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Hindu Pilgrimage

The Earth is a home to a wide bouquet of religions that are strictly practiced by their devotees. With the increase in population, the religions are also increasing around the globe. The three major religions practiced all over the world include Christianity, Hinduism and Islam. Let's throw some more floodlights on the term Hinduism.

The term Hinduism refers to a religious custom, which originated in the subcontinent of India. Hinduism is also known as Sanatana Dharma in Sanskrit i.e. the eternal path. Hinduism is the oldest religion in the world, which is still practiced by people all over the globe. Hinduism is rated as the third largest religion in the world after Christianity and Islam. There are various sacred places of Hindus and thus people travel from far away to visit such places. The journey undertaken by such people is termed as Hindu pilgrimage. Hindus travel from far off places in order to visit the various Hindu sacred places.

The pilgrimages undertaken by the Hindus are not easy as they require a lot of devotion and determination. All the Hindu pilgrimage spots have their own importance, which make them famous all over. India being the country, where Hinduism was founded has various Hindu pilgrimage spots. According to the ancient mythology, an individual by going on a pilgrimage can wash away all his sins and be free of them. Pilgrimages are mostly undertaken in groups in a certain part of the year. According to the customs of Hinduism, Char Dham is the chief pilgrimage circuit of the Hindus.

Char Dham : The Char Dham i.e. the four abodes are the most important pilgrimage spots in the whole world. All the Char Dhams lie in the shelter of the Indian Himalayan ranges. They come under the Garhwal section of the state of Uttarakhand. People from all over the world visit the Char Dham in order to wash away all the sins committed by them during their life. The Char Dham includes 4 sites that are listed below.

  • Yamunotri- It is the starting point or source of the River Yamuna and is also known as the abode of goddess Yamuna. The Yamunotri temple is situated in the district of Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand.
  • Kedarnath- It is a small town situated in Uttarakhand and is the home of the famous Hindu temple. Each and every year various people travel to Kedarnath.
  • Gangotri- It is the source of River Ganges and is also reckoned as the abode of goddess Ganga.
  • Badrinath-It is the abode of the god Vishnu and is one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage places.

In addition, there are various other important Hindu Pilgrimage places, which are highly visited by Hindu devotees each and every year.

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