Sapt Rishi Ashram


Sapt Rishi Ashram is so named, as it is the place where sapt rishis had once performed meditation. The Hindu mythology records the names of these seven sages as Kashyapa, Vashisht, Gautam, Jamadagi, Vishwamitra, Bhardwaja and Atri..

Therefore, the site of the temple is where those seven rishis had chosen to meditate. Devotees hold this ashram in high esteem due to its religious significance. Even today, the ashram is a regular haunt of rishis, saints and sages from different parts of the world. By visiting the Sapt Rishi Ashram, you can learn a lot of good lessons for your life.

If you are interested in yoga and meditation, you can make a visit to this ashram and attend classes offered on a regular basis. Not only believers of Hinduism, but tourists also from all across the globe arrive at the ashram to attain spiritual peace and happiness. So, don't forget to visit the place.

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.

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.

History


Sapt Rishi Ashram, located at a distance of approximately 5 km from Har ki Pauri, is one of the most famous ashrams of Haridwar. Hindu Mythology states that the ashram is located, where the seven great sages or Sapt-Rishis, Kashyap, Vashisht, Atri, Vishwamitra, Jamadagni, Bharadwaja and Gautam used to meditate.

It is also said that the River Ganges at this place split herself into seven streams, so that the seven sages mediating here would not be disturbed by her flow. Owing to this reason, this place is also known as the Sapt Sarovar or Sapt Rishi Kund. All the seven streams reunite further ahead and flow as Neel Dhara, which forms a beautiful channel while entering Haridwar.


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