India is a land of wondrous sights, a country that has majestic mountains, mesmerising oceans and magnificent deserts. Additionally, let us not forget to mention places that are spiritually blessed with the presence of the divine that are a huge attraction to Indians from all corners of the country.
The “Char Dham” literally means the “four abodes” to the four most revered temples for a Hindu. The four temples in the Chota Chardham yatra comprises of Yamunotri, Gangotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath. The first stop of this auspicious trip is Yamunotri, the source of the river Yamuna and the last stop is Badrinath. A bath in the holy water of Yamuna is supposed to cleanse one of all their mortal sins and purify one’s soul. The next stop is Gangotri, the birth site of the holy Ganga, followed by Kedarnath dedicated to Lord Shiva and the final stop is Badrinath, dedicated to Lord Badri or Vishnu.
The Kailash Yatra is a lifetime experience that should be savoured by a pilgrim once in his entire lifetime. Known as the home of Lord Shiva according to many scriptures, the pilgrimage is centred on Mount Kailash in the Himalayan ranges. This site is not only revered by Hindus but by Jains and Buddhists alike. Just some km away from Mount Kailash is the resplendent Mansarovar Lake which is believed to have been created by Brahma.
The Amarnath Yatra is another popular yatra that attracts thousands of devotees every year. This yatra is associated with the Amarnath temple located in Jammu and Kashmir and is devoted to Lord Shiva. Each year lakhs of devotees pay homage to the ice Shiv lingam. Along with Lord Shiva’s ice lingam, there are two more ice formations believed to be that of Maa Parvati and Lord Ganesha. The cave can be reached from Pahalgam on foot.
The resplendent Rath Yatra of Puri is a sight to behold for devotees of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra. During the Puri Rath Yatra which takes place on the second day of the new moon in the month of Ashada (July). On this auspicious day, the three deities are drawn on splendidly decorated chariots for a procession from the main temple to the Gundicha Temple. After a week’s stay, these chariots are brought back to the main temple via meeting their aunt’s abode called Mausi Maa Temple.
Besides these holy pilgrimages, there are many such locations that can be checked out. If you’re interested to visit such holy sites with your friends, family and relatives, contact us at Travelxploria.
By Travelxploria | February 14, 2020 |