In Hindu mythology Lord Vishnu is known as Hari & Shiva as
Dwar means gate, and it is for this reason that this place is known as Haridwar or
Haridwar, as the gateway to the Four Shrines /
Dhams of Uttaranchal, Mokhsadawar in the ancient scriptures & epic. Haridwar always remained as major Shaktipeeth forthe devotees. Legend has placed Gods footprints of the bank of holy river giving the town its sanctity and has left an indelible mark on the spiritual ethos of every Hindu. Haridwar is the point Legend has it that the holy
Ganga, the holies of all rivers, which flows through this sacred city has actually been sanctified by the powerful Trintity of Hindu mythology & the centre of the Pantheon Brahma, Vishnu &
Mahesh. According to devotees Haridwar is one of the four places (other three being
Ujjain, Nasik & Allahabad) upon which the Amrit-Nector of immortality emerging out of the churning ocean fell. This is manifested in two great events that take place at Haridwar - the memorable & the huge religious Mela Kumbh which happens once every 12 years & the Ardh Kumb
Mela, which comes onece ever six years.
The foot prints of Lord Vishnu are present on a slap of stone and it is said that Lord Vishnu blessed the gods with darshan at this place. This place continues to be the mystic venue for the purification of mind, body & soul.