Jammu and Kashmir boast not only of breathtaking beauty, but it also presents a wide array of tourist destinations with the help of which the traveling experience can be truly enriched. It has several interesting places to visit. This state has a unique form of spiritual richness that cannot be found in any other states of India. It has a considerable number of Pilgrimage sites for the pilgrims that make it an ideal destination. From mosques to temples to Gurudwara, there is everything for every religion.
Moreover, various Pilgrimage sites in Jammu and Kashmir adorns its landscape. Also, there are a large number of Pilgrimage sites for the Hindus. In fact, it is a dream comes true for every Hindu to visit these sites to attain Moksha. The pilgrimage tour to Kashmir also provides an in-depth insight into the rich culture and heritage of the state. Moreover, a significant number of pilgrims can also enjoy its rich architectural heritage by visiting the so-called “second heaven” in this earth.
The peaceful co-existence of all these pilgrimage sites and shrines beautifully describes the way in which India has unity in diversity. On the other hand, in recent years, one can visit these Pilgrimage sites with the help of several tour operators who can readily arrange everything for you that you think essential in this tour.
Here is the list of some of the favorite Pilgrimage sites in Jammu and Kashmir
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Mata Vaishno Devi
It is one of the most famous Pilgrimage sites in Jammu and Kashmir and possibly all over India. Its popularity as a pilgrimage site echoes far away from India too. It is a famed cave shrine that is positioned at the foot of the Himalaya Mountains. For Hindus, this is one of the most famous Pilgrimage sites as they believe they can attain Moksha by visiting this popular site. It is located 62 km away from Jammu and Kashmir. It is also situated at the height of 1615 m from the sea level. It is located inside a cave on the Trikuta Hills. To reach this popular Pilgrimage sites, one has to start climbing from Katra. Katra is around 14 km away from the Vaishno Devi Shrine. Moreover, as an act of penance, many Hindus prefer climbing the stretch barefooted. Inside the cave of the shrine, three statues are made of rock. Every Hindu believes that his or her life is blessed if they visit this famous Shrine.
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Pilgrimage sites are very common in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, and the Amarnath Cave is one of the most famous Pilgrimage sites for the Hindus. The cave of Amarnath has located around 150 km away from Srinagar, and it is dedicated to the most powerful of Hindus, Lord Shiva. In this context, it is worthwhile to note that to promote the Pilgrimage sites in Jammu and Kashmir; the local government arranges a pilgrimage Yatra to this famous shrine of the Hindus.
Moreover, during this time, the white Shivalingam that is built of ice starts to take the form of the ice breaks away from the idol. On the full moon day, it takes the complete4 shape. As per many Hindus, it is during this day that Lord Shiva has told the secrets of humankind and creation to Goddess Parvati. This conversation has been overheard by two doves in the vicinity. Reaching this pilgrimage site is not an easy task, and the only ones who have good health conditions can reach this place safely. Moreover, as per Hindu beliefs, only those who have the blessings of Lord Shiva can climb this hill to witness this magnificent shrine.
Jammu and Kashmir top the list of state with the maximum number of Pilgrimage sites, and there are perfect reasons for this statement. The Raghunath Temple stands right in the center of Jammu and Kashmir. As per many Hindu pilgrims, this is one of the largest shrine complexes in the northern part of India. Moreover, this complex is adorned with seven beautiful temples that have a tower of its own. However, the main temple of this Pilgrimage sites is dedicated to Lord Rama. On the other hand, the remaining are the temples of several Gods and Goddesses that have direct and indirect connections with Ramayana.
The construction of this fantastic Pilgrimage sites was undertaken by Maharaja Gulab Singh in the year 1860. If you are a pilgrim and you want to visit this magnificent temple, you would not find any difficulty. A large number of transport carriers are available in the city, and furthermore, you would also get some tourist accommodations and lodges. Another interesting thing that is worth mentioning about this shrine lies in the fact that the construction of this temple was later accomplished by the son of the king. His name was Maharaja Ranbir Singh. The temple boasts a considerable number of high wall carvings. One can also access a broad range of holy services in the premises of the temple.
In recent years, several Pilgrimage sites have emerged popular in India. However, the state of Jammu and Kashmir has a wide variety of natural beauty and scenic wealth with the help of which they can enrich their pilgrimage experience. Moreover, it would be a dream comes true for every pilgrim if they visit this amazing pilgrimage site. It would be a fantastic experience for every pilgrim to make sure that their journey to the state of Jammu and Kashmir is a worthwhile experience. On the flipside, you have to lay stress on your health as it is not easy to tour Jammu and Kashmir as it is a hilly area. Moreover, make sure that you have plenty of medicines to take to this beautiful shrine.
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