List of Top Religious Pilgrimage Places in India
Haridwar – Uttarakhand
- Haridwar also spelled Hardwar is an ancient city and municipality in the Haridwar district of Uttarakhand, India.
- A paradise for nature-lovers, Haridwar presents kaleidoscope of Indian culture and civilization.
- Haridwar also termed as ‘Gateway to Gods’ is known as Mayapuri, Kapila, Gangadwar as well.
Tirumala Tirupati Venkateswara Temple – Andhra Pradesh
- Tirumala Venkateswara Temple is a famous Vedic temple in the hill town of Tirumala, near Tirupati in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh.
- The seven peaks are called Seshadri, Neeladri, Garudadri, Anjanadri, Vrushabhadri, Narayanadri and Venkatadri.
- The temple is on Venkatadri (also known as Venkatachala or Venkata Hill), the seventh peak, and is also known as the “Temple of Seven Hills”.
- The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Venkateswara, an incarnation of lord Vishnu.
Varanasi – Uttar Pradesh
- Varanasi is an Indian city on the banks of the Ganga in Uttar Pradesh, south-east of the state capital, Lucknow.
- It is the holiest of the seven sacred cities in Hinduism, and Jainism, and played an important role in the development of Buddhism.
- Some Hindus believe that death at Varanasi brings salvation.
Kedarnath Temple – Uttarakhnad
- Kedarnath is one of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to the god Shiva.
- It is on the Garhwal Himalayan range near the Mandakini river in Kedarnath, Uttarakhand in India.
- Lord Shiva is worshiped as Kedarnath, the ‘Lord of Kedar Khand’, the historical name of the region.
Vaishno Devi Temple – Jammu and Kashmir
- Vaishno Devi, also known as Mata Rani and Vaishnavi, is a manifestation of the Hindu Mother Goddess or Durga.
- Vaishno Devi Mandir is a Hindu temple dedicated to the Hindu Goddess, located at the Trikuta Mountains within the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.
- Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji resides in a Holy Cave located in the folds of the three peaked mountain named Trikuta.
Rishikesh – Uttarakhnad
- Rishikesh is a city, municipal board and a tehsil in Dehradun district of the Indian state, Uttarakhand.
- Located in the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India, it is known as The Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas.
- Rishikesh is surrounded by three other districts namely Tehri Garhwal, Pauri Garhwal and Haridwar.
Amarnath Temple – Jammu and Kashmir
- Amarnath cave is a Hindu shrine located in Jammu and Kashmir, India. It is dedicated to Shiva.
- The capital of Jammu and Kashmir and reached through Pahalgam town.
- The shrine forms an important part of Hinduism, and is considered to be one of the holiest shrines in Hinduism
Badrinath Temple – Uttarakhnad
- Badrinath is a holy town and a nagar panchayat in Chamoli district in the state of Uttarakhand, India.
- It is the most important of the four sites in India’s Char Dham pilgrimage and gets its name from the Holy temple of Badrinath.
- The Badrinath temple is the main attraction in the town.
- According to legend Shankara discovered a black stone image of Lord Badrinarayan made of Saligram stone in the Alaknanda River.
Tiruvannamalai – Tamil Nadu
- Tiruvannamalai is a town in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
- Located on the foothills of Annamalai hills, Tiruvannamalai has been ruled by the Pallavas, the Medieval Cholas, the Later Cholas, Hoysalas, the Vijayanagar Empire, the Carnatic kingdom, Tipu Sultan, and the British.
- The town is built around the Annamalaiyar Temple like other Nayak capitals.
- Tiruvannamalai is administered by a special-grade a municipality constituted in 1886.
Golden temple – Amritsar
- The Harmandir Sahib and informally referred to as the “Golden Temple”, is a prominent Sikh gurdwara located in the city of Amritsar, Punjab, India.
- It was built by the fourth Sikh guru, Guru Ramdaas Sahib Ji, in the 16th century.
- In 1604, Guru Arjun completed the Adi Granth, the holy scripture of Sikhism, and installed it in the Gurudwara.
Sabarimala – Kerala
- Sabarimala Sree Dharma Sastha Temple, dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, is the most famous and prominent among all the Sastha temples in Kerala.
- The temple is situated on a hilltop (about 3000 feet above sea level) named Sabarimala in Pathanamthitta district, which is unique in many respects.
