Haridwar is regarded as one of the seven holiest places (Sapta Puri) toHindus. According to theSamudra manthan,Haridwar along withUjjain,NashikandPrayag(Allahabad)
Haridwar is regarded as one of the seven holiest places (Sapta Puri) toHindus. According to theSamudra manthan,Haridwar along withUjjain,NashikandPrayag(Allahabad) is one of four sites where drops ofAmrit, the elixir of immortality, accidentally spilled over fromthe pitcherwhile being carried by the celestial birdGaruda. This is manifested in theKumbha Mela, which is celebrated every 12 years in Haridwar. During theHaridwar Kumbh Mela, millions of pilgrims, devotees, and tourists congregate in Haridwar to perform ritualistic bathing on the banks of the river Ganges to wash away their sins to attainMoksha.Brahma Kund, the spot where the Amrit fell, is located atHar ki Pauri(literally, "footsteps of the Lord") and is considered to be the most sacredghatof Haridwar.It is also the primary center of the Kanwar pilgrimage, in which millions of participants gather sacred water from the Ganga and carry it across hundreds of miles to dispense as offerings in iva shrines.
Haridwar is the headquarters and the largest city of the district. Today, the city is developing beyond its religious importance, with the fast developing industrial estate ofState Industrial Development Corporation of Uttarakhand(SIDCUL), and the close by township ofBharat Heavy Electricals Limitedas well as its affiliated ancillaries.