India is the land of gods and diverse religions where lies the serenity of its heritage. India is dotted with pilgrimages. Pilgrimage tourism is extremely popular in India. Great religions like Hinduism,Buddhism and Sikhism have originated on the Indian soil. The unity in diversity is the keyword for this grand country. In North India, some of the holiest places to visit are Varanasi, Prayag (Allahabad),where the Kumbh Mela is held,and Mathura,the birthplace of Lord Krishna.
In the East India lies Puri in Orissa that famous for the Jagannath Temple and its Rath Yatra. Rameshwaram and Kanyakumari lie in the South and Dwaraka the kingdom of Lord Krishna in the west. Also places like Tirupati, Vaishnodevi, Shirdi, Shabrimala, Tanjore and Madurai towns are famous for their temples and shrines and very much on a must-visit list. Sikh pilgrimage sites in India include the Golden Temple founded by Guru Ram Das ,the fourth Sikh Guru. This is the most sacred shrine of the Sikhs and is in the town of Amritsar.
Another important pilgrimage site is Anandpur Sahib, where Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Guru, created the 'Khalsa' or the pure ones by baptizing them. Jain temples in India are an attraction to all the devotees following Jainism religion. One of the most important Jain pilgrimage sites located in the Karnataka state is the monolithic statue of Bahubali at Sravanabelagola. Also the Mount Abu in Rajasthan where the Dilwara Temple is situated is one of the finest examples of Jain art and architecture. Buddhist pilgrimage sites found in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Ladakh, and other parts of India are important destinations for millions of people in South East Asia and other parts of the world. Bodh gaya pilgrimage in India is reckoned as the most important Buddhist pilgrimage center. Also the magnificent Mahabodhi temple in Bodh gaya is an architectural amalgamation of many centuries, cultures and heritages. Vaishali is of special significance to the Buddhists. It is here that Buddha delivered his last sermon and announced his impending Nirvana .
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