India can be rightly called the ‘Land of Faith. We have beautiful religious destinations that will blow your mind.
- Trudge through the mighty mountains and you shall experience divine presence or traverse through the meandering alleys, where spirituality combined with history waits to quench your spiritual thirst.
- The existence of a large number of temples, mosques, churches, Gurudwaras, and monasteries in India beckons the traveller to visit a country that is tolerant, spiritual, religious, and most of all diverse yet united.
1. Vaishno Devi, Jammu Kashmir
From high up in the mountains, Mata Vaishno Devi calls out to her devotee. Situated on the Trikuta Hills in Jammu, the abode of Mata Vaishno is amongst the most popular pilgrimage in India.
Experience an indescribable delight in taking an arduous trek that further leads to the caves where the goddess presides over and bestows countless blessings. Beautiful landscape, pervading divinity, and thrilling adventure. This is one journey in India that will remain etched in your memories forever.
2. Golden Temple, Amritsar
The unparalleled reflection of the pious golden edifice on the ambrosial nectar (lake) and the horde of pilgrims loitering in the shrine complex urge one to visit this popular religious place in India.
Built by the fourth Sikh Guru- Ramdass Sahib Ji, Gurdwara Harmandir Sahib is the most important Sikh pilgrimage site to visit in India. The golden gilded temple commemorates a number of Sikh historical events. A bringer of peace, the Golden Temple is nothing short of a legacy in India.
3. Sun Temple, Konark
The masterpiece of Indian architecture, Sun Temple is the epitome of exquisite architecture and unmatched spirituality. Situated in Konark, Odisha, the Sun Temple boasts a massive size and is an incredible example of genius. The Sun God sitting on a majestic chariot depicts the victory of King Narsimhadeva I (who defeated a number of Muslim invaders).
The incredible architecture that includes 12 pairs of carved wheels, a hall of offerings, an imposing pyramidal roof, and erotic scenes have been the key driving force for art lovers and travel enthusiasts who visit here, thereby making the Sun Temple one of the best places to see on a religious tour in India.
4. Somnath Temple, Gujrat
Reckoned to be the first Dwadash Jyotirlinga (Pillar of Light) of Lord Shiva, Somnath Jyotirlinga in Gujarat holds an important place in India. The survivor of many attacks in the past, Somnath Jyotirlinga has been a source of divinity and spirituality for many Hindu pilgrims.
Situated on the shores of the Arabian Sea, this sacred shrine calls out to devotees from afar and blesses them innumerable times. Feel the power of spirituality and lose yourself in the devotion at this holy place in India.
5. Dargah Gharib Nawaz in Ajmer, Rajasthan
Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti lay in peace here, listening to people’s wishes and fulfilling them. Once you enter through the gate of the Dargah, a queer peace takes over you. A sacred shrine in Ajmer, Gharib Nawaz Dargah Sharif is visited by millions of devotees every year from all over the world.
The Dargah for many reasons captivates one’s heart; there is certainly something that is magical about this place that people from different faiths come and worship here. Although the dargah is always crowded, the best time to visit Ajmer Sharif is during the Urs festival. The place comes to life during this festival that is held annually.
6. Amarnath Cave, Jammu, and Kashmir
Baba Barfani calls out to his devotees spread all over the world to first take up an enthralling trek and then receive bountiful blessings from him. The holy Amarnath Cave is situated in the beautiful state of Jammu and Kashmir and can only be reached after a rigorous trekking expedition.
The cave holds importance as one of the ancient pilgrimages in India. The legend has it that Lord Shiva revealed the secret of immortality to his consort Goddess Parvati here, which was overheard by a pair of pigeons. It is also believed that even today, a pair of pigeons can be seen in the cave.
Amarnath is famed for the Linga that is created naturally by ice here every year. The Amarnath Yatra is an annual event in which pilgrims are allowed to trek to the cave temple.
7. Dakshineswar Kali Temple, West Bengal
Nestled in the delightful eastern banks of the Hooghly River, lies the gateway to blissful vibes and divine serenity in the form of Dakshineswar Kali Temple. Thousands of devotees from all over the world come to Kolkata to dip themselves into the divinity of this mesmerizing temple. The temple is dedicated to the goddess Bhavtarini – a form of the goddess Kali. This temple was built by Rani Rashomoni in 1855.
The temple where gods have long been sold and the divine aura never ceases to attract the devotees was once upon a time dense forest. The nine-spired temple has a grand courtyard. Apart from the main shrine, there are 12 shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva along the riverfront.
The temple of Dakshineswar is absolute bliss as it is built in the Nava Ratna style of architecture. The divine aura of the temple reverberates in the sacred waters of the Hooghly River and is a blissful sight to behold. This temple is one of the most visited places in Kolkata.
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