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Haridwar- Evening scene at Har ki pauri

Pilgrims taking holy dip in the Ganga river at Har ki Pauri ghats at Haridwar. In Hinduism it is considered sacred to take a dip and bathe at this place and it is said to wash away all the sins one had committed.


Temples at Har Ki Pauri, meaning footstep of God, Haridwar, Uttaranchal (India). Haridwar is gateway to the Hindus holy pilgrimage to Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. The river Ganga, revered by Hindus as Mother, leaves the mountains and enters the plains at this place.

As per Hindu mythology, when the Gods and demons were fighting for a pitcher containing the AMRIT (Nectar), drinking which ensured immortality, four drops fell on the earth. Haridwar was one place where a drop fell, thus making this place sacred.

Haridwar is very crowded with many Hindu pilgrims coming to take a holy dip in the river Ganga. They believe this will wash away all their sins. I personally feel why should one commit sins so that later one has to go to wash them away at a sacred place. Whether or not one's sins are washed away after taking a bath here is a question of faith. For those having faith, taking a bath here is the one of the most important things/ achievements in their life. For someone like me, one should try to commit less sins intentionally :-))

MOREOVER, I feel it is very hard to define SIN. What maybe a sin for somebody maynot be so for another person !! What say ??

- Isn't this life very confusing ??????

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Taken on June 13, 2007