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    Tuesday, September 1, 2015

    PILGRIMAGE



    Pilgrimage is an important and eminent part of every religion and India is famous worldwide for being the land of dharmas (religions). India has attracted pilgrims from all over the world. India is a birthplace of many religions like hinduism, buddhism, jainism and sikhism.
    In Hindu Pilgrimage, some of the holiest places are Amarnath, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Varanasi (Kumbh mela), Mathura, Puri (Jagganath temple), Rameswaram and Kanyakuumari etc.
    India is a place where snakes are worshipped as God, sacred riversare and cows are considered mother. Its thestrong belief of the people residing in India that made the Pilgrimage of India so blissful and important.
    Some important pilgrimage sites are:
    VARANASI
    It is situated on the banks of the river Ganges. It is also called Benares and Kashi and is included in the list of India’s “seven ancient cities.” It is considered as “the foremost city of Shiva.”
    Many Hindus retire to Varanasi in the hope of achieving liberation. The city is famous for its beautiful ghats. Relatives often bring the ashes of their dead loved ones and scatter them in the Ganges in the belief that this will benefit the departed soul.
    MATHURA
    It is most famous as the place of Krishna’s birth, dates to some five thousand years ago. Its main temple is the Keshava Deo Mandir, where Radha and Krishna are worshipped. The entire area is full of many holy sites and twelve sacred forests, is called Vraj. Most important is Vrindavan, the village where Krishna lived. It is now a town with some five thousand temples, mostly dedicated to lord Krishna.
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