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Divine Destinations Of India

Divine
destinations are simply defined as the meeting place of physical world with the
spiritual one.which fills the heart with divine passion and holiness. The
divine air in the country humbly carries the fragrance of Karma, Dharma and
most importantly Forgiveness. A secular country under whose shelter dwells
multiple religions in utmost peace and harmony, India can rightly be called the
‘Land of Faith’.
The holy
soil of the country constantly keeps you in contact with a Supreme Power that inhabits
in different forms. Having an upper hand in the country, spirituality has
propelled many ordinary destinations into significant religious places in
India. As a result, along with a large number of pilgrims that visit these
religious destinations once a year, many travel enthusiasts have started to
throng these hubs. Tourism has grown manifold and so has the fame of India. Let
us together get acquainted to a different and vital side of the country and
learn about these fascinating religious tourism places in India.

These spiritual sites offer some of the most beautiful and interesting sites
including religious architecture and sacred art, along with the Godly touch.
India is an ideal place for pilgrimage with its unique and spiritually rich
destinations, where people get the opportunity to wash away their sins and feel
the divine power.

Let me
take you all to a tour of some of the well-renowned sacred spots of my beautiful
country:
1.
Varanasi:

A centre of faith
for the Hindus, Varanasi in the state of Uttar Pradesh is a famous pilgrimage
in India. Incredibly colourful and sacred, the beauty of Varanasi lies in the
crowd of devotees who throng here every single day from one part of the country
or the other. The holy Ganga meandering through the city undoubtedly amplifies
the sanctity of Varanasi. Also the Ganga Arti performed ritualistically every
morning and evening enhances the divinity. Devotees keeping faith in the power
of the city to provide Moksha and cleansing their sins keep Varanasi always a
favourite religion places in India.
2.
Ajmer Sharif in Ajmer: 

Khwaja
Moinuddin Chishti lay in peace here, listening to people’s wishes and
fulfilling them. Once  you enter through
the gate of the Dargah a queer peace takes over you. A sacred shrine in Ajmer,
Dargah Sharif is visited by millions of devotees every year from all over the
world. The Dargah for many reasons captivates one’s heart; there is certainly
something that is magical about this place that people from different faith
come and worship here. Although the dargah is always crowded, the best time to
visit Ajmer Sharif is during the Urs festival. The place comes to life during
this festival that is held annually.
3.
Velankanni Church:

Religious
tour in India would be incomplete if you miss out on Velankanni Church,
situated in the Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu. Like many gothic style
churches Velankanni Church or the Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health has graceful
architecture but what attracts tourists the most to this church is the
construction history of the Church. Believed to have been built by a Portuguese
sailor who survived a violent sea storm as a gratitude to the Supreme Power,
this church is indeed one of the important pillars of faith in India. Each year
The Feast of the Nativity of Mary is celebrated here and is attended by
millions of devotees from around the globe.
4.
Hemkund Sahib:

Situated in one of the most scenic locations in the country, Hemkund Sahib adds
charm to religious tour in India. Unlike other Sikh pilgrimages in India,
Hemkund Sahib has a pentagonal structure. The scenic beauty of the place is
worth mentioning as this shrine is nestled amidst lofty hills that are covered
with snow. One shall be stunned with the kind of devotion that the pilgrims
show here despite the adverse climatic conditions. The spiritual ambiance at
Hemkund Sahib may pursue you to stay a bit longer here.
5.
Vaishno Devi Temple, Jammu Kashmir:

From
high up in the mountains Mata Vaishno Devi calls out to her devotees… Situated
on the Trikuta Hills in Jammu, the abode of Mata Vaishno is amongst the most
popular pilgrimage in India. Experience an indescribable delight in taking an
arduous trek that further leads to the caves where the goddess presides over
and bestows countless blessings. Beautiful landscape, pervading divinity and
thrilling adventure…this is one journey in India that will remain etched in
your memories forever.
6.
Haridwar:

