A spiritual and religious tour to India brings a mesmerizing opportunity to meet the real soul
of India. When we talk about spirituality and religions, India comes first in our mind and so the pilgrims not only in India but across the nation pay a heartiest tribute to its major spiritual destinations. To understand the India spirituality it is essential to understand the basic tenets of Hinduism which are engraved deep into its different temples and destinations.
So don’t miss the exciting collection of India’s top Hindu religious destinations in your India Spiritual tour list. Here is the tableau of India’s top five Hindu religious destinations to bring salvation for all with complete rejuvenation of mind:
One of the most popular and holy destinations located in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, Badrinath is the most essential site of all (four) Chardhams in India. The town of Badrinath lays amidst the two high mountains namely Nar and Narayan and the temple of Badrinath is dedicated to Lord Vishnu- the preserver. The Badrinath Temple is highly recognized and most devoted shrine in India where large number of devotees pay their humble regards to receive blessings and salvation.
This 9th century old temple was created for the welfare of mankind by Adi Shankaracharya and legend says Lord Vishnu meditated at this spot for thousands continuous years for mankind.
The name only signifies- Hari ka Dwar that means gateway to God, Lord Vishnu (Hari in Sanskrit) and so Haridwar has been considered as the most essential gateway to reach Badrinath. Devotees make their start for Chardham Yatra from Haridwarr only. Before paying their devotions to Badrinath, it is essential to visit all the major temples of Haridwar to receive blessings from the Almighty so the trip to Chardham should be successful.
Haridwar is the ideal center of Hindu religion and mysticism for centuries. It is also among one of the seven holiest places to Hindus located in Uttarakhand state. The place is majorly known for the Holy Ganges where people take a holy dip on special occasions and even to start their iteration to Badrinath.
Located on the Jamnagar district of Gujarat, Dwarka is another most popular religious destination in India. The dwelling place of Lord Krishna, Dwarka is also considered as the one of the seven most ancient cities in the country. Dwarka is considered as one of the locations for Chardham Yatra where the famous Dwarkadhish temple attracts thousand attentions every year and is especially respected by the Vaishnavas.
Built in 16th century CE, the temple was originally built by Lord Krishna’s great grandson, King Vajra, a five story temple built of limestone and sand; constitutes two main gateways- the entry gate- Swarg Dwar and the exit gate- Moksha Dwar. The temple also brings a mesmerizing view of major confluence of River Gomati flowing towards the sea.
Also known as Banaras; is the most sacred city in Uttar Pradesh for Hindu devotees. It is believed that death at Varansi brings salvation which is pondered with numerous temples and religious institutes & Ashrams. Varanasi is best described as the spiritual capital of India and is also termed as the holy city of Lord Shiva, the creator and destroyer. The fascinating thing about this mystical city is that its rituals are revealed openly along many riverside ghats. It’s an intense city that attracts Hindu pilgrims and foreigners alike.
The 11th century old city and the sacred abode of Lord Jagannath, the Jagannath Puri in Orissa is among one of the Chardham spots in India. The word “Jagannath” reveals the meaning- Jagat-Nath that means the lord of the world. The temple is sacred to the Vaishnava tradition. The holy sight of Lord Jagannath, accompanied by Subhadra and Balabhadra raises loads of joy among the devotees.
Jagannath Temple in Odisha (Orissa) consists of four entrance gates. They are named as Singhadwara, Ashwadwara, Hathidwara and Vyaghradwara and these names refer to lion, horse, elephant and tiger respectively. Each day, the Lord at the Jagannath Temple is offered ‘bhoga‘ six times and it is dispensed among the worshipers close to Ratnavedi.