is no dearth of information about this holiest place. Sacred scriptures abound
in innumerable accounts tracing its glorious antiquity right from the Vedic age.
Elaborate references are found in Mahabharat, Skanda Purana, Thirtha Prakasa
etc. in addition to travel accounts of many illustrious foreigners. And this
Haridwar-gateway to heaven was variously called, like Haridwar, Maya Puri,
Kapilasthan, Brahmapuri, Gangadwar, etc., according to the importance it
commanded from time to time. All these names find a place in the literature
cited. For a true Hindu, this terrestrial city far surpasses the unsurpassable celestial
city in sanctity, variety, majesty and spirituality. A visit to it, is a visit
to Heaven in fact.