Garhmukteshwar HapurGarhmukteshwar is a holy place in Hapur district. Garhmukteshwar is situated at the banks of river Ganges, and lies 32 km east of Hapur. It is the closest point from Delhi, where holy river Ganges flows. It is an ancient town and is mentioned in the Bhagvata Purana and the Mahabharata. Garhmukteshwar is believed to be a part of Hastinapur which was the capital of Kauravas.
Garhmukteshwar derived its name from an ancient temple Mukteshwar Mahadev. The temple is dedicated to goddess Ganga. She is worshipped at this place in four temples; two of them are situated at the cliff and two below it. The water of Ganges River is considered very pious and sacred and it is believed that those who take a dip in this holy water, all their sins are washed away. There are eighty pillars at the banks of Ganges River which are known as sati pillars. They mark the spots where the Hindu widows became sati.
Every year a bathing fair is organized on the full-moon day in the month of kartika at Garhmukteshwar. The Garhmukteshwar bathing festival is a symbol of tradition, faith and trust and people from nearby and far off places come here to have a dip in the holy Ganga. Apart from this bathing fair, another bathing fair is organized in the month of Jyaistha on the occasion of Dusherra. During this fair also pilgrims come from all over India and take a dip in the holy water of Ganges River.
Garhmukteshwar became a tehsil on 26th January, 1977 under the Ghaziabad district. In 1979, Ghaziabad Zila Parishad constituted Garhmukteshwar and since then the historical Ganga Fair in Garhmukteshwar is sponsored by the Zila Parishad. Proper arrangements are made by the government and Municipal Corporation of the town during the Garh Ganga Fair. The entire region becomes like a city of tents during the bathing festivals.
Another fair organized in Garhmukteshwar is Gadho-ka-Mela which is a kind of animal market where ass/horse/donkey are purchased as well as sold out. This fair is attended by residents of Hapur district and nearby places. Not only this, business man from all parts of the country and even the neighbouring countries such as Bangladesh and Pakistan also become a part of this animal fair.
Special arrangements are made during the Garh Ganga Fair time for the pilgrims so that they do not face any problem.