INDIA, the most secular and diversified country in the world, is also known to be the home of the most number of religions. Indians live under one roof with extreme religious diversity and India has earned a name for itself for being the most hospitable country to its tourist. It is but obvious that with so many religions being nourished under one roof, India holds within itself many different popular religious places to visit. From Churches to mosques to gurdwaras to temples, every faith and belief have its place in India.
The spiritual air in this country is known to be extremely pious. It carries with it the pillars of all religions, karma, dharma and faith. A country like India which is blessed with 20 mountain ranges, welcomes you to heighten your spiritual senses in the mountain ranges, some in the alleys and some in caves. As spirituality has an edge in this country it has helped transform many ordinary destinations into very popular religious places. Let’s together get to know the most important and vital side of this great country with some breathtaking religious place in India.
VAISHNO DEVI TEMPLE, JAMMU & KASHMIR:
It is said to be the earthly abode of goddess Shakti. One of the most powerful temples of strength in the world and people are said to achieve great strengths by visiting this temple. There is an age-old belief that is attached to this temple, only those who goddess Shakti pleases can visit this temple. It is situated in the Trikuta hills in Jammu. Goddess maata Vaishno is said to be in the caves of these hills. The uphill climb to this temple is no less than a trek and also gives you the breathtaking adventure of experiences the beautiful mountains along the way.
GOLDEN TEMPLE, AMRITSAR:
it is also called as the swarn mandir which means the golden temple and known as Harmandir sahib by the Sikhs. This temple is the main pilgrim place for the Sikhs. Once you set your eyes on the horizon, beauty and divinity are only what you’ll see near this temple. This temple is of gold and when the most pious reflection of this golden temple falls on the lake surrounding it with thousands of pilgrims in the shrine complex, your visit to this place will seem worthwhile because that’s how beautiful it looks. It is built by the 4th Sikh guru, Ramdadd Sahib Ji. It is the symbol of peace and is nothing less than a beautiful short legacy in India.
This temple is also situated in the state of Odisha. It is one of the most important pilgrim destinations for the Hindus of the country. It is the house of lord Jagannath, balabhadra, and goddess Subhadra. There is an annual rath yatra which takes place every year which is when this temple shines. The real gods have come down from the heavens. It does come to life with thousands of pilgrims seeking blessings and with the shrine reflecting the rich culture and heritage.
A place of sacred baths, last rites,temples and also a home to many educational institutions. Name of the place was Mayapuri before. It is here that the scared river Ganga touches land from the Himalayas on its course to the Bay of Bengal. Ganga is the world’s third largest river and it is the home of half a billion people. The place is one of the seven sacred cities that are known to bestow moksha upon humans. A Kumbh Mela happens every 12 yrs in Hardiwar. It attracts million of pilgrims and an ardhakumbhmela that happens every 6yrs which also brings a lot of believers with it. Haridwar literally means gateway of the gods. It was actually spelled as Hardwar which referred to lord shiva. There are 3 major ghats in Haridwar which are famous for performing of last rites namely harkipauri, kankhal sati ghat and kushavartaghat.
The place is in the chitoor district of Andhra Pradesh. It is famous as the best heritage city by the Indian Ministry of Tourism. It is one of the cities developed under smart cities by the government. One of the holiest Hindu cities for the Venkateshwara temple besides many other temples it holds. Place is famous for the laddu that only the Tirumala Venkateshwara temple makes. It has a geographical indication tag which indicates that only the temple is authorized to make it and sell it. There are two very famous museums here which give you an insight of the religion, the gods and the beliefs of peoples. It is a comprehensive photo gallery as well.
It is located in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. It is about 85kms from Ahmednagar and 15kms from Kopergaon. One of the richest temple organizations Shirdi is known for the popular guru Shirdi sai baba. The name translates to mean the foot of prosperity. On any given day there are at least 25000 devotees here and on festivals over half a million population. Shirdi also has a railway station called sai Nagar Shirdi which has trains from Mumbai, Chennai, Vishakhapatnam, and mysore. It also has an airport which is already done with its trail run and is due to be completed in 2017-2018.
Hazrat khwaja Moinuddin Chisty dargah is located in Ajmer, Rajasthan. It is only 2kms away from Ajmer railway station. People who come here with a pure heart and also with faith never go empty handed. People believe all your dreams and aspirations are fulfilled when you pray here faithfully. In today’s day and age when people are fighting over religion, this is one of the many places. People of every religion, caste, creed, age, color come and pray and unite in harmony. It is estimated that about 150000 pilgrims attend the site every year.