Take a tour to Top Pilgrimage Destinations to Visit in Indiaby Raushani Chopra Travel writing
With Diverse Religion Comes Great Responsibility, as it encourages the unification of the sovereignty and secularism of India. In India, Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism, and Jainism religions cherish among each other along with other tribal religions and beliefs. On this Holy land of India, to respect each and every religion, temples, mosques, churches, Gurdwaras and other numerous shrines have been erected having their own legends and beliefs. In each and every religion, pilgrimage has been the most common practice that tempt the followers for the seek of peace and salvation. India’s spirituality gives utmost importance to divinity, karma, forgiveness, purity and humanity. India is a torch-bearer of numerous ancient and modern religious sacred places which attract the tourists every day to avail Religious Tour Holiday Packages.
Some of the Top pilgrimage Destinations to visit in India Include “The Char Dham Yatra”, Mathura and Vrindavan, Haridwar, Varanasi, Vaishno Devi etc whereas in south India, there are Rameshwaram, Shirdi, Sabarimala etc.
The Char Dham Yatra- in Hindu religion, the Char Dham Yatra circuit holds the utmost importance as it is believed for a Hindu devotee to visit these places at least once in the lifetime. The Char Dham Yatra consists of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Puri and Dwarka. There is also an Uttarakhand Char Dham Yatra consists of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.
Situated in the Gehrwal hills of the snow-clad Himalayas and on the brink of Alakananda River, Badrinath temple is one of the most pious places of India. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, established by Adi Guru Shankaracharya. This place is considered as one of the eight “Swayam Vyakhya Kshetra” aka Self-manifested statues of Lord Vishnu. Some of the vibrant celebrations as Mata Murtika Mela and Badri Kedar Festival describe the Purity and serenity of this place.
Then comes the Kedarnath temple, the place of the highest Shiva Jyotrilinga of the world, dedicated to Lord Shiva (Kedar), the Protector and the Destroyer. It is believed to be the doorway to the definition of “Moksha” or Salvation. Situated on the snow-clouded Chorabari glacier and Mandakini river of Garhwal Himalayan range in Rudraprayag district, Uttarakhand, witnesses millions of devote every year because of its religious significance.
Then comes the “Shreekshetra”, the Land of Lord Jagannath. This placeis situated on the coast of “mahodadhi” Bay of Bengal, is one of the integral parts of the Char Dham Yatra. The world famous “Rath Yatra” (Chariot festival), organized in the month of June-July, becomes one of the largest religious gatherings of India. Other tourist spots in the Jagannath Dham Yatra include the Marine drive, the beach, Gundicha temple and the world famous heritage site Konark Sun Temple. The magnificent Odia culture and its art, craft and architecture will surely fill the heart with joy and wonder.
Finally, the Char Dham Yatra ends in Dwarka, known as “Devbhoomi Dwarka” which is one of the “Sapta Puri” (seven sacred cities) mentioned in Hindu religion. This place is situated in the western peninsula of Gujarat, which is the place of one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of the world. This place is the evidence of thousands of pilgrim gatherings every year in the search of salvation. The Dwarkadhish temple, Nageshwar Jyotirlinga temple, Dwaraka beach and the Rukmini temple are the most visited places in Dwarka.
Mathura and Vrindavan- One of the oldest towns at the banks of yamuna, Vrindaban and Mathura are mentioned as the birth place of Lord Krishna, an Avatar of Lord Vishnu. Numerous temples like Banke Bihari Temple and the ISKON temple of Lord Krishna and Radha set amidst of thick basil woods and lush greenery, depicts the benevolent nature of Lord Krishna.Another tourist spot in this Mathura-Vrindavan Holiday tour includes Prem Mandir, Radha Raman temple, Sri Ranganatha temple and Katyayani temple.
Varanasi- Aka Benaras, it is the oldest inhabited city of the world. Also known as The “Spiritual Capital of India”, Varanasi is situated along the Western banks of River Ganga. Shri Kashi Vishwanath temple, famous for Lord Shiva is believed to be an auspicious place for Nirvana in Hindu mythology. Around 80 Ghats on the banks of the river are the lifelines of this place which witness a Majestic “Ganga Arati” everyday in the Dusk. Other Tours in Varanasi include the Dashashwamedh Ghat, Hanuman temple, Assi ghat and the Tulsi Manasa temple.
Rameshwaram- One of the holiest places in South India Temple Tour, Rameshwaram is situated in Tamil Nadu. As per Hindu mythology, Lord Ram built the “Ram Setu” in the Pamban channel separating India from Sri Lanka. This location is famous for lord Shiva. Some of the top places to visit in Rameshwaram or Rameshwaram temple, Dhanuskodi beach, Agniteetrtham, and the famous Pamban Bridge.
Tirupati- It is situated inside the chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh. Tirupati is dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara temple, one of the richest pilgrimage places of the world.There, you will find the peak of Tirumala hills, and this place is famous for the deity Lord Balaji. Other temples worth-visiting in Tirupati are Sri Kalahasti Temple, Sri Govindarajaswami temple, The Kondandarama temple etc.
Madurai- Known as the “Cultural capital” of Tamil Nadu, Madurai is one of the ancient inhabited cities of South India.This city was built in the shape of a Lotus, by the Patronage of the Pandya Kings, proves its name as the “Lotus City”. The most worshipped temple in Madurai is the Meenakshi Amman temple, dedicated to Goddess Meenakshi. There are evidences of a combination of Dravidian culture with the ancient Roman culture in the architecture and engravings of the temples. With other tourist spots like Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, Vaigai dam, and the greenery of Meghamalai, Madurai leaves its own permanent impression in the hearts of the pilgrims.
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