Ganga aarti haridwar

Meaning & Importance of Ganga Aarti

Ganga Aarti means prayer for River Ganga. Prayers are dedicated to gods and godesses. River Ganga is not just a river in India, It is Divine Mother. River Ganga gives life in the form of water. The same water also removes sins when you take a dip in its holy water. River Ganga also gives liberation to souls. Its not just a river but whole culture itself. Historically millions of people are living on the bank of the river ganga. For agriculture her water is still precious for India. River Ganga is considered godess which was originally living in heaven. Saint Bhagirath made a long meditation to give liberation to his ancestors (reduced to ashes due to curse of sage Kapil). He was blessed with Ganga by gods. Lord Shiva held her to reduce her mighty flow. When Ganga flow on the remainings of acncestors of Bhagirath they got Moksha (Liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth). Following the same tradition still Hindu people offer remainings of their dead relatives (after bunring the body) to the river Ganga and expect the moksha for them. In the name of the saint Bhagirath river ganga is known as Bhagirathi at the source and gets name Ganga when it is meeting Alaknanda River at Devprayag. Since hundreds of years people are considering river ganga as holy river and it became part of thier life where they come to get moksha for their relatives which passed away and to remove thier sins. The Ganga Aarti is kind of thanks giving to River Ganga.

History of Ganga Aarti 

It is very difficult to say when the tradition of Ganga Aarti started. However the Ganga Aarti at Har Ki Pauri was started by Pundit Madan Mohan Malviya in 1910s. Recently he was awarded as "Bharat Ratna" highest civilion award by Indian Govt. The small island infront of Har Ki Pauri Ghat is named after him.

Morning Ganga aarti timings at Haridwar Har ki pauri :

January : 07:10
February : 06:45
March : 06:10
April : 05:35
May : 05:15
June : 05:20
July : 05:25
August : 05:35
September : 05:55
October : 06:10
November : 06:25
December : 06:50

Evening Ganga aarti timings at Haridwar har ki pauri :

January : 17:30
February : 17:50
March : 18:10
April : 18:30
May : 18:50
June : 19:10
July : 19:05
August : 18:40
September : 18:10
October : 17:30
November : 17:15
December : 17:20

Get in

Haridwar is about 200 km from Delhi, the capital of India and is well connected by road and rail network from all parts of India. It is better to avoid travelling to Haridwar during the Hindu month of Sawan (around July) since there is a heavy crowd and all important roads are blocked and most of the hotels/busses/trains are crowded. For Going from Delhi to Haridwar you can rent a car, or you can go by plane or train.

By plane

Dehradun's Jolly Grant Airport, with twice daily service to Delhi on Air India Jet Airways daily flights], is 20 km from Haridwar.

By train

Haridwar Junction Railway Station (IR station code : HW) is well-connected by train, with frequent trains to Delhi (4-5 hours) and Dehradun (1 hour). There are also a few trains per day to Rishikesh, but buses are faster and much more frequent. The train station is located on the south side of town, within walking distance to most hotels but a 2-km hike to Hari-ki-Pairi.
Here are some useful trains to reach Haridwar:
Train NumberTrain NameYou may board atYou may alight at
12017Shatabdi ExpressNew DelhiHaridwar Junction
12055Jan Shatabdi ExpressNew DelhiHaridwar Junction
14041Mussoorie ExpressNew DelhiHaridwar Junction
12327Upasana ExpressHowrah (Kolkata), LucknowHaridwar Junction
13009Doon ExpressHowrah (Kolkata), VaranasiLucknowHaridwar Junction
12687Chennai-Dehradun ExpressChennai, Nizamuddin (Delhi)Haridwar Junction
12054Jan Shatabdi ExpressAmritsarHaridwar Junction
14632Amritsar-Dehradun ExpressAmritsarHaridwar Junction
14610Hemkunt ExpressJammuHaridwar Junction
19105Ahmedabad-Haridwar MailAhmedabadJaipurDelhiHaridwar Junction
19019Bandra-Dehradun ExpressBandra Terminus (Mumbai), Nizamuddin (Delhi)Haridwar Junction
12205Nanda Devi AC ExpressNew DelhiHaridwar Junction

