The Maha Kumbh Mela 2021, which is going to be held in Haridwar, has a very rich mythological legend behind it. The ghats in which pilgrims and devotees take a dip also have significance. There are 4 most popular and famous ghats in Haridwar for Kumbh Mela 2021 are as follows-
- Har Ki Pauri- Har Ki Pauri ghat, also known as Brahmakund is one ghat that devotees do to forget take a holy dip in the river. Har Ki Pauri quite literally means ‘the footsteps of Lord Shiva’. It is believed that there is a footprint left by Lord Vishnu, it is also the place where the Ganges constantly hit the stone at the footprint. Har ki Pauri is lighted up every evening at around 6 pm at the time of the Maha Aarti.
- Ashti Parvath Ghat- Ashes of people who have passed away is floated in the sacred water of Ganges in this ghat. Floating loved ones ashes here is believed to attain them moksha. It is located in the south of main Ganga temple.
- Subhash Ghat- Subhash Ghat is located near the Har Ki Pauri Ghat. This ghat is named after India’s famous freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, it also has a statue of him. There is a sewa samiti which is a dispensary and provides helps all devotees and pilgrims.
- Gau Ghat- Gau in Hindi means Cow, mainly referring to the divine bovine goddess Kamadhenu, who is considered to be the mother of all cows. In the Hindu religion, cows are considered very sacred and are worshipped, they are also considered as the fulfillers of wishes. People come to Gau Ghat to atone for their sin of cow slaughtering as slaughtering a cow in considered a sin in the Hindu religion.
There are also other bathing ghats in Haridwar like- VIP Ghat, Ram Ghat, Pul Jatwara Ghat, Singh Dwar Ghat to name a few.