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Indian pilgrimage tours and the wonderful glimpses

Pilgrimage is one of the obligations that the people of India believe in. Because of the diverse culture in India and the existence of various faiths, pilgrimage has become obligation in the life of the Indian, may be at least once in life. The dominant religions in India are Hinduism followed by Islam. The other religions that exist in India are Christianity, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism and Judaism. There are different perceptions as far as the pilgrimage is concerned and all this depends from religion to religion. When you talk of the Indian pilgrimage, you essentially talk of the long journeys to different temples, Dargah of the Muslims like Haji Ali Dargah, the churches of old importance where there are some appearances of the saints or the relics. Apart from this there are pilgrimages to the monasteries in the Buddhist religion or there are visitations to the Jewish synagogues. All these pilgrimages together can be classified as the great Indian pilgrimage tour.

In the Hindu Shastras which comprise of the essential texts like the Bhagvad Gita, Puranas as well as the Vedas, there is a clear description of the pilgrimages and the associated boons with it. In the ancient texts, there are certain spots mentioned like the temple of Shabrimalai in Kerala, the Guruvayaoor temple of Kerala, the Venkateshwara temple of Tirupati and the Sri Mata Vaishno Devi in the Trikuta hills of Jammu and Kashmir. These are called the strategic pilgrim centers and are also the places of historic importance. When the individual comers to these places, God unlocks the boons that are kept in the store for that individual; but the fact remains that has to abide by certain rules and regulations and maintain a certain degree of piety in order to gain these boons. Take the case of Char Dham tour; it covers places like the Kedarnath, the Badrinath, the Gangotri and the Yamunotri. It can be classified in the list of the wonderful Indian pilgrimage tour. As per the Hindu texts, it is said that this type of pilgrimage wipes the sins of human being.

Among the Christians, there is a wonderful shrine located in Vellankani located in the southern belt of India. It exactly located near the Nagpatanam. You have this wonderful shrine of the Roman Catholic Church near the sea and it is not only visited by the Christians alone but also by the people of various other faiths. You have a wonderful pilgrim center located in Rajasthan and the name is Ajmer Sharif and is named after the great saint Khwaja Moin Ud Din Chisti. It is said that that the saint was one of the greatest saints of the Sufi order and many miracles are attributed to him. This place is not only visited by the Muslims but also by the people of different faith. You also have a nearby place by the name Pushkar and it is one of the essential places to visit in the Hindu pilgrimage tour. India is a country with the diversity of faiths and the unity of religions.

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Alisha Singh has vast experience in writing about Indian tourism. At present she is writing articles related to Haji Ali Dargah and Indian Pilgrimage.

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