Culture & Festivals
Haridwar is one place where fairs are being organized with full enthusiasm round the year, such as somwati amavasya, Karthik Poornima, Shrvan Poornima, Ganga Dussehra and other important bathing dates of Hindu calendar. The Kanwad Mela during the month of Shravana is Very popular among masses in which lacs of devotees of Lord Shiva come to Haridwar to take holy water of river Ganga. Apart from these, Kumbh mela and Ardh Kumbh mela ate interval of 12 and 6 years respectively do not need any introduction. District administration had also organized ‘Haridwar Mahotsava’, a 3-4 day cultural festival on the bank of river Ganga and Ayurveda Mahotsava’. Besides this ‘Urs’ is organized annually at the holy dargah of Piran Kaliyar in which people of all sects participate and pray for their well being. Following table shows month wise festivals/fairs arranged in this district and approximate no. of visitors to them.