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Kushavarta Ghat – Haridwar

Kushavarta Ghat, Haridwar is a sacred spot chosen by millions of Hindus to perform holy bath and Shradh rituals at Haridwar. This bathing spot is located 500 meters south of Hari Ki Pauri. The remains of the dead are immersed in this Ghat
Legend has it that Dattatreya performed Tapas here for thousands of years. Some legends mention that Dattatreya stood on leg at Kushavarta Ghat for thousands of years.
Apart from taking holy dip, anther important ritual performed here is Shradh. People from around the country perform Shradh rituals dedicated to the departed souls in their family.
Kushavarta Ghat was built by Ahilya Bai Holkar.

Story of the birth of Narakasura

Narakasura was a demon who over powered the Devas and captured the three worlds. He had defeated Indra, stolen Aditi’s earrings and imprisoned 16,000 women. Narakasura became very powerful as a result of his accidental birth and subsequent boons from Vishnu. The story of the birth of Narakasura is associated with the exploits of Hiranyaksha, the demon who pulled Mother earth into the Patala or Netherworld and Vishnu appeared as Varaha Avatar or the boar incarnation to retrieve Mother Earth.

Legend has it that  Hiranyaksha  took the form of a wild pig to pull Bhu Devi (Mother Earth) to Patala. During this act the horns of  Hiranyaksha came into contact with Bhu Devi. From this spark appeared the demon Narakasura.
Bhu Devi took the child to Vishnu and asked him to protect him. Vishnu blessed the child with Narayanastra and also gave him the boon that he will not be killed when the Narayanastra is with him.
Later Narakasura did intense penance and propitiated Brahma and gained the boon …