Pilgrimages in India are not just popular among Indians but people from all over the world, come to visit the pilgrimages. There are quite a few pilgrimages all over India which have become a must among foreigners as well as local Indians. We will look into some of these pilgrimages today.
Shirdi is town situated in the state of Maharashtra. It is not a treasure to any particular religion. It receives pilgrims from all over the world spread across various different religions. Also, the devotees come in order to seek the blessings of Sai Baba. Also, the rush of the devotees increases significantly during the local festivals. The town of Shirdi is well connected to Mumbai and Nasik by road. It is also connected with the help of railways with the entire country.
- Tirupati Balaji:
Tirupati houses the temple of Lord Venkateswara. Lord Venkateswara was believed to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The temple is visited by millions each and every year. Tirumala is the exact location of the temple. Tirumala is located atop a hill which is adjacent to Tirupati. Tirupati is well connected to entire India through roadways, railways, and Airlines. Also, the trust managing the Temple also runs affordable bus services in the town of Tirupati to help the pilgrims reach the Temple.
Rameswaram is famous for the Ramanathaswamy temple. It is also one among the 12 Jyotirlinga. As a result, it sees devotees from all over the world; the temple is situated on the island and is well connected by railway as well as roads.
- Somnath and Dwarka:
Somnath temple houses one of the 12 Jyotirlinga due to which it is a famous pilgrimage destination. Dwarka is famous for the Dwarkadheesh Temple. It is a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. Dwarka is also one of the pilgrimages in the Char Dham yatra. Thus, the importance of Dwarka is immense when it comes to pilgrimage destinations. Needless to say, it is visited by millions of people each and every year.
- Vaishno Devi:
Vaishno Devi is located in Jammu. The temple is situated in the hills. The height at which it is situated is 5300 feet. The devotees have to climb the mountains with the help of constructed pathways in order to reach the shrine. The number of devotees visiting the shrine goes up manifold during the Navratri festival. Also, the climb starts from katra. The devotees are allotted specific time zones to start their journey in order to control the crowds. It is one of the most visited pilgrimage centers in India.
India is land of cultural and religious diversity, although there are many more pilgrims across every nook and corner of the country, but these few most popular pilgrimages in India, one should definitely consider these visiting them. Other than that some places are simply known by their names and not just the temples situated there, such as Haridwar, Rishikesh, Kashi, Varanasi etc.
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