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May 9, 2017 at 10:43 am #1145387
The spiritual air in India carries the fragrance of Forgiveness, Dharma and Karma. Multiple religions dwell under the secular country like India in utmost harmony and peace. Due to this, India can be called as the ‘land of Faith’. India’s pious soil keeps you in a constant contact with a supreme power that dwells in various forms. The existence of numerous monasteries, gurudwaras, churches, mosques and temples beckons the traveller to visit India that is diverse yet united, spiritual and tolerant. Spirituality, having an upper hand in India, has driven various ordinary destinations into very important religious places.
Let us learn about the fascinating Religious Places in India
- Vaishno Devi Temple, Jammu
- Golden Temple, Amritsar
- Sun Temple, Konark
- Jagannath Temple, Puri
- Somnath Jyotirlinga
- Ranakpur Temple
- Tirumala Venkateswara Temple
- Hemkund Sahib
- Ajmer Sharif
- Velankanni Church
- Amarnath Cave
- Siddhivinayak Temple
- Sree Ayyappa Temple
1. Vaishno Devi Temple, Jammu
This temple is located on the Trikuta Hills in Jammu. The home of Mata Vaishno is amongst the most famous religious places in India. To get to the place where goddess presides, you have to take an arduous trek and then reach the caves where you can get the blessings of Mata Vaishno. This journey will remain etched forever in your memories.
2. Golden Temple, Amritsar
This temple was built by the Sikh Guru, Ramdass Sahib Ji. In India, this is the most important pilgrimage site for Sikhs. This temple is a golden edifice and it’s reflection on the ambrosial nectar (lake) is extremely beautiful. A large number of people are seen loitering in the shrine complex. This other names for this temple are Harmandir Sahib and Swarn Mandir.
3. Sun Temple, Konark
The Sun Temple, a masterpiece of the Indian architecture, is the epitome of unmatched spirituality and exquisite architecture. Located in Konark, Odisha, this Sun Temple boasts of a huge size and is an outstanding example of genius. We can see a majestic chariot on which the Sun God is seen sitting and this marks the triumph of King Narasimhadeva I. This is certainly one of the best religious places in India.
4. Jagannath Temple, Puri
The finest monument in Odisha, the Jagannath Temple, is a significant pilgrimage centre in India. Lord Jagannath, Goddess Subhadra and Balabhadra are the main deities presiding over the temple. During the annual Rath Yatra, this temple comes to life when a huge number of people throng the temple.
5. Somnath Jyotirlinga
This temple is believed to be Lord Shiva’s Dwaadash Jyotirlinga (Pillar of Light). This temple holds a significant place in India. Somnath Jyotirlinga, being the survivor of various attacks in the past, has been a source of spirituality and divinity for many Hindu pilgrims. This temple is located on the shores of Arabian Sea. You can feel the power of spirituality at this holy place.
6. Ranakpur Temple
Humility is regarded as the greatest virtue and it is preached by Jainism. The Ranakpur Temple is located in Ranakpur village in the state of Rajasthan. It is one of the oldest and most prominent Jain temples in India. People from all over the world visit this temple that has beautiful surroundings and majestic architecture.
7. Tirumala Venkateswara Temple
Tirumala Venkateswara Temple, the abode of Lord Venkateswara (the incarnation of Lord Vishnu) is located on the last hill of Seshachalam range in Tirupati in the state of Andhra Pradesh. This temple is well-known for its exquisite architecture. It is highly regarded as one of the most sacred places on Earth. About 60,000 people visit this temple everyday.
8. Hemkund Sahib
Hemkund Sahib adds charm to the religious tour in India. Hemkund Sahib has a pentagonal structure unlike other sikh pilgrimage sites in India. This place is located in the middle of lofty hills that are covered with snow and it looks extremely beautiful. This place will pursue you to stay for some more time despite the adverse climatic conditions because of its beauty.
9. Ajmer Sharif
This is the abode of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti who listens to people’s wishes here and fulfill them. A queer peace takes over you when you enter the gate of Dargah. From all over the world, millions of people visit the Dargah Sharif every year. This places captivates the heart of the people who pay a visit here.
10. Velankanni Church
If you miss out the Velankanni church, then your religious tour in India will remain incomplete. This church is located in the Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu. This church is believed to have been built by the Portuguese sailor who survived an extremely violent sea storm. The feast of the Nativity of Mary is celebrated in this church is attended by millions of devotees around the world.
11. Amarnath Cave
Located in Jammu and Kashmir, the Amarnath Cave can be reached only after a severe trekking expedition. As one of the ancient pilgrimage centres in India, this cave holds high importance. According to Legend, the secret of immortality has been revealed by Lord Shiva to Goddess Parvati in this place. Every year, the linga here is created naturally by ice.
Located in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh state, this place is regarded as a centre of faith for Hindus. Every day, many people from one place or the other visit this place and it looks incredibly beautiful because of the crowds here. In every morning and evening, the Ganga Arti performed ritualistically enhances the divinity of this place.
The number of Churches in Goa state why Goa should be a religious tourism place in India. The churches here are extremely beautiful and they are worth exploring. These edifices, being an epitome of the faith of Christians, highly contribute to the architectural collection of India. Church of St. Lawrence, Basilica of Bom Jesus are among the highly famous churches in India.
