September 3, 2014

Bharat Mata Temple - Haridwar

Site Name: Bharat Mata Temple
Site Type: Hindu Temple dedicated to Mother India
Location:  Haridwar, Uttarakhand state, India
Highlights: A rare temple where Mother India is the main deity
Nearest Railway Station: Haridwar
Nearest Airport: Dehradun - 35 kms from Haridwar
How to reach: Well connected by road 
Hotel: A lot of options including low cost and free accommodation such as ashrams
Restaurants: Varieties of options - but only vegetarian

Haridwar is a religious city located on the banks of the beautiful Ganges river in Uttarakhand state of India. The city is an ancient city and has so many sacred places and temples for Hindus. It is considered as one of the seven most sacred sites of Hindus. Haridwar is dotted with a lot of religiously important sites such as temples and ghats. Let us explore a popular and unique temple called Bharat Mata Temple in this article.

Bharat Mata Temple which is also called as Mother India Temple is a unique temple dedicated to Mother India. India, the country, is depicted as the mother Goddess. It was built in 1983 CE by Vishwa Hindu Parishad. This one of its kind temple has eight stories with each floor devoted to a particular theme. The total height of the entire temple is around 180 feet. 

Ground Floor:

Bharat Mata, the main deity of the temple, is found in the ground floor. It is an attractive marble idol.

First Floor (Shoor Mandir):

The first floor is dedicated to patriotic freedom fighters and great leaders/Kings of India. The stucco statues, stone statues or marble statues of the following leaders are found in this floor:


  • Madan Mohan Malvia
  • Savarkar
  • Subhash Chandra Bose
  • Hedgewar
  • Gandhiji
  • Maharana Pratap
  • Maharaja Agrasen
  • Shivaji Maharaja
  • Guru Gobind Singh
  • Rani Avanti Bai
  • Rani Lakshmi Bai of Jhansi
  • Bhagat Singh
  • Azad
  • Hemu Kalani
  • Ashfaqulla Khan

Second Floor (Matru Mandir):

The second floor is dedicated to those great ladies of India who are respected on par with our own mothers. The stucco statues, stone statues or marble statues of the following leaders are found in this floor:


  • Maitreyi
  • Ahilya Bai
  • Meera Bai
  • Savitri
  • Gargi
  • Damayanti
  • Devi Urmila
  • Anusuya
  • Rani Padmini

Third Floor (Sant Mandir):

The third floor is dedicated to the great saints of India. The stucco statues, stone statues or marble statues of the following saints are found in this floor:


  • Buddha
  • Mahavira
  • Tulsidas
  • Narasinha Mehta
  • Chaitanya
  • Chandra Swamy
  • Gyaneshwar
  • Ramdas
  • Vasudevanand Saraswati
  • Ranga Avadhoot Maharaj
  • Garib Dass
  • Dadu Dayal
  • Namdev
  • Nimbarkacharya
  • Ramanand
  • Shankaracharya
  • Vallabha
  • Ramanuja
  • Madhvacharya
  • Shadaram Sahib
  • Guru Nanak
  • Valmiki
  • Vivekananda
  • Dayanand Saraswati
  • Shri Pipaji
  • Arvind Maharishi
  • Ramakrishna Paramahamsa
  • Sarada Devi
  • Kabir
  • Guru Ravidas
  • Kanwar Ram
  • Sai Baba
  • Jala Ram
  • Raskhan
  • Jhulelal
  • Aadhyadev
  • Maharishi Naval Sahib
  • Hirji Bapa

Fourth Floor (Bharat Darshan):

The fourth floor is dedicated to all religions. The holy texts from the various religions such as Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Christianity and Parsi are kept here.

Fifth Floor (Shakti Mandir):

The fifth floor is dedicated to Goddess Shakti. The stucco statues, stone statues or marble statues of the following forms of Shakti are found in this floor:


  • Gayatri
  • Ganga
  • Ashapuri
  • Brahmacharini
  • Shailaputri
  • Chandraghata
  • Kushmanda
  • Ambaji
  • Katyayini
  • Kalaratri
  • Gauri
  • Siddhidatri
  • Harsiddhi
  • Meenakshi
  • Yamuna
Sixth Floor (Vishnu Mandir):

The sixth floor is dedicated to Vishnu. The stucco statues, stone statues or marble statues of the following forms of Vishnu are found in this floor:


  • Dattratreya
  • Shrinathji
  • Ranchodji
  • Sita and Ram
  • Lakshmi and Narayana
  • Radha and Krishna
  • Venkateshwara
  • Vishwakarma
  • Swaminarayana
  • Rukmini and Vitthala

Seventh Floor (Shiva Mandir):

The seventh floor is dedicated to Shiva. The stucco statues, stone statues or marble statues of the following forms of Shiva are found in this floor:


  • Ardhanareeshwara
  • Nataraja
  • Gauri and Shankar
  • Shankar
Due to presence of large number of idols, this temple has become an important location in Haridwar.

Happy travelling.

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