The Ganga Darshan program mainly revolves around Rishikesh and Haridwar in Uttarakhand. Paying homage to Gods & Goddess in the two spiritual towns at the foothills of Himalaya may induce the state of equilibrium in one’s body & mind. Involving in mantra chanting and Keertan with practicing yogas during the program can immensely help the devotees in starting a new spiritual life. This program involves Chandi (Mahakali) Puja and Homa at Adya Shakati Mahakali Ashram in Haridwar. Situated on the banks of Neeldhara, a tributary of Ganga, the Ashram and puja rituals will be instrumental in the welfare of the participants for life. Har-Ki-Pauri Ganga aarti, visit to Shri Yantra Temple and trekking 7 km to Kunjapuri Devi Temple are special features of this program.
Covering Prominent Places of Haridwar and Rishikesh
Ganga Puja and Ganga Aarti overview
Visit to Kunjapuri Devi Temple (Himalaya) & Shri Yantra Temple Haridwar
Rudra Abhishek and Chandi (Mahakali) Puja in Haridwar
Basic Yoga Sessions
Mantra Chanting and Keertan Sessions
Schedule / itinerary
Arrival at Haridwar as per the convenience of the devotees.
Orientation session in Haridwar. Holy dip in the Ganga and Ganga puja in the morning.
Visiting some well known places in daytime. Basic Mantra Chanting session in the evening.
Introduction to Basic Yoga (Pranayam) and its session in the morning, visit to Kunjapuri Temple by Trekking from Narendranagar. Night stay in Rishikesh.
Basic Yoga session in the morning. Visit to Neelkanth Shiva Temple Rishikesh.
Ganga Aarti overview in the evening at Parmarth Niketan and visit to Geeta Bhavan. Night stay in Rishikesh.
Mantra Chanting session in the morning. Few local sites seeing & market walk in Rishikesh.
Departure for Haridwar in the evening. Night stay in Haridwar.
Basic Yoga (Pranayam) session and Nada Yoga.
Rudra Abhishek Puja of Lord Shiva in the morning at Haridwar in Shiva Temple. Visiting some famous temples and Ashrams located in Haridwar.
Ganga Aarti overview in the evening at Har-Ki-Pauri Haridwar. Night stay in Haridwar.
Mantra Chanting session in the morning.
Visit to other prominent places in Haridwar. Night stay in Haridwar.
Program conclusion ceremony in Haridwar.
Places to Visit
Rishikesh is a prominent spiritual town situated on the banks of holy River Ganga. It is also called the gateway of the Himalayas. There is also a legend associated with the name of the town. It says that when Rishi Raibhya did penance here, God appeared as Rishikesh and gave his blessings to the Rishi. Since then this place came to be known as Rishikesh.
Places of Attractions: Bharat Mandir, Trambakeshwar Temple, Lakshman Temple, Neelkanth Temple, Sacha Akhileshwar Temple, Ayyapa Temple, Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Shivananda Ashram, Yog Niketan Ashram, Swarg Ashram, Geeta Bhawan, Lakshman Jhula, Ram Jhula, Triveni Ghat, Vasishtha Cave, etc.
Parmarth Niktan - Rishikesh
Parmarth Niketan is a true spiritual haven, situated on the holy banks of Mother Ganga in the lap of the lush Himalayas. It is the largest ashram in Rishikesh providing thousands of devotees who come from all corners of the globe with a clean, pure and sacred atmosphere for pilgrimage, meditation & vedic sermons.
Geeta Bhawan - Rishikesh
Geeta Bhawan is one of the oldest temple complexes situated near Laxman Jhula on the banks of Ganges in Rishikesh. Gita Bhavan has a dedicated Museum for puranic and mythological awareness for the common man. The building consists of a very large complex comprising discourse halls and over 1000 rooms available free of charge for the stay of devotees. For the convenience of the devotees, simple vegetarian food, kitchen and grocery items and Indian sweets are available at very moderate price.
