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Farmers stage a protest over new farm laws near APMC market in Haridwar.

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Abhijit Mukherjee, son of former president late Pranab Mukherjee, immerses the of ashes of his father at Har Ki Pauri Ghat, in Haridwar.

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Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad President Narendra Giri chairs a meeting with saints, in Haridwar.

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Mahant Ravinder Puri and other seers carry water collected from the Ganges as they depart for Ayodhya for the foundation laying ceremony of Ram temple, in Haridwar.

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Family members offer prayers before immersing the ashes of late MP governor Lalji Tandon in the Ganges, in Haridwar.

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Uttarakhand Governor Baby Rani Mourya presents 'Ganga-jal kalash' (holy water and sand of Ganga River) to VHP leaders for the construction of Ayodhya's Ram Temple, in Haridwar.

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Women ride on swings to celebrate the occasion of Teej festival, in Haridwar.

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A collapsed wall and other damages caused by the lightning, at Har Ki Paidi in Haridwar.

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A collapsed wall and other damages caused by the lightning, at Har Ki Paidi in Haridwar.

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Har Ki Pauri Ghat wears a deserted look during 'Somvati Amavasya' on the third Monday of the Hindu 'Sawan' month, amid the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, in Haridwar.

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Police personnel stop vehicles at UP-Uttarakhand border after authorities banned Kanwar Yatra in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, in Haridwar.

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Baba Ramdev (C) along with Acharya Balkrishna (R) launches an Ayurvedic medicine kit that they claimed can treat coronavirus patients within seven days.

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Yoga guru Baba Ram Dev performs yoga with youngsters on the occasion of International Yoga Day, at Patanjali Yogpeeth in Haridwar.

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Baba Ramdev conducts 'Yoga Protocol Rehearsal' at Har Ki Pauri, in Haridwar.

Devotees perform aarti at River Ganga, after authorities allowed opening of all religious places in the fifth phase of COVID-19 lockdown, in Haridwar.

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A worker screens a devotee at Har Ki Pauri ahead of its reopening, during the ongoing COVID-19 nationwide lockdown, in Haridwar.

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A deserted view of Har Ki Pauri on the occasion of Baisakhi festival during a nationwide lockdown in the wake of deadly coronavirus, in Haridwar.

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Devotees perform rituals before 'Holika Dahan' ahead of Holi festival in Haridwar.

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Members (holy men from various Akhadas) of Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad hold a meeting regarding Haridwar Kumbh 2021, in Haridwar

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Devotees perform rituals on the occasion of Makar Sankranti festival, in Haridwar.

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Bhim Army supporters stage a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC), in Haridwar

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BJP MP Tirath Singh Rawat's car that turned turtle following an accident near Dudhadhari Chowk in Haridwar. Rawat, who suffered injuries in the accident, was rushed to a hospital in Haridwar and then referred to AIIMS in Rishikesh where he is undergoing treatment.

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President Ram Nath Kovind with First Lady Savita Kovind offers prayers at Harihar Ashram, in Haridwar

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Rohan Jaitley, son of former finance minister and Bharatiya Janata Party leader late Arun Jaitley, arrives to immerse the ashes of his father at Har Ki Paudi in Haridwar.

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Rohan Jaitley, son of former finance minister and Bharatiya Janata Party leader late Arun Jaitley, immerses the ashes of his father at Har Ki Paudi in Haridwar.

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In this file photo, Sushma Swaraj takes bath on the occasion of Baisaki during the ongoing Kumbh Mela, in Haridwar.

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Kanwariyas assemble to take bath and collect holy water of River Ganga for performing 'abhishek' of Lord Shiva during the auspicious month of Shravan, in Haridwar.

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Shiva devotees or 'kanwariyas' assemble to take bath and collect holy water of River Ganga for performing 'abhishek' of Lord Shiva during the auspicious month of Shravan, in Haridwar.

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Shiva devotees or 'kanwariyas' assemble to take bath and collect holy water of River Ganga for performing 'abhishek' of Lord Shiva during the auspicious month of Shravan, in Haridwar.

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Shiva devotees or 'kanwariyas' collect holy water of River Ganga to perform 'abhishek' of Lord Shiva during the auspicious month of Shravan, in Haridwar.

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Shiva devotees (Kanwariyas) collect holy water from river Ganga during the holy month of Shrawan, in Haridwar.

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Son Sandeep Dikshit and other family members of former Delhi chief minister the late Sheila Dikshit immerses her ashes at Har Ki Paudi in Haridwar.

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HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank at a programme of Dev Sanskrit University in Haridwar.

