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Pilgrimage


Pilgrimage in Hinduism, as in other religions, is the practice of journeying to sites where religious powers, knowledge, or experience are deemed especially accessible. Hindu pilgrimage is rooted in ancient scriptures. Devotional literature praise certain places and their miraculous capacities.

Listed some of the places visited.

Holy Mountains

Mount Kailash 6,638 m 31.0667° N, 81.3125° E Kailash Manasarovar 21,778 for almost all religions and faiths like Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Chinese and Bons.

The Manimahesh Lake (3,900 meters) in Himachal Pradesh at the foot of Manimahesh champah Kailash peak (5,653 m 32° 23'N 76° 40'E). A rock formation in the shape of a Shivling on Kailash is considered to be the manifestation of Lord Shiva. Manimaheshrefers to a jewel on Lord Shiva’s crown. The lake and its surroundings present an imposing view. The quiet waters of the lake carry the reflection of the snow capped peaks.

Kinnaur Kailash 6,500 m 31.5206° N, 78.3636° E, with a 24 meters Shivlinga changing its colour often. Lord Shiva holds a meeting of all gods and goddesses. One finds a unique blend of Hinduism and Buddhism. The Kinner Kailash Parikrama (circumbulation) starts from Chail, near Shimla and ends at Manali.

Adi Kailash or Chota Kailash 4,730 m

Shrikant Mahadev Kailash 120 km dangerous trek over glaciers from Rampur in HP. The Shiva linga is an 24 meters sheer rock face jutting out from the middle of a glacier at an altitude of 21,700 feet above sea level.

Sapta Puri

Sapta Puri- The Seven Holy Cities of India are: Ayodhya, Mathura, Dwarka, Haridwar, Varanasi (Benaras, Kashi), Kanchipuram, and Ujjain (Avanti).

Ayodhya - Considered as Rama's birth place. Kanak Bhavan and the Kala Ram Temple. The Vashishtha Kund, in the shape of a well. Treth Ka Mandir where Lord Rama is believed to have performed a yajna, a fire sacrifice. Kshireshwaranath temple of Sita established by Lord Rama’s mother Kaushalya. Hanuman Gadhi, a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman

Mathura - The Krishna Janma Bhoomi, on the banks of River Yamuna. A Keshav Dev Temple. The Vishramaghat – it is a ghat on the bank of River Yamuna. Rangabhumi on the Kansatila Hill where Krishna killed Kamsa. Prem Mandir Vrindavan, Govindji temple, Madan Mohan temple, Radha Damodar temple, Radha Gopinath temple, Banke Bihari temple, Krishna Balarama temple, Rangaji temple and Seva Kunja. Vrindavan, where Lord Krishna spent his childhood, is 12 km away from Mathura and has nearly 5000 temples.

Dwarka, on the banks of the Gomti River, about 5000 years ago. Jagat Mandir and the oldest temple in Dwarka, the Dwarakadheesh Temple Rukmini, the consort of Lord Krishna in Bet Dwarka, 2 km away from Dwarka.

Haridwar on the western banks of River Ganga Har-ki-Pauri ghat or Gangadwara has been constructed at the exact location where River Ganga descends on the plains. The famous temples of Haridwar include: Mansa Devi Temple; Chandi Devi Temple; Maya Devi Temple; Bharat Mata Mandir

Kashi (Varanasi) “Shiv ki Nagri”, has more than 2000 temples and 81 ghats. The more important ghats and temples include: Manikarnika, Dashashwamedha and Pancha-ganga, Asi Sangam and Varana Sangam. Temples: Adi Keshava Vishnu temple located at the confluence of River Ganga and River Varana; Vishvanath temple; Visalakshi and Annapurna; Bindhu Madhava; Adi Keshava temple; Durga temple; Sankat Mochan temple

Kanchipuram on the banks of the Vegavathy river in Tamil Nadu, The city has 108 Shaiva and 18 Vaishnava exquisitely designed temples Kamakshi Amman; Ekambareswarar; Kailasanathar and Vaikunta Perumal Temple.

Ujjain on the bank of the Kshipra river. Lord Shiva killed the demon Tripura in Ujjain. Lord Krishna and Balarama were tutored here by Muni Sandipani. Apart from the Mahakaleshwas Temple with the Jyotirlinga, the Gopal Temple with a silver idol of Krishna and Balarama, and Muni Sandipani is also very famous.


