India is a place of 300 crores of deities and is considered as the religious hub of the world. Here are a few of the famously known holy places from all corners of India:
Jagannath Puri, Odisha
The temple is dedicated to Lord Jagannath, Lord of Universe. Every year in July, Rath yatra is organized in which Lord’s gigantic idol is carried in a chariot. The Yatra is celebration of Lord’s journey to his aunt’s house. It is a worldwide significant event which is witnessed by thousand of devotees with full enthusiasm and zeal.
Dwarka, the city of gold, is present on the western tip of Saurashtra peninsula. It is believed to be the ancient capital of Lord Krishna. The myth is that whole Dwarka Nagri (town) immersed into Arabian Sea after the end of Lord Krishna era. The Dwarkadheesh temple and the existing places are the relics of town.
Located by the bank of Holy River Ganges, the place is inundated by pilgrims in huge number all around the year. Having dips in the chilly water of river by Har ki Paudi cleanses away all the negativity from the soul. Aarti in evening is an absolute blissful sight. Your faith in God will definitely rejuvenate.
Amarnath, Jammu and Kashmir
Amaranth cave, situated in the high altitudes of Himalayas, is a Hindu shrine dedicated to lord Shiva. Every year, in months of July-August, the Shivling made of ice appears in the cave. This is when 44 days Amarnath yatra begins. Sheshnag, the seven mounatains in the shape of snake, overlooks the beautiful Sheshnag Lake. Going through the valleys of Pahalgam, this pilgrimage trek is arduous but mesmerizing.
One of the Chaar Dhaams, Badrinath Temple here is dedicated to lord Vishnu. Situated in the valley of Himachal, the mountain landscape is simply breathtaking. The place has some cascading waterfalls. There are many other temples and sights of great mythological importance.
Vaishno devi, Jammu
A holy cave located in the mountains of Trikuta is where devotees go trekking up to the shrine to seek her blessings. It is 12 kms trek that can be covered in a day. The picturesque view of mountains and holy stream of Ganges along is what keep your trek going. Although helicopter rides are also available for disabled and elderly. Chanting ‘Jai mata Di’ loud with other devotees boosts up your energy while the hike.
It is the Buddhist capital of India, the place where Gautam Buddha attained the supreme knowledge. Hence, it is a perfect getaway for self contemplation. The sightseeing includes Mahabodhi temple, located near the holy tree where Buddha meditated. Buddha also spent some of his time in Ratnagarh where five colors came out of his body.
The famously known town where the miracles of Saint Sai baba were known to happen attracts many followers all throughout the year. There is connection of oneness with the holy saint as one goes through his relics in the temple. Trimbakeshwar Temple in Nasik and Shani temple in Shinganapur are the nearby temples of great religious significance that one should also visit.
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
It is regarded as the spiritual capital of India. Located by the banks of River Ganges is where people even from foreign come to seek spiritual enlightenment. Kashi Vishwanath temple here is of great religious importance. Assi Ghat, the biggest of all the Ghats, is where people take dip in its sacrosanct waters. The boat ride in the calm wide river Ganges is a quintessential experience.
Tirupati Balaji, Andhra Pradesh
The ancient temple of Sri Venkateswara is located on the seventh peak of Tirupati Hill, and hence popularly known as Tirupati Balaji. A large number of devotees come here to seek the blessings of God making huge donations, thus making it one of the richest temples in India.
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