India is a land of extraordinary blend of diverse culture, traditions, customs, and religions with distinct faiths. It is a land that trusts in the philosophy of unity in diversity and thus has given rise and adopted to several different religions and faith which exist in harmony. The core of India’s values lies within these religions, faiths, and places where they are worshipped and live with the prosperity derived from these. Religious tourism is very popular in India and people from all over the world and even different parts of the country love to visit these popular worship places to explore various customs and traditions. They visit the worship places not only to seek blessings but even just to behold their stunning architecture, the fascinating religious rituals, devotees clad in traditional and spiritual outfits and the delicious food that is distributed to people after being offered to deities, post or during worship.
India’s primary religion is Hinduism as in the most number of people follow hinduism, with many nuances across different regions and so there are a wide variety of Hindu temples itself in India – and the ones in the north of India are a lot different when compared to ones in the south of the country, in many aspects that include architecture, language, worship practices, offerings, rules and regulations and so on.India is also home to a whopping number of mosques, Dargahs and churches, as Islam and Christianity are the second and third largest religions in India respectively. Jama masjid, Mecca (in Hyderabad ) and the Haji Ali Dargah are some of the popular mosques and St. Paul's Cathedral, Kolkata, Santa Cruz Basilica, Kochi, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Goa are some popular churches in the country.
Jainism is another religion that was founded in India and so there are many Jain temples in the country, that mark the existence of this religion and its spirituality. Another kind of worship place in India are the Gurudwaras, which are sacred shrines that are a symbol of Sikhism - the fourth-largest religion in India. With thousands of Gurudwaras established across India, they are known to be some of the cleanest and organized places of worship in the country.
Besides these, India also has worship places related to some other religions such as Synagogues (Jewism) and Fire Temples (Zoroastrianism or Temples for people of Parsi religion). In Zoroastrian religion, fire (altar) is believed to be an agent of ritual purity, and many “purification” ceremonies are performed where fire is a main factor. Hence the name “fire temples” for these.The synagogues in India, are buildings that were built in the periods between the mid-sixteenth and the mid-20th century, when many Jews occupied the country. most of these synagogues are in Mumbai, Cochin, and Goa where the Jewish community resides.
A trip to India cannot be deemed complete without exploring the nuances of religious places and delve in the religious history dating back beyond imagination. However, there is no official religion that is followed everywhere, and the country is known for. There are five major religions are that judiciously followed by different sects of people in India which are Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, and Buddhism. Other religions that are followed at a very small number are Jainism, Judaism, and Zoroastrianism for which most spiritual places are in the southern and western India such as Maharashtra, Cochin, and Goa. This is the sole reason why India is known as a secular and spiritual country.
Religion has always played a great role in India from the ancient times. The pilgrimages in North India are extremely popular and are surrounded by various stories from the mythology and various characters of the millennium era. The worship places consist of pilgrimages for all kinds of religions, but the Hindu temples are far more in number and are a bit different from how they are in the south in terms of architecture. Some of the most famous religious places in North India are:
South India is a vibrant mix of different religions living harmoniously and celebrating this religious diversity through distinct and breath-taking religious architectures. From ancient temples to churches to synagogues, and mosques, South India is as incredible in its religious diversity as it is in natural beauty. Some of the famous religious places here are:
The western India is filled with ancient temples made by kings and other rulers and consists of all religions which are not quite popular in other region such as Christianity and Judaism. Some of the most famous religious places in west India are:
Like every other region, Eastern India is also endowed with several religious places for which devotees from all over the world gather to bless themselves. Some of the top religious places in East India are:
A hindu place of worship is called as a ‘Mandir’.
Temples, churches, mosques, gurudwara, synagogues, and monasteries are examples of the structures created for worship for different religions.
There are total 51 shakti peeth of goddess sati in India and some in Pakistan and Bangladesh as well
4 Dhams are the Hindu pilgrimages in north India which are Badrinath, Kedarnath, Yamunotri, and Gangotri.
Varansi, which is one of the ancient cities in the world, is considered as the holiest city in India.