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| Last Updated:: 12/09/2017

Sacred Cities / Sites

 

 

  

                                                                                   Amistar Temple, Punjab

 

 

 

A sacred site is an area which is regarded with reverence. For example, the cities of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Amarnath and Banaras are regarded as sacred. The sanctity is not restricted to temple towns alone. Sacred sites are common among tribal communities too. For the Todas of the Nilgiris, Kundah beyond Mukuruthi is the sacred resting place of their deity and no Toda will even set foot on the hill.

   

 

Badrinath, deep in the Garwal Himalayas, marks the northern geographic point of India's sacred geography. Gomukh, meaning cow's mouth, is located on a tongue of the Bhagirathi Glacier and is the source of the River Ganga. Haridwar, one of the seven sacred cities of India, is located where the Ganga river enters the north Indian plains. Every 12 years a religious fair called the Khumbh Mela attracts millions of pilgrims for a sacrificial bath. Nazi in Maharashtra and Sangam near Allahabad are other sites of the Kumbh Mela bathing festival.

 


Rivers lend sanctity to some places, either by being born there or joining another river there. The place of junction of two rivers is called a Sangam, of which there is a familiar illustration in the junction of the Muta and Mula, near Poona. Allahabad, also known as Triveni Sangam, is sacred to Hindus because three sacred rivers - the Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati (which is supposed to join them from beneath the ground) meet there. It is also called Prayag, or "the confluence". It is personified by a fish bearing on its back three goddesses. Similarly, Thala-Kaveri, the birth place of the river Kaveri in Coorg (Karnataka), is also considered sacred.

 


The subcontinent and the Ocean meet at Kanya Kumari, in Tamilnadu. The place is so sacred that a shrine is dedicated to a virgin goddess. Poetically, it is said that the Indian Ocean, with its two hands, the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, washes the feet of the goddess of India, Kanya Kumari.

 


Places are considered sacred because of the sacred events that have occurred there at some point of time. The seven sacred Indian cities, a visit to which confers eternal happiness, are considered sacred for the following reasons: Ayodhya - the birth and life of Sri Rama; Mathura, - associated with the birth and exploits of Sri Krishna; Bodh - Gaya (Buddha Gaya) - where Buddha was enlightened under the Bodhi tree; Gaya - the city of Illusion; Kashi (Benares) - the supreme centre of the Hindu religion and Sanskrit learning; its deity god Vishvanatha, is famed throughout the length and breadth of India; Episcopal seats established by the great Saint Sankaracharya at Kanchipuram (Kamakshipita), Sringeri (Sharada Math), Puri (Govardhana Math), Dwaraka (Kalika Math) and Badrinath (Jotir Math). Avanti, or Avantika (Ujjayini) - the germs of all living beings are supposed to have survived the Flood preserved in the central image of Mahadeo on the great Mahakal temple, located in this city.

 


Rameswaram, located on the peninsula in southern Tamilnadu, is the southern axis of the sacred spaces delineated by the four sacred abodes of Vishnu. The place derives its sanctity from its traditional association with the presence of Rama, the hero of the epic Ramayana.



Amarnath, in the Himalayas contains a cave sacred to Siva, where a Sivalinga, formed naturally of ice, increases and decreases with the moon. Many pilgrims visit the sacred cave in the month of Sravana (July - August), and the natural phenomenon makes Amarnath sacred.

 

 

 

 

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Sacred Sites of India

 

 

 

State

Sacred Sites

Andhra Pradesh

Amravati

 

Annavaram

Arsavalli

Draksharamam

Dwaraka Tirumala

Kalahasti

Kolanupaka

Kanipakam

Kotipalli

Mangalagiri, Vijayawada

Nellore

Simhachalam

Tirupati

 

 

Arunachal Pradesh

Akashiganga 

 

Bomdila Monastery

Itanagar

Tawang Monastery

Tezu

 

 

 

Assam

Dargah of Ajan Pir 

 

Doul Govinda Mandir

Hajo

Kamakhya Temple 

Lankeshwar Temple 

Peacock island

 

Sibsagar

Ugratara Temple

 

 

 

Bihar

Bodhgaya

 

Gaya

Nalanda

Patna

Pawapuri

Rajgir

Sitamarhi

Sonpur

Vaishali

Vikramshila

 

Chhattisgarh

Dantewada

 

 

Goa

Old Goa

 

Ponda

Reis Magos

 

 

 

Gujarat

Ambaji

 

Bahucharaji

Balaram

Dakor

Dwaraka

Gandhinagar

Girnar

Junagadh

Kumbariya

Mahudi

Miradatar

Modhera

Palitana

Patan

Pavagadh

Sarangpur

Shri Jwaleshwar Mahadev

Satrunjaya

Shamlaji

Shankheswar

Shukaltirth

Sidhpur

Somnath

Surat

Taranga hill

Udvada

Vadnagar

Vadodara

Veraval

Virpur

 
 
 

Haryana 

Dargah of Bu Ali Shah Qalandar

 

 

 

 

Kabuli Bagh Mosque

Kurukshetra

Mansa Devi Temple 

 

 

 

Himachal Pradesh

Baba balak nath

 

 

Baijnath

Chamba

Chamunda devi

Chintpurni

Jwalamukhi

Kulu

Manikaran

Manimahesh

Naina  devi

Paonta Sahib

Rewalsar

Sarahan

Tarna temple

Triloknath

 

Jammu & Kashmir

Amarnath

 

 

Ardh Kuwari Cave Katra

Asrari Sharief

Baba DhansarKatra

Baba Reshi Shrine

Charari Sharief

Hazrartbal Dargah

Khir Bhawani Templejammu

Leh

Martand Temple srinagar

Payech Temple Srinagar

Peer Baba DargahJammu

Shahdra Sharief

Shankaracharya Hills Jammu

Sudhmahadev

Vaishno Devi

 

