Sapt Rishi Ashram

Sapt Rishi Ashram is a frequently visited site in the holy town of Haridwar. The ancient ashram stands on the Haridwar-Rishikesh Road. If you are visiting Har ki Pauri in Haridwar, you will only need to cover a distance of 5 km to the north to reach the Sapt Rishi Ashram. The word 'Sapt', meaning seven, refers to a legend. According to the Hindu tradition, the ashram is the place where seven sages (known as Saptarshis) has once meditated. These seven sages (or rishis) include Kashyapa, Vashisht, Atri, Vishwamitra, Jamadagi, Bharadwaja and Gautam.

Hindus believe that when the sages sat here to meditate, they were disturbed by the thunderous waters of the Ganges. To continue with their meditation in peace, they trapped the River Ganges. Later, the Ganga split herself into seven small streams to avoid any interruption to the meditating sages. Hence, the Sapt Rishi Ashram came to be known as Sapt Sarovar, meaning seven streams. Today, the ashram stands at the mediation site to commemorate the whole mythological event.