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India enraptures the heart of its tourists every season with snow-clad mountains, party-ready beaches, grooving bike trails, and several other pearls of nature. However, when it comes to spiritual awakening, India abodes plenty of spiritual places to evoke an emotion that brought you to search for it in the first place. The hub of intricately designed temples and ashrams, gurdwaras, mosques, and churches, you will find a sanctity for every religion. A visit to any of these spiritual places in India would fill you up with peace regardless of your religious adherence.
Browse through the list below to find the one you wish to start your spiritual journey with!
In the list of spiritual places in India, Auroville in Pondicherry contrasts from others with respect to its prime philosophy which conveys 'human unision' unlike religious preachings. Interestingly, the Auroville, founded by Mirra Alfasa in 1960, was an experiential community. However, the word spread out buzzing in tourists from all across to experience this philosophical and spiritual destination in all its glory. Even the residents of Auroville, practice abstinence from legal tender to harmonize with the community in maintenance and work by helping out each other.
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Golden Temple or Harmandir Sahib or Golden Temple, laid by Maharaja Ranjit Singh in the year 1830, is undoubtedly one of the most sacred places in India for Sikhism followers. The shrine aboding in the temple was laid with bona fide gold foil. Altruism shines in the Golden Temple as langar, a free meal service, feeds a whopping 100,000 people, making it one of the largest free kitchens run anywhere in the world. Merely, sitting inside the compounds of the temple will fill you up with positivity and peace.
A visit to Golden Temple is a spiritual experience your soul awaits!
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Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health, also known as the Velankanni Church, cures the woes making the foreign pilgrims flock to this spiritual destination on the annual Feast of Our Lady of Good Health. This internationally acclaimed church is where Mother Mary resides to alleviate the ones suffering from ailments. Many devotees believe in the miraculous powers housed within and claim to be one of the cured! Whether their statement holds true or not, the devotion found inside touches ones' spiritual bone for sure!
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Spiritual enlightenment inhabits the largest Buddhist Monastery in India and the second largest in the world i.e, Tawang Monastery in Arunachal Pradesh. One of the most spiritual sites for Buddhists, Tawang is one of the prime hubs of Buddhist monastic teachings across the world appealing to congregations of spiritual seekers.
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Varanasi or Kashi helms the ones seeking spiritual awakening and holds the title of 'City of Gods' assembled the holy Lord Shiva. You will find worshippers from all across the world visiting Varanasi to witness transfixing evening aarti at the Dashashwamedh Ghat or dipping the holy waters of Ganga to wash away their sins! A place brimming with saints or sanayasis as well as the sanctuary of Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi would never fall short of giving you a spiritual experience unlike any other!
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One of the chief pilgrimages for Char Dham Yatra, the Jagnath is a treat for the eyes and the soul! With state-of-the-art architecture to swarms of pilgrims and devotees in search of sanctity for spiritual awakening, you will never feel out of place here. Make sure to align your visit with the Rath Yatra falling in the month of June to truly experience one of the popular spiritual places in India!
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A spiritual experience taking place among one of the four sacred cities of Haridwar, Prayag, Nashik, and Ujjain on a rotational basis, the Kumbh Mela gathers worshippers in the highest numbers. One of the most spiritual places in India, the place even made an all-time record in 2013 in Prayag by hosting a congregation of 30 million devotees!
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The Meenakshi temple in Madurai tributes the union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, also called Meenakshi. The temple abodes two shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva also called Sundareswarar, and goddess Meenakshi respectively. Legend has it that the goddess Parvati was born as Meenakshi to the ruler of Madurai. She eventually tied the knot with Lord Shiva. Their holy matrimony met with colossal pomp, and Lord Vishnu gave Meenakshi away at her wedding as her brother. The word on the temple says if you apply the vermilion from the temple after performing your puja, your prayers pertaining to your spouse come true!
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The Srirangam Temple in Trichy is another popular spiritual place in India that holds the crown of being the first of the 108 Vishnu temples. Also, being the most illustrious Vaishnava temple in the world attracts large swaths of devotees. To add the extra in your spiritual journey, do attend the Vaikuntha Ekadasi puja that happens here. The temple is counted among the largest compound in India and the largest religious complex in the world. The temple has a peaceful aura evaporating your stress!
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The Brihadeeswarar temple in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu dedicated to Lord Shiva is one of the largest temples in South India and an architectural marvel. Amusingly, the temple's construction prohibits an inch of shadow from falling on the ground!
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