India is the land of Unity in diversity. While Equality is an integral part of our Preamble, the respect, and feeling of brotherhood amongst people of all the religions is apparent throughout the country. One can visit innumerable devotional locations to discover the ‘Incredible India‘.
Here is a list of 5 Religious Places in India That You Must Visit to see it come alive.
- Bodh Gaya, Bihar
In the Eastern state of Bihar, Bodh Gaya is the place where you can immerse yourself in the teachings of Lord Buddha and search for Nirvana.
Bodh Gaya is a Buddhist religious site and pilgrimage. It is renowned as the place where Gautama Buddha has attained Enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree.
Enlightenment is the state of being completely free from lust, hatred, and delusion. By procuring enlightenment, you enter Nirvana. The Mahabodhi Temple, located in Bodh Gaya, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site In 2002.
- Shri Hemkunt Sahib, Uttarakhand
Revered by thousands of Sikhs every year, Sri Hemkunt Sahib is a sacred pilgrimage, nestled amid the Himalayan Ranges in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand. It is devoted to Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh Guru,
Hem Kund literally means ‘Lake of Snow’. In the backdrop of snow-clad mountains, the holy pilgrimage site is situated at an altitude of 4329 m above the sea level. This makes Hemkunt Sahib the highest gurudwara in India. The gurudwara is open and accessible only for few months around May-June and close down during the intense winter months.
- Ajmer Sharif Dargah, Rajasthan
The shrine of Moinuddin Chishti, known as Ajmer Sharif Dargah is situated at the foot of the Taragarh hill in Rajasthan.
Built by the Mughal Emperor Humayun the place is an architectural marvel and perfect for connecting with your spiritual self. Entering the dargah, you go through a series of colossal doors adorned with exquisite carvings. It is said that Akbar and his queen used to come here on pilgrimage every year in observance of a vow when he prayed for a son. Thronged with many pilgrims, it is believed that the person who prays at the Ajmer Sharif, gets all of his desires fulfilled.
- Basilica of Bom Jesus, Goa
Basilica of Bom Jesus one of the oldest churches in Goa, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. ‘Bom Jesus’ literally translates to Good/Holy Jesus. The basilica holds the mortal remains and paintings of scenes taken from the life of St. Francis Xavier. It is situated in Old Goa, which was the capital of Goa in the days of Portuguese rule.
The basilica has an elaborate gilded altar and its marble floor is inlaid with precious stones. Though its exterior might at first glance appear to be inferior as compared to the gleaming facades of other churches in Goa, the Basilica is rich in art, architecture, and history.
- Vaishno Devi, Jammu
Located in Katra at the Trikuta Mountains within the state of Jammu and Kashmir, the Vaishno Devi Mandir a Hindu temple is a manifestation of the Goddesses Mahakali, MahaSaraswati and Mahalakshmi. Among one of the 108 Shakti Peetha, it is a religious trekking destination where pilgrims walk about 13.5 km uphill to reach the caves where the goddesses are enshrined.
The Bhawan is accessible from various modes of transportation available from Katra, including ponies, palanquins, helicopter, etc. The trek is paved with diverse shops selling various religious paraphernalia and snacks. One can encounter numerous langurs and avifauna during the trek and can cherish the mountainous flora.
Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism and many more religions find their place in this land of spirituality and philosophy. While the list is limited, the options to find peace and tranquility are numerous and widespread in the country.
Which holy place have you visited in India?