India is popular all over the world for its mysticism, spirituality and centuries-old beliefs that is celebrated with great vigor and enthusiasm. From north to south and from east to west every step of the way you will be encountering some of the most vibrant religions of India.
If you want to experience the divinity of your own then here are top 10 holy places of India which you should definitely visit at least once in a lifetime because, in the end, all you have is memories:
Believed to be the permanent abode of Vishnu Ji and laced with ancient philosophy and stories, Badrinath is one of the most vital pillars of religion in India. All this significance makes this temple a crucial part of not only Chardham Yatra of Uttarakhand but for all India Chardham Yatra as well. This colorful and imposing seat of Lord Badri exudes a deeply calming and positive energy that works in attracting a huge throng of believers. However, your pilgrimage remains incomplete if you don’t go on Badrinath Kedarnath Yatra together.
Mahabodhi temple complex (Bihar)
Known for being the epicenter of Buddhism and closely related to the life and times of Buddha himself, this temple is a mark of deep divinity. Created by Emperor Ashok this masterpiece architecture is a UNESCO world heritage site. The place reminds us of the most important event that caused a massive change in the religious beliefs since this is the exact point where Buddha achieved his enlightenment after meditating deeply under the cool shade of Bodhi tree. People from Korea, China, Japan, and other southeast Asian nations visit here as a part of their Buddhist pilgrimage.
Vaishno Devi (Jammu Kashmir)
Dedicated to Adi Shakti and perched on the side of a hilly slope in Katra, Vaishno Devi has earned 2nd place in being the most religious places in India. The presiding deity is referred to as Mata Rani which you can hear devotees with red ‘chunri’ wrapped around their foreheads chanting rhythmically all along your journey up to her sacred cave shrine. The temple can be only reached after covering a distance of 13.5 km which can be covered using different modes of transportation as well.
Venkateshwara temple (Andhra Pradesh)
Believed to be one of the richest temples in the world this magnificent and sacred place of worship for people from all over the world, is the perfect representation of the faith, belief and deeply rooted traditions of the people here. The main temple structure is located amidst the lush greenery and stands out due to its stunning white color. Be sure to plan your trip properly before going there since it is also one of the busiest temples in the world with almost 50,000 to 100,000 pilgrims counts on a daily basis.
Siddhivinayak temple (Maharashtra)
You may have been to a lot of temples in India however this temple holds a special quality. It is said that the presiding deity of Lord Ganesh grants every wish here. the temple remains thronged with tourists and devotees which include big-time businessmen and celebrities. this important religious spot is believed to have been built by Lord Vishnu in an attempt to worship Ganesha to attain siddhi and get rid of all the evil forces. This story is one in many which only adds on to its pristine opulence.
Tawang monastery (Arunachal Pradesh)
This sacred place which is perched on a mountain top is the second largest monastery in the world just after Lahsa monastery (no longer in use as per Chinese laws). This is three storied mystical place of Buddhist worship is currently the largest ACTIVE monastery in the world. This place should not be missed out on during your visit to India because other than the temples this magnificent monastery exuding incredible peace is a once in a lifetime experience. Apart from the magnificent views of the valley below you will also be able to experience the local life of the people living there.
Amaranth temple Yatra (Jammu Kashmir)
What can be said about the massive cave of Amarnath? This sacred Shakti peeth is surrounded by rolling green hills and clear skies. The pilgrimage of Amarnath is not only one of the most remote and difficult one but it is also very beautiful. Pilgrims make their way on the edge of the mountain to offer their prayer to the ice shiv ling which is referred to the stalagmite formation that takes place here during the winter months. The cave holds an interesting story about how Shivji and Parvati maa had spent their days here, making it one of the prime Hubspot for Hindu believers.
Shree Jagannath temple (Odisha)
Dedicated to an incarnation of Lord Maha Vishnu, Jagannath, this temple is a vital pilgrimage destination since it is a part of all India Chardham Yatra. Located along the eastern coast of Puri the current temple structure was created in the 10th century whose deeply spiritual vibe is inescapable here. The annual rath yatra is probably one of the grandest processions which takes place here and the entire town of Puri is brought to life. The legends and significance of this temple can be felt through its intricate artwork depicted finely on its walls, pillars, and arches.
Kashi Vishwanath (Uttar Pradesh)
Dedicated to Shivji for being one of the most prominent out of the 12 jyotirlingas in India, this magnificent golden topped temple is the central focus of worship for avid Shaivites. The significance of this temple can be traced back to it literary mention found in various holy Hindu scriptures and texts. Inside the temple, every corner and inch is carved out in a designer fashion and consists of a number of small unique architectural elements that makes this temple extremely special.
Banke Bihari temple (Uttar Pradesh)
Located in the epicenter for the believers in Krishna Ji, Mathura, this temple consists of 7 different shrines dedicated to different forms of Krishna Ji. Baanke literally translates in to ‘bent in three places’ and Bihari means ‘supreme enjoyer’, the temple is adorned with saffron-colored flowers hanging from the ceilings and colorful small clothes made for Krishna Ji. If you are looking to experience the serenity of spiritualism close to Delhi as a spiritual weekend getaway then this is the place to be.
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