Bharat mata mandir in Haridwar
Bharat Mata Mandir, which is also known as Mother India Temple, is one of the most visited temples located in Haridwar. The temple is dedicated to Bharat Mata by her devoted patriotic nationals. This religious shrine was founded by Swami Satyamitranand Giri. In 1983, this temple was inaugurated by Late Prime Minister, Smt. Indira Gandhi. As the conception of Bharat Mata predates the Partition of India, she is intended to represent “Aryavarta”, the motherland of Hinduism in Hindu Nationalism, not merely restricted to the secular Republic of India, and Bharat Mata remains a symbol of the “vision of a unified motherland” in Hindu nationalist thought. Bharat Mata temples exist in the Mahatma Gandhi Kashi University, inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1936 and another in Haridwar built in 1983 by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP).
Abanindranath Tagore portrayed Bharat Mata as a four-armed Hindu goddess wearing saffron-colored robes, holding a book, sheaves of rice, a mala, and a white cloth. The image of Bharat mata was an icon to create nationalist feeling in Indians during the freedom struggle. Sister Nivedita, an admirer of the painting, opined that the picture was refined and imaginative, with Bharatmata standing on green earth and blue sky behind her feet with four lotuses, four arms meaning divine power white halo and sincere eyes and gifts Shiksha-Diksha-Anna-Bastra of motherland to her children. The motto Bharat Mata Ki Jai (“Victory for Mother India”) is used by the Indian Army and various Indian Hindu organizations. Bharat Mata Temple is a unique, has an attractive and huge map of the Mother India on the ground denoting the statue of mother of India. The statue has inimitable design which indicates the Goddess of India for all the religious deities, freedom fighters and leaders. The temple is a kind of admiration to all those who take part in the formation of India as it was built before the partition of the India. It is situated adjacent to the ashram, and stands eight stories tall to the height of 180 feet. Each floor is devoted to a particular theme.
Bharat Mata Mandir Detail
First Floor : First floor is dedicated to Bharat Mata (Mother India) it has the statue of Bharat Mata.
Second Floor : The second floor ‘Shoor Mandir’ is dedicated to the well renowned heroes of India.
Third Floor :The third floor ‘Matru Mandir’ is dedicated to the achievements of India’s revered women such as Meera Bai, Savitri, Maitri etc.
Fourth Floor : The fourth floor the great saints from various religions, including Jainism, Sikhism and Buddhism are featured on ‘Sant Mandir’. It is the Sant Mandir and features great saints of the Jainism, Sikhism and Buddhism faith.
Fifth Floor : The Assembly Hall with walls depicting symbolic coexistence of all religions practiced in India and paintings portraying history and beauty in various provinces of India are situated on the fifth floor.
Sixth Floor : The various forms of the Goddess of Shakti can be seen on the sixth floor, it is dedicated to Goddess Shakti of the Hindu religion.
Seventh Floor : The seventh floor is devoted to all incarnations of Lord Vishnu the preserver form of the holy Hindu Trinity.
Eighth Floor : The uppermost floor features the shrine of Lord Shiva, the supreme god in Hindu tradition.