India is a religious country. There is obviously no doubt about it. There are many people who are debating the rise of fundamentalists in India, but somewhere within the true spirits of this country, religion has actually played a key role in whatever development we have achieved as a nation. Many people consider religion as an obstruction in the way of development and progress but to the people of this country, religion is much more than worshipping – religion stands for belief, religion stands for righteousness, religions stands for community and religion stands for unity. This is the reason why even today in the capital of this country, you can find a mosque, a Hindu temple, a Jain derasar and a Gurudwara only a few footsteps away from each other.
Char Dham Yatra has a special significance in Hinduism. Char Dham refers to four sacred abodes that are said to be holy owing to their religious significance and mentions in the Hindu scriptures. The Himalayan Char Dham pilgrimage circuit or the Chota Char Dham consists of four holy spots in the state of Uttarakhand namely, Gangotri, Yamnotri, Kedarnath & Badrinath. While Yamnotri and Gangotri are both Shakta sites, Badrinath is Vaishnava and Kedarnath is a Shaiva site. All these are particularly considered holy by the four sects of Hinduism.
To account for one of the earliest & also the largest religions of the world, Buddhism has flourished as long as the 3rd century BCE, having become a significant religion that went even beyond the borders of India, towards East, South and South East Asia. To this day thousands of pilgrims draw to the monasteries of India & Nepal to revel in the divine essence of the Lord, linked to the life and sermons of Buddha in a significant way – following through the traditions of the sect.
Got a week in hand for leisure? How about a 5-day tour to Anandpur Sahib and Manikaran? There are places that are beyond the superstitions and religion you belong to or what age bracket do you fall in. They invite people from all around the globe to learn about their spiritual significance and witness the extraordinary sights. Taking from a youngster to an aged person, everyone will find these places so peaceful and pious that it will never be enough!
It is to find the divine being, that one takes up a holy pilgrimage, and the Panj Takhts or literally meaning the “the five divine seats or thrones” are an integral part of Sikhism, that take religious, social & political decisions as required by the Sikh community. The five spiritual seats or takhts of the Khalsa are the five gurudwaras that denote special significance, the first & most important one being the Akal Takht near Sri Harmandar Sahib (Golden Temple) among the other four spread across the country. So here is the tour of the holy pilgrimage of the Panj Takhts.
The Char Dham pilgrimage tour is already the most sought after by millions of Indians. Out of the four places, the Gangotri, situated in Uttarkashi, is given the status of divinity because it is the origin of our sacred river, the Ganga. You will certainly not want to miss an opportunity to visit this blissful region because it has a lot to offer in terms of spirituality and scenic beauty.
North India is the perfect destination to spend your summer holidays. The mountains, the rivers, the flowers and the landscape, all together form a heaven on the face of the earth. But since there are lot many destinations to go, it is perplexing which one to select. But, if you want to enjoy all of the above plus wish to seek blessings of one of the most popular shrines then go for 9-day Hemkund Sahib with Valley of Flowers & Badrinath Tour.
India is known to be the birthplace of yoga and meditation, and it is also known around the world as the spiritual centre where people can easily de-stress their mind and body. India can provide you with the perfect escape from the hustle- bustle of life and introduce you to the world of yoga and meditation. It also provides you with a golden opportunity to rejuvenate your body, enlighten your mind and enrich your soul.
Nestled in the midst of striking natural landscapes in the midst of the majestic Himalayas, bounded by the abundance of vivid Himalayan flora lies the sacred Hemkund Sahib, now considered the fifth dham of the revered Hindu shrinesâ€“ a unique star-shaped structure adding a feather to the cap of the natural beauty throughout. Further, one can follow the trail of the Valley of flowers & relish in the sprawling greens shaded with the hues of the vivid flowers & breath-taking views of the Himalayan & Zanskar ranges. It is indeed the perfect combination â€“ indulging in the spiritual essence of the sacred shrine of the Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara & witnessing the splendour of the Valley of flowers. Continue reading God’s Abode in the Midst of Natural Bounty: Hemkund Sahib Tour