Sacred places are sites of religion and historical significance. India is a land of religious structures of various religions. Starting from Hindus to Muslims, each religion has several religious places promoting its religion. There are many unique holy places like the Velankanni Church built by a sailor who survived a violent storm, and ice stalagmite that is formed every year in Amarnath caves, the oldest inhabited place in the world, Varanasi, the king God Krishna’s Dwarka and so on.
Each structure has a story behind it and it is always interesting to see what ancient humans were able to do without any modern architectural knowledge or equipment. People visit India, especially for religious tours. Are you one such traveler? Here are the top five holy places in India.
1. Jama Masjid, Delhi
The largest mosque in India capable to accommodate around 25,000 devotees during prayer, Delhi Jama Masjid ranks among the world’s most popular Muslim sacred sites. Mughal emperor Shah Jahan 1644 build this architectural extravaganza. Brought out with impressive detailing over the minarets, domes, arches, and doors, this highly decorative masjid comprises four grand towers and three huge gates. The minarets are 40m high and made of red sandstone and white marbles. The mosque is about 261 feet (80 m) long and 90 feet (27 m) wide. To make a resemblance with the Jama Masjid of Agra, the floor of this mosque had been covered with white and black ornamented marbles (making it look like a Muslim prayer mat).
2. Tirumala Venkateswara, Andhra Pradesh
Sri Venkateswara Swami Vaari Temple is a Hindu temple situated in the hill town of Tirumala at Tirupati in the Tirupati district of Andhra Pradesh, India. The Temple is dedicated to Venkateswara, a form of Vishnu, who is believed to have appeared on the earth to save mankind from the trials and troubles of Kali Yuga. Hence the place has also got the name Kaliyuga Vaikuntha and the Lord here is referred to as Kaliyuga Prathyaksha Daivam. Other names for this temple are Tirumala Temple, Tirupati Temple, and Tirupati Balaji Temple. The temple is run by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), which is under the control of the Andhra Pradesh Government.The Andhra Pradesh government uses the revenue collected from this shrine.
3. Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar
Golden temple is the second name for Harmandir Sahib. It is one of the important historical monuments in the country. It is a religious place for Sikhs. More than a thousand people are fed here in this temple with no regard to which religion they follow. The temple is located amidst a beautiful lake. This golden temple is located in Amritsar. The best time to visit the temple is during Vaisakhi, an important festival for Punjabis.
4. Moinuddin Chishti, Ajmer
Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti is a Sufi that is located in Ajmer. Nearly people of every religion visits the dargah but it is one of the tourist attraction site representing the Muslim community. Not only Dargarh but there are lots of reasons to visit Ajmer.
5. Basilica of Bom Jesus, Goa
Basilica of Bom Jesus is in Goa and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a minor basilica and is a very popular church in India. It is one of the oldest churches in India and nearly a thousand tourist visits this church annually.
Apart from these five, there are thousands of religious places in India that have a rich heritage. Many of the religious structures in India are more than several thousand years old. Sai Baba temple in Shirdi, Mahabodhi, Ranakpur, ice deity in Amarnath Dham, Lord Jannath temple in Puri, and many others are a few examples of holy places with heritage in India. There are a lot of conservative Hindu temples, world-famous churches, monasteries of Buddhists, pilgrim places for Muslims, and so on. Most of the holy places welcome people of different cultures and religions too.