“India has two million gods and worships them all. In religion all other countries are paupers; India is the only millionaire.” – Mark Twain
India is a land of spiritual knowledge and wisdom. The fragrance of the soil of the country doesn’t let you go away from the spiritual part of you.
From the beautiful mountains in the north to the alleys in the centre or the coast sides in the south, spirituality has its roots deeply spread all over the country, it’s not just a term it’s the way people live, with their beautiful traditions and norms.
If travelling increases the level of dopamine in you, these are some of the top religious places in India that you should add to the top of your bucket list right now. So let’s backpack through them virtually!!!
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Vaishno Devi Temple –Jammu and Kashmir
This beautiful temple of Maa Vaishno Devi is situated at high altitudes of Trikuta hills. There would only be a few spiritual beings who haven’t experienced the holy environment of Vaishno Devi. Devotees travel through the heights of the hills on their feet or getting friendly with the back of a horse, experiencing natural beauty all over the way. The place is so popular among the devotees that it is crowded the whole year irrespective of the season.
It is believed by the pilgrims that Mata Vaishno Devi transformed into a rock, which they worship and the goddess blesses them with peace and prosperity.
Regardless, the Badrinath temple is one most significant temples of Lord Vishnu and one of the top religious places of India. This is one of the Char Dham yatra popular among the devotional Hindus. Badrinath Uttarakhand is known to be the place from where the staircase to heaven starts as believed by the devotees. The devotional fragrance of the air will unfold the spiritual you. Not only spiritually but also on the other side of the page, this place is like heaven on earth for travellers from around the world. You will see many monks with only a piece of cloth covering their bodies, living in the unconditionally cold temperature of the hills, as the temple is situated 10170 ft. above sea level. But they believe that Lord Vishnu provides them with the strength to survive in the harsh weather conditions.
The pilgrims worship the idol in the temple that is believed to be found in the 9th century when the temple was installed by Adi Shankara.
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Dargah Gharib Nawaz –Ajmer
Dargah Gharib Nawaj or Ajmer Sahib is a Sufi shrine, filled with the air of devotees’ wishes and their faith and love in the supreme power. Your soul swifts a little bit making you feel the peace in your mind, whenever you are at the entrance of the Dargah. The Dargah is visited by millions of devotees each year. Not only Muslims rather people from various religions, states even countries visit the Dargah on the death anniversary of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, the Sufi saint, and get their wishes fulfilled. Ajmer Sharif comes to life during the auspicious fest of Urs, all the devotees offer “chadar” & in the tomb of the Sufi saint offering their love.
Varanasi is one of the most devotional and beautiful places to visit not only for the devotees of Lord Shiva but for all. Built on the bank of river Ganga, one of the holy rivers of India, this place allows one to realize oneself, it provides peace to the inner soul of one’s. The beauty of the city lies in the crowd of the pilgrims, visiting there every year, which is being embellished with the cold and holy water of the river Ganges.
Varanasi is a great place to visit for the ones who like beautiful Indian aesthetics, consisting of sculptures, ivory works, etc. Another astonishing fact about Varanasi is that in the temple at Varanasi Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of light, which is in itself something new and surprising!!! Isn’t it?
Golden Temple, everyone is familiar with this name. The golden temple is so beautiful that it surpasses all the limits of beauty around all Punjab State. The reflection created of the shrine in the lake around it, makes the whole place look like heaven. Devotees not only from India but also many other countries come to visit this adorable shrine, bending their knees in front of the all mighty, and offering the supreme power with their love and devotion.
The marvellous shrine was made by the fourth Sikh Guru -Ramdass Sahib Ji, it is also one of the most important pilgrimages to visit for the Sikhism religion.
Your body is rushed with a wave of spiritualness, whenever you enter this holy city of Haridwar, this city is the gateway of Char Dhams. The cold breeze from the holy river Ganga, swirling through the heart of Uttarakhand. This place striked me a little bit differently during my stay there, thousands of devotees were there but the place seemed to be quiet to me, it was a mental peace being there, watching the marvellous Aarti in the evening at the esteemed Har ki paudi. Watching the glistering diyas on the surface of the water of the pleasing holy river.
The city is known to wash away all your sins while you pour over the holy water of the Ganges. The city of Haridwar comes to life during the auspicious event of Kumb Mela, which takes place every year inviting millions of pilgrims from around the world.
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Tirumala Venkateswara Temple –Tirupati
Another very famous devotional pilgrimage of the southern part (Andhra Pradesh of India will fill your spiritual thirst. The place is thronged every day, it’s even said that the holy place is visited by around 50,000 people on some auspicious days. The devotees experience utmost peace while visiting this temple with the incredible architecture of Lord Venkateshwara and get their wishes fulfilled.
One of the top religious places to visit in India for the devotees of Lord Krishna, Vrindavan is situated in the Indian State of Uttar Pradesh. The place is blessed with several temples dedicated to Lord Krishna and Radha, this was the place where the childhood of Lord Krishna was spent. Regardless of numerous beautiful temples in the city, one should never miss the historical temple of & “Banke bihari” another name of Lord Krishna, this temple takes one’s soul into history through its incredible structure and considering the fact, the temple was made in 1864. The place can be enjoyed to the maximum, during the festival of Holi.
The place where people visit regardless of which religion they belong to. Thousands of devotees are attracted to Shirdi, due to their faith and love in Sai Baba, known as the avatar of Lord Shiva. The place is some miles away from the film city, Mumbai in Maharashtra. All the devotees believe in the saying of Sai Baba “Sabka Malik EK”
which refers to the union of all irrespective of caste, race, or religion.
Sun Temple –Konark
Another very famous temple situated in the state of Orissa is the Sun temple, also called Surya Mandir. The incredible architecture, the temple is known for, that includes seven horses and twelve pairs of sculpted wheels giving it the shape of a chariot, there is also a foyer of offerings, triangles structure roof, and marvellous scenes.
These together give an invitation to a large number of a crowd here, attracting millions of people from around the world every year. The place was also called World Heritage Site because of the number of people attracted every year. The spiritual background of the temple is believed to be that after the great victory in the battle of Lord Vishnu and demon Gyasur, Lord Vishnu placed different things at different places to remember the great victory, placing Lotus at Konark.
These were some of the most famous religious places in India that you can add to your bucket list right away, but these are not the only ones to be visited, one would have to travel a lot to fulfil the spiritual thirst inside as India is full of temples and holy places.
So, briskly tell me the next place, where you are planning to travel!
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