Har Ki Pauri is the one of the supreme holy Ghats in Haridwar and the single place where all the spiritual deeds get performed. The ghat is estimated to have been constructed by King Vikramaditya in memorial of his brother Brithari in the 1st century BC. Exact meaning of the name 'Har Ki Pauri' can be known by splitting this name word by word that is "Har" means "Lord Shiva" or "Lord Vishnu", Ki" means "of" and "Pauri" means "steps". It is being said that during the Vedic periods (in hindi it called as Vedic Kaal), Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu have visited Brahmakund which is situated at Har Ki Pauri. The name of Ghat derived from believe of foot symbol of the Lord Vishnu, the imprints of foot exist on one of the stones of Har ki pauri Ghat.
If we talk about geography of this place, Haridwar is the abode where river Ganges derives from the Gangotri glacier to its first plains region of North India. At Har Ki Pauri, so much rush can be seen during the Kumbh Mela, Kanwar Yatra, Vaisakhi festival, Magh Mela and Vasant Panchami. Also, it is one of the four special places in India that hosts the Kumbh Mela, during this Mela millions take dip in the Ganga River.
History of Har ki Pauri
If we agree to the figures of the incredible folklores then according to them a horrific battle was held between Devas (Gods) and Asuras (Devils), for the nectar (Amrit) vessel, which was mined out of the Manthan of Sheer Sagar. Looking at this scary battle, Lord Vishnu show himself as attractive women and fascinated the Asurs take away that nectar vessel from asurs, for Devas. Afterwards, when Asurs got to know the reality of the gorgeous women, they ran after Lord Vishnu to chase the nectar's vessel. While hunting the vessel from Vishnu, few drop of nectar from that vessel fell out at a place, which is now known as Brahma Kund at Har-ki-Pauri. After knowing about the traditional worth of this place, King Vikramaditya built it in the 1st century in the memory of his brother, Bharthari, who used to meditate here on the bank of Ganges.