Bharat Mata, in English Mata means 'mother' and as Bharat is India so the whole word Bharat Mata indicates Mother of India. Bharat Mata is the nationwide personification of Bharat that is India as a goddess mother. She is generally represented as a woman attired in a saffron sari hosting the Indian national flag in her hand, and occasionally escorted by a lion.
Bharat Mata is a portrait painted by the Indian artist Abanindranath Tagore in 1905. The portrait shows Bharat Mata, or Mother of India, in the grace of a Goddess in Hindu religion. The image was the first demonstrated picture of the model, and was painted during with Swadesh ethics during the bigger Indian Independence movement.
Bharat Mata Mandir, or we can also say Mother India Temple, is one of the most interesting temples tourist wants to visit which is located in Haridwar. This temple is the representation Bharat Mata which means that all the cultures and emotions attached from great nation India is symbolized and worship by their devotees or patriotic citizens. This spiritual temple was established by Swami Satyamitranand Giri in the year of 1983. The inauguration of this famous temple was done by Late Smt. Indira Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India. As the idea of Bharat Mata came before the Partition of India, the intention behind this idea was to symbolize "Aryavarta", the motherland of Hinduism in Hindu government, not simply constrained to the secular Republic of India but also Bharat Mata remain the symbol of "dream of a united nation" in Hindu nationalist believe. Bharat Mata temples can also be seen at Mahatma Gandhi Kashi University, inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1936 and one more in Haridwar constructed in 1983 by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP).
The slogan Bharat Mata Ki Jai ("Victory for Mother of India") get used by the Indian Army and various Indian Hindu organizations. Bharat Mata Temple is a matchless, has a beautiful and massive map of the Mother India on the floor indicating the sculpture of mother of India. The statue has incomparable design which shows the Goddess of India for all the religious divine being, freedom fighters and leaders. Bharat Mata Temple is a symbol of appreciation to all those who co-operate in the foundation and formation of India as it was put up before the partition of the India. It is situated next to to the ashram, and this temple is eight stories tall with height of 180 feet. Each storey of Bharat Mata Mandir is dedicated to any particular theme.
Eight Storeys of Bharat Mata Mandir
First Floor: This level is devoted to Bharat Mata (Mother India) and has a Bharat Mata statue.
Second Floor: Entitled as 'Shoor Mandir', this floor is dedicated to Martyrs of India or legendary Indian heroes.
Third Floor: Known as 'Matru Mandir', Matru means 'mata' in hindi and mother in English this floor is devoted to the appreciative women of Indian history such as Meera, Savitri, etc
Fourth Floor: Highlighting legendary saints of different religions and community in India, this floor called as 'Sant Mandir'.
Fifth Floor: This fifth floor Hall consist the wall paintings illustrating peaceably co-existence of several religions in India and secularism of India.
Sixth Floor: Devoted to Hindu Goddess Shakti, this floor give sight of different forms of Goddess Shakti.
Seventh Floor: Represent all avatars (Personification) of Hindu God Lord Vishnu.
Eighth Floor: This eighth and last floor of Bharat Mata Temple has the memorial of Lord Shiva which was believed to be extreme God.
The top floor of Bharat Mata Mandir is on the height of 180 feet, you can see a scenic prospect of Haridwar with mountains of Rajaji National Park. Facility of lift is also available at Bharat Mata Temple for visiting all eight floors of the temple.
How to reach Bharat Mata Temple
Bharat Mata Temple is only 05 km apart from Haridwar, Rishikesh is 22 Kms away from there, 220 km from Delhi, 50 km distance of Bharat Mata Temple from Dehradun, 25 km from Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun, and 85 km from Mussoorie. There are some public conveyance is also available to reach Bharat Mata Temple.