Tourists flock to India from all over the world for the beautiful mountain ranges in the North and South, the calming beaches of white or other sand, and also known for the spiritual places. Although there are many spiritual places in India, some of them are extremely popular and you can see many tourists and devotees thronging these places.
Live an unparalleled spiritual experience by visiting these places and marvel at the serene beauty of these spiritual wonders.
List of spiritual places that can be visited in India
- Jagannath Temple, Puri: The Jagannath temple in Puri, Odisha is one of the most visited spiritual places in India. People from all over the world visit the temple for its marvelous architecture. Jagannath Temple is one of the pilgrimage sites of Hindus and is part of the Char Dham Yatra. If you are planning to visit Puri, make sure to visit the place around June as you would not want to miss the Rath Yatra festival which takes place every year in June.
- Kumbh Mela, Haridwar, Prayagraj, Nashik, Ujjain: The most popular spiritual fair or Kumbh Mela is held annually in Haridwar, Prayagraj, Nashik and Ujjain in rotation. In India, almost every month, some of the other fairs are held in one or more cities in the country. Be it Pushkar Fair, Chaitre Chaudash mela, Baneshwar Fair, Tarsnetar Mela, Gangasagar mela, Kumbh Mela or Nagaur Fair etc. Of all of them, Kumbh Mela receives the highest number of gatherings every year. People from all over the world visit it. Kumbh Mela, which performed in Prayagraj in 2013, recorded the highest number of visitors so far. About 30 million people visited it in a single day. The Kumbh aka Samantha in Ujjain is associated with Leo hence it is famous for the Simastha Parva. The Kumbh Mela that takes place in Nashik is known as Trimbak Kumbh Mela. It involves ritual bathing in the Godavari River and at the Ram Kund in Nashik.
- Kashi or Varanasi: The “City of Gods” said to have been founded by Lord Shiva, Kashi or Varanasi is a renowned holy place. The city is visited by tourists and enthusiasts. If you are planning to visit Varanasi, do not miss the Ganga Aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat. According to Hindu rituals, the ashes of the dead are scattered at Ganga in Varanasi hoping that the soul would find peace at the feet of the creator. According to the Hindu belief system, the purpose of human life is to overcome the cycle of life and death, thereby attaining moksha (salvation). A visit to Kashi can make this possible.
- Golden Temple, Amritsar: One of the most popular spiritual places in India, the Golden Temple of Amritsar is a holy place for Sikhs but it welcomes people of all faiths and religions. The temple holds a world record in the category of “the most visited places in the world” by the World Book of Records, an organization based in London. The temple is made of real gold. The soothing sound of continuous chanting and table beats gives off such positive vibes. The white marble oasis paired with the majestic temple with golden glow floating in a mirror of calm water is a feast for the eyes. An entirely volunteer-run langar hall serving nearly one million people a day.
- Tawang Monastery, Arunachal Pradesh: The spirit of Buddhism can be found in every part of Tawang Monastery. It is the largest monastery in the country and the second in the world. The monastery is called “the divine paradise of complete victory” in the Tibetan language. The monastery is located at an altitude of 10,000 feet, thus offering a breathtaking view of the Tawang Chu valley, which includes snow-capped mountains and coniferous forests. According to travel accounts, if you manage to wake up early enough in the morning, then you can attend the morning prayers which take place at 5:30 am. The red-robed monks can be seen seated in a line under the golden Buddha. It is an hour-long prayer recital followed by the sound of Tibetan gongs and horns. These monks can be seen doing their daily chores. The slow but steady life at Tawang Monastery can make you find tranquility and relax your mind, body and soul.
- Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health, Velankanni: One of India’s renowned spiritual places, the Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health at Velankanni is visited by tourists and devotees from all over the world. The founding of the church is based on three miracles: the appearance of Mother Mary and Jesus to a sleeping shepherd boy, the healing of a lame buttermilk vendor, and the survival of Portuguese sailors assaulted by a violent sea storm based on these tales, the locals believe that Mother Mary healed her devotees of any disease they might have. The church is even visited every year by international pilgrims during the annual feast of Our Lady of Good Health.
- Brihadeswara Temple, Thanjavur: The architectural marvel and one of the greatest temples in South India. Brihadeeswar Temple in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is constructed in such a way that it casts no shadows on the ground and this fascinating fact attracts tourists from all over the world. This temple is a must visit for all devotees of Lord Shiva and for those who are fascinated by different types of architecture.