India is a secular nation where all religions are practiced and people of different faiths live here. This religious diversity can be witnessed by visiting the holy shrines of different sects which serve as a gateway to cleanse your Karmas.
Vaishno Devi, Jammu
The holy shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi is one of the most popular pilgrim spots of Hindus and thousands of devotees visit the temple every month to seek blessings of Mata Rani. A 14 km trek from Katra to the holy shrine can be covered in a day and there are helicopter services available for the elderly who are unable to climb the stretch on foot.
Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi
In the heart of Varanasi lies the Kashi Vishwanath Temple where millions of Hindu devotees converge to seek blessings of Lord Shiva. It is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas and stands on the western bank of the holy river Ganges. Purify your soul by taking a holy dip in Ganga and cleanse your karmas by visiting the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi.
Ajmer Sharif Dargah, Ajmer
The shrine of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti is also known as Ajmer Sharif Dargah is a sacred place of worship for Muslims in Ajmer. People from other sects also visit the shrine to seek blessings at the Dargah. There is a heavy rush of visitors during the winter months at the Dargah at Ajmer is part of the main itinerary of Rajasthan.
Golden Temple, Amritsar
Situated in the heart of Amritsar, Golden Temple is one of the holiest shrines of Sikh and Punjabi community. Surrounded by a water pond the dome of the shrine is covered with pure gold and it is one of the most visited Gurudwaras in India.
Basilica of Bom Jesus, Goa
Situated in North Goa, Basilica of Bom Jesus is one of the oldest churches in Goa and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Designed in 17th Century the Church holds special significance for Christian community and is visited by domestic and foreign travelers in large numbers.
Sai Baba Temple, Shirdi
Sai Baba Temple in Shirdi is on the wish list of pilgrims from all over India who visit the temple in large numbers to offer their prayers and seek the blessings of Holy Saint Sai Baba. Every day long queues of worshippers can be seen outside the temple waiting for the Darshan of Sai Baba.
Siddhivinayak Temple, Mumbai
Dedicated to Lord Ganesha, Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai is visited by thousands of Mumbaikars everyday to offer prayers and seek divine intervention of Ganesha in their lives. Visitors traveling to Mumbai also visit the shrine during their tour of the city.
Tirupati Temple, Andhra Pradesh
Situated in Chittor district of Andhra Pradesh, and dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Tirupati Temple attracts visitors in huge numbers every day. You need patience and perseverance to enter the temple as there are long queues of devotees waiting to catch the glimpse of the deity of Lord Venkateshwara.
Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhgaya, Bihar
Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya district of Bihar holds a special place in the hearts of Buddhists as it is believed that Lord Buddha attained enlightenment here. The temple is one of the oldest brick structures of India and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Ranakpur Temple, Pali, Rajasthan
Rankapur Temple is a renowned Jain Temple situated in the Pali district of Rajasthan. Known for its magnificent architecture, the temple is said to be one of the most spectacular of the Jain sect as it has numerous pillars and walls with intricate carvings.