Religion is in reality a way of life with adherence to certain teachings and ethics. India has nurtured several religions and their followers since long and the religious heritage of India is as rich as its cultural heritage. There are several tourists that love to visit India with the theme of pilgrimage.
There are several major temples, churches, caves, monasteries and shrines of tourist interest in India. Jains, Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Zoroastrians, Sikhs and several other adherents of various traditions have their religious places in India. Why not visit India with such an interest, instead of just enjoyment? Why not visit India with a thirst for spirituality?
Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Dwarika, Nasik, Jagannathpuri, Benaras, Kanyakumari, Guruvayur, Pushkar, Haridwar, Rishikesh etc. are among the major religious tour destinations of Hindus and there are plenty of temples in these places and each temple is dedicated to a distinct deity or a set of deities and serves a special purpose in terms of wish making and achieving spiritual progress. The twelve jyotirlingas or major Shiva temples are scattered in various states of India and this pilgrimage is considered very important.
The Jama Masjid in Delhi and the shrine of Sufi mystic Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer and of course the shrine at Fathehpur Seekri in Uttar Pradesh are among the sites that have a great significance for certain Muslim sects. The Iranshah Atash Behram or fire temple, located in Udwara, Gujarat is of special importance for all the Parsi Zoroastrians of the world. High-grade fire temples or Atash Behrams are also located in Navsari and Mumbai. There are several synagogues of great importance to Jews in Konkan, Mumbai and Kerala.
The Jain and Buddhist caves of Ajanta and Ellora in Maharashtra have a special significance as they depict the entire works of Buddha and Lord Mahaveer. The Buddhist temples of Himachal Pradesh, Bodhgaya in Bihar and the stupa of Sanchi in Madhya Pradesh are of great significance for both Hinyana and Mahayana Buddhists. Beautiful Jain temples are present in Girnar and Palitana in Gujrat, Mount Abu in Rajasthan, Shravanbelgola in Karnataka and of course Sammed Shikhar is one of the most important places of Jain worship.
Special tour packages are available to visit these places that have the capability to bring in peace and harmony along with bliss in your lives. There are many options that you may select for and create your own customized tour. In many religious places mentioned here, food is also available inside the premises and it is considered very auspicious to have a meal there. These special meals are called “Prasad”.
There are good quality hotels in most of these places and you may enjoy shopping in local markets and sightseeing around the place after your religious chores are over. There are several cultural aspects of the country you will come across when on this tour. India has a lot in store for you and you will surely enjoy your tour to the fullest.
Come on lets go for a pilgrimage to India!