- It is open for worship only during the days of Mandalapooja, Makaravilakku and Chitra Vishu.
Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple – Kerala
- The Padmanabhaswamy temple is located in the centre of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala.
- The Temple has references in Epics and Puranas.
- Srimad Bhagavatha says that Balarama visited this Temple, bathed in Padmatheertham and made several offerings.
Kancheepuram – Tamil Nadu
- Kanchipuram is a Spectacular Temple city known as city of thousand temples which reflects the Glorious Traditions of South India with its noted temples.
- Kanchipuram is administered by a Special grade municipality constituted in 1947.
- It is the headquarters of the Kanchi matha, a Hindu monastic institution believed to have been founded by the Hindu saint and commentator Adi Sankaracharya, and was the capital city of the Pallava Kingdom between the 4th and 9th centuries.
Meenakshi Amman Temple – Tamil Nadu
- Meenakshi Amman Temple is a historic Hindu temple located on the southern bank of the Vaigai River in the temple city of Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India.
- It is dedicated to Parvati, known as Meenakshi, and her consort, Shiva, here named Sundareswarar.
- The temple forms the heart and lifeline of the 2,500 year old city.
Shirdi – Maharashtra
- Shirdi About is a town and falls under the jurisdiction of municipal council popularly known as Shirdi Nagar Panchayat, located in Rahata Tehasil in Ahmednagar District in the Indian state of Maharashtra.
- Shirdi is best known as the late 19th century home of the popular guru Shirdi Sai Baba.
- It is one of the richest temple organisations.
Murudeshwara Temple – Karnataka
- Murudeshwar is a town in Bhatkal Taluk of Uttara Kannada district in the state of Karnataka, India.
- Murudeshwar is another name of the Hindu god Shiva.
- Famous for the world’s second-tallest Shiva statue, the town lies on the coast of the Arabian Sea and is also famous for the Murudeshwar Temple.
Rameswaram – Tamil Nadu
- Rameswaram is a town and a second grade municipality in the Ramanathapuram district in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
- The Ramanathaswamy Temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva is located at the centre of the town and is closely associated with Rama.
- The temple along with the town is considered a holy pilgrimage site for both Shaivites and Vaishnavites.
Bodhgaya – Bihar
- Bodh Gaya is a religious site and place of pilgrimage associated with the Mahabodhi Temple Complex in Gaya district in the Indian state of Bihar.
- It is famous as it is the place where Gautama Buddha is said to have obtained Enlightenment under what became known as the Bodhi Tree.
- Mahabodhi Temple, located in Bodh Gaya, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Siddhivinayak Temple – Mumbai
- The Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shri Ganesh.
- It is located in Prabhadevi, Mumbai, Maharashtra.
- Though it is one of the richest temples in Mumbai, the current generation of Patil is staying in state of despair near the temple.
Udupi – Karnataka
- Udupi is a city in the southwest Indian State of Karnataka.
- It is the headquarters of Udupi District. Udupi is notable for the Krishna Temple and lends its name to the popular.
- It is also known as Lord Parasurama Kshetra Udupi cuisine.
- The famous Krishna Temple of Udupi and made it the fountain-head of a new devotional movement, which eventually spread all over the country.
Puri – Odisha
- Puri is a city and the district headquarters of Puri district, Odisha, eastern India.
- It is also known as Jagannath Puri after the 11th-century Jagannath Temple located in the city.
- It is one of the original Char Dham pilgrimage sites for Indian Hindus.
Ranakpur Jain Temple – Rajasthan
- Ranakpur is a village located in Desuri tehsil near Sadri town in the Pali district of Rajasthan in western India.
- It is located between Jodhpur and Udaipur.
- Ranakpur Temples are acclaimed world-wide for their intricate and superb architectural style.
- These temples form one of the five major pilgrimages of the Jains.
Dharmasthala – Karnataka
- Dharmasthala is an Indian temple town on the banks of the Nethravathi River in the Belthangadi taluk of the Dakshina Kannada district in Karnataka, India.
- It is also a panchayat village, and it is the only village in its gram panchayat.
- The temple is unusual in that it is run by a Jain administration and poojas are conducted by Hindu priests of Madhva order.
- A Jain Tirthankara is worshipped beside Daivas and Lord Manjunatha (Shiva).
