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Kanvashram, Kotdwara

Kanvashram is a devine tourist place in Uttarakhand, located at a distance of about 15km from Kotdwar. The place located on the bank of river Milini and is named after sage Kanva.

Kanvashram holds its significnce as it is believed to be the birthplace of emperor Bharat, after whose name the Indian nation got the name of Bharat. Long ago, it is believed a spiritual ashram
existed here, where the students got academic cum spiritual knowledge from sage Kanva. It is believed that King Dushyant out on hunt saw Shakuntala, the foster daughter of sage Kanva and fell
in love with her. The king go married to Shakuntala and the couple was blessed with a son named Bharat.

The place Kanvashram has got some mention in Indian holy books of Mahabharat, Puranas and Vedas as well. 

Every year a mela (fair) is organized by Kanvashram Vikas Samiti, a local group interested in making this place as a national tourist destination, on Basant Panchmi (in January every year). The
first time this fair was organized was way back in 1956. This fair is also called Jalebi Mela, Jalebi is an Indian sweet, which is eaten in abundance in this fair. The fair is usually inaugarated by the chief minister of Uttarakhand, every year.

How to Reach

Kanvashram is located around 15km of motorable road from Kotdwar. Nearest railway station is Kotdwar Railway Station. Nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport.