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UTTARANCHAL

Location : Haridwar
Aarti Time : Every Evening
Best Time to Visit : During Kumbh Mela (Once in 12 Yrs)
Other Activities : Holy Dips, Shopping

Aarti at Harki Pauri
Aarti Being Peformed at Ganga Ghats in Haridwar


Harki Paur in Haridwar � On the Banks of Ganges

Haridwar, is one of the most religious town in Uttaranchal and it is this very holy town that hosts the famous 'Maha Aarti', every evening. The most pious ghats of Ganges in Uttaranchal is Harki Pauri, an important bathing ghat. This also the venue of the famous Kumbh Mela, that is held once in twelve years. During this festival an estimated 45 million people converge here to bathe in the sacred waters of the Ganges as part of a purification ritual.
This scared ghat was constructed in the 1st century BC and has webs of legends associated with it. The most important is the one that claims that a person who takes dips here, is freed of all his previous life and gets moksha (Nirvana). The doted temples, shops hawking religious blings and the various clay pots floating on the rivers completes the spiritual picture of Haridwar.

Aarti at Hari ki Pauri
Holy Evening Aarti Being Peformed at Haridwar


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The Colophon of Haridwar - Maha Aarti

To see the most breathtaking sight in Haridawar, come to the Harki pauri ghat in the evening, when the daily ritual of 'Maha Aarti' takes place. When the sun goes down, the most awaited activity of the evening Aart takes places on the ghat. Ganges is decorated as a newly wedded bride and glows with fluorescence of the thousands and millions of diyas and marigold petals. The sir seems to be filled with the rhythmic chants of the mantras and incense. Thousands of devotees sway in tempo and the religious fervency depicted is unimaginable. This activity goes son for six minutes after which the pilgrims scramble madly for the 'prasad' (holy offering).


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Lamps in Haridwar

The Holiest Activity in Uttaranchal
The most popular tourist attractions in Uttaranchal by far in the famous Maha Aarti held at the Harki Pauri ghat in Haridwar. Pilgrims and tourists from all over the world get here to attend this aarti that is held every evening.


Haridwar the Holy City
On the travel map of Uttaranchal, Haridwar is where the lamp is lit. This is indeed one of the most famous pilgrimage destination in India, which shares its bank with the holy Ganges. Take up tours of Haridwar and enjoy the spiritual ambiance.


The Aura of Maha Aarti During Kumbh Mela
Although the sanctity of Aarti is great everyday but it increased manifold during the famous Kumbh Mela that too is held at the Hari ki Pauri ghat. Visit Haridwar during this festival that is held once in 12 years and is a unique attraction in India.


Light a Lamp, Make a Wish
Apart from enjoying the 6 minute long Maha Aarti, tourists can indulge in the various other activities that happen here. Light a clay lamp and make a wish. Then allow this lamp to float on the Ganges. It is said that if the clay lamp keeps floating till your eyes are unable to follow then your wish will be fulfilled.


Shopping for Religious Symbols
Once you are through with the famous Aarti on the Ganges ghats, stroll among the bustling markets where you can find everything that represents god in some manner. Look out for junk jewelley, unique artifacts, replica of temples and other such items.


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