5 Famous Pilgrimage Destinations in India

Pilgrimage Destinations in India

India is a spiritual country which reflects in the lifestyle of people. They strongly believe in humanity, divinity, forgiveness, karma and purity. The ancient religious spots in India attracts various tourist from all over the world. Many people visit India for seeking spiritual enlightenment.

India is a country of various cultures, traditions and religions. The remarkable architecture is significant through the temples and monuments. It is believed that life is incomplete without visiting certain destinations at least once in a lifetime.

Here are the top 5 pilgrimage destinations in India:

1. Varanasi:

Varanasi is famous for Ganga Aarti and is also called as Benaras. It is the Hinduism capital of India, located on the banks of river Ganga in Uttar Pradesh. It is the oldest holy city which contains many temples in the bank of River Ganga. Annual Ganga Mahotsav will resemble a rich cultural heritage.

Kashi Vishwanath Temple is the most famous Lord Shiva temple in Varanasi. This place is sacred for not only Hindus but also Jains and Buddhists. It is believed that the holy river Ganga will wash away all the sins with 3 holy dips. Tulsi Manas Temple, Durga Temple, Dhanvantri Temple, New Vishwanath temple are some of the famous temples here.

2. Kanchipuram:

Kanchipuram is an historical city well known for temples and Kanchi silk sarees. It is believed to be the capital city of Pallavas during the 6th to 8th century. Famous temples like Kumarakottam temple, Kailasanathat Temple, Vaikunta Perumal Temple, Varadharaja Perumal temple is famous here. This city is well known for many Vishnu and Shiva temples.

Ekambareswara temple in Kanchipuram is known for the tallest temple tower in the country. The religious icons of Jainism like Chandraprabha temple and Trilokyanatha temple of 3rd century are located here. It is not a famous spot of Islamic religion, but there are still 2 mosques of 17th and 20th century.

3. Lord Jagannath:

Lord Jagannath temple is the famous Hindu temple located in the coastal town of Puri, Orissa. The most famous Ratha Yatra will be celebrated here every June. It is dedicated to Lord Jagannath who is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It was built by King Indradyumna in the 11th century.

There are 2 walls, the inner wall is known as Kurma Bedha which surrounds the temple and outer wall is called Meghanada pacheri which is of 20 feet high. The temple is famous for its Oriya architecture. It is enclosed by 2 rectangular walls and covers a total area of 4, 00, 000 sq.ft.

4. Padmanabhaswamy Temple:

Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple is located in Thiruvananthapuram and is one among the 108 Divya Desams. This place is famous for Vaishnavism and only Hindus are allowed into this temple. It is hard to find the age of this temple even after many detailed pieces of research conducted by archaeologists.

It is believed that the Padmanabhaswamy temple is built on the first day of Kali Yuga that is over 5000 years ago. This temple had a great historical reference in Bhagawat Gita, which tells that Lord Balarama visited this temple and made many offers to God. Specific dress code should be maintained to enter this temple.

5. Delhi:

Delhi is not only India’s capital but also a well-known place for Mughal architecture. This is a famous religious and pilgrimage spot of Muslims. The largest mosque of the country, Jama Masjid is located in Delhi. Many graves of prominent rulers of Mughals will be found here.

Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah is the notable spot with marble shrine. The most esteem religious site Qutub Shahib Dargah is located here. Every Mughal monument contains a small mosque in it. It is customary to tie a thread near the grave.

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