Dwarka is regarded as the place of unparalleled spirituality and is located on the western tip of India. This is one of the places of Char Dham Yatra. When Lord Krishna escaped Mathura, this place was his capital. The white attire of local men here keeps up the sanctity of Dwarka. This place shall take you back in time of Mahabharta.
The divinity of Rishikesh is defined by the large settlement of yoga centres, numerous Hindu temples and the emerald Ganga. Rishikesh opens the door to different level of spirituality in India, by preserving Yoga which is an ancient Hindu practice. The visitor will lose himself in the nature at Rishikesh. This is certainly an incredible religious place to visit in India.
Mathura is the birthplace of Lord Krishna and is located in Uttar Pradesh. Large number of people visit this temple all through the year. During Janmashtami, this temple becomes overcrowded. As Mathura is Lord Krishna’s birth place, it can be regarded as a blessed land.
Located in Uttar Pradesh, this is the city where Lord Krishna had spent his childhood. Every passage here provides traces of holiness and this place consists of numerous big and small temples that are dedicated to Krishna and Radha. ‘Peda’ is a very famous sweet here. You can experience the spiritual illumination here.
Haridwar is situated by the river Ganga in the lap of Uttarakhand. This town provides a great peace of mind. On the river, you can view the flickering diyas floating and the Ganga Aarti given in the evening to a large number of people seeking the unmatched divinity in this place. During Kumbha Mela, this city becomes overcrowded with devotees all around.
Located in Tamil Nadu, this is one of the Char Dham sites in India. This is said to be the place where Lord Rama repented after killing Raavana and also believed to be his place of worship. The best place to experience the spirituality here is at the Ramanathaswamy temple. This temple is well-known for its exquisite architecture.
Located in Uttarakhand, the Badrinath is a door to the unmatched spirituality. Everything is embraced by divinity at this beautiful place. This is the abode of Badrinathji or Lord Vishnu who had come here to meditate. From the materialistic world, this place provides confinement and takes you a step nearer to the divine power.
The innumerable temples that are found in the ruins of Hampi not only stuns you but will take you on a spiritual journey. There are still some temples in hampi that depict the glory of spectacular architectural designs and novel ideas. For spiritual tourism in India, this is regarded as the perfect destination. Among the temples in Hampi, Virupaksha temple is the most famous one.
Madurai is known as the ‘Temple Town’. According to Legend, the drops of honey fell from Lord Shiva’s matted hair who appeared in the dream of the then Ruler of Madurai and in this way, the city had got its name. Meenakshi Amman Temple is the most famous temple in Madurai. This place has been a pilgrimage site and a learning centre for many centuries.
It is believed that Lord Buddha have been enlightened at this place. This historical place is located in the state of Bihar. This is the ultimate place to meditate and pray for the Buddhist pilgrims. The Mahabodhi temple is the most famous temple here. Many visitors from all over the world visit this beautiful place filled with spirituality.
Located in Maharashtra, this place is the gateway to absolute spirituality for people of all the religions, creeds and castes. Sai Baba preached about only One God all through his life and thereby earned many followers through his preachings. His native place, Shirdi, is visited by many devotees around the world irrespective of colour, creed and religion.
This place is a paradise for the people who seek inner peace and a haven for the people who seek adventure. You will drench in the rain of spirituality at Leh. The monasteries here contain numerous large pillars, swords, thangkas, wall paintings, statues and stupas and the teachings of Buddha engraved on them. Thiksey, Alchi, lamayuru, Hemis, Shey are some of the most famous monasteries at this place.
26. Siddhivinayak Temple
This temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. It is situated in Prabhadevi, Mumbai in the state of Maharashtra. It was built originally by Deubai Patil and laxman Vithu in the year 1801. In Mumbai, this is one of the richest temples. This temple consists of a small mandap with the Siddhi Vinayak shrine. Bollywood film stars and Politicians visit this temple frequently to seek the blessings of Lord Ganesha.
27. Sree Ayyappa Temple
Sri Ayyappa Swamy temple of Sabarimala is situated in Sahyadri mountain ranges in the pathanamthitta district of Kerala state. This is the largest annual pilgrimage in the world. This temple is surrounded by mountain hills and dense forests. The Sabarimala pilgrims can be easily identified as they wear black or blue dress.
Located on the bank of River Shipra in Malwa, Ujjain is an ancient city and is regarded on the holy cities in India. For Kumbh Mela, Ujjain is one of the 4 sites. This makes Ujjain a place of tremendous religious importance for Hindus. It is also the abode of Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga, one of 12 Jyotirlinga shrines to Lord Shiva.
Formerly known as Tanjore, Thanjavur is located in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is highly significant for architecture, art and religion. In and around Thanjavur, most of the great Chola temples are present which are the UNESCO World Heritage Monuments. Among these temples, the Brihadeeswara Temple is the most famous one. This place is also the home to Tanjore painting.
This place is famous for many beautiful and important monasteries. This place is also famous as Dalai Lama’s birth place. Among the various monasteries that are present here, the Tawang Monastery is the most famous one. This is an extremely sacred place for Buddhists. Tawang is an extremely beautiful place that will flatter you with its natural beauty.