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Kanwariya Trek from Haridwar to Pura Mahadev Temple in Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh in Shravan Month

Kanwariya Trek in the Shravan Month (July 22 to August 19, 2024) from Haridwar and Rishikesh to Pura Mahadev Temple at Baloni in Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh. It is estimated that more than 100,000 Shiva devotees undertake the trip. The pilgrims known as Kavadias or Kanwarias carry holy Ganga water from Haridwar, Rishikesh and Gomukh to bath the Shivling in the Pura Mahadev Temple.

Pura Mahadev Temple is located on the banks of Hindan River at Baloni in Baghpat. Also known as Shiv Puri, the temple was founded by Parashuram. Here Shiva is worshipped in the form of a Shivling. The temple is close to the Baghpat – Meerut Highway – around 30 km from Baghpat and 36 km from Meerut. The temple is 4.5 km from Baloni.

Shravan month is an auspicious month dedicated to Shiva. It is believed that offering Ganga water to cool Shiva in this month is highly auspicious.

The pilgrims travel on foot and in vehicles. They are known to play loud music and chant Bol Bom.

The name Kanwarias because they carry a pole called ‘Kanwar’ on their shoulders and pots with Ganga Water hang from the two sides of the pole.