North: Uttarakand - Himalaya

Kailash Peak in Gangotri region.
Neelknath Peak near Badrinath.
Meru Peak 6,660 m 30°52′5″N 79°1′56″E
Om Parvat 6,191 m
Shivling - Gangotri Group 6,543 m near Gaumukh-source of Ganga.
Kedarnath 6,940 m (30.7352° N, 79.0669)
Badrinath

North states

North West

North East

West

Central


Karnataka

Andhra

Tamilnadu

Kerala: South to North

(1) Trivandrum - Kollam:
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Attukal Bhagavathy Temple
Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple
Aazhimala Siva Temple
Karikkakom Chamundi Devi Temple
Poruvazhy Peruviruthy Malanada at Kunnathoor - open platform open nature. .
Sivagiri Temple, Varkala
Kottarakkara Ganapathy Temple
Thiruvananthapuram
The Napier Museum, Kuthiramalika Palace, Sree Chithra Art Gallery, Priyadarshini Space Planetarium.
(2) Thiruvella Vallaba, 
Pathanamthitta Sastha,
Malayalappuzha Temple, Malayalapuzha 
Nilakkal Mahadeva Temple, Perunad
Erumeli - Pamba - Sabarimalai 
Ambalapuzha Srikrishna,
Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple, Mallapuzhassery
Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple
(3) Around Kottayam:
Etumaanor, Kaduthurithi, Vaikom
Thiruvalla (Vallabha or Kolappiraan and Shiva). 
IRUMELI for Sastha and Vavar. 
KUMARANALLOOR SRI BHAGAVATHI TEMPLE
THIRUNAKKARA SHIVA TEMPLE, 
Kidangoor Subramanya Swamy Temple
(4) Chottanikkara:
Kaduthuruthy Shiva Temple, Chottanikkara
Poornathrayesa Temple, Chottanikkara
Ernakulatthappan temple, chottanikkara
(5) Around Ernakulam:
Aluva shiva kshethram, 
ALLURUTHI SREE BAVANEESWARA TEMPLE, 
Anchumana at Padivattam in Edapally, 
SREE NARAYANESWARAM TEMPLE, 
PALLURUTHI SREE DHANWANTHARY,
Vamanamoorthy Temple
Parambanar Kulangara Bhagawathy
VASUDEVAPURAM MAHAVISHNU
Kedamangalam Bhagawathy is worshipped in 6 forms
Poornathrayeesa Temple at Tripunithura
Kaladi Shankara mutt temples
(6) Kochi:
Haripad, Mannarsala (head of the Nagaraja)
Jewish Synagogue in the port city of Kochi
Paradesi Synagogue
Santa Cruz Cathedral oldest churches in India
St Mary's Church in Vallarpadam, islet in Cochin backwaters
(7) Kodungaloor:
Kodungaloor Bhagavathi and Sri Kurumba Bhagavathi 
Triprayar Sri Rama Temple
Thiruvanchikulam Shiva Temple, Kodungalloor
Cheraman Juma Mosque is a mosque in Methalar
Thomas Syro-Malabar Church 52 AD, Palayur
(8) Thrissur - Guruvayur:
Sri Guruvayur Krishna Temple
Mammiyur Sri Mahadeva, Parthasarathy & Venkatachalapathi
Chowalloor Shiva Temple, Kandanassery
Thrishur - Vadakumnaathan
Thiruvembady Krishna
Paramekavu (tail of the Nagaraja) 
Thrissur Parvati and his 4 children
*From here to coimbatore via palghat
(9) Calicut 
Tali Shiva temple
Kanhilassery shiva temple
ponanghotur subramanya temple
varakkal sree durga deavi temple
valayanad devi temple
pisharikavu temple
Lokanarkavu Temple, Villiappally
(10) Wayanad - Thalassery
Mahe aka Mayyazhi, .
Thalassery Fort, 
Sree Rama Swami Temple, 
Jagannath Temple by Narayana Guru.
Wayanad - Thirunelli Maha Vishnu* - can perform all the rituals
Kannur or Cannanore ancient temples
Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple

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