Top 5 Hindu Pilgrimage Places in India

India is home to some of the most ancient Hindu Pilgrimage destinations and these spiritual spots have also contributed their part towards the tourism industry in India. As we know, people from different part of the world travel to India so as to visit these ancient spiritual travel destinations of India. Hinduism is considered as the prime religion of India, as Hindus form the majority of the Indian population.

Since Hinduism dates back to several centuries, majority of the pilgrimage destinations of India are too ancient and is marked with it amazing ancient architecture. If you are planning to visit the major pilgrimage destinations in India, then you will really need to spend a good time of your life, as there are a plenty of important spiritual spots in India. The only thing you can do is to handpick a list of major pilgrimage spots of India and then visit those places based on a travel plans.

When compared with other travel destinations in India, the time for visiting the Hindu pilgrimage spots is not at all related with the climate and season, rather the pilgrimage tourism is entirely related to the festival seasons and important dates of a particular spiritual destination. Here are 5 of the most important Hindu pilgrimage places in India which is picked based on the popularity collected from various sources.

Badrinath
Badrinath is one of the most revered sites for Hindus in India and is the most important of the four sites included in the Char Dham Pilgrimage. Badrinath is home to the famous Badrinath Temples which is the main center of attraction. People from different part of the world visit this place and becomes overcrowded during the period of Char Dham Yathra. Badrinath has earned the reputation as a famous holy site centuries back and it was brought into prominence by Adi Shankara in the 9th century. As per legends, Adi Shankara discovered a black stone image of Lord Badrinarayan in the Alakananda River which was shrined by him in a cave which was near the Tapt Kund hot springs. The stone image was moved to the present temple by the King of Garhwal in the 16th century. The 50 feet temple of Badrinath, with a small coupola on the top is a sight to behold and the overall architecture of the temple resembles that of a Buddhist temple. Based on various factors and calendars, the best time to visit Badrinath is between June and September.

Haridwar
Haridwar is an important pilgrimage destination in the Uttarakhand State of India and is also considered by Hindus as one of the seven holiest places in India. Haridwar is also one of the venue for the famous Kumbh Mela which occurs once in every three years in 4 different places. Devotees and pilgrims from across the world visit Haridwar to take a dip in the holy river Ganges to wash away all their sins and attain Moksha. The city of Haridwar and its surroundings are also well known tourist destinations due to its amazing climate and landscape beauty. There are a good number of important temples in and around Haridwar which includes Har ki Pauri, Maya Devi Temple, Piran Kaliyar, Chandi Devi Temple, Sureshvari Devi Temple, Mansa Devi Temple, Ramanand Ashram etc.

Puri
Situated in Odisha and also known as Jagannath Puri, Puri is a famous holy city for the Hindus and a popular pilgrimage destination in East India. Puri is also a part of the Char Dham Yathra and this tells us clearly about the spiritual importance of this place. Puri holds high spiritual values and history such that India pilgrimage tour is not at all complete without paying a visit to Puri and the Jagannath Temple in Puri. Puri is also there among the seven holiest places in India and during the peak pilgrimage season, you can see a large number of believers flowing to Puri. Since Puri is also home to one of the best beaches in India, majority of the travelers visiting the beaches also tends to visit the holy Jagannath Temple in Puri.

Rameshwaram
A part of the famous Char Dham Yathra, Rameshwaram is yet another major sacred place for Hindus and is situated in the South Indian State of Tamil Nadu. Located on the famous Pamban Island (also known as Rameshwaram Island), this place is home to the famous Ramanathaswamy Temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. The temple along with this place is considered highle reverred by both Shaivites and Vaishnavites and hence a major pilgrimage detination for the Hindus. The Ramanathaswamy Temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines, where Lord Shiva is being worshipped in the form of a “Jyotirlinga”. There are twenty two holy water bodies inside the temple and taking a bath in these water bodies is one of the major things to do in Rameshwaram Temple.

Puttaparthi
Puttaparthi is a major pilgrimage spot in Andhra Pradesh which is in the southern part of India and was the home for famous spiritual leader Sathya Sai Baba. Baba’s Prasanthi Nilayam Ashram is one of the major attraction of this town which attracts a good number of pilgrims from across the world thorughout the year. Another attractions of Puttaparthi are the Hanuman Temple, Shiva Temple, ‘Kalpa Vriksha’, meditation tree and Sathyabhama temple. All these attractions make Puttarpathi a must to visit Hindu pilgrimage destination in India. Since Puttarpathi is well connected to the other major cities in India by air, rail and road, it is well able to attract a good number of devotees throughout the year.