Haridwar is a holy city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh and is one of the most popular Hindu pilgrimage places in India. The Haridwar – also known as the city of lamps – is the administrative headquarters of the Uttaranchal state. The city is the potential energy and luck thanks to its many temples, festivals, and the fascination of its Hockey Stadium.

Multicultural vibrance of the place

Haridwar is a place full of religions, cultures, and traditions, and so is the host to all the five major Indian religions and cultures. Haridwar is one of the most revered destinations for all the Hindus and one of the most sacred places for all the pilgrims and devotees. Many important Hindu temples are in Haridwar apart from the Laxmi Narayan Temple. The Birla Temple, the Sant Radha Temple, the GopalMedar Temple, the Holy Temple of Chinnarhibai (where the medal of faiths is kept), the Durgadas (Meenakshi Temple), the Swan Temple, the Santa Rose Temple, the Anand Swaminarayan Temple, the Diksha Giri Temple, the Lakshmi Narayan Temple, the Hazratri Bhave (Bhaveka Temple), the Sri Yukteswar Temple, the Nyatopola Temple, the Tibetan Meditation Temple, the Brahmaputra Temple, the Mahakant Temple, and the relocated Tibetan spiritual center.

Haridwar is a magical and revered destination of the Hindus and devotees in India and attracts millions of tourists and travelers from all over the world. Hindu tourism to the hill station has flourished in the past many years. 

The shrine of Lord Shiva at Sreekantri, a small town in the Western Ghats, is at a height of 2850 meters. The temple is variously known as Yamuna Temple, Matang-Thaanand in the Agasty National Park. Since the times of the Mughal Emperors, many temples have noteworthy significance for the worship of Shiva. The two most ancient and worshiped temples in the area are the Hanumantra and Sri Krishna Temple. There are many more temples there that have their significance.

At the temple entrance, there are small shrines of Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma, and Vishphantas. All the four deities are nicely decorated and colored with yellow, orange, pink, and purple in their terracotta vessels.

In the shrine, there are many statues of Hindu gods and goddesses. The one planning to may observe these magnificent colors should put on the flowers from his shirt as a sign to others.

The staircase in front of the temple has two doors with a ‘Tigi’ written on them. The doors are adorned with large Swastika paintings.

Other beauties of the temple complex

In the sanctum sanctorum, there is a marble replica of a rock formed into a spiritual position by adding a small portion of Agni Kund where the seasons are born from. Behind this place, there is a wonderful mountain of fire. There are many halls within the temple. Some of the temples were constructed around 100 years ago. The designs and substances of the temples are such that the craftsmen of different periods and cultures outstanding.

When one reaches the temple courtyards, a tension-free atmosphere reigns. The walls and ceilings are covered with gold plated copper. At each turn and corner a different design is seen; transforming the aesthetically pleasing calmness of the environment into a colorful and precious space. The courtyards are leading to the inner sanctum where again pigeons sculpture decoratively cluster in the corners and murals have been executed by different artists.

The different types of paintings and murals are in keeping with the different phases in the life of the temple. The paintings in the sanctum are in keeping with the concept of change and legend. They are called Pichkaris in keeping with the change of the seasons. Generally, paintings are executed on an ancient base while murals are executed on a fresh canvas. The paintings are dramatic and religious whereas the murals are scenic and non-restrained.

A few steps further ahead on the temple terrace one can see the Panch Mahaveer Temple with its unique design. The regular Wat Mahavir was built by Raja Bhupendra Maharaja Panch Mahaveer. The temple complex is visited by people of all caste, creed, and religion.

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