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Most visited Pilgrimages in India

India is also known as the “land of Gods and Goddess”. People of various regions live and they worship according to their religion. The maximum population of India is Hindu and they offer their prayers in the temple. There are lots of mosques, church, gurudwara (place of worship for Sikhs) in all over India. The daily number of devotees visits these pilgrimages and offers their prayers. 
In India, each and every home has little space for worship but still, there are countless temples and other religious places. According to a Tamil proverb “Don’t live in a place where there is no temple”. So each part of India is having a number of religious places with significant importance. It’s very difficult to count the number of religious temples and places in India.

Some of the topmost visited pilgrimages of India are below:

CHAR DHAM (FOUR ADOBES) OF UTTARAKHAND

Uttarakhand is one of the best tourist destinations to visit with lots of pilgrimages. This is the place where the holy River Ganges (Ganga) emerges from Himalaya. Uttarakhand alone consists of lots of pilgrimages but most popular pilgrimages are Char Dham of Uttarakhand which includes four holy shrines of Hindus. These shrines are Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri. Kedarnath is dedicated to Lord Shiva, Badrinath is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, While Gangotri and Yamunotri are dedicated to Goddess. These are four adobes of Uttarakhand, while Badrinath, Dwarka, Puri, and Rameshwaram are four adobe of India. It is considered highly sacred by Hindus to visit Char Dham during one’s lifetime.

AMRITSAR
Most visited Pilgrimages in India

Amritsar is home to Harmandir Sahib and commonly known for Golden Temple. Golden Temple is an important Sikh Shrine and spiritual and cultural center for the Sikh religion. People of all religions visit this pilgrimage and this is a symbol of human brotherhood and equality. The top of this temple is made of pure gold. Golden temple is surrounded by a manmade lake which is called Amrit Sarovar (pool of holy nectar). Guru Nanak, the first Guru of Sikhs was used to meditate at his place and later temple was built.  

AJMER

Ajmer is one of the major cities of Indian state Rajasthan. Ajmer is surrounded by the Aravalli Mountains and it is the pilgrimage center of Sufi Saints Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti. There are lots of religious places in Ajmer which attracts the number of devotees from India and abroad. Places of interest in Ajmer are Pushkar Lake, Pushkar Camel Fair, Brahma Temple, and Akbar Fort Museum.

RAMESHWARAM

Rameshwaram is home to Ramanathswamy Shiva Temple and one of the 12 Jyotirlinga (Jyotirlinga is a devotional object representing the Supreme God Shiva) of Shiva Temple. Rameshwaram is one of the four adobes of India and the most visited pilgrimage site in India. According to Hindu Mythology, Rameshwaram is the place where Lord Rama built the bridge to cross the sea and rescue his wife Sita from demon Ravana. And after killing demon Ravana, Rama worshiped Lord Shiva at this place. It is said that pilgrimage to Varanasi is incomplete without a pilgrimage to Rameshwaram.

MATHURA

Mathura is located at the center of Brij Bhoomi and called Shri Krishna Janam Bhoomi. Mathura is believed to be the birthplace of Krishna. Mathura is one of the most visited pilgrimages of India. It is situated on the left bank of River Yamuna. Holi (festival of colors) is famous in Mathura. Some of the important places in Mathura are Dwarkadhish Temple, Ranghbumi, Virandavan (home of around 4000 temples dedicated to Hindu deities Lord Krishna), Gokul (where Lord Krishna spent his childhood) and Govardhan.

DWARKA AND SOMNATH

Dwarka is one of the four adobes of India and attracts lots of pilgrimages every year. Out of 12 Jyotirling, two are here. One Jyotirling is at Somnath and second at Nageshwar. The Shivling inside the Somnath Temple is beautiful and the sanctum sanctorum. In Hindi, it is called “garbhgraha”. It is made of pure gold. Dwarka is dedicated to Lord Krishna, while the Somnath temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Nearby places of interest are Dwarkadeesh Temple, Gita Mandir, and Rukshmani Temple.

TIRUPATI

Tirupati is the biggest pilgrimage spot in South India and one of the most visited places. Every year millions of pilgrims visit this holy place of Lord Tirupati. Because of Tirumala Venkateshwara Temple, it is considered one of the holiest Hindu Pilgrimages. Tirupati is an ancient city in Andhra Pradesh and it is famous for its temples. The Tirumala Hills in Tirupati is the second oldest rock mountain in the world. Places to visit in Tirupati are Shri Venkateswara Temple, Sri Vari Museum, Sir Govindrajaswami Temple, Srikalahaste and Kanipakam.

VAISHNO DEVI

Vaishno Devi is one of the top pilgrimages in North India. It is situated in the small-town Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir state of India. Vaishno Devi is dedicated to Hindu Goddess Shakti (Parvati). It is believed that Vaishno Devi is the second most visited pilgrimage site in India after Tirumala Venkateshwara Temple. Other places to visit are Ban Ganga Temple, Charan Paduka Temple, and Ardh Kuwari. 

VARANASI

Varanasi is one of the cities on the bank of River Ganges. Varanasi is also known as Banaras and Kashi. It is also one of the most visited pilgrimage sites and major religious hubs in India. Places of attractions are Vishwanath Temple, Bharat Mata Temple, and Tulsi Manas Temple. Millions of pilgrims came each year to Varanasi and take holy baths in River Ganges. Varanasi is among one the holiest of the seven sacred cities of Hinduism.

SHRIDI

Shridi is famously known as the home of the saint Sri Sai Baba. Shirdi is a very sacred, powerful and important place of pilgrimage in India. Visitors of all religions visit this holy place. Attraction nearby is Gurusthan, Samadhi Temple, cottage of Adul Baba, House of Laxmibai Shinde, Chavadi and Dwarkamai. The Sri Saibaba Sansthan Trust in Shirdi is one of the richest temple organizations in India.

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