India is a country of ancient civilization and different cultures. People of different religions reside here like Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian and many other religious groups. In all over the world, India has one of the oldest traditions of pilgrimage. There are many pilgrimages sites in India and people practice it with complete devotion. Many popular sacred places witness a huge number of devotees. It is believed that by going to pilgrimage, god forgive us for our sins. It is not an orthodox view but its called devotion. Every religious group has their own pilgrimage sites or sacred places where they serve their prayers to God. In past few years, numbers of holy sites have grown rapidly as now people are exploring their ulture and tradition more. With the help of religious books, we get to know about our sacred places. Now days, devotees have explored many new temples or pilgrimages which were unknown for years. Pilgrimage sites can be situated anywhere like forest, mountain, lake or cave. But nothing can stop devotees by seeing their God. Going on pilgrimage is not an easy task as the ways to these sites are known to be tough. Although, many pilgrimage sites are regulated by our government and many development plans are also implemented there so that it can be made easy for devotees of all age groups.
Holy places of Hindus are known as ‘Tirthas’ and those sacred places where Muslims go fir pilgrimage is called ‘Hajj’. Like this, every religion has a different name for their pilgrimage. In Hindus, ‘Char Dham Yatra’ is considered as among the most sacred shrines which includes holy places like Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri and Gangotri. It is said that people who visit there have done Tirthyatra. ‘Haridwar’ is the sacred place where devotees pray to holy river Ganga. Devotees who visit Haridwar ensure that they take bath in Ganga which can help to cut their sins. ‘Mansarovar’ is considered one of the auspicious tirtyatras. As it is above the Tibetan Plateau about 6714 meters so it is considered very hard to go there. It is recommended that one must visit this holy shrine after medical check up and along with all the required things. Prayag in Allahbad is also among the most popular holy shrines of Hindus. This is the place where holy river Ganga and Yamunna meet. It is believed that without visiting Prayag, tirthyatra will be not be considered complete. Some other sacred places of Hindus are Puri, Vaishno devi, Rameshwaram, Bodh Gaya, Mathura, Varanasi,Ujjain, Dwarka, Shirdi, Tirupati Balaji etc.
The second largest religion of India is ‘Islam’. Like Hindus, Muslims also go on pilgrimage which they call ‘Hajj’. Mecca which is situated in Saudi Arabia is known to be the main pilgrimage place for Muslins. It is believed that it is compulsory for all Muslims to go on Hajj once in their lifetime. In India, there are also many pious Islamic sacred places which are visited by not only Muslims but people from all religion. Ajmer Sharif is one of these examples. One can find their inner peace at these holy places of Muslims. Haji Ali Dargah which is located in Mumbai, witnesses a huge crowd every day. Hazratbal Dargah is also one of the most popular pilgrimage of Muslims which is situated in Jammu & Kashmir. Sikhism is considered as a youngest religion in India. Guru Nanak was the founder of Sikhism. Golden temple which is located in Amritsar is considered as one of the most sacred places of Sikhs. Some of the popular Sikh pilgrimages are Anandpur Sahib, Hemkund, Tarn Taran, Goindwal Sahib, Paonta sahib, Patna Sahib Etc.
Christians also visit their sacred churches to offer their prayers to God. There are many churches in India. Some of them are Velankanni Church which is situated in Nagapattinam, Se Cathedral Church, Goa and many more. Some other religious groups have also their pilgrimage places. You can find complete information here about pilgrimage sites or sacred places in India. It enhances your knowledge about culture and tradition.