Sapt Rishi Ashram is one of the several attractions in Haridwar you should include in your itinerary. The legend behind this place has made it a huge attraction for those having an interest in spirituality and ancient Hindu mythology.
According to mythology, the seven great sages, or rishis of Hindu mythology, sat here in meditation. These sages were Vashisht, Atri, Vishwamitra, Kashyap, Gautam, Bharadwaj, and Jamadagni. Seeing them meditate, River Ganga distributed its waters into seven streams, so that the roaring sounds of its rushing waters do not disturb their penance. The seven streams are now called Sapt Sarovar and the place where the rishis sat in meditation is called Sapt Rishi Ashram.
Sapt Rishi Ashram was founded by Guru Goswami Dutt in 1943. It is a tranquil place where you can sit for some time soaking in its spiritual energy and calm your mind. The ashram provides free Sanskrit education to poor children. It has a residential hostel and provides free meals to students.
There are temples of these seven great sages and also those of other gods and goddesses like Shiva, Ganesh, Saraswati, Durga, Hanuman, etc. The temple provides relief from the massive crowds of Har ki Pauri. It’s located 5 km from Har ki Pauri and takes approx. 20 minutes to reach by cab.