Haridwar,
located in the lap of mystical Uttarakhand is nothing short of an empyrean for
the Hindus. Located by the holy river Ganga, the sacred town offers a great
peace of mind. Watch the flickering Diyas floating on the sparkling river along
with the energetic Ganga Aarti in the evening and loiter around Har ki Pauri to
seek unmatched divinity in Haridwar. The Kumbha Mela, which happens once in every
12 years attracts millions to the city; nonetheless the city remains crowded
with devotees all year round.
Know more about Haridwar and have some lovely glimpse through my eyes here.
7.
Hampi:

In the
ruins of Hampi (Karnataka) lays innumerable temples that not only stuns but
take you on a spiritual journey. Not all temples are in ruins in Hampi, as
there are still some temples that sing the glory of the magnificent
architectural designs and innovative ideas. Hampi is indeed the perfect
destination for spiritual tourism in India as it allows a peek inside the rich
Indian culture, of which religion was an essential part. Virupaksha Temple is
amongst the most famous temple in Hampi.
8.
Bodhgaya:
Witness
the historical place called Bodhgaya in Bihar, where Lord Buddha is believed to
have been enlightened. Bodhgaya offers Buddhist pilgrims the ultimate place to
pray and meditate. The feelling of being on the land where Budhha once himself
walked on is truly commendable. Mahabodhi Temple along with several other
temples in Bodhgaya are frequented by many pilgrims that visit here from all
over the world.
9.
Shirdi:

Forget
about religion, caste, creed and other forms of discrimination, Shirdi in
Maharashtra is the gateway to sheer spirituality. All his life the highly
revered Sai Baba preached about One God (Sab Ka Maalik Ek) and thus earned
himself many followers. Today, his native place, Shirdi is thronged by
multitude of devotees irrespective of religion, color or creed seeking peace,
spirituality and paying homage to this great saint. Therefore, Shirdi is one of
the most visited religion places in India.
10.
Tirumala Venkateswara Temple in Tirupati:

The
earthly abode of Lord Venkateswara (incarnation of Vishnu), Tirumala
Venkateswara Temple is situated on the last hill of the Seshachalam range in
Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. Like many temples in south India, this holy temple is
known for its exquisite architecture. It is also amongst the most visited Hindu
temples in India as it is said that the temple attracts 60,000 pilgrims each
day. One must attend the Puja that is accompanied by many hymns and praises
giving it a touch of unmatched divinity. The Laddoo Prasadam is yet another
attraction of Tirumala Venkateswara Temple.
11:
Karni Mata Temple
The
present temple dates back to the 15th century, when it was built by Maharaja
Ganga Singh of Bikaner. The striking façade of the temple is wholly built in
marble. Inside the temple complex, one can see a pair of silver doors before
the main shrine of the Goddess. These solid silver doors were donated by
Maharaja Gaj Singh, on his visit to this temple. 
The
temple has around 20,000 rats that are fed, protected and worshipped. Many
holes can be seen in the courtyard of this temple. In the vicinity of these
holes, one can see rats engaged in different activities. The Rats can be seen
here eating from huge metal bowls of milk, sweets and grains. To make the holy
rats safe, wires and grills are sited over the courtyard to avoid the birds of
prey and other animals.


It is regarded auspicious, if a rat (kaba) runs across one’s
feet. Even, a glimpse of kaba (white rat) is considered promising and fruitful.
Twice a year, a festival is celebrated in the honor of Karni Mata. A grand fair
is organized during this time and people come here to seek the blessings of the
Goddess.

Rats In Temple 

Your visit to these and many more divine destinations of India, gives you an true expression of India. We represent unity in diversity so is our religious places. Every place signifies different religion, different way of worship but same zeal of a devotee towards God and country.

Know more about Indian culture in my yesterdays post.

Experience some divine moments in my marvelous India .

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