India is home to over 1.34 billion people and under its shelter dwells multiple religions in utmost peace and harmony. All the worshipers visit their god’s resting place to ask for forgiveness or blessings or just to show their love. Here are a few places which are visited the most in India:
Golden temple is also known as the Swarn mandir and is located in holy city of Amritsar, Punjab. It is one of the most famous pilgrimage destinations of India. Its literal meaning is “abode of all gods” and is holiest of all Sikh shrines. It is build by the fourth Sikh guru Ramdas Sahib Ji. It is made of white marble and embellished with real gold, which is why it gets the name of golden temple. Golden temple is a symbol of brotherhood, equality and glory of Sikhs and it is open to people of all caste and religions. Its four entrances from all the four directions signify that people of diverse backgrounds are welcome here. Over One lakh people visit this holy place every day. The serenity and calmness of the place lets you dwell deep into your inner self and the nonstop recitation of hymns leaves one spellbound.
(Jammu and Kashmir)
Vaishno devi is amongst the most visited Hindu pilgrimage site in all the world. Vaishno devi is considered holiest of all places in Hindu beliefs.
The origin of Vaishno devi is a complete mystery but scientific researchers have proved it that this holy place is more than one million years old. It is also believed that late Guru Gobind himself visited it.
Every year over a crore devotees make the journey to visit mata and take her blessings. The trek to Vaishno devi mandir is not easy and can only be reached from katra, a small town. There are three main caves located at Vaishno devi of which the main cave is remained closed off for most of the year.
It is believed that mata bestowers strength to the weak, wealth to the poor and couples facing trouble having children with children. This is why her worshippers are loyal to her and make the difficult trek to catch a glimpse of her.
Tirupati Balaji Temple
(Tirumala, Andhra Pradesh)
Tirupati Balaji also known as Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple is one the richest and ancient shrines of India. On the top of seven hills lord Venkateswara resides. People visit from everywhere to receive his blessings. On a normal day almost 80000 people visit the great lord.
If you need some spiritual motivation and peace in the wilderness, Tirupati Balaji is the place to be. The temple is constructed in Dravidian architecture and was constructed in 300AD. One has to climb the mountain to reach the temple and woo the god of prosperity. Don’t worry there are plenty of well maintained washrooms and restaurants and clinics along the way .The whole atmosphere in Tirumala is spiritually enchanting and deserves at least a single visit.
(Nagapattiam, Tamil Nadu)
Located in a small town in Nagapattiam, district in Tamil nadu Velankanni church still has millions of worshipers. Velankanni church is considered one of the most sacred churches of India and popularly known as “Lourdes of the East”. It is famous for the shrine, Basilica which is dedicated to “Lady of health “. The origin of this church can be traced back to the 116th century. Built by the Portuguese sailors, this shrine is a combination of multicultural and religious harmony. It has remarkable gothic structure and contains three Chapels. Pope John XXIII of Vatican City has declared Velankanni as a “holy city”.
A sacred shrine in Ajmer, Dargah Shariff is visited by millions of devotees every year. Dargah Shariff is an Islamic mortmain managed by the government of India. It is situated at the foot of Taragarh hill. After crossing the market where you can get the chaadars which are used in making a prayer to gharib nawaz, you get to the gigantic gate which was donated by the Nizam of Hyderabad and is the entry point to the Dargah.Domed tomb of the saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti lay in peace here, fulfilling prayers and wishes of people. It is believed that Akbar and his wife used to visit this Dargah once a year by foot from Agra. This place is always bustling with people but the best to visit here is during festival.
(Pahalgam, Jammu and Kashmir)
Amarnath cave is a hindu shrine which is located in the beautiful Valleys of Jammu and Kashmir. The cave rests at an altitude of 3,888m.A devoted hindu is expected to visit the amarnath cave at least once in his/her life. The trek to reach the cave is treacherous and a weeklong but the devotees do it every year to receive blessings from their god and get rid of their problems. According to the legend Amarnath cave is the place where God Shiva revealed the secret of immortality to goddess Parviti. Amarnath is known for its annual yatra or journey. A spiritual, physical as well as emotional journey. People go there to achieve peace of mind and become one with divine, for this he has to let go of earthly desires, sense of self and all the attachments.
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