About Few Spiritual Places
Major spiritual destinations to be covered in the journey:
- Haridwar: Known as the 'Door to God', Haridwar lies in the foothills of the Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand. It is one of the ancient seats of Hindu worships and the city draws pilgrims from all across the country. The temple town is beautifully nestled in the ardent greens of the hills. The evening 'Aarti' is a spectacular sight of Haridwar.
- Balaji Temple, Tirupati: This temple is in the southern state of Tamil Nadu and is a rock temple of Lord Krishna. It is estimated to be the richest temple of the country with its own airport. The sheer vastness of the place and the stone carvings are beyond imagination. The place is serene and sees visitors from the globe.
- Vaishno Devi:Vaishno Devi temple is one of the oldest temples in India which is located on the holy Trikuta hills of the Shivalik Hill range in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.. One needs to trek up the mountains to reach the shrine. It is identified as one of the Shakti Peeths of Goddess ‘Durga’.It is believed that pilgrims who visit this deity seldom go back disappointed.
- The Golden Temple: It is the main religious seat of the Sikhs located in Amritsar in the state of Punjab. The temple, which is commonly known as Harminder Sahib. This unique and charming place becomes even more beautiful and captivating during nighttime when it is completely lit up with its striking gold dome illuminated.
- Ajmer Sharif:Ajmer Sharif, located in southwest of Jaipur is a well-known sacred destination for the Muslims as well as Hindu pilgrims. It is supposed to be the prominent pilgrimage center, after Mecca, which is visited by people of all faiths throughout the year. Ajmer has both Hindu and Muslim pilgrimage center co existing peacefully.
- Varanasi: Varanasi, the cultural capital of India is a city on the Banks of River Ganges in Uttar Pradesh, which is commonly known as Benares and Kashi. It is believed to be the city of Lord Siva, the God of creation as well as destruction and more than 3000 years have passed since this religious center was discovered. Moreover, Hindu pilgrims also hold the belief that people who die here will be freed from the series of reincarnation.
- Rishikesh: Anciently Rishikesh is known to be the homes of Rishis or sages. The picturesque town is ideal for meditation with a number of yoga and meditation resorts coming up. The place is also famous for river rafting activities in the Ganga.
- Basilica of Bom Jesus: The Basilica of Bom Jesus is a 400-year old church located in Old Goa, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The church has the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier, patron saint of Goa who died in the year 1552, preserved in a well-decorated casket and once in every ten year exhibitions of the ‘body’ are held. The name Bom Jesus refers to the infant Jesus and this church is India’s first minor basilica; one of the perfect examples of baroque architecture in India.
- Bodh Gaya:Bodhgaya is the most important Buddhist pilgrimage place in the world. Located in the state of Bihar, it’s here that Lord Buddha became enlightened during intense meditation under a Bodhi tree. The exact spot is now marked by the sprawling Mahabodhi Temple complex. The town is also home to dozens of Buddhist monasteries. Those who are interested will find plenty of meditation and Buddhism courses and retreats on offer.