Sunday, August 5, 2012

Hari-ki-pauri: Haridwar’s most sacred place

My pilgrimage expedition is ongoing. Whenever I get a chance, I try to visit the holy places in India (and abroad) to renew my faith and experience peace.

This June, I was lucky enough to visit, the holy Hardiwar city, one of the oldest living cities in India. As per the legend, it is one of the four places wherein the celestial bird Garuda had spilled a few drops of the divine amrit (elixir of immortality), and is called the Brahmakund. Adjacent to this, is the Hari-ki pauri (God’s feet), situated on the ghat- river banks of the holy Ganges. It is considered the most sacred place in Haridwar. The Ganga Ma temple and the other temples are located nearby.
Haridwar is one of the four sites destined for the famous Kumbh mela.
Every evening the aarti (prayer service) is performed at the Hari-ki-pauri, at dusk (around 7 pm)

The divine chants, ringing bells, moreover the vision of aartis at dusk and numerous diyas – left afloat in the river – invoke the presence of the Divine force !

It is truly a sight to witness atleast once in a lifetime !

“To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark