Bali: Hindus Tourist Attractions

Bali has been called a paradise on earth, and you would be hard pressed to find another spot on earth that so richly deserves the title. The island of Bali, described by many as born of fire and water, is blessed with a spectacular landscape of volcanoes, intricate rice terraces, rainforest and beaches. It has a deeply spiritual culture and many colorful traditions woven into the fabric of island life, strongly influenced by the unique form of Hinduism which is the island’s main religion.

Hindus Tourist Attractions

Hindus Tourist Attractions

Hinduism is one of the world’s oldest religions, and has over 900 million followers worldwide. Though most of the Hindus live in India there are substantial numbers present in Nepal, Bangladesh and Indonesia.Temple construction in India started nearly 2000 years ago and marked the transition of Hinduism from the Vedic religion. The architecture of Hindu temples has evolved ever since resulting in a great variety of styles. They are usually dedicated to one primary Hindu deity and feature a murti (sacred image) of the deity. Although it is not mandatory for a Hindu to visit a Hindu temple regularly, they play a vital role in Hindu society and culture.

Tanah Lot

Situated on a large rock, Tanah Lot is one of the most famous Hindu temples in Bali, and probably the most photographed. The Tanah Lot temple has been a part of Balinese mythology for centuries. The temple is one of 7 sea temples, each within eyesight of the next, to form a chain along the south-western coast of Bali.

Besakih Temple (Mother Temple)

Besakih is the biggest and holiest of all the Balinese temples, and is over a thousand years old. Known as the “Mother Temple of Bali” and perched on the slopes of Mount Agung, at a lofty 3,000 feet, Besakih is named after the Dragon God believed to inhabit the mountain. It’s said to be the only temple in Bali where Hindus of any caste can worship.

Eighteen separate sanctuaries belonging to different regencies and caste groups surround the three main temples dedicated to Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu. To the Balinese, visiting the temple sanctuaries is a special pilgrimage. The mountain top setting gives it an almost mystical quality. If possible, try to reach Pura Besakih before 9am, when many tourist buses start to arrive, so that you can take in the lovely temple in the quiet Balinese morning.

Ubud

ubud, baliIt is located in the southern hills of Bali. It is most talked for the Spots. It is famous for the arts scene as well as being recognized as a centre for relaxation. It has a lot of guest houses, hotels and spa resorts. Kecak a dance show and the traditional dance can see here. World-class restaurants are there to enjoy the variety of food items.

Monkey Forest Sanctuary

It is located in Ubud, Bali. There are four groups of monkeys each occupying different parts in the park. It is the famous tourist park in Ubud and is often visited by 10,000 tourists a month. 115 different varieties of species trees are there in the forest. Monkey Forest contains the temples named as Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal, Holy spring and one more temple for cremation ceremonies.

Tirta Gangga, Bali

This is the one of the beautiful water place located in the Tirta Gaga village in Eastern Bali. It covers all over 1.2 hectares. These are in the style of unique mix of Balinese and Chinese architecture. The 500 year old banyan tree is present in the location. Lot of pools, rich sculptures, fountains stood more attention. The water of Tirta gangga is treated as the holy and regularly used for religious temple ceremonies.

Mount Agung

It is a mountain in Bali which has the highest point on the island. The Balinese believe that this mountain is the replica of mount meru. At 3142 meters above the sea level this volcano is the Bali’s highest and sacred mountain.

Uluwatu

It is officially known as Pura Luhur Uluwatu. It is the most spectacular temple on the island of Bali. It is a cliff-top temple and beach side caves. Protect your belongings when there are monkeys around as they sometimes lead to theft.

Jatiluwih Rice Terrace

It is the famous tourist destination in Bali. It is surrounded by a rice terrace unfolding from the foot of mountain until the coastal side. The name describes as JATI means really and LUWIH means especial, beautiful. The paddy plants in this place look typical of high relative in size compared with normal paddy plants. Very cool atmosphere because it is located in the height of 700 meters above sea level. Lot of tourist from local and foreign countries visits this place mostly those who want to enjoy the climate and with beautiful panorama rice terrace.

Religious Places: Pilgrim Destination of Kerala

Kerala has been described by philosophers and historians as God’s Own Country’. It seems true when one looks at the number of places of worship and pilgrimages situated here. It isn’t the fact that the pilgrimages located here belong to a particular religion. You can see from the cultural and religious diversity in the state, which India is so proud of. ‘God’s Own Country’ hosts a number of religious festivals throughout the year. Almost every Temple or Mosque in Kerala has its own festival, which are celebrated annually by the devotees with much pomp and show.

Kerala Pilgrim Destination

Kerala Pilgrim Destination

The Kerala Pilgrimage Destinations are a brilliant design of secular co-existence and religious harmony. The wealthy tradition and culture of Kerala has resulted in numerous places of worship in Kerala. There are a number of pilgrimage destinations all over Kerala, these religious places of Kerala can also be called as Kerala pilgrim centers as most of them have become important pilgrimage with time.

Hindu Pilgrim Centers

Aruvikkara Pilgrimage

Aruvikkara is an Kerala Pilgrim Destination centre located at Trivandrum is the Aruvikkara pilgrimage. It is nearby 16 kilometers and a very serene picnic spot and many tourists visit this place for peace of mind. It is both a pilgrim centre and a picnic spot. Flowing by is the Karamana River, on the banks of which, is the rock-shrine dedicated to ‘Bhagvathi’, the divine embodiment of Female power. There is a waterfall nearby.

Aruvippuram Pilgrimage

Aruvippuram is also one of the most beautiful and serene pilgrim centre, located at a distance of 24 kilometers from Trivandrum. It is a small but also lovely picnic spot for tourist. Sree Narayana Guru built this temple on the banks the river from which the place derives its name from a stream. This holy shrine attracts a number of devotees during the ‘Sivarathri’ festival in March.

Guruvayoor Temple – Known as the Kasi of South India

Guruvayoor Temple of Thrissur is a very important and famous pilgrimage. According to the legends, the idol worshipped at Guruvayur temple is more than 5000 years old. It is located 29 kilometers from Thrissur city. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, who is worshipped as Lord Krishna, an avatar of Lord Vishnu. The idol is built out of a rare stone called Patala Anjana. The temple holds the maximum number of weddings and “Annaprasanam”, which means feeding rice to a child for the first time.

Kodungalloor Pilgrimage

The Kodungalloor town is situated 35 kilometers south of Thrissur/ Trichur district. It is a very beautiful and strategic port of the Chera rulers of Tamilnadu that attract lots of tourist to visit this town. It is said that the apostle of Jesus Christ is said to have landed when he came to India. At Kodungalloor, there are worship places belonging to various religions.

Muslim Pilgrim Centers

Cheraman Juma Masjid, Kodungallor

The first mosque in India. Situated in Methala, Kodungalloor, hardly 20 kilometer from the Irinjalakuda railway station.Legend says King Cheraman Perumal of Kodungallor left for Mecca, embraced Islam, accepted the name Thajudee, married the sister of the then King of Jeddah. Ottapalam Juma Masjid

The Jama-at mosque, Malappuram

The Jama-at mosque is important for Kerala’s Muslims. The annual Nercha festival of the mosque is celebrated for four days in April. The Jama-at mosque is important for Kerala’s Muslims. The annual Nercha festival of the mosque is celebrated for four days in April. Adjoining the mosque is a mausoleum of the Malappuram Shaheeds whose brave exploits have been immortalised in Mappilla Ballads.

Beemapally Mosque Thiruvananthapuram

Beemapally Mosque is situated in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala. The mosque is widely visited by people of all religions and castes. Tomb of Syedunnisa Beema Beevi is one of the major attractions of this mosque. She was a Muslim lady who had divine powers. Her son Syedushuhadamaheen Abubacker also is entombed here.Every year, a feast is held in honor of Beema Beevi. Pilgrims from across the state and globe come to the mosque to witness the feast. However this is not the major festival. The most important festival at Beemapally Mosque Thiruvananthapuram is the Chandanakudam festival.

Malik Ibn Dinar Mosque Kasargod

Located at Thalangara, Malik Ibn Dinar Mosque is one of the top Muslim pilgrim centers in Kasaragod, Kerala. The mosque is believed to be constructed by Malik Ibn Dinar, an Arabian Islam missionary who is one among the pioneers to bring Islam to India. The mosque is known after his name.Built in the year AD 642, the mosque holds some historical importance. Malik Ibn Dinar Mosque is an important Muslim pilgrim center in Kerala. Muslim pilgrims, even from the deep corners of the world, visit this mosque and offer worship.

Christian Pilgrim Centers

Blessed Alphonsa, Bharananganam

The church is one the important centers of the Christians in Kerala. The mortal remains of Sr. Alphonsa.

Manjinikkara Church

Manjinikkara church derives its importance from the holy tomb of late lsnatius Elias, the Holy Patriarch of Antioch. Members of the Jacobite Syrian Chirch believe that the Holy Father was a sent.

St. Francis Church, Fort Kochi

The first European church in India, which later became the model for building churches in elsewhere the country. Vasco da gama, who died in Kochi during his second visit to Kerala.

St. Thomas Cathedral, Pala

St. Thomas Church at Pala in Kottayam district is known for Rakkuli festival commemorating the Epiphany feast celebrated on January 6. The festival has become an occasion for trade related exhibitions.

