India is the land of temples and pilgrimages. It’s a country bound by faith and religion. And being the most religiously diverse country in the world, there are many unique holy spots all over the country. Here is a list of the most-visited holy spots in India:
1. Tirumala Venkateshwara, Andhra Pradesh
Located in Tirumala, Andhra Pradesh, this temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara (or Tirupati Balaji), an avatar (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu. This temple is always packed with local visitors and tourists. A number of pilgrims from all over the country visit this temple especially during the Brahmotsavam festival.
2. Vaishno Devi Temple, Jammu
One of the holiest spots in India, Vaishno Devi temple is dedicated to the Goddess Mata Vaishnavi. The journey to this holy shrine of the Goddess itself is very enchanting. One of the oldest temples in India, Mata Vaishnavi is the incarnation of the Adi Shakti (also known as Parvati or Durga or Maha Kali). This is the second most visited shrine in India after the Tirumala Venkateshwara.
3. Siddhivinayak Temple, Maharashtra
Dedicated to Lord Ganesha, Siddhivinayak temple is located in Mumbai. Lord Ganesha (the Elephant God) is considered the Lord of all beginnings and that’s why before starting any new venture, people come here and worship the Lord. Also, Siddhivinayak is considered the provider of good wishes and that’s one of the reasons why people from all over country visit this place at least once.
4. Moinuddin Chishti, Rajasthan
Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti (also known as Gharib Nawaz) was one of the most revered Sufi saint, preacher, philosopher, religious scholar, and mystic who was known for serving the poor. This is the reason why his Dargah or mausoleum is a spot of unadulterated faith.
People from all over the country and the world, irrespective of their religion, visit this place. Located in Ajmer, the annual Urs is attended by innumerable pilgrims. It is said that Emperor Akbar too visited this place to seek blessing for his son.
5. The Golden Temple, Punjab
Also known as the Harmandir Sahib this is one of the most prominent Gurudwara and is also a historical monument in India. Located in Amritsar, Sri Harmandir Sahib is the holiest place for the Sikhs. The Adi Granth (the holy scriptures of Sikhism) is installed in this temple.
Also, it’s home to the Akal Takht (the seat of the temporal authority of the God). This place is not only visited by the Sikhs but is a place of worship for anyone from all religion and all walks of life.
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