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Haridwar or Hardwar are two names for the same place and both names are correct in their own ways.  The entire Uttarakhand is dotted with temples of Vishnu and Shiva.  Vishnu is known as Hari and Shiva as Har.  Dwar means gate, and it is for this reason that this place is known as Haridwar or Hardwar, as it is the Gateway to Shri Badrinath and Shri Kedarnath, the holy shrines of Hari and Har.  Hinduism allows freedom to worship  God in any form, and Hari and Har are two of His many forms.  Uttarakhand abounds in shrines of gods & goddesses and Haridwar from time immemorial has been the gateway to these shrines.

Haridwar was also the place of meditation for many ancient sages.  Sage Kapil meditated here and for that reason, this place was for some time known as Kapilasthan.

Haridwar is one of the four places where Kumbh is held every twelve years.  Astrologically, dates for Kumbh at Haridwar become due when Venus and Jupiter coincide with Aquarius, and the Sun and Moon are in the house of Aries and Sagittarius respectively. I am not an astrologer to explain this happening of astrological science, but I thought it would be alright to borrow this version for the sake of readers. According to mythology, the gods and the demons churned the sea for acquisition of the fourteen precious items (14 Ratnas).  These 14 Ratnas were:

 SHRI, RAMBHA, BISH, VARUNI, AMRIT, SHANKH, GAJRAJ, DHENU, DHANAWANTRI, DHANU, TARU, CHANDRAMA, MANI and BAZ.

 The churning of the sea was carried out for, among other ratnas, the procurement of Amrit, the nectar of immortality, and it was this nectar that was the last to emerge.  Seeing the pitcher of nectar emerging out of the churning sea, the demons tried to grab it but Jayant the alert son of Indra captured the pitcher and ran away for the sake of the  gods.  Other gods accompanied Jayant, but the demons gave a big chase in order to snatch away the nectar.  The struggle lasted for 12 days and nights during which time the gods kept the pitcher in hiding at Haridwar, Prayag Raj (Allahabad), Ujjain and Nasik.  According to another story, during the struggle the pitcher broke and the nectar fell at these four places which became holy among the holy places.  This is why Kumbh Mela is held at these four cities every three years in rotation, thus each place getting its turn only after twelve years.  Aradh Kumbhas follow the Kumbhas every sixth years.  Thousands of people from all parts of the country participate in the Kumbhs as if to see the God incarnate  distributing nectar to all those who come from far and near and throng the ghats in large numbers.

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