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10 Best Religious Places in India You Must Visit

India. A very diverse, a very vivid, a very colorful: the very place full of life. It’s not an under known fact that India has embraced all the religions of the world with open arms. Neither is the world unaware of the truth that India is the very birthplace of many religions in itself. India: the country of many religions, is as rich in its culture as it is vivid. Splendidly diverse, extraordinarily scenic, fascinatingly marvelous India is a home to many spiritually content places.

In the recent times, spiritual places in India have gained popularity with the younger generation as well. Well, for pretty obvious reasons: perfect photogenic locations, traditions & rituals, festivals, adventure and sometimes just the inner peace.

Here goes the list of ’Top 10 Religious Places in India’:

Varanasi – The Divine City

A mesmerizing place; full of life; the boon of Ganges. Varanasi; or Benaras, located in Uttar Pradesh, is considered as one of the most spiritual places in India. With every nook and corner oozing with spiritual essence, the place is sure to leave you in a spiritual high. Assi Ghat, Manmandir Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Dashaswamedh Ghat are the Ghats where the sight of an international tourist practicing Yoga on the sacred banks of the Ganges is a common sight. The Kashivishwanathan Temple and The Durga Temple are one of the most spiritual places.

Evening_Ganga_Aarti,_at_Dashashwamedh_ghat,_Varanasi
Evening Ganga Aarti at_Dashashwamedh ghat

Mathura and Vrindavan – The Cities of Lord

Mathura and Vrindavan, located in Uttar Pradesh just cannot be out of the list of the spiritual cities. Mathura, being the birthplace of Lord Krishna is held high among his devotees. The heart-warming temples and ghats of these towns are sure to ferment the devotion from the core. Banke Bihari Temple, Hare Ram Hare Krishna Temple, ISKCON Vrindavan, Prem Mandir and Shyama Shyam Dham are some of the major religious attractions. The towns exceptionally scenic.

Prem Mandir Vrindaban
Prem Mandir Vrindaban

Rameshwaram – The Sacred Island

One of the ‘Char Dhams’ Located in the Southern province of Tamil Nadu; Rameshwaram indeed is an unmatchable blend of spirituality and tradition. Situated on the island called Mannar, the sacred destination is believed to be the place where Lord Rama worshipped and repented after killing Ravana. With spirituality set deep within it, the Ramanathaswamy Temple is renowned for its splendid architecture and mesmerizing culture.

Rameswaram Temple
Rameswaram Temple

Leh – The Nirvana Paradise

Not only the heaven for the adventure seekers, Leh, is also the paradise for those seeking inner peace. With large number of Tibetan monasteries spread across Leh, it soaks you, from within in the imbibe of sanctity. Monasteries in Leh, house a large number of stupas, wall paintings, Thangkas, swords and large pillars engraved with Buddha’s teachings. Shey, Hemis, Lamayuru, Alchi and Thiksey are some of the most popular monasteries in Leh.

Thikse Monastery, Leh
Thikse Monastery, Leh

Ajmer – The Holy City of Khwaja

Khwaja Moinuddin Chisthi lay in peace here, listening to people’s wishes and fulfilling them. Once in the Dargah complex, sheer peace takes over you. There certainly is something magical, something beyond comprehension which makes this place equally popular among the devotees of all religions.

Ajmer Sharif Khwaja Garib Nawaz
Ajmer Sharif Khwaja Garib Nawaz

Puri – The City of Jagannath

One of the ‘Char Dhams’ the Jagannath temple is located in Puri. The place gets a living form during the annual ‘Rath Yathra’ procession, with the devotees and the Lord both soaked deep in devotion. The major deities of the shrine include Lord Jagannath, Lord Balbhadra and Goddesses Subhadra.

Jagannath Temple
Jagannath Temple

Konark – The House to Mystic Architecure

The splendid masterpiece of Indian architecture: The Sun temple of Konark, Orrisa, is epitome of unmatched spirituality. The Sun God sitting on a majestic chariot depicts the victory of King Narsimhadeva I (who defeated a number of Muslim invaders). The incredible architecture that includes 12 pairs of carved wheels, hall of offering, imposing pyramidal roof and erotic scenes have been the key driving force for art lovers and travel enthusiast who visit here.

konark Temple
Konark Temple

Dwarka – The Kingdom of Lord

Situated on the western tip of Gujarat, Dwarka is one of the ‘Char Dhams’. One experiences unparalleled spirituality in the bounds of the city. Splendid architecture and a wave of devotion, if that won’t drench you in the rains of spirituality, I don’t know what will. The pure, white attire of people add to the sanctity of the place.

Rukmani Temple Dwarka
Rukmani Temple Dwarka

Amritsar – The Land of Ambrosial Nectar

The splendid view of the reflection of golden structure in the ambrosial nectar (lake) is an out of the world kind of experience. Crowd of pilgrims in search of inner self and peace emerge into the temple complex. The site, built by the fourth Sikh Guru: Ramdass Sahib ji, is the most important Sikh shrine in India. A bookmark of peace, the Golden temple is nonetheless a splendid landmark when it comes to spiritual sanctity.

Amritsar Golden Temple
Amritsar Golden Temple

Goa – The less likely of a Shrine

Goa by no means is a cliché pilgrimage destination in India; however, the number of churches in Goa justifies why it should be in the list of religious tourism places in India. A legacy of the Portuguese civilization that ruled the state for over a very long period, the Churches in Goa are worth exploring. Along with being an epitome of Christian faith, these edifices contribute largely to the architectural collection of India. Amongst the most famous churches in Goa are Basilica of Bom Jesus, Church of the Lady of Immaculate Conception, Church of St. Lawrence and Church and Convent of St. Francis of Assissi.

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, Goa
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, Goa

By: Ashutosh Upadhye

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