Bithoor in North India – My first tryst with the pious River Ganges
Bithoor is considered to be a center of the earth by many, a place of religious values, place where Sita had spent her days during her exile, had given birth to Luv and Kush and where Valmiki had written the epic Ramayan. If Mythology and History excite your curiosity (like it does to me ) grab yourself a cup of hot coffee and engross in the reading.
Bithoor situated on the banks of Holy Ganga is a serene and tranquil place that has religious values and importance. It is an ideal getaway if you are looking for some pleasant experiences, peace, and solace. Bithoor is known to be a major pilgrimage center for the Hindus and also has a great historical significance.
It is located on the Kannauj Road, about 22 km from Kanpur city in North India and is easily approachable by road. A half day trip from Kanpur is advisable to this place for the divine experience. The moment we got off from our car, all we saw was colorful and vibrant doors and windows that made a striking view. It was totally eye-catching and I could not stop but pose for a while.
Attractions and places to see in Bithoor:
Performing Pooja at the Ghat:
At the ghat, I saw a very small temple where the pandit was making the announcement of the name of the person offering pooja. o be honest I am a believer and was totally inclined to offer my prayers. The Pandit asked my name and a number of offerings for the prayers. He later announced my name and the amount I had given for pooja that sounded so amusing but worth the experience.
The place is so small that only Pandit, the foot steps of Brahma Jee and the donation chest are seen inside the temple. The devotees have to make offering standing outside and perform pooja. But just beware of the people around you who may offer an untrained guide and may claim to be Pandits, please do not fall into their trap.
If someone wants to wash away their sins, they need to take the pure dip in the Holy Ganges. This is the myth that is associated with this place and this place is for believers.
On your way to the Ghar you can find these small vendors selling hot savouries and sweets. There are many options to select from like mathris, samosas, bhajiyas and wadas.
You can also find few small shops selling trinkets and souvenirs and all religious baubles.
Overall Bithoor was a spellbound experience and a hald day trip is recommended if you are visiting Kanpur next time.