India is diversity of religious beliefs and practices. India is the birthplace for four different religions namely Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. There are many pilgrimages to visit in India. Out of all these the five best places to visit are
Tirumala Temple, Andhra Pradesh
The Tirumala Venkateswara Temple near Tirupati is one of the holiest and more worshiped Hindu temples. It is maintained by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) board.
This temple is dedicated to lord Venkateswara, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu who is believed to save mankind in trouble. A large number of people visit the temple every year. The major festival that takes place in the Tirumala Temple is the nine days Srivari Brahmotsavalu during the Dusherra in the month of October.
Golden Temple, Amritsar
Sri Harmandir Sahib is informally referred as the golden temple is a worshipping place of Sikhs. It portrays a shimmering golden façade reflected in water. It was founded in the year 1577 by the fourth Sikh guru.
The entrance from the plaza side has a museum which holds the history of Sikhs. It has the biggest kitchen by name langar where thousands of pilgrims are given free food.
Shirdi Temple, Maharastra
Shirdi is identical with Sai Baba. It is located at around 300kms from Mumbai. Sai Baba was admired by both Hindus and Muslims. Pathri in Shirdi is the birth place of Sai Baba. The word “Sai” refers to spiritual mendicant.
Around 60,000 people visit Sai mandir every day and this number increases during the guru pournami. This temple was privately owned by Shrimant Gopal Rao, a millionaire and later handed over to the Sai Baba Sadhan Trust.
Vaishno Devi Temple, Jammu and Kahsmir
Vaishno Devi temple is an important pilgrimage in India. It is situated near katra in Jammu. It is located at an altitude of 5,300 feet above sea level. It is the temple of Goddess Shakti and it is also known as the Shakti peetha. It is open for the pilgrims throughout the year, but the best time to go and visit is between the months of March and October because the climate is pleasant and cool. Navaratri is the biggest festival celebrated here.
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Varanasi is the city of northern India largest state, Uttar Pradesh. It was founded by Lord Shiva. Varanasi has been a cultural center for a several thousand years. It is mainly associated with River Ganga. Majority of Hindus believe that death in this city will bring Salvation. People from all over India, travel to Varanasi to perform the last riots of their elders. Every day lakhs of people visit Varanasi and takes the holy dips in the river Ganga at the Asi Ghat. As per the Hindu Mythology, one dip in the ganga river will clean your body and soul thoroughly.
There are around 2000 temples close to Varanasi, making it a Spiritual capital of India. Varanasi ghats are extremely popular all around the globe.