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Vishnu Ghat – Haridwar

Vishnu Ghat, Haridwar is an important bathing spot at Haridwar on the banks of Ganga River . Legend has it that God Vishnu mediated here. Another legend has Srihari Vishnu took holy dip at this Ghat. The bathing Ghat is around 500 meter from the famous Har Ki Pauri. It is also near the Ramghat. Hundreds of people take holy dip at Vishnu Ghat. Bathing here is highly meritorious and is believed to help in attaining Moksha. Vishnu Ghat is located in the heart of Haridwar city and there are numerous hotels nearby. The place is also famous for its unique markets.

Panchabootha Lingam - Shiva Worshipped as Five Elements

Panchabootha Lingam is the combined name referring to the Shivlings in five ancient temples in  India  where Hindu God Shiva is represented in the form of five elements – earth, water, fire, air and ether (akasha or sky or space). In these five temples, linga or lingam which symbolically represents Shiva is in the form of elements. Panchabootha Lingam is five important Shiva Temples in South India . Earth  –  Ekambaranathar   Temple  or  Ekambareswarar   Temple  in Kanchipuram – Shiva Lingam here is the element earth. The Shiva Lingam here is believed to have been created by Goddess Parvati from sand or earth. Water  –  Jambukeshwar   Temple  or  Thiruvanaikaval   Shiva   Temple  in Srirangam – Jambukeshwara represents the element water. The deity is found under a Jambu tree over a small river. The small stream engulfs the idol during the rainy season. Fire  –  Arunachaleswara   Temple  or  Annamalaiyar   Temple  at Thiruvannamalai – Arunachaleswarar or Shiva repre