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Haridwar Festivals - Festivals in Haridwar Haridwar being a place of intense religious significance.

Haridwar also hosts several religious festivals throughout the year; popular among them are the Kavad Mela, Somvati Amavasya Mela, Ganga Dashara, Gughal Mela, in which around 20-25 lacs (2-2.5 million) people take part.

Photos of Haridwar | Haridwar PicturesA Very Rare Painting of Kumbh Mela - 1840
Har Ki Pauri at Night

Apart from this, there is the Kumbh Mela which takes place once in every twelve years, when the planet Jupiter (Brihaspati) comes into the sign Aquarius (Kumbha). First written evidence of the Kumbha Mela can be found in the accounts of Chinese traveller, Huan Tsang or Xuanzang (602 - 664 A.D.) who visited India in 629 AD. According to The Imperial Gazetteer of India, an outbreak of cholera occurred at the 1892 Mela at Haridwar, which lead to the rapid improvement of mela arrangement by the authorities and the formation of 'Haridwar Improvement Society', and in 1903 about 400,000 people attended the fair. A stampede took place near Har-ki-Pauri, during the Kumbh Mela in 1980s, in which 600 people were killed and scores injured. The 1998 Maha Kumbh Mela saw over 80 million pilgrims visiting this city, to take a dip in the holy river, the Ganges.



Haridwar is one place where fairs are being organized with full enthusiasm  round the year, such as Somwati Amavasya, Kartik Poornima, Shravan Poornima, Ganga Dussehra and other important bathing dates of Hindu calendar. The Kanwad mela during the month of Shravana is very popular among masses in which lacs of devotees of Lord Shiva come to Haridwar to take holy water of river Ganga. Apart from these, Kumbh mela and Ardh Kumbh mela at the interval of 12 and 6 years respectively do not need any introduction.  District administration had also organised 'Haridwar Mahotsava', a 3-4 day cultural festival on the bank of river Ganga and 'Ayurveda Mahotsava'. Besides this 'Urs' is organized annually at the holy dargah of Piran Kaliyar in which people of all sects participate and pray for their well being. Following table shows month wise festivals/fairs arranged in this district and approximate no. of  visitors to them.

Month Occasion Approx. no. of Tourists
January Makar Sakranti 2 to 2.5 lacs
Feb-March Maha Shivratri 2 lacs
March-April RamNavmi 3 to 4 lacs
April Baisakhi 8 to 10 lacs
May Buddha Poornima 3 lacs
May Ganga Saptami 2 lacs
June Ganga Dussehra 8 to 10 lacs
July-August Kanwar Mela 25 to 30 lacs
July Somwati Amavasya 20 to 25 lacs
August Janmashtmi 1 lac
October Durga Puja 3 lacs
November Kartik Poornima 7 to 8 lacs
Every Month Ekadashis 2 lacs
  Poornimas 2 lacs
  Amavasyas 2 lacs
Whenever occurs Surya Grahans 4 to 5 lacs
  Chandra Grahans 4 lacs


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