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Shopping in Haridwar
It is almost impossible to leave Haridwar without stuffing into your bag some of the most interesting and well-crafted items. Divine Ganges, a number of world renowned ashrams and ancient temples make Haridwar one of the most revered pilgrimage centres in India. Generally, tourists come here for a spiritual experience and therefore shopping in the holy town is not on their wish list. But once you come to know of the varieties, the quality and the craftsmanship on offer, you will definitely want to go on a shopping spree, before you leave the place. For travellers, it can also be the most unexpected souvenir shopping opportunity in Haridwar.

Have some empty space in your backpack and start on your souvenir shopping in Haridwar. Intricately carved stone idols, beads, copper and brass puja utensils, glass bangles, cane baskets and jewellery are some of the most popular buying items in Haridwar. But before that, you will really need to know where to go to stuff your bags with these items. Some of the most popular and much visited marketplaces in and around Haridwar are as follows.

Shopping in Haridwar

Moti Bazar
Your first and foremost option and that which tourists prefer going to is the Moti Bazar in Haridwar. The market lies on the Upper Road towards the north of the canal. Here, you will find a number of stalls in series selling wide range of Pooja articles and other accessories. Once here, you can purchase items including intricately carved stone idols, metal utensils (mainly of copper and brass), sweets, colourful glass bangles and cane baskets. These stalls also sell wonderful kitchen set toys, pickles and Ayurveda medicines.

Jwalapur
Another wonderful option for souvenir shopping awaits you at the Jawalapur market of Haridwar. Apart from buying souvenirs at the market here, you can also check out various pure veg restaurants and sweetmeat shops. Shops in the market sell a wide variety of mouth watering delicacies here.

Kankhal
Walking 3 miles south of Haridwar takes you to the historical town of Kankhal. The place is strewn all over with ashrams and religious centres. Here you can look for various pooja items including wonderfully carved images of Hindu dieties and the very popular sandalwood rudraksh. Devotees, sages and sadhus find it mandatory to wear rudraks for its beneficial properties. As per the Hindu mythology, seeds of rudraksh are the tears of Lord Shiva. As the rudraksha seeds touches the heart, they send out energy. Wearing rudraksh can do wonders for you, if you follow the rules.

Ganga Aarti

Ganga Aarti Hardwar is performed at Har-ki-Pauri, its is one of the famous rituals in India. It starts in the after sunset, with great crowds gathered in the region of both the banks of a canal that carries the waters of Ganges.

Ganga Aarti in Hardwar city starts at around 6.30pm. 02 times Aarti is performed daily at the Har ki Pauri Ghat. Morning sunrise & evening sunset.

Loud speakers blare songs in praise of Ganga Maiya and Shiva. Lots of babas or sadhu are seen sitting in corners, hoping to get some donations from the devotees. People keep walking in all direction trying to find a good place to sit or stand. Hawkers sell wick lamps or diyas to float in the Ganges.

Aarti symbolize 5 thing mainly these are 1) ether (akash) 2) wind (vayu) 3) fire (agni) 4) water (jal) and 5) earth (pruthvi). In Sanskrit the meaning of "Aa" is "towards or to" and the meaning of "rati" is right or virtue". The Aarti is done in a clock wise manner around the Lord.

Ganga Aarti is a devotional ceremony that uses fire as an offering. It's usually made in the form of a lit lamp, and in the case of the Ganges River, a small diya with a candle and flowers that's floated down the river. The offering is made to the Goddess Ganga, as well lovingly referred to as Maa Ganga, goddess of the most holy river in India.

 

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