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People perform rituals on the night of lunar eclipse, in Haridwar.

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RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, along with Juna Akhara's Acharya Mahamandaleshwar Avdheshanand Giri and Baba Ramdev, attends the Shodasi Samaroh (a tribute paying ceremony) of Swami Satyamitranand Giriji Maharaj in Haridwar.

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People gather on the banks of river Ganga to pay obeisance on the occasion of 'Somvati Amavasya' at Har Ki Pauri, in Haridwar.

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People gather on the banks of river Ganga to pay obeisance on the occasion of Buddha Purnima, in Haridwar

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Devotees take a dip in the Holy Ganges on the occasion of Baisakhi Festival, in Haridwar

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As evening drops like a heavy curtain over the fast-flowing Ganga at Haridwar and the ghats light up with the sweet hubub of evening aarti, it affects first-timers deeply. Hollywood star Will Smith was in India for his show...the experience, he says, has “awakened a new unde­rstanding of myself, my art and the truths of the world.”

Women perform rituals during 'Holika Dahan' on the eve of 'Holi' festival, in Haridwar.

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Army personnel carry the mortal remains of Maj Chitresh Singh Bisht, who was martyred while defusing an improvised explosive device (IED) along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir, during his cremation procession in Haridwar.

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A rare document bearing Jawaharlal Nehru's signature in Hindi, English and Urdu seen at IIT Roorkee's iconic library in Haridwar district. In a visitor's notebook kept at the Mahatma Gandhi Central Library (MGCL) of IIT Roorkee, India's first Prime Minister signed his name in three languages along with the date 'November 25, 1949'.

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BJP President Amit Shah arrives to immerse the ashes of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the Ganga at Har ki Pauri, in Haridwar, Sunday, Aug 19, 2018.

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Environmentalist G D Agarwal, who has been fasting for over 100 days for a clean River Ganga, being forcibly taken to the hospital after his health detriorated in Haridwar, Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018.

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Hindu devotees gather at Har Ki Pauri to take a holy dip in the water of River Ganga on the occasion of 'Kartik Purnima', in Haridwar.

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BJP President Amit Shah being felicitated by yoga guru Baba Ramdev during the inauguration of newly-built second campus of Acharyakulum at Patanjali Yog Peeth, in Haridwar.

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Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's daughter Namita Kaul Bhattacharya and son-in-law Ranjan Bhattacharya immerse his ashes in the Ganga at Har ki Pauri, in Haridwar.

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Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's daughter Namita Kaul Bhattacharya and son-in-law Ranjan Bhattacharya immerse his ashes in the Ganga at Har ki Pauri, in Haridwar. Also seen are BJP President Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

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Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's son-in-law Ranjan Bhattacharya and BJP President Amit Shah arrive to immerse his ashes in the Ganga at Har ki Pauri, in Haridwar.

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Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's son-in-law Ranjan Bhattacharya takes his ashes for immersion in the Ganga at Har ki Pauri, in Haridwar.

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BJP President Amit Shah, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and other dignitaries arrive to immerse his ashes in the Ganga at Har ki Pauri, in Haridwar.

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BJP President Amit Shah, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's son-in-law Ranjan Bhattacharya and other dignitaries arrive to immerse his ashes in the Ganga at Har ki Pauri, in Haridwar.

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A procession rally to immerse the ashes of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the Ganga at Har ki Pauri, in Haridwar.

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Devotees gather at 'Har Ki Paudi' to take holy dip in the Ganges River during the auspicious month of Shravan, in Haridwar.

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Temple priests and devotees perform aarti on Har Ki Pauri on the bank of River Ganga, in Haridwar.

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Shiva devotees 'kanwariyas' collect Ganga water during the holy month of Shravan, in Haridwar.

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Elderly couple being carried for 'kanwariya' pilgrimage during the holy month of Shrawan, in Haridwar.

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RSS chief Mohan Bhagawat arrives at Harihar Ashram, in Haridwar.

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RSS chief Mohan Bhagawat arrives to meet Avdheshanand Giri Maharaj, Acharya Mahamandaleshwar of the Juna Akhara, in Haridwar.

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BJP President Amit Shah along with Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat pays tribute at the memorial of Acharya Sri Ram Sharma, at Shanti Kunj in Haridwar.

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Devotees take holy dip in river Ganga at Har ki Paudi on the occasion of Vat Amavasya in Haridwar.

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Every year lakhs of devotees throng the Har Ki Pauri in Haridwar to take a dip in the holy river of Ganga on the occasion of Kartik Purnima. While it is one of the most auspiscious days in the Hindu calendar, the ghaat, after the ceremony, is left littered with clothes, plastic sheets and other garbage.

