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Postcards from Haridwar

Haridwar is regarded as one of the seven holiest places to Hindus which is an important pilgrimage city in the Haridwar district of Uttarakhand, India. The River Ganga, after flowing for 250 kilometres from its source at Gaumukh at the edge of the Gangotri glacier, enters the Indo-Gangetic Plains of North India for the first time at Haridwar which gave the city its ancient name, Gangadwara.

I am posting here some of the photographs from a short visit to Haridwar.

Wooden toy shop on the streets of the city. These are small toy Dholak (two-headed hand-drum) on the display.

Streets of Haridwar | You will find such streets very common where there are many aashrams, temples side by side on a long stretch of a road.

This is one of the most common sight at the streets where you will come across plenty of saadhu’s (wandering monks). The north Indian land, particularly that of Uttarakhand is considered to be the land of mystic where many people keep wondering around such holy places in search of Moksha (nirvana) and devine knowledge.

Street side barber.

Scene from Har-ki-Pauri ghat at the time of Ganga aarti.

Devotee at Ganga aarti.

If you want to experience how the faith and belief of one of the biggest religion in the world (Hinduism) drive the human race in one of the biggest country (India) in the world, you have to visit the place and see it for yourself.

Additional Information: 

http://haridwar.nic.in/

http://www.euttaranchal.com/tourism/haridwar.php

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinduism

The holy fire

At Ganga aarti Haridwar | The aarti is being performed for time immemorial at Harki Pauri Ghat at river Ganga, Haridwar. | When I visited the place in June this year, somehing happened. Spiritually. I dont know what but something which gave instant peace of mind, the sense of calmness. The floating diyas carrying hopes and beliefs, the sanskrit chanting, the people, the sound of bells, the sight of long flames of aarti, the saadhu’s…… surreal.

An Experience

May be this is what you call an experience, which lasts a lifetime. Today at Haridwar, I had one of the most amazing experience of the life. Its very unusual for me to feel what I felt because of my unclear and agnostic and confused thoughts on  the religion but spiritually I accept, it was surreal.

Sobharam | He takes care of the shoes out side one of the temple at Haridwar and gets one rupee for every pair of the shoe from the contractors who has appointed him and some tip from the visiting devotees. When I asked him is it sufficient to live on what he earns? He smiled and said “YES, you dont need much to live peaceful life. ”

Harki Pauri Ghat where Ganga aarti is being performed for time immemorial. And what a great thing to happen along. I am writing this as a gujarati, who went there with muslim tour manager, north Indian driver and punjabi fellow travellers. India connecting the dots.

Also had a brief discussion about India, hinduism and spirituality with the fellow senior citizen traveller Mr Sharma. His one remark about the aashrams in haridwar and black money and white marbles was very apt and well observed.

Somehing happened. Spiritually. I dont know what but something which gave instant peace of mind, the sense of calmness. The floating diyas carrying hopes and beliefs, the sanskrit chanting, the people, the sound of bells, the sight of long flames of aarti, the saadhu’s…… surreal.

Haridwar, India

8th June 2012