Haridwar means “Gateway to the God” is an ancient city and many name has been
given to it such as Mayapuri, Gangadwar and Kapila in texts and scriptures. It has
been mentioned in various ancient texts. In the Mahabharata, the Vanprava
episodes shows that Rishi Dhaumya mentions about Gangadwar to Yudishthar . It
is said that Rishi Kapila used to reside here thus called Kapilastan.
Bhagiratha performed penance here to bring down the Ganga river from the
heaven on the earth for the salvation of his ancestors who were turned into ashes
from the Rishi Kapila's curse. It is believed that Lord Vishnu had set his foot in
this city and the place is now known as “Har ki Pauri.”
Apart from mythology, Haridwar has been referred in various texts written by
Celebrated Chinese traveller Huan Tsang to Abu Fazal (in Aine Akbari).
Present day city of Haridwar was believed to be founded by Raja Man Singh of
Coming to Archaeological excavations, its history dates back to 1700 B.C to 1200