By bus

Haridwar's bus station, a stone's throw from the train station, is chaotic and has no signage whatsoever in English. There are regular bus services from Delhi (theoretically 4 hours, in practice 6-8 hours), Rishikesh (1 hour) and other important towns of North India to Haridwar. Before booking the bus check the bus condition. Always go for cushioned and push-back seats. The long and bumpy ride will take a toll on your mood and body, as there is shortage of AC buses during summer vacations, so always go before 1 or 1.5 hour your suitable time so as to get the prior reservation from the ticket window.


Numerous taxi operators provide taxis from New Delhi & Dehradun to Haridwar. Mentioned below is contact information of key operators.
  • Clear Car Rental [; +91-8888 855 220],
  • India Taxi Online []
  • Delhi to Haridwar Taxi Call +91-11-65686666, +91-9540000804
  • New Delhi to Haridwar # 09711823208, 09458900168
  • Dehradun Airport to Haridwar # 09690749753
  • Rishikesh to Haridwar # 0135-2520573
  • Haridwar Taxi Service # 0135-6544287

Get around

Central Haridwar can be reasonably comfortably covered on foot. Cycle rickshaws abound, and most trips in town should not cost more than Rs. 20. Taxis and autorickshaws congregate at the train and bus stations. For taxi service requirements in Haridwar and Chardham contact Haridwar ☎ +91 7351173388 (


  • Har-ki-Pauri , To the north of the center, this is Haridwar's focal point, where devotees gather to bathe and worship on the Ganges. According to legend, this is where a drop of nectar fell from the churning of the oceans when the world was created, and a stone wall has Vishnu's footprint. Each evening around 7 PM,(5.45 PM in winter) thousands gather and worship the river Goddess by putting diyas (floating lamps) in the river. You may be asked to make a donation if you linger near the ghats. Beware of con artists posing as officials. If you would like to make a donation there are boxes at the center of the ghats around the light poles.
  • Maya Devi Mandir , located on upper road. This temple is one of the 51 "shakti peeths" and its the presiding deity of Haridwar. It is from this temple Haridwar derives its other name Mayapur.
  • Mansa Devi Mandir, atop a hill near the center of town. Can be reached by cable car (Rs 58 for a return ticket and Rs 210 (in dec'12) for both mansa devi and chandi devi roapway ride along with transfer between 2 temples.) or by a road that gently winds uphill (about 2 km), starting from Railway Rd. The temple is aesthetically not particularly noteworthy, but the views are grand. Expect to queue to board the cable car and once more to enter the temple: despite some rudimentary attempts at crowd control, the crowds of jostling devotees can make this a pretty intense experience.
  • Bharat Mata Mandir, 5 km north of the center. Dedicated to Mother India, this is half temple, half nation building exercise, with seven floors stacked with deities, saints, and secular heroes of all Indian faiths. Some signage in English.
  • Chandi Devi Mandir,8-9KM from railway station, you get the combi package to see both the temples by AC bus including bus and ropeway charges
  • Daksh mandir,7-8 km from railway station,you get rickshaw or you can hire a auto,near also many mandirs to see at kankhal.
  • Bilkeshwar Mahadev Mandir , Shiva temple located on a hill.
  • Ma Anandamayee Ashram[5]. Located at Kankhal. The samadhi of Shree Shree Ma Anandamayee is located here and is also the Head Office of the revered organisation. It is a must see. Devotees included late Mrs Indira Gandhi (ex Prime Minister of India). Attend the evening aarti near Ma's samadhi and have a soul cleansing experience.
  • Jain TempleBhupatwala, Rishikesh RoadShri Chintamani Parswanath Jain Shwetambar Mandir. Beautiful marble work.

Website of haridwar tourism

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