Haridwar is the land of Ghats, temples and pure spirituality. The holy town marks the point where the holy Ganga River leaves her mountain abode and touches the plains for the first time. Haridwar also holds a very special place in the hearts of devotees as it has been sanctified by the holy trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. Every temple in Haridwar has a story to tell or a purpose to serve. The Pawan Dham Temple is a nonprofit organization as well as one of the most visited Hindu pilgrim sites. The Dham serves the purpose of helping out anyone or any animal in need and believes in giving back to the society through service.
About Pawan Dham Temple
The social nonprofit organization of Pawan Dham was established in 1970 by Swami Vedant Anand Ji Maharaj. Located just about 3 to 4.5 kms away from the Haridwar bus stand, occupying a beautiful space, the Dham should be a definite visit during your Rishikesh Haridwar Tour. The core activities undertaken by Pawan Dham include Sant Seva, Cow Seva, and free fooding for anyone in need. Along with its social work activities, the temple is also known for its calming atmosphere and unique architecture and design. The elaborate designs, exquisite mirror work, stunning traditional architecture and shiny interiors is a sight to behold.
The temple was established during the 1970s by Swami Vedanti Ji Maharaj with the main intention of helping others and extending their services to not only the locals and sants but also to outsiders and visitors as well. He is also the founder of the iconic Gita Bhawan in Rishikesh among other schools in Moga. His life was dedicated towards helping and serving others with great compassion. Pawan Dham is a great example of his exemplary efforts to keep his giving spirit alive, not just to people but to animals as well.
Pawan Dham Temple is one of the most stands out temples in Haridwar. What makes it even more mesmerising is the rich and intricately designed interiors. The temple is every architect’s delight. The walls are designed artistically with every inch of it covered in vibrant colours, designs and patterns. The idols are decorated in elaborate and intricately designed ornaments and jewellery. The temple truly captures the true essence of traditional Indian architecture. The mirror work and glass work depicted in the temple walls and pillars with the idols garbed in colourful and beautiful jewellery and clothing.
The temple remains open all 7 days of the week from 6 am in the morning to 8 pm at night.
Best Time To Visit
The best time to visit the temple and Haridwar or Rishikesh in general is from October to February. The autumn winter time is extremely comfortable to go out and explore while also going for Darshan in various temples. The temperature remains cool throughout these months. Remember to pack good quality woollen clothing to keep yourself warm during the peak winter months of December to February. The blue sky remains clear and very comfortable.
The summer months are also a good time to visit but it can get extremely hot and sweltering during the morning and afternoon time. In recent times, the temperature in Haridwar soars up to unbearable levels. But it’s also the peak travel season in Uttarakhand as the doors of Char Dham also open. A dip in holy Ganga River feels even more rejuvenating during summer.
Avoid travelling on the hills during the monsoon months of July to September. This is the time when the region remains highly susceptible to flash flood, road blockages and landslides. Although you may find some window to travel to the hills, you need to be careful and plan this monsoon outing very carefully.
How To Reach
Pawan Dham is a very famous temple in Haridwar. It is very well connected through roads and people can reach there via autos, rickshaws or their private vehicle. Even if you have doubts about the route you can ask any of the locals around the place and you will be led to the right place.
The temple is situated in the Bhagirathi Nagar, Bhupatwala in Haridwar. It is located at a very comfortable and easy distance of 3 kms from the iconic Har Ki Pauri Ghat. From Delhi, there are regular bus services available from the ISBT to Haridwar. The nearest railway station to Pawan Dham is 35 kms away which is Haridwar railway station. There are taxis, cabs and other shared public transport services available to connect the station to the rest of Uttarakhand.
- Double-check about the weather. Make sure that you are going on a safe travel time.
- You can walk up to the Pawan Dham Temple from the Haridwar bus stand as it is just a short walking distance of 3 kms.
- Carry water bottles and caps as the temple has wide open spaces as well so you want to be as comfortable as you can.
- Make sure to wear appropriate clothes as this is a religious spot and you wouldn’t want to hurt the religious sentiments of the locals.