North India Pilgrimage


Hinduism is also known as Sanatana Dharma in Sanskrit . Hinduism is the oldest religion in the world. Hinduism is rated as the third largest religion in the world after Christianity and Islam.The pilgrimages undertaken by the Hindus are not easy as they require a lot of devotion and determination. All the Hindu pilgrimage spots have their own importance, which make them famous all over. India being the country, where Hinduism was founded has various Hindu pilgrimage spots. According to the ancient mythology, an individual by going on a pilgrimage can wash away all his sins and be free of them. Pilgrimages are mostly undertaken in groups in a certain part of the year. According to the customs of Hinduism, Char Dham is the chief pilgrimage circuit of the Hindus it is situated in North india.The North India, strategically, most important part of India has shaped the course of India’s historical and cultural evolution over the last 3500 years.

North India Pilgrimage Destinations:

Allahaba,Amarnath,Ayodhya,Bodhgaya,Badrinath,Bhubaneswar,Dwarka,Gangotri’Haridwar,Kedarnath Khajuraho,Konark,Lumbini,Manikaran,Mathura,Nalanda,Omkareshwar,Puri,Pushkar,Rishikesh,Sarnath Yamnotri,Shirdi,Vaishali,Varanasi,Vrindavan

North India Temples & Religious Monuments:

Ajanta Ellora,CavesAkshar Dham,Ajmer Sharif,Anandpur Sahib, Bahai Temple, Baijnath Temple,Bodhi Temple,Chattarpur Mandir,Dwarkadhish Temple,Golden TempleHaji AliKashi Vishwanath TempleJagannath TempleMukteswara TempleVaishno Devi Sun TempleOrcha Temple, KonarkLotus Temple,Shankracharya Temple,Udaygiri CavesSanchi Stupa,Kailash Temple,LingarajaJwalamukhi Temple,Temple Omkareshwar Temple,Naina Devi Temple,Maha Bodhi TemplePilgrimage Yatra :

Amarnath Yatra:The of the most important event during July/ August, is Amarnath Yatra to the Holy Pilgrimage. This is an annual event when thousands of Hindus from different corners of the Globe visit Amarnath caves. The pilgrims trek from Pahalgam to these caves and worship the great ice Lingam. Legend has it that Shiva recounted to Parvati the secret of creation in a cave in Amarnath. Unknow to them, a pair of mating doves eavesdropped on this conversation and having learned the secret, are reborn again and again, and have made the cave their eternal abode. Many pilgrims report seeing the doves-pair when they trek the arduous route to pay obeisance before the ice-lingam (the phallic symbol of Shiva). This is an event you certainly will talk about for the rest of your life.

How to travel

Air: Indian Airlines had daily flights to Delhi and Srinagar. There are also flights to Bombay

Train:The Shalimar Express departs from Delhi at 4.10 pm and arrives in Jammu at 7 am.

Char Dham Yatra:Gangotri, Yamunotri,Badrinath and Kedarnath – collectively called the Chardham  are the mostsacred of all pilgrimages. Undertaking a journey to these places will not just wash away one’s sins butensure release from the cycle of birth and death.THE honour conferred on these places is not surprising.

Badrinath Yatra:Badrinath is situated in the lap of Nar-Narayan Parvat, with the towering Neelkanth peak (6,597mts.) in the background. Also known as the Vishal Badri, the largest among the five Badris, it is revered by all as the apt tribute to Lord Vishnu.

Kedarnath Yatra:At the approach of winters in the month of November, the holy statue of Lord Shiva, is carried down from Kedarnath to Ukhimath, and is reinstated at Kedarnath, in the first week of May. It is at this time, that the doors of the temple are thrown open to pilgrims, who flock from all parts of India, for a holy pilgrimage. The shrine closes on the first day of Kartik (Oct-Nov) and reopens in Vaishakh (Apr-May) every year. During its closure the shrine is submerged in snow and worship is performed at Ukhimath.

Location     :     14 Km Trek From Gaurikund

Dedicated To       :     Lord Shiva

Altitude     :     3,581 mt

Built In     :     8th Century AD

Gangotri:The revered shrine of Gangotri, situated at an altitude of 3,200 mts. about sea-level amidst sylvan surroundings, constitutes one of the most important pilgrimages for the devout Hindu.The temple was constructed in the early 18th century by a Gorkha Commander Amar Sigh Thapa. The existing temple is said to be the one reconstructed by the Jaipur dynasty. Every year thousands of pilgrims through the sacred shrine between May & October. The Pujaris & brahmins are from the village of Mukhwa. The water from Gangotri is carried to offer to Lord Shiva. It is believed that this water has amrit (nectar) in it and will soothe the throat of Shiva who gulp the poison.

Yamonotri:The Shrine of Yamunotri, source of river Yamuna is situated in the direction opposite to Gangotri and the road bifurcates and goes to Yamunotri from Dharasu, a place between Rishikesh-Uttarkashi. Yamunotri can also be visited via Mussoorie and Barkot.  Situated at an elevation of 3235 metres above sea-level, the shrine of Yamunotri is one of the ‘four dhams’ of Uttarakhand.

Air : Nearest airport is Jolly Grant, 18 kms from Rishikesh.

Rail : Nearest railhead is a Rishikesh, 250 kms.

Road : The road to Yamunotri diverts at Dharasu, on way to Uttarkashi. Important road distances are : Hanumanchatti 14 kms; Dharasu 107 kms; Tehri 149 kms.



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