( 2.5 kms ) The Mansa Devi temple is one of the oldest temples in haridwar. It is atop the Bilwa Mountains. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Mansa devi ( desires ) and is frequented by devotees from all corners of the world.
The temple can be reached by a cable car or one can climb the stairs to reach the temple. There is an another way to reach the temple i.e via a roadway . The road way is an easier way to reach the temple.
( 2.5kms ) This temple is dedicated to Goddess Chandi devi. Goddess Parvati created Chandi Devi to destroy the evil deamons Shumbh and Nishumbh. The temple is one of the Shaktipeethas in Norther India and is situated atop the Neel Mountains.
The temple is a 3 km steep trek from Chandighat. Cable car facilities can also be availed to reach the temple. The temple also provides a fantastic view of the surrounding areas.
This ancient 11th century temple is dedicated to Goddess Sati and is said to complete the Siddhapeeth Triangle in Haridwar.
It is believed that Sati (Lord Shiva's spouse) burnt herself to take revenge for her husband's insult by her father. On getting the news of Sati being burnt, Lord Shiva carried Goddess Sati's burnt body and set off towards Kailash Mountains.
This is when different body parts of Goddess Sati fell down in different locations of the world. Goddess Sati's navel fell down where the Maya Devi temple is located today.
( 5kms ) This is one of the oldest temples in Haridwar dedicated to King Daksha Prajapati ( Sati's father ) The legends of Daksha Mahadev Temple is associated with the Maya Devi Temple. It is believed that Lord Shiva first killed King Daksha but later returned the life of King Daksha and gave him a goat's head.
The Daksha Temple occupies a significant place in the Hindu mythology.
( 6kms ) This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The shivaling of the temple weights around 160kg. The shivling is located inside the compound of Harihar Ashram. This temple is visted by devotees all year long.
( 3.5kms ) The sacred tank is named after Bhima. It is said that while Pandavas were going to Himalayas through Haridwar, prince Bhima drew water from the rocks here by thrusting his knee (goda), to the ground.
The water from the Ganga flows to the tank. The tank is surrounded by flower gardens and a dam built nearby the tank is also a good place to visit while you are here.
( 4.5kms ) This eight stories temple is dedicated to Bharat Mata ( Mother India )
The first floor has statues of Bharat Mata. The second floor is the Shoor Mandir, is dedicated to the heroes of India. The third floor is Matru Mandir dedicated India's great women, such as Meera Bai, Savitri, Maitri etc. The fourth floor is Sant Mandir dedicated to the great saints from various religions, including Jainism, Sikhism, and Buddhism. The fifth floor is dedicated to all the religions practised in India. The sixth floor is dedicated to Goddess Shakti, whilst the seventh floor is dedicated to all incarnations of Lord Vishnu. The eighth floor is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
The temple also provides a panoramic view of the Garhwal Himalayas, Haridwar, and the nearby surroundings. This is a must see for the tourists who visit Haridwar.
( 5.5kms ) This is the site where seven sages (or rishis) include Kashyapa, Vashisht, Atri, Vishwamitra, Jamadagi, Bharadwaja and Gautam were meditating but were disturbed by the sound of the water of the river Ganga so they trapped her and later released here in the form of seven streams called Sapt Sarovar.
Yoga and meditation classes are also provided at the ashram. Tourist from all over the world come here to attain spiritual peace and happiness.