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PILGRIMAGE

Dear Friends,

Good morning.

On the last leg of our pilgrimage we stayed back at Har Ki Pouri since we had done away with most part of our pilgrimage by that time. Har Ki Pauri is a centre place of Haridwar where the Shiv Bhagat throng all through the day taking holy dip in the Ganges. Astride the points where bhagat take the dip on various ghats, there are two - three points where the mortal remains are immersed and all the last rites are performed on behalf of the dependents of deceased.
Close to the main temple there is Brahm Kund -under dispute. It is said that Brahm Kund was constructed by one of the big business man from Rajastthan and descending generation of the businessman claim that Brahm Kund belongs to them - it being a personal / family property. Currently case is with the Apex Court of India ie.Supreme Court.

It being the month of Shravna, Kawarias (carrying holy water of ganges in vessels) throng the ghats in thousands and thus there is lot of hustle and bustle at Har Ki Pauri. It is here that they begin on their holy journey carrying holy water on their shoulders (they never put it on the ground). On getting tired when they are take the rest, these vessels are hanged on the bomboos(improvised arranged for this are made by the people enroute). On their way to the destined Shiv Temple (where they are to offer Gange water), they are served food and refreshment including food and milk as a mark of their respect for the Kavaria and Lord Shiva.

Local business man have hay day during this month as all these goods required are locally fabricated and sold to the Kavarias. Though, free kitchen arrangements are always there in Haridwar but during the month of Shravna, it is very auspicious to arrange for free kitchen as a true tribute to Lord Shiva and those who undertake penance. It is an annual feature. It re strengthens the faith one has for Lord Shiva.

Here is an over view on Har Ki Pauri and Ganga Aarti. Am sure,you would enjoy going through these small write ups

Jai Ganga Maa Har Ki Pauri is a famous ghat on the banks of the Ganges in Haridwar in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. This revered place is the major landmark of the holy city of Haridwar. Literally, "Har" means "LordShiva" who is the god according to shaivite Rishav Bhagwan school of Hindu theology, "Ki" means "of" and "Pauri" means "steps". Lord Shiva and LordVishnu are believed to have visited the Brahmakund in Har Ki Pauri in the Vedictimes. There is a large footprint said to belong to Lord Vishnu on a stone wall.[1]

It is believed that it is precise spot where the Ganges leaves the mountains and enters the plains. The ghat is on the west bank of Ganges canal through which the Ganges is diverted just to the north. Har Ki Pauri is also the area where thousands of pilgrims converge and the festivities commence during the Kumbha Mela, which takes place every twelve years, and theArdh Kumbh Mela, which takes place every six years and the Punjabi festival of Vaisakhi, a harvest festival occurring every year in the month of April .

Ganga Aarti - Each evening at sunset priests perform Ganga Aartihere, when lights are set on the water to drift downstream. A large number of people gather on both the banks of river Ganges to sing its praises. The priests hold large fire bowls in their hands, the gongs in the temples at the Ghat start ringing and the chants flowing out of lips fill the air. People float earthen Diyas, with burning flickers and flowers in them as a symbol of hope and wishes .The golden hues of floral diyas reflected in the river Ganges presents spectacular view.

With this I cover all the prominent places of religious importance.

Tilak
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