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Sapt Rishi Ashram

Visiting an ashram in Haridwar is the dream of many, including both devotees as well as tourists. Each ashram has its own mythological significance. Also refrerred to as Sapt Sarovar, the Sapt Rishi Ashram is a frequently visited site in the holy town of Haridwar. The ancient ashram stands on the Haridwar-Rishikesh Road. If you are visiting Har ki Pauri in Haridwar, you will only need to cover a distance of 5 km to the north to reach the Sapt Rishi Ashram. The word 'Sapt', meaning seven, refers to a legend. According to the Hindu tradition, the ashram is the place where seven sages (known as Saptarshis) has once meditated. These seven sages (or rishis) include Kashyapa, Vashisht, Atri, Vishwamitra, Jamadagi, Bharadwaja and Gautam.


Sapt Rishi Ashram

Hindus believe that when the sages sat here to meditate, they were disturbed by the thunderous waters of the Ganges. To continue with their meditation in peace, they trapped the River Ganges. Later, the Ganga split herself into seven small streams to avoid any interruption to the meditating sages. Hence, the Sapt Rishi Ashram came to be known as Sapt Sarovar, meaning seven streams. Today, the ashram stands at the mediation site to commemorate the whole mythological event.

Visitors from all parts of the globe hold the ashram in high regard and visit the place to seek spiritual peace and growth. Sages and rishis as well can be seen here, smeared in ashes. A visit to Haridwar without visiting this ashram can also lead to blasphemy. So, do not miss to pay a visit to this ashram during your holidays in Haridwar.