The pious country of India, rich in shrines, cultures and customs, has many people seeking the understanding and awareness of life. India is known as one of the few countries that allow all religions to live in harmony and worship each deity equally. Visit this admired sacred site to connect to this sacred world and benefit from your experience. The sightseeing of shrines fills your heart with Heaven’s fervor and holiness. Let’s explore some of the famous pilgrimage sites that you should have seen at least once in your life.
This goal speaks clearly to his name – the gateway to God. This place is one of the oldest cities in the country and also one of the most visited shrines. Located at the foot of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand, it is especially famous among Hindu pilgrims who immerse themselves in sacred Ganga to free themselves from their sins. A bath at the “Har ki Powdi” is best taken, because here the water is cold, fresh and comes directly from the mountains. Everybody visits the Hardiwar, notices that he is there in the evening or night and then goes to the “Evening Arti” which is a sight of the treasure.
Formerly known as Banaras and still known in some parts as Kashi. Varanasi is an ancient holy Hindu city in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Here Shiva is worshiped. Nationwide, it is believed that if no man takes his last breath in this holy city, he will later be reincarnated. The city is also very much admired by foreigners because right on the river is the fascinating Ghats.
Bodh Gaya is considered the most important Buddhist pilgrimage site in the world. This place is located in the heart of Bihar. It is said that God Buddha got his enlightenment here under a bodhi tree during the strictest meditation. The value of this destination is enhanced by the Mahabodhi temples. Also here are some Buddhist monasteries. The place is of great importance for those looking for peace through meditation. Also, some Buddhist courses and retreats are offered here and in the area.
This peaceful place of pilgrimage is especially known for the origin of yoga. Here, people like to come to meditate, practice yoga, and attend courses on Hinduism. Rishikesh is located on the banks of the sacred river the Ganges, surrounded by hills and “closed” from three sides. The two cities of Sadhus and Yogi are not far from Hardiwar. Attracted to people who are in search of inner peace.
The holy city of the Sikhs, meaning “the pious pool of nectar,” was founded in 1577 by Guru Ram Das in the fourth place among the ten Sikh Gurus. Considered the religious capital of the Sikhs, it is the home of the Golden Temple. Every year, many devout followers but also tourists are drawn to this enchanting city. Whenever you visit Amritsar, you must visit “Harmandir Sahib” by night. It really is a breathtaking experience when you see the temple illuminated at night and its distinctive gold arena shines.
These holy destinations include some of the most beautiful, appealing and sacred buildings, sacral architecture and sacred sculptures. India is perfect for pilgrimages and has exclusive and religious sites where it is possible to purify oneself of sins. Here they get to feel the piety of the Almighty formally.