India is a religious country and majority of its population believes in worshiping a higher authority. Some practice it out of superstition while some follow the path to attain inner peace and solace of mind. Most of the people in India travel to religious places in pursuit of going on a travel trip. I am not exaggerating here by saying that I went on a trip to North India, mainly religious places, with my family and got a chance to witness some beautiful places along with those religious destinations! Earlier people used to think that relaxing by going on a holiday to some place is not viable but if the lack of interest is related to a deity or God then the trip has a new purpose and all the things are justified in a good way! Yeah… I know that is a little strange!
So, moving on to today’s post which is about some famous spiritual destinations in North India where lakhs of people gather to worship and have a spiritual experience.
Amarnath is one of the most worshiped Hindu Temple in India and in spite of the fact that reaching the place is itself one of the most risky journeys and thousands of people don’t succeed in reaching the temple, the number of followers is increasing every year instead of declining since it is believed that availing an Amarnath Yatra package will bestow them with moksha.
The temple is located at about 4000meters above sea level and lies in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The government looks after all the proceedings related to the holy pilgrimage of Amarnath.
Ajmer, as we all are well acquainted with, is the place where there is Dargah of the sacred Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti. People from all over the country, irrespective of caste or religion visit this holy shrine to seek divine guidance and blessings.
Located in the heart of the State of Rajasthan, this place is very well connected by roads and railways to ease out the travelling hardships of the followers.
This is one of the Holy cities for the Sikh Community and because of the location of the magnificent Golden Temple, it is visited by people from all over the country and borders. The spring festival of Sikhs i.e Baisakhi is celebrated in a grand affair here as it marks the discovery of the Khalsa Panth which was founded by the Great Guru Gobind Singh Ji.
This is only visited by Sikh followers as this temple is open to all religions and people visit this place with utmost respect & devotion for the Sikh Community.
Bodh Gaya is one of the holiest places for Buddhist Followers as it was the place where Lord Buddha got enlightenment under The Mahabodhi Tree. The Buddhists value this place as one of the important places to see in their life to witness the serenity of this place and have a spiritual realization of the illuminations of the worldly comforts and activities of life.
Apart from being only a Buddhist religious place, it is also a known place for the Hindu followers too to perform holy rituals for their forefathers in the month of Shraadh.
The holy confluence of the Rivers Ganga, Yamuna & Saraswati which are worshiped as Goddesses in our country, Allahabad scores really well when it comes to being one of the most visited cities in the country due to religious affairs. The Kumbh and Mahakumbh Fairs which take place every six and twelve years being the most important events which draw millions of worshipers from the country to Allahabad.
Government takes proper steps to make these fairs to occur peacefully without any mishaps but in spite of all these there are always one or two accidents occurring due to ill-management during these fairs.
So, these were only a few places I could mention because in our country there is hardly any place which denies any kind of religious association. Well, I am not complaining…! I love my country and its approach towards peace & harmony. I am proud of the motto of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam which India propagates!