Faith tourism, religious Tourism or pilgrimage tourism is a travel related phenomenon attained to fulfill a ritual, believe system, religious or spiritual needs which ultimately aimed to experience peace relaxation. It also held to be healed or have answer to their questions or to achieve some spiritual significance. Typically it is a journey to a shrine or other location of importance to person’s beliefs and faith, although sometimes it can be a metaphorical journey into someone's own beliefs.
Many religions attach spiritual importance to particular places the place of birth or death of founders or saints, or to the place of spiritual awakening, or of their connection (visual or verbal) with the divine, locations where miracles were performed or witnessed, or locations where a deity is said to live or be "housed," or any site that is seen to have special spiritual powers A person who makes such a journey is called a pilgrim and it’s a common human experience, Gods own country is such a destination where millions of pilgrims seek answer to their quest for eternal peace
lying at the feet of Shiva's hills, i.e., Shivaliks, in the Haridwar district of Uttaranchal Pradesh, is a doorway. Suryavanshi prince Bhagirath performed penance here to salvage the souls of his ancestors who had perished due to the curse of sage Kapila. The penance was answered and the river Ganga trickled forth forms Lord Shiva's locks and its bountiful water revived the sixty thousand sons of king Sagara. In the traditional of Bhagirath, devout Hindus stand in the sacred waters here, praying for salvation of their departed elder. It is doorway to the sources of the Ganga and the Yamuna, 3000 to 4500 meters up into the snowy ranges of the central Himalayas.
It is a home to a number of ashrams and temples The name of the town reflects its similarity to the city of Kashi (Varanasi) as its located north to Varanasi, town of Uttarkashi is situated on the Ganges, lies next to a hill named Varun Parvat, on confluence of two rivers Varuna and Asi, has a ghat called “Manikarnika Ghat” and has a temple dedicated to Shiva Kashi Vishwanath Temple in the center of the town.
Right in front of the Vishwanath temple is Shakti temple. It has a big ‘Trishul’ of about 6 meters in height and a circumference of 90 cms, at bottom. Though there are different views about the making of this, the upper part of it seems to be made up of iron and the lower one is of copper. As per the epics this Shakti was thrown on the devils by the Goddess Durga (Shakti), hence it gets its name. Since then this Shakti is erected over here.
One of the oldest Shiva temples in Northern India. Re-constructed in 1857 by Maharani Khaneti Devi of Tehri State, the structure designed in the ancient north Indian architectural style. A massive iron trident, symbolic of divine mother’s, is erected and worshiped from time immemorial at the temple complex. Small shrines of Ganeshji, Sakshi Gopal, Markandeya Rishi’s are also part of the temple complex. Akhand Jyoti as well as Akhand Abhishek, special aarti at morning and evening is offered. As per Skunda Puran, Uttarkashi is known as ‘Saumya Varanasi’, the abode of Lord Shiva in Kaliyuga and counted as one of the twelve Jyotirlingas.
The temple, constructed by the Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa in the 18th Century, is situated on the right bank of Bhagirathi.
Submerged in the river, this natural rock Shivling is the place where, according to mythology Lord Shiva sat when he received the Ganga in his matted lock It is visible in winter months when water level decreases.
Kedar Ganga Sangam
Around 100 Yards from the Ganga Temple flows the river Kedar Ganga Starting from the Kedar Valle, this river meets the Bhagirathi on its left bank.
The name Gupt Kashi means "Hidden Benares. Mythology describes, when the Pandava brothers were searching for a glimpse of Shiva, Shivji first concealed himself at Gupt Kashi, but later fled from there further up the valley to Kedarnath, where the Pandavas finally got their wish fulfilled. There are tangible connections as well to the place the Kedarnath pandas (hereditary pilgrimage priests) live in Gupt Kashi, During the winter months, and after the Kedarnath temple closes for the winter, the image of Kedarnath passes through Gupt Kashi on its way to Ukhimath (across the valley), where it stays for the winter.
Kedarnath shrine, is one of the 12 jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, is a scenic spot situated, against the backdrop of the majestic Kedarnath range. Kedar is another name of Lord Shiva, the protector and the destroyer. According to legend, the Pandavas after having won over the Kaurava in the Kurukshetra war, felt guilty of having killed their own brothers and sought the blessings of Lord Shiva for redemption. He eluded them repeatedly and while fleeing took refuge at Kedarnath in the form of a bull. On being followed he dived into the ground, leaving his hump on the surface. The remaining portions of Lord Shiva appeared at four other places and are worshipped there as his manifestations. The arms appeared at Tungnath, the face at Rudranath, the belly at Madhmaheshwar and his locks (hair) with head at Kalpeshwar, Kedarnath and the four above-mentioned shrines are treated as “Panch Kedar”.
Rudraprayag is one of the Panch Prayag (five confluences) of Alaknanda River, the point of confluence of rivers Alaknanda and Mandakini. Kedarnath, a Hindu holy town is located 86 km from Rudraprayag. The famous man eating Leopard of Rudraprayag hunted and written about by Jim Corbett (hunter) dwelled here.
Natural thermal springs on the bank of the river Alaknanda, where it is customary to bathe before entering the Badrinath temple.
A recess in the river, near Tapt Kund, forming a pool from where the Badrinath idol was recovered.
A flat platform on the bank of river Alaknanda. Hindus perform propitiating rites for their deceased ancestors.
1.5kms, away is a boulder having an impression of the legendary serpent, better known as the Sheshnag's eye.
3kms, Away is a beautiful meadow where the footprint of Lord Vishnu is seen on a boulder.
Mata Murty Temple
Devoted to the mother of Sri Badrinathji. Other important temples include Sesh Netra Temple, Urvashi Temple and Charanpaduka.
Inhabited by an Indo-Mongolian tribe, it is the last Indian village before Tibet.
As the name suggests, vasundhara is a magnificent water fall this place is 5 kms from Badrinath out of which 2 kms is motorable upto Mana.
On the other side of Mana village, a massive rock forming a natural bridge, lies over the roaring Saraswati river. It presents a spectacular view of water thundering down through the narrow passage under the rock and is believed to have been placed there by Bhim, the second eldest among the five Pandava brothers.
Vyas Gufa (cave)
Near Mana Village, this is a rock-cave where Ved Vyas is believed to have composed the Mahabharata and the pauranic commentaries.
Situated on the slopes above the confluence of the rivers Alaknanda and Dhauliganga. Of the four 'Maths' established by Adi Shankaracharya, Joshimath is the winter seat of Badrinath. The idol is brought down to Joshimath and installed in the temple for people to worship. There are many other temples in the township. The most important is the temple of Nir Singh with the idol of Lord Vishnu. The left arm of this deity is getting destroyed with time and the popular belief holds that the day the arm completely withers Badrinath valley will cease to exist and the Gods will transfer the residence into the neighboring Niti Valley at Bhavishya Badri.
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