India, the Land of Faith
They say that every part of the world, every nation has some contribution to this world. Like America is famousfor weapons, Japan for Technology, China for small industries, and Germany is famous for motor engines etc. Similarly, our pristine land has imparted spirituality to the world.
The saints of this holy land, actually passed on the message of the art of living. How ideally life should be led. Spirituality is termed to be the union with the holy soul and learning from it the purpose of life.Religion specifies how to execute that purpose and what shall be the lawful way to execute that purpose. What should be done and what not?
Our holy land marks identity for even all natural bodies, and treating them symbolically; and hence we have temples even to praise theSun. The spiritual wave of the country stresses more onKarma-yoga, that is work and execution, comes first and then most important place is given to forgiveness, which is out of dictionary of many other nations.
We are peace makers and peace promoters as well. A secular country, under whose shelter dwells multiple religions in utmost peace and harmony, India can rightly be called the ‘Land of Faith’. Yes, our faith moves from stones to mountains. Crossing through the streets of India, one can see the stones painted in ‘Kesariya’ color, which slowly turn into big religious temples. The faith expands them from stone to blocks of stone.
From the vast spread Himalayas in North to Kanyakumari in South, covered with sea from all the three sides, and from Kachch in West to Itanagar in East, we have temples all across, displaying our faith in vivid forms. Let us take a tour of India in religious paradigm.
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Vaishno Devi Temple:
Situated in Trikuta Hills in Jammu, the abode of Mata Vaishno Devi is one amongst the most popular and faith filled religious destination. The incredible experience of walking the rocky hills, where faith surpasses the pains of long walks and people reach here in deep caves walking barefoot, just on call of their faith. Beautiful landscape, pervading divinity and thrilling adventure, this place is adventurously holy.
Golden Temple: Swarn Mandir/Harmandir Sahib:
Built by the fourth Sikh Guru, Ramdass Sahib Ji, Gurudwara Harmandir Sahib, is the most important Sikh Pilgrimage to visit. The golden gilded temple celebrates a number of Sikh events. A spreader of peace, the Golden Temple is nothing short of a legacy in India.
A centre of faith for the Hindus, Varanasi in the state of Uttar Pradesh, is a famous pilgrimage in India. Incredibly colourful and sacred, the beauty of Varanasi lies in the crowd of devotees who throng here every single day from one part of the country or the other. The holy Ganga meandering through the city, undoubtedly, amplifies the sanctity of Varanasi.
The birthplace of the Hindu God Krishna, Mathura in the state of Uttar Pradesh can rightly be called a blessed land. Today, the town is dotted with a large number of temples including the Krishna Janam-bhoomi Temple
Located in the lap of mystical Uttara-khand, is nothing short of a heaven for the Hindus. Located by the holy river Ganga, the sacred town, offers a great peace of mind. Watch the flickering Diyas floating on the sparkling river along with the energetic Ganga-Aarti in the evening and loiter around Har-ki-Pauri to seek unmatched divinity in Haridwar.
Jagannath Temple (Jagannath Mandir):
Again a masterpiece from Odisha, the Jagannath Temple, is a finest monument to exercise the religious believes. The main deities presiding over the temple are Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra. The famous annual Rath Yatra when a very large number of people throng the temple, brings life to the temple.
The first amongst the twelve Jyotirlinga (Pillar of Light) of Lord Shiva in the country, Som-nath Jyotir-linga in Gujarat holds an important place in India. This temple survived many attacks, and still remains an important source of divinity and spirituality. This sacred shrine is situated on the shores of Arabian Sea.
Situated in one of the most scenic locations in the country, Hem-kund Sahib adds the charm of tourism to religious inclinations. Unlike other Sikh religion establishments, Hem-kund Sahib has a pentagonal structure. The scenic beauty of the place is beyond description of the words. Nestled in the midst of loft snowy hills, the place brings more of emotional tranquility to mind.
The holy Dargah, is believed to be the Samadhi of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. It is believed that he is lying there in peace and still listens to people’s wishes and fulfills them. Entering the gate, you get a feeling of peace taking over you. There is certainly something that is magical about this place that people from different faith come and worship here.
Sun Temple (Surya Mandir):
The Sun Temple, is the acme of the architectural knowledge of the brilliant minds from the house of king Nar-simha-deva. Situated in Konark Odisha, the Sun God sitting on a majestic chariot depicts the victory of King Nar-simha-deva (who defeated a number of Muslim invaders). The incredible architecture that includes 12 pairs of carved wheels, hall of offering, imposing pyramidal roof and erotic scenes have been the driving factors for art lovers and travel enthusiasts who visit here. The architectural and engineering skills used in making of this temple where the movements of the Sun, are recorded at different doors and pillars at different times of day and year, still remains an unsolved puzzle for the engineers of modern age.
Situated in Ranak-pur village in Rajasthan, is one of the best places of religious tourism. The temple is related to Jain-panth. It is one of the oldest Jain temples in India and thus holds a lot of importance for devotees. Pilgrims from all over the world pay a visit to this temple that has majestic architecture and beautiful surroundings.
Tirumala Venkateshwara Temple in Tirupati:
Tirumala Venkateshwara Temple is situated on the last hill of the Sesha-chalam range in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. It is considered to be the earthly abode of Lord Venkateswara (incarnation of Vishnu). The holy temple is known for its exquisite architecture. It is also amongst the most visited Hindu temples of India, as it is said that the temple attracts 60,000 pilgrims each day.
Velan-kanni Church, situated in the Naga-pattinam district of Tamil Nadu holds gothic style of beautiful architecture but what attracts tourists the most to this church is the construction history of the Church. Believed to have been built by a Portuguese sailor, who survived a violent sea storm as a gratitude to the Supreme Power, this church is indeed one of the important pillars of faith in India.
Baba Barfani, calls out to his devotees spread all over the world to first take up an enthralling trek and then receive bountiful blessings from him. The holy Amar-nath Cave is situated in the beautiful state of Jammu and Kashmir and can only be reached after a rigorous trekking expedition.
Dera Sacha Sauda:
Located in Sirsa disrict of Haryana state, Dera Sacha Sauda is a Social Welfare & Spiritual Organization that preaches and practices humanitarianism and selfless services to others. Dera Sacha Sauda has bagged place in various World Records for various welfare works held from time to time under the guidance of Dera Chief Saint Dr. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan.
There are more than 06 crore followers of Dera Sacha Sauda across the globe who are doing 142 Welfare Works. It is the confluence of all religions. The Revered Saint Dr MSG teaches the Method of Meditation free of coast irrespective of caste, colour, creed, religion or nationality. There are various places worth watching like the Kashish Restaurant, the SMG Resort. The SMG Resort. is a sprawling 16 acre luxury resort in Sirsa, Haryana.
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