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Kavadias Trek from Haridwar to Augharnath Temple in Meerut in Uttar Pradesh in Shravan Month

In the Shravan Month (July 22 to August 19, 2024), more than 100,000 Shiva devotees trek from Haridwar and Rishikesh to Augharnath Temple in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. The devotees known as Kavadias or Kanwarias carry holy Ganga water from Haridwar, Rishikesh and Gomukh to bath the Shivling in the Augharnath Temple.

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

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 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.

Augharnath Temple is one of the oldest Shiva temples in Meerut. It is also known as Kaili Paltan Mandir. Shiva is worshiped in the form of Shivling here.