 

 

Jharkhand

Baidyanath Dham

 

 

Maner

Ranchi

Shikarji

 

 

Karnataka

Basavangudi

 

Belur

Bijapur

Chamundi Hills

Devarayanadurga

Dharmasthala

Gokarna

Gulbarga

Hampi

Kaiwara

Kollur

Mangalore

Pattadakal

Sharvana belgola

Shimoga

Shivagange

Somnathpura

Soundatti

Sringeri Mutt

Srirangapattinam

Talacauvery

Udipi

Whitefield

 

 Kerala

Alappuzha

 

Alwaye

Ambalapuzha

Aruthunkal

Bharananganam

Beemapalli

Chengannur Mahadeva Temple

Cheraman Juma Masjid

Chottanikara

Cranganore

Ernakulam

Ettumanoor

Guruvayoor

Irinjalakuda

Kaladi

Kalpathi

Kanjiramattom Mosque

Kottayam

Kozhencherry

Kozhikode

Malappuram

Malayattoor

Omallur

Sabarimala

Triprayar

Tripunithura

Trivandram

Vagamon

Vaikom

 

 Madhya Pradesh

Amarkantak

 

Gohar Mahal

Gwalior

Maheshwar

Kabir chabutra

Khajuraho

Mahakaleshwar 

Muktagiri

Omkareshwar

Sheorinarayan

Ujjain

Vidisha

   

 Maharashtra

Ajanta

 

Alandi

Audumbar

Aundha Nagnath

Bahubali

Battis Shirala

Bhimashankar

Dehu

Ellora

Ganapatipule

Ganeshpuri

Haji Ali Dargah 

Jejuri

Khed

Kolhapur

Maheshmal

Moregaon

Nanded

Nashik

Paithan

Pandharpur

Parli Vaijnath

Ramkund

Ratnagiri

Shani Shingnapur

Shridi

Srikshetra Mahuli

Titwala

Trimbakeshwar

Tuljapur

Wai

 

 Meghalaya

Umlawan cave

 

Nartiang Monoliths

Durga Temple at Nartiang

 

 

Hiyangthang Lairembi Temple

Manipur

Kaina

 

Mahabali Temple

 

 

 Odisha

Aradi

 

Atri

Banki

Banpur

Bhuvaneshvar

Chhatia

Cuttuck

Dhauli

Dhavaleswar

Ghatagaon

Gupteswar

Harisankar

Jajpur

Joranda

Kakatpur

Kalijai

Kapilas

Kendrapara

Khiching

Konark

Puri

Remuna

Sakshigopal

Sambalpur

 

Puducherry

Puducherry

 

 

Punjab

Amritsar

Anandpur sahib

 

Baba Bakala

Dera Baba Nanak

Gobindwal Sahib

Gurudwara Shree Ber Sahib

Kiratpur Sahib

Ram Tirath

Shiva Temple of Saketri

Sirhind

Taran Taran

 

 Rajasthan

Sardi

 

Ajmer

Amber

Bharuch

Bikaner

Chittorgarh

Deshnoke

Eklingji

Galta

Jaisalmer

Jodhpur

Kankroli

Kolayat

Nathdwara

Pushkar

Ranakpur

Rishabdeoji

Udaipur

 

 

Do Drul Chorten

Sikkim

Enchey Monastery

 

Tashiding Monastery

Pemayangtse Monastery

Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre

 

Alwar Tirunagari

Tamil Nadu

Chennai

 

 

Chidambaram

Coimbatore

Kanchipuram

Kanyakumari

Karpaga vinayaka temple Pillayarpatti

Kumbakonam

Madurai

Madurantakam

Mayiladuthurai

Nagore

Oppiliappan Temple

Palani Murugan Temple

 

Pattadakkal

Rameshwaram

Srivilliputtur

Srirangam

Sriperumbudur

Suchindrum

Shantivanam

Srivaikuntam

Swamimalai

Tanjore

Thirukkulanthai

Thirukolur

Thiruparankundram

Then Thirupperai

Thiruvaiyaru

Thiruvidanthai

Tiruchendur

Tirukkalikunram

Tiruppulingudi

Tiruttani

Tiruvannamalai

Thirunallar

Trichy

Vaitheeswaran Koil

Velankanni

 

 

 

Telangana

Alampur

 

Basar

Bhadrachalam

 

Karimnagar

Mantralayam

 

Srisailam

Warangal

Yadagagirigutta

 

Tripura

Amarpur

 

Tripura Sundari Temple

Unakoti 

 

 

Allahabad

Uttar Pradesh

Ayodhya

 

Bhitargaon

Chitrakoot

Dargah Qutub Sahib

Deogarh

Devipatan

Faizabad

Garhmukteshwar

Gorakhpur

Jaunpur

Kalinjar

Kampil

Kannauj

Kashi

Kushinagar

Mathura

Naimisaranya

Sravasti

Varanasi

Sankisa

 

 

 Uttarakhand

Almora

 

Badrinath

Devprayag

Dharmashala

Gangolihat

Gangotri

Gaurikund

Gomukh

Guptkashi

Haridwar

Jageshwar

Jankichatti

Joshimath

Kalpeshwar

Rudraparayag

Kedarnath

Madmaheshwar

Nanakmatta

Patal Bhuvaneshwar

Panchaprayag

Piran Kaliyar Sharif

Rishikesh

Rudranath

Tungnath

Yamunotri

 

West Bengal

Bakreshwar

 

 

Ballabpur

Dakshineshwar

Ganga sagar

Jairambati

Kamarpukur

Mayapur

Nabadwip

Tarapith