India is a place of religion and spirituality with various pilgrimage places spread across the different parts of the country. The Hindu devotees around India wish to visit the popular pilgrimage locations and seek blessings. All the Hindus are prescribed by the religion to at least visit these popular pilgrimage locations once in a life.
Let’s check out some popular pilgrimage places in India, that can help you to plan your pilgrimage tourism in India.
Dwarka is located on the banks of the holy river Gomti, in the ancient city of Dev-Bhoomi Dwarka in Gujarat. Every devotee of Lord Krishna wishes to visit this place at least once in their lifetime. Associated with Lord Krishna’s ancient Dwarka Kingdom, it is one of seven most ancient religious cities in India. Dwarka is the birthplace of Lord Krishna and is a popular Hindu pilgrimage site located in Gujarat. Dwarka is also listed among the Sapta Puri or the seven sacred ancient religious cities of India. The Vaishnava Temple named Dwarkadisha Temple or the Jagat Mandir is located at the heart of this city. The city also houses the Dwarkapeetha.
The temple is referred to as the Badrinath Temple or the Badrinarayan Temple. It is allowed to visit the temple during select six months when the weather is conducive for travel. This is so because of the proximity to the Himalayas. The Badrinath yatra by helicopter or Ek Dham Yatra by helicopter helps the devotees to visit the place without enduring any strain of meticulous travel.
According to traditional Hindu mythology, Nar - Narayan, in the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, meditated at the site and was immediately surrounded by berry trees. At the time of meditation, a large berry tree grew around Nar Narayan, to keep him protected, and it is believed that mother Lakshmi took the form of the berry tree, to shield Nar Narayan. Thus, it is also referred to as the ‘Lord of Berry’ forest.
Badrinath and Char Dham Yatra
Badrinath is one of the Char Dhams of India and Char Dham of Uttarakhand also popularly known as Chota Char Dham. The Chardham Yatra of Uttarakhand is a visit to the four popular Dhams namely - Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri where Hindus can seek blessings from the deities. The term ‘Char Dham Yatra’ literally means travel to the four popular religious spots. In the past, the visit to these popular religious destinations was an arduous task. It required people to hike and climb rocky terrains. Now, you can simply book the Chardham helicopter package and visit the popular ‘Dhams’.
Puri Jagannath Temple is one of the four Dhams. The temple is also referred to as the Badadeula. Located in the eastern state of India named Odisha, Puri Dham is known for the site being a worship place for Lord Vishnu’s incarnation of Jagannath which also happens to be his Avtar for Kali Yuga. The city of Puri holds the annual ritual of Rath Yatra (Chariot Festival) which witnesses millions of devotees who come together from all over the country, which makes it one of the largest religious gatherings across the country.
Last but not least is Rameswaram located in South India. Located in Tamil Nadu, Rameswaram is located on the island of Pamban, and is separated from the mainland by the Pamban Channel, and is around 40 kilometers from the island of Mannar. While this is a Lord Shiva Temple, Rama had built it to worship Lord Shiva and seek blessings to rescue his wife. That is why this temple at Rameswaram is equally frequented by Shaivas and Vaishnavas.
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