Kunjapuri Temple (Tehri Garhwal)
The temple is one of the 52 Shaktipeeths dedicated to Goddess Parvati. The legend is that one of the body parts of Sati, wife of Lord Shiva, fell on the spot where the present day Kunjapuri Temple is situated. In the course of time, this place has become a prominent place of worship in the region and its glory & sacredness are attracting thousands of devotees from all over the world.
The temple is situated near the Hindolakhal Village on a hill-top and can be reached by trekking only 7 km from Narendranagar that is situated at a distance of 15 km from Rishikesh.
The word ‘Haridwar’ means Gateway to God. It is the place where the holy River Ganga descends from the Garhwal Himalayas and enters the alluvial soil of the plains.Haridwar is regarded as one of the seven holiest places (Sapta Puri) to Hindus. According to the Samudra manthan - Haridwar along with Ujjain, Nashik and Prayag (Allahabad) is one of four sites where drops of Amrit, the elixir of immortality accidentally spilled over from the pitcher while being carried by the celestial bird Garuda. This is manifested in the Kumbha Mela being celebrated every 3 years in one of the 4 places, and thus every 12 years in Haridwar. Amidst the Kumbha 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 attain Moksha. Brahma Kund, the spot where the Amrit fell, is located at Har ki Pauri (literally, "footsteps of the Lord") and is considered to be the most sacred ghat of Haridwar.
Places of Attractions: Mansa Devi Temple, Chandi Devi Temple, Daksha Mahadev Temple, Bilkeshwar Mahadev Temple, Vaishno Devi Temple, Doodhadhari Temple, Har-Ki-Pauri, Anandmai Ashram, Pawan Dham, Bhooma Niketan, etc.
Har ki Pauri - Haridwar
It is also known as Brahmakund and is believed to be the place where divine nectar fell from the pitcher. It is the site for the famous Kumbh Mela which is celebrated once in every 12 years. Large number of devotees comes especially to Haridwar to take a holy dip in the Ganga River. At twilight, when evening aarti is performed the reflection of the lighted diyas that keep floating on the river surface offers an enchanting view of the ghat to the visitors. Legend says that this sacred Ghat was built by King Vikramaditya in memory of his brother Bhatrihari, who is said to have meditated on the banks of Ganga in Haridwar.
Daksha Mahadev Temple - Haridwar
Dakash Temple is a very old temple of Daksha Mahadev. It is situated in Kankhal, Haridwar. Legend says that King Daksha Prajapati, father of Sati (Lord Shiva’s first wife), performed yagya (homa) at this place. Daksha Prajapati did not invite Lord Shiva and Sati felt insulted. As a result, she burnt herself in the yagya kund. This incident provoked the disciples and followers of Mahadev, who killed King Daksha, but later on Lord Mahadev brought him back to life. Daksha temple is therefore a tribute to the King Daksha.
Shri Yantra Temple - Haridwar
Vishvakalyan Sadhanayatan (Shri Yantra Mandir) was founded in 1991 by Nirvana Pithadhishwar Acharya Mahamandleshwar Swami Shri Vishwadevanand ji. The ashram has other Temples also around the Shree Yantra Mandir on the banks of the holy river Ganga where daily morning prayers are performed followed by Yagna, the fire ritual. We also do an evening Aarti. Special Pujas, such as Rudrabhishek and Ganga Puja, are conducted from time to time. The Temple houses a Shiva lingam, along with altars to Ganesha, Parvati, Lord Narayan with Laxmi, Surya Narayan (the Sun God), and Hanuman.
Adya Shakati Mahakali Asharam - Haridwar
Mahakali Ashram is one of the famous religious places of Haridwar and was founded by Swami Rasanand Ji Maharaj. Situated in Kankhal, it is built on the banks of Neeldhara (A tributary of Ganga). The Ashram has a rich history and is chosen by people of all walks of life to lead a solitary life to practice austerity & meditation. It also houses a magnificent temple of Goddess Kalika. The temple compound covers a large area and is visited by huge number of devotees round the year. The Ashram is built on the front side of the compound while the backside harbours the Temple. A large Hawan Kund is also there for performing hawan (homa). The Kalika Ashram is designed to inspire spirituality, peace and harmony among its visitors. The Ashram is guiding thousands of devotees around the world to practice spirituality in its true sense.
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