 

Hindu Religious Places To visit in India

Hinduism is the oldest known religious and to many people it’s not a religious  at all but a philosophy cut to a size that consequently fits all. Follow any God or Goddess and as many as you want or don’t follow at all; chant prayers, bhajans and Sanskrit hymns or not utter a single word; perform every ritual as directed or be a mere spectator, Hinduism stops no one from doing whatever is his way to lead a life as he deem fit and neither forces anyone to be a part of it in a strict scripture-way. Still, Hindu pilgrimage destinations continue to attract people from every corner of world and they come to believe of their salvation guided by instincts.Though you might be going for a Hindu pilgrimage tour in India be certain not to miss out on visiting top ten Popular Hindu religious places.

Hindu Religious places

Hindu Religious places

Religious Places In India

Haridwar

Haridwar is one of the most important Hindu pilgrim places of India. Haridwar has very rich religious and cultural heritage. In the Hindu scriptures, Haridwar is known by the name of Mayapur. Haridwar is considered as the gateway to the four pilgrimages in the Uttrakhand region, The Ganga leaves the mountains and enters the plains with Hardwar being the first major town on the plains. Though the Ganges does not lose its rapids completely nevertheless it becomes very quite and calm here. The water is clean and people prefer taking bath on the numerous ghats built on the river shores. It is said that taking bath here purifies the soul and opens the way for the ultimate freedom, Nirvana.

The Dakshineshwar Kali Temple, West Bengal

It is among top hindu religious place in india. This much-revered pilgrimage for the destroyer and preserver Goddess Kali was actually also the epicentre of the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857 between patriotic Indian rebels and the British Raj.Dakshineshwar village became the Dakshineshwar Kali Temple on 31st May 1855, founded by the patroness Rani Rashmoni, who famously had an instructive premonition for building the temple and worshipping Goddess Kali. Hindus, Muslims and Christians flock to this historical site to get a taste of spiritual
and philosophical bliss.

Allahabad

Allahabad, sacred city of Hinduism was formerly called ‘Prayag’ in commemoration of a sacrifice done by Lord Brahma. It is best known as host to the mind-boggling number of Kumbh pilgrims who visit this endearing city every 12 years. According to Hindu mythology for the ‘Prakrishta Yagna’ Lord Brahma chose a piece of land on the earth on the confluence of the three rivers – the Ganga, the Yamuna, and the mytical Sarswati. would merge into a confluence. The land being surrounded by these 3 rivers would serve as the prime and central altar and came to be known as ‘Prayag’ today known as Allahabad.

Amarnath

Amarnath is 145 km east of Srinagar in Kashmir. There is an ice Silva-linga here that changes size with the seasons, and also as the moon waxes and wanes it becomes bigger and smaller. On the full moon day the linga is about 6 ft high. Each year on the full moon day of July-August (Sravana) when the Siva-linga attains its maximum height there is a festival at this cave temple. It is said that Lord Siva first appeared on this day.

Ayodhya

Ayodhya, a very holy city and is an important pilgrimage site. Lord Rama was born and had many of His pastimes here. It is said to have once had a perimeter of 96 miles and was the capital of Koshala. It is on the banks of the Gogra (Ghaghara or Saryu) River, bathing in which is supposed to destory even the sin of killing a Brahmin.On the right bank of the river Ghagra or Saryu, as it is called within sacred precincts, stands the holy city of Ayodhya, believed to be the birth place of lord Rama, the seventh incarnation of lord Vishnu. Ayodhya during ancient times was known as Kosaldesa. The Atharvaveda describes it as “a city built by gods and being as prosperous as paradise itself”. The illustrious Ikshvaku of the solar clan (suryavamsa) was the ruling dynasty of this region.

Bhubaneswar

The ancient capital of the Kalinga empire, and now the capital of Orissa, Bhubaneswar’s history goes back over 2000 years. “Bhubaneshwar” means the “abode of God” or “master of the universe” and it was also, once known as the ‘Cathedral of the East’, on account of the large number of shrines. At one time, the Bindu Sagar tank was bordered by over 7000 temples. Of these, 500 still survive, all built in the extravagant Oriya style. It is of these temples, that the great poet, Rabindranath Tagore had once said – ‘At all places where the eye rests, and also at places where the eye does not rest, the busy chisel of the artist has worked incessantly.

Gangotri

Be it man’s urge to placate the Gods above or to quench his desire for adventure, Gangotri is an ideal location. Gangotri, the origin of the sacred river Ganges, attracts tourists in large numbers every year. The confrontation with the daunting rivers and attempts to unravel the mysteries of the supernatural world are ubiquitous sights here. Along with the thrill of conquering nature, what one experiences here is the mystical aura that India is so famous for.

Kedarnath

Kedarnath is a majestic sight, standing in the middle of a wide plateau surrounded by lofty snow covered peaks. The present temple, built in the 8th century by Adi Shankaracharya, stands adjacent to the site of an earlier temple built by the Pandavas. The inner walls of the assembly hall are decorated with figures of various deities and scenes from mythology. Outside the temple door a large statue of the Nandi Bull stands as guard.