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Har Ki Pauri, Haridwar
Har-ki-Pauri, famous as Brahm Kund, is considered as the most sacred and popular site of Haridwar. It is the place from where the River Ganges enters into the plains after exiting the mountains. Har-ki-Pauri was built by Vikramaditya, the famous king, in remembrance of his brother, Brithari, who used to meditate here on the banks of the Ganges River.According to one of the various legends associated with this place, the Hindu Lords Shiva and Vishnu appeared here during the Vedic period. The other legend says that the Hindu Lord Brahma, also known as the God of Creation, performed a ritual of sacrifice called ‘yagna’ at this spot. There are footprints on the ghats, which are said to be of Lord Vishnu.It is believed that taking a dip into the water of Har-ki-Pauri washes off all the sins of an individual. Devotees in large numbers come to this place to perform rituals, such as ‘mundan’ (shaving off the head) and 'upanayan'(the initiation ritual), to name a few. In the span of every 12 years, the ‘Kumbh Mela’ is held at the destination that is witnessed by several thousands of devotees.