TOP 10 POPULAR HINDU RELIGIOUS PLACES IN INDIA
If you are spiritually inclined visitor and expect to shower yourself with the spiritual experience during the journey, then this Hindu pilgrimage tour in India is the best choice for you
India is a spiritually inclined nation. This is evident when you visit this religious country and witness the Hindu temples and holy sites built across every nook and corner of its cities, most of them have a famed mythological figure associated and a historical storyline attached with it which encapsulates some myths and legends. The Indian religious geography reflects the vast diversity of religions and ancient civilization.
Hardwar is the land of gods where they left their footprints. It symbolically means that the human population here have their spirits marked with the love of these gods and they worship them with full devotion. This is the place where you will find lush green forests, temples of Hindu gods and sacred ponds and religious rivers like Ganges. This is regarded as a gateway to the house of gods.
Kedarnath is another name of the Lord Shiva who is the perpetuator and the destroyer. Kedarnath shrine is located at the picturesque hill backdrop of majestic kedarnath mountain ranges. The shrine is one out of twelve jyotilingas of Lord Shiva, found across the various other holy places of India.
Amarnath This is one of the most important pilgrim spot of Hindus. It is believed that with the advent of every full moon night icy Shiv Linga began to take shape in the cave here along with some other ice statue formations alongside with it. The bigger one is termed as Shiv Linga which is approximately 6 fts in height and the ones on the left and right side of this are Lord Ganesh and Devi Parvati idols. The icy idols waxes and wanes with moon growing fuller to its capacity and then becoming smaller respectively.
Vaishno Devi Mata Vaishno Devi shrine is situated at the height of 5,300 fts from the ground. This is the shrine with one of the highest footfall of the “Yatris” (Visitors) flocking here in numbers. The Mata Vaishno Devi shrine is situated at a distance of 61 kms fom Jammu district in the State of Jammu and Kashmir of India. The route upto the place called Katra,which comes on the route to shrine, can be traveled by road but the last 13 kms stretch of journey had of be travelled by foot or some other means like pony. The place of worship of Mata Vaishno Devi is located inside a cave. Once at the entrance to the cave, the path turns into a narrow tunnel with a cold stream named the Charan Ganga running through it. The pilgrim has to wade through this to reach the sanctum sanctorum.
Somnath This temple is one of its kinds of temple among the twelve temples of Lord Shiva temples across India. This was attacked by Memood of Gazni in 1026 and was robbed of its GOLD .jewels and diamonds, who carried camel loads of these metals to his native land.This temple was built and destroyed several times but it still remained intact as always, This temple is located at a distance of 25 kms from Chorwad and 40 kms from Junaghadj.
Omkareshwar is located at the confluence of Narmada and Kaveri and find its mention in the epic of Mahabharat and Ramayana. Historically, this place was the capital of King Kartvarjun in ancient times and saw the renaissance under Devi Ahilya bai Holkar in Indore,Madhya Pradesh.One of the tweleve jyotilinga is situated at the temple of Omkar Mandhata.
Mathura This holy place is credited with the birthplace of Lord Krishna,(Shri Krishnabhoomi) the hindu god of ancient times ,with whom various mythological tales are associated in which he performed several magical deeds for the benefit of people and at the end who killed the cruel King Kansa and finished his tyrant rule and freed his public from his vindivtive dynasty.
Allahabad In Hindu mythology this city was called Prayag in commemoration with the sacrifice made by the Lord Brahma. Lord Brahma did Prakrishta Yagna here to bring the convergence of the three rivers Ganga, Yamuna,and Saraswati together called Sangam. In 1575 A.D Badshah Akbar came here to rename it Illahabad which later become Allahabad. This is the centre of learning in the early 20th century. In British Raj this has been the cantonement area.
Varanasi This city is a journey to spiritualism and history. This is the city of Lord Shiva, with temple Vishvanath, another name of Lord Shiva, devoted to him. This temple was built in 1776 and is a famous holy temple among all Hindus. Varanasi is known by its Ghats where you can take a walk along the river front and experience the local culture of the people here. Dasaswamedha ghat is the the place where you can witness the performing of daily evening prayers. While on burning ghat you can see the dead bodies burning. In winters, this city gives a radiant look when burning lamps are offered to sacred rivers and people perform holy dip inside them. You can bask in the glory of faith and spiritualism when you visit this city during this time.
This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and it is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas in India. the temple is a five storied building and is a combination of Rajput and Mughal architecture. The Diety is dakshinamurtis as the idol is facing southwards.
Bhasmi Arti, one of the rituals of temple, is a symbolic representation of Life and Death. The unusual sancramant involving the smearing of linga with hot ashes of burning ghats is usually a mark of respect of destroyer of the universe, Lord Shiva.The temple is atreasured location and a sculrtor retreat to the visitor more information Pilgrimage India Destinations.
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