takes place every 12 years. According to Hindu beliefs, it is one of the four places where a drop of Amrit was spilled during Samudra Manthan. However, this city takes new attire in the holy month of Sawan. During this month, the city tide with saffron color and tune of Lord Shiva. Visiting Haridwar during Sawan month will give you the holy view of this city.
The famous Ganga Aarti at Har-ki-Pauri ghat catches new enthusiasm during the holy Sawan month. Every day during sunset, people gather in the ghat to witness the divine light ceremony filled with songs and prayers. Attending the same ceremony during Sawan month is more pleasant with the saffron attire of this city. During this month, a Kanwar Mela takes place everywhere in the bank of river Ganga.
Haridwar is also famous for Kanwar Yatra, the annual pilgrimage journey of Shiva devotees. The Yatra begins from Gangotri, from where the devotees fetch holy Ganga water and carry it to Neelkanth. During this time the streets of Haridwar get tied with the sound of “Har Har Mahadev” and “Bam Bam Bhole”. The view of devotees walking towards Neelkanth with this Yatra will leave you enchanted.
This year Sawan month has been started from 10th July and Sawan Shivsratri is on 21st August. The Kanwar devotees from different part of northern India will be visiting this holy city in this month. The day of offering holy Ganga water to Lord Shiva is on 1st water which is coincidentally a Monday as well. The number of Kanwar devotees for this year might reach to crores as per predictions.
There are also many other things you can do in Haridwar besides enjoying the sawan festival. There are many sacred temples with mythological importance are there in this place. First one to mention is Daksha Mahadev temple, the place of Prajapita Daksh and father of Sati. Vaishno Devi Temple, Chandika Devi Temple, and Maya Devi Temple are some other holy places you can explore. The Sapt Rishi Ashram is also a place of great mythological significance. The tranquil atmosphere of this temple will leave your heart with devotion.
If you are planning to witness the holy atmosphere of Haridwar in sawan then book your accommodation now. You can choose your stay from a range of luxury and budget hotels in Haridwar.
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