India is a land of multitudes of religions and communities, and when it comes to a religious expedition, India tops the charts. These centres of pilgrimage are not only frequented by the citizens of the country, but also attracts a lot of tourists from outside every year who wish to see and unearth the secrets and sagas of the various gods and goddesses.
Here are some of the most frequented religious centres of India, famous within and outside the country. Take a look.
1.Vaishno Devi – Jammu
The shrine of Vaishno Devi or Adi Shakti, as popularly called, is situated at an altitude of 5300 feet and is the second most visited temple in India, after the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple. The Vaishno Devi Temple is visited each year by millions of devotees who believe that the goddess answers all their prayers and grants delayed wishes.
- Golden Temple – Amritsar
The Harmandir Sahib, or Golden Temple is the holiest place for Sikhs. The temple has a real gold dome, is surrounded by a gorgeous lake, and has four doors. The Golden Temple looks simply heavenly at the time of dawn when one can see the changing colors of the sky and the golden edifice illuminated with lights in the clear lake water.
- Jagannath Temple – Puri
It is believed that the Hindu Char Dham Yatra is incomplete without visiting the holy city of Puri. An important cultural hub in the Eastern India’s state of Odisha, Puri is home to the most celebrated and popular temple of Lord Jagannath. The city of Puri witnesses a marvellous spectacle of the Rath Yatra annually and the number of people that pour in from around the country to witness this event is just another wonder. It is recommended to look for hotels in Puri that are in close proximity to this temple to have an uninterrupted and easy approach to the divine site.
This is the richest pilgrimage centre in India and is the abode of the Lord Venkateswara, who was an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. According to facts, the temple attracts around 70,000 pilgrims every day. No doubt, the exquisite temple architecture is a marvel in itself which attracts tourists from far and wide. The ladoo prasad of this temple is as famous as the temple itself.
- Ajmer Sharif – Ajmer
It is believed that if one makes a wish with all their heart and soul, it comes true at the dargah of Ajmer Sharif, for Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti lay in peace here while listening to the devotees’ wishes and fulfilling them. The dargah has devotees flowing in from across the world every year. The best time to visit this place is during the Urs festival.
Located in the Gaya district of Bihar, this is where Lord Buddha gained enlightenment and since then the Mahabodhi Temple is the biggest Buddhist centre in the World. The temple complex even has a Bodhi tree and a Bodhimanda Vihara monastery.