Haridwar means Gateway to the Gods. Haridwar's propitious location at the point where the Ganges emerges from the high Himalaya to begin its slow progress across the plains makes it a particularly holy place. There are many ashrams. Every 12 years the Kumbh Mela attracts millions of pilgrims. It takes place every 3 years at Haridwar. It is next due to take place in 1998. The main ghat, Har ki Pairi, is the spot where the Ganges leaves the mountains and enters the plains. It's worth taking the chairlift to the Mansa Devi Temple on the hill above the city. The Daksha Mahadev Temple is also an important temple. Other various interesting places includes Bhimgoda tank, Ashrams like Sapt Rishi Ashram and the Parmath Ashram which has fine images of the goddess Durga. The Bharat Mata Temple looks like an apartment block with a central dome. It is seven storeys high. Chandi Devi is also an important temple.

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