Ajmer – Jaipur
- Ajmer Jain Temple, also known as Soniji Ki Nasiyan, is an architecturally rich Jain temple.
- It was built in the late nineteenth century.
- The main chamber, known as the Swarna Nagari “City of Gold”, has several gold-plated wooden figures, depicting several figures in the Jain religion.
Srisailam – Andhra Pradesh
- Srisailam played a dominant role in the Indian religious, cultural and social history from ancient times.
- The Sri Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Temple located in Srisailam is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga temples dedicated to Siva.
- It is considered as one of the eighteen Sakti peethas in India.
Mathura – Uttar Pradesh
- Mathura is a city in the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
- Mathura is the birthplace of Krishna at the centre of Braj or Brij-bhoomi, called Shri Krishna Janma-Bhoomi, literally: ‘Lord Krishna’s birthplace’
- Mathura was the capital of the Surasena Kingdom, ruled by Kansa the maternal uncle of Krishna.
Vrindavan – Uttar Pradesh
- Vrindavan is a town in the Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh, India.
- It is the site of an ancient forest which is the region where, according to the Mahabharata, the Supreme Lord Krishna spent his childhood days.
- The town hosts hundreds of temples dedicated to the worship of Radha and Krishna and is considered sacred by a number of religious traditions such as Gaudiya Vaishnavism, Vaishnavism, and Hinduism in general.
Basilica of Bom Jesus – Goa
- The Basilica of Bom Jesus or Borea Jezuchi Bajilika
is located in Goa, India, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- The basilica holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. days of Portuguese rule.
Haji Ali Dargah – Mumbai
- Haji Ali Dargah is one of the most popular religious places in Mumbai, visited by people of all religions alike.
- Haji Ali Dargah is one of India’s most famous and prestigious landmarks situated about 500 yards from the Mumbai shoreline in the middle of the Arabian Sea off Lala Lajpatrai Marg.
- The Dargah is a renowned pilgrimage site among the Muslims.
- Non-Muslims are also allowed to visit the Dargah.
Velankanni Church – Tamil Nadu
- Vailankanni is a panchayat town in Nagapattinam district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
- Velankanni is home to one of the country’s biggest Catholic pilgrimage centres.
- The Catholic Basilica devoted to Our Lady of Good Health is popularly known as the “Lourdes of the East.
Gangotri – Uttarakhand
- Gangotri is a town and a Nagar Panchayat in Uttarkashi district in the state of Uttarakhand, India.
- It is a Hindu pilgrim town on the banks of the river Bhagirathi and origin of River Ganges.
- Gangotri, the origin of the River Ganges and seat of the goddess Ganga, is one of the four sites in the Chota Char Dham pilgrimage circuit.
- The original Gangotri Temple was built by the Gurkha general Amar Singh Thapa.
Prayag – Allahabad
- Prayag has been known as the greatest pilgrimage since the Rig-Veda era.
- The basic reason is the confluence of two holiest rivers in India – the Ganga and the Yamuna.
- It is said one who dies at the Sangam is freed from the cycle of re-birth and attains salvation.
- The Mahabharat, Agnipuran, Padam Puran and Surya Puran also mention Prayag as the holiest of all pilgrimages.
Ayodhya – Uttar Pradesh
- Ayodhya also known as Saket is an ancient city of India, believed to be the birthplace of Rama and setting of the epic Ramayana.
- It is adjacent to Faizabad city at the south end in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Ayodhya used to be the capital of the ancient Kosala Kingdom.
- This town is closely associated with Rama, seventh incarnation of Vishnu.
Dwarka – Gujarat
- Dwarka is a city and a municipality of Devbhoomi Dwarka district in the Gujarat state of India.
- Dwarka is one of the foremost Chardham four sacred Hindu pilgrimage sites, and is one of the Sapta Puri seven most ancient religious cities in the country.
- Dwarka is often identified with the Dwarka Kingdom, the ancient kingdom of Krishna and is believed to have been the first capital of Gujarat.
Kalighat – Kolkata
- Kalighat One of the oldest neighbourhoods in South Kolkata, Kalighat is also densely populated and vibrant—with a rich history of cultural intermingling with the various foreign incursions into the area over time.
- A famous temple Kalighat Kali Temple dedicated to the goddess Kali is situated in Kalighat.
- This is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas, the right toe of Dakshayani is said to have fallen here.