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Devotees gather to take holy dip at Har ki Paidi in Haridwar on the occasion of Kartik Purnima.

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President Ramnath Kovind offers prayer at Har Ki Pauri, in Haridwar.

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RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat offers prayers to Ganga River as he celebrates his birthday with sadhus, in Haridwar.

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Devotees taking a dip in Ganga at Har ki Pauri in Haridwar on Shravan Amavasya.

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Devotees gather to take part in Kanwad Mela in Haridwar.

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Swami Ramdev performs Yoga with foreign participants at a camp in Haridwar.

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Ashes of actor-politician Vinod Khanna being immersed at Har ki Paidi, in Haridwar.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiling the plaque to mark the inauguration of the Patanjali Research Institute, in Haridwar. Yoga Guru Ramdev is also seen.

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Whether at Benaras, Haridwar or Rishikesh, every celeb digs the pretty, photogenic poignancy of the evening Ganga aarti. Deepika’s choice of homage was at Rishikesh, to where she repaired with mom Ujjala (in white) for rest and recuperation. Jai ho!

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Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani performs Ganga Arti at Har ki Paidi in Haridwar.

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Textiles Minister Smriti Irani with MoS Ajay Tamta visiting a Digidhan Mela in Haridwar.

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Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat takes part in a cleanliness drive, in Haridwar.

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Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat offers prayer at Har Ki Pauri, in Haridwar.

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Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat taking blessings from saints after performing Ganga Arti, in Haridwar.

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Home Minister Rajnath Singh addresses at an election campaign meeting at Haridwar, in Uttarakhand.

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Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat files nomination papers for Assembly polls, in Haridwar.

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Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal with Baba Ramdev in Patanjali, Haridwar.

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Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat greets Muslims on the occasion of Eid in Haridwar.

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Charred bicycles following a communal clash after a shop, belonging to a member of the minority community, was got forcibly evacuated in Roorkee in Uttarakhand's Haridwar district.

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Heavy police force arrive to control the situation following a communal clash after a shop, belonging to a member of the minority community, was got forcibly evacuated in Roorkee in Uttarakhand's Haridwar district.

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People take bath during Buddha Purnima at Har ki Pauri in Hardwar.

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Devotees take part in Ganga aarti on the eve of 'Mahashivratri' at "Har Ki Pauri".

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Combo photo: Golden baba, a sadhu who came with his followers wearing 15.5 kg of gold worth almost Rs 3 crore, to take a dip in the Ganga at the Ardh Kumbh.

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A sadhu takes a dip in the river Ganga on the first auspicious bathing day of the Ardh Kumbh festival at Haridwar.

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Devotees take a dip in the river Ganga on the first auspicious bathing day of the Ardh Kumbh festival at Haridwar.

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Khaki Start Ramdev with RSS’s Mohan Bhagwat in Haridwar, 2014

Devotees holy dip in river Ganga on the occasion of Kartik Purnima in Haridwar.

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Actor and writer Kader Khan admitted to Ramdev’s Patanjali Yogpeeth in Haridwar. The 79-year-old ailing actor is suffering from several ailments including diabetes, will stay at Patanjali for three weeks.

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Actor and writer Kader Khan admitted to Ramdev’s Patanjali Yogpeeth in Haridwar. The 79-year-old ailing actor is suffering from several ailments including diabetes, will stay at Patanjali for three weeks.

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Actor and writer Kader Khan admitted to Ramdev’s Patanjali Yogpeeth in Haridwar. The 79-year-old ailing actor is suffering from several ailments including diabetes, will stay at Patanjali for three weeks.

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Union Minister of Water Resources Uma Bharti visits Shantikunj Haridwar for Ganga Cleaning in Haridwar.

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Devotees tying threads on a peepal tree for fulfilment of their wishes after taking bath on the occasion of Somvati Amavasya at Hari ki Paidi, in Haridwar.

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A security person keeps watch as devotees gather at Hari ki Paidi to take bath on the occasion of Somvati Amavasya, in Haridwar.

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Devotees gather at Hari ki Paidi to take bath on the occasion of Somvati Amavasya, in Haridwar.

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Devotees collecting holy water from river Ganga during ongoing Kanwad mela in Haridwar.

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Devotees collecting holy water from river Ganga during ongoing Kanwad mela in Haridwar.

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Devotees carrying kanwads wait to carry Ganga jal, at Har Ki Pauri, a famous ghat on the banks of the Ganges in Haridwar.

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Devotees take dips in river Ganga at Hari ki Paidi, in Haridwar on the first Monday of the Shravan month.

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