In Haridwar, The seed of Krishna consciousness was personally planted by His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisidhhanta Saraswati Thakur the spiritual master of ISKCON founder Acharya Srila Prabhupada. Srila Saraswati Thakur visited Haridwar with a group of disciple and preached Krishna Consciousnes.There he established Gaudia math centre and installed deities of Sri Radha Krishna.
Srila Prabhupada also visited Haridwar with his many foreigner disciples in May 1977 while on his way to Hrishikesh for his health improvement & recovery. He stayed here for few days and liked it very much. When local people and visitor came to know that Srila Prabhupada is here, they became eager to meet him. Everyday Prabhupada met people in evening time and preached them about Krishna consciousness. Seeing the spiritual significance Srila Prabhupada desired for a beautiful temple in this place. In his letters also Prabhupada inspired others to visit here.