Rahul Sharma

Hindu pilgrimage sites

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In religion and spirituality, a pilgrimage is a long journey or search of great moral significance. Sometimes, it is a journey to a sacred place or shrine of importance to a naat faith. Members of every major religion participate in pilgrimages. A person who makes such a journey is called a pilgrim.


Unlike some other religions, Hindus are not required to undertake pilgrimages during their lifetime. However, most Hindus go on such journeys to numerous iconic sites including those below:


Char Dham (Famous Four Pilgrimage sites): The four holy sites Puri, Rameswaram, Dwarka, and Badrinath (or alternatively the Himalayan towns of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri) compose the Char Dham (four abodes) pilgrimage circuit.

Kumbh Mela: The Kumbh Mela (the "pitcher festival") is one of the holiest of Hindu pilgrimages that is held every three years; the location is rotated among Allahabad, Haridwar, Nashik, and Ujjain.

Old Holy cities as per Puranic Texts: Varanasi formerly known as Kashi, Allahabad formerly known as Prayag, Haridwar-Rishikesh, Mathura-Vrindavan, and Ayodhya.

Major Temple cities: Puri, which hosts a major Vaishnava Jagannath temple and Rath Yatra celebration; Katra, home to the Vaishno Devi temple; Three comparatively recent temples of fame and huge pilgrimage are Shirdi, home to Sai Baba of Shirdi, Tirumala - Tirupati, home to the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple; and Sabarimala,where Swami Ayyappan is worshipped.

Shakti Peethas: An important set of pilgrimages are the Shakti Peethas, where the Mother Goddess is worshipped, the two principal ones being Kalighat and Kamakhya.There are altogether 51 shakti peethas.

Jyotirlingas: Other set of important pilgrimages are the Jyotirlingas, where lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of Shiva Lingas. There are twelve Jyotirlingas in India.

Divya Desams: Another important set of pilgrimages are the "Divya Desams", the holy temples where Lord Vishnu is worshipped.There are 108 Divya Desams. Tirumalai Venkateshwar Temple at Tirupati is one among them.


  • Ganga Talao
  • Pakistan

  • Hinglaj
  • Shiv Mandir, Umerkot
  • Katasraj temple
  • Nepal

  • Barahakshetra
  • Janakpurdham
  • Muktinath
  • Pashupatinath Temple
  • Rishikesh Complex of Ruru Kshetra
  • China

  • Mount Kailash
  • Lake Manasarovar
  • Indonesia

  • Mother Temple of Besakih
  • Prambanan
  • Cambodia

  • Preah Vihear Temple
  • Angkor Wat
  • Malaysia

  • Batu Caves
  • Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple, Penang
  • References

    Hindu pilgrimage sites Wikipedia

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