Pilgrimage Tours of India – Land of the Gods and Temples
India is a land which happens to be a trend setter when it comes to portraying multi religious spirit and oneness. The inhabitants of the country have mutual respect for each other’s spiritual backgrounds. They are at complete ease while indulging themselves in the occasions and festivities of other communities and backgrounds. This positivity sounds possible due to the immense faith that people have in their deities and the admiration that they show towards all places of religious interest. Religious and Pilgrimage Tours of India are a peek into the spirituality, divinity, deep-rooted religious customs, interesting rituals and accompanied local arts of different regions of India.
It is miraculous to witness pilgrims who are more than willing to indulge themselves in long walks on gruesome terrain to offer their prayers to the almighty. Such unfathomable is their devotion. One of such pilgrimage places is Vaishno Devi. Situated in Jammu, the globally renowned temple is significantly high in terms of altitude and is almost a sixteen kilometer trek from the nearest town.
Helicopter services provide easy access to the temple. The shrine emits extremely powerful vibes and is a significant place of worship.The dedication and sincerity of people is also portrayed while undertaking what is known as the “Char Dham Yatra” in the Garhwal range. The pilgrimage includes a visit to the four significant temples that hold immense importance in Hindu mythology. They are Badrinath, Kedarnath, Yamunotri and Gangotri and it is believed that they cleanse an individual of his sins and inculcate a sense of piousness. A visit to these shrines induces a sense of bliss in the human soul which never fades away. There are several significant holy cities on the banks of River Ganges, such as Haridwar, Rishikesh, and Varanasi that have thousands of years of history and cultural evolution to display.
The Tirupati temple in Andhra Pradesh deserves a worthy mention because it is the most visited religious place of the world. It is interesting to note that many pilgrims get their heads shaved before offering their prayers at the temple. Well, in some cases it can simply be said that the roots of Indian traditions and practices are simply untraceable. Sikhism is a widely followed religion all over the country. In this respect, the ultimate pilgrimage destination for people belonging to this community happens to be the “Harmandir Sahib” popularly known as the Golden Temple. A stupendous piece of architecture, the temple warmly welcomes people from all religious backgrounds. The principles propagated by the religion are extremely noble and a visit to the Golden Temple is a mesmerizing experience.
Islam, the religion revolutionized by Prophet Mohammed is a widely practiced religion, not only in India but all over the world. A pilgrimage involving visits to the Ajmer Sharif, Jama Masjid, Haji Ali and Fatehpur Sikri are undoubtedly enlightening experiences. They are prime locations dedicated to Islam and are a tribute to prominent Muslim saints. There are some pretty churches in Goa that are worth looking at and Ranakpur Jain Temples with their intricate and unique architecture forms highlight of many Rajasthan pilgrimage tours.
Last but not the least, Buddhism based pilgrimages mainly cover the regions of Varanasi, Bodhgaya and Kapilavastu. A visit to these regions helps explore the times of Prince Siddhartha and the events that led to his transformation from an ordinary human to an enlightened one. Well, to sum up, it can just be said that Indian religion and culture are elements of eternal pride and deserve every accolade they have received.