Amarnath Temple

7 Pilgrimage Sites in India worth visiting during summer

India is renowned for being a land surrounded by “spirituality and mysticism”, and so it is not surprising that there exists a number of pilgrimage sites in country worth visiting. These spots include a mixture of Hindu temples, Jain temples, Buddhist monasteries, Muslim dargahs, and Christian churches. Now, most of these religious sites can be visited all around the year but, there exist a few that are worth visiting especially during the summer months. So, here is presenting a list of “7 Pilgrimage Sites” in India that must be visited mainly during the summer.

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a. Dwarka- Gujarat:

Dwarka Map

“Atlantis of the East” is the sobriquet given to the holy city of Dwarka located in the state of Gujarat. Established by Lord Krishna himself Dwarka is known for being surrounded by “myths and mysticism”. According to a popular myth, it was after killing his evil uncle Kansa in Mathura that Lord Krishna decided to make this city his permanent residence. In fact, Krishna made this metropolis the capital of the kingdom he ruled. Furthermore, this sacred city is renowned for the Dwarkadhish Temple which was first constructed 2,500 years ago as a tribute to Lord Krishna. And so, it is Dwarka’s “spiritual” links to Lord Krishna as well as its pleasant “summers”  that makes it one among a few pilgrimage sites in India worth visiting.

b. Bodh Gaya- Bihar:

Bodh Gaya Map

Renowned for being a metropolis in which “Buddhism” is said to have originated is a sacred town known as Bodh Gaya situated in the state of Bihar. Furthermore, this town is known for the “Mahabodhi Temple” which comprises of a diamond throne known as “Vajrasana”, and also the famous “Bodhi tree” under which Gautama Buddha is said to have attained “enlightenment”. In addition, a number of temples and monasteries have been built around the Mahabodhi Temple by people belonging to countries like Bhutan, China, Japan, Myanmar, Japan, Nepal, Sikkim, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tibet, and Vietnam. It is therefore the significance of Bodh Gaya being the birthplace of “Buddhism”, and its pleasant climate during “summers”, that makes it one among a few Indian pilgrimage sites that must be visited.

c. Rameswaram- Tamil Nadu:

Rameswaram Map

Located at a distance of just about 40 km from Mannar Island located in Sri Lanka, is a famous sacred town situated in the state of Tamil Nadu known as Rameswaram. Apparently, it was in this pious metropolis that Lord Ram is said to have constructed a bridge specifically to rescue his wife Sita from the clutches of her abductor Ravana, the King of Lanka. In addition, this town is also known for a temple devoted to Lord Shiva called the “Ramanathaswamy Temple”, which is visited by people following the traditions of “Shaivism” (followers of Shiva) as well “Vaishnavism” (devotees of Vishnu). It is then because of its links to the Hindu epic “Ramayana” and Lord Ram and the pleasant summer climate that it possesses, which makes Rameswaram one among a few pilgrimage sites in India that must be visited.

d.  Vaishno Devi- Jammu and Kashmir:

Vaishno Devi Map

“Mata Rani” the incarnation of Goddess Mahakali, Mahasaraswati, and Mahalakshmi is the deity worshiped in the temple located in Jammu Kashmir known as Vaishno Devi. Elevated at an altitude of about 1,569 meters above sea level, this temple is basically situated in the Trikuta Mountains about 13.5 km away from a town called Katra. Furthermore, to get to this temple an individual has to undertaken what can be termed as an “arduous” trek. However, if trekking is not possible then services such ponies, electric  vehicles, palkhis lifted by four individuals, and helicopter are available from Katra.  And so, it is a pleasant climate especially during “summer” and the religious significance attached to the Vaishno Devi temple that makes it one among a few pilgrimage sites in India that must be visited especially by those pious individuals who have not yet.

e. Tabo Monastery- Himachal Pradesh:

Tabo Monastery Map

Also known as “Tabo Chos Khor” is a monastery located in the state of Himachal Pradesh known as Tabo Monastery. Situated in the quaint Spiti Valley, this Buddhist shrine is considered to be one of the oldest in India. Apparently, it was constructed by Rinchen Sangpo in the year 966 AD. This monastery comprises of a number of scroll paintings, manuscripts, statues, frescos, and murals. In addition, the stupas found in the monastery were constructed in between the 13th and 15th century and are still in good condition. It is therefore due to the pleasant climate that surrounds this monastery during summer along with the fact it was once considered to be a major Buddhism center is what makes Tabo one among a few pilgrimage sites in India worth visiting.

f. Amarnath Temple- Jammu and Kashmir:

Amarnath Temple Map

Located in a cave in the state of Jammu and Kashmir is a temple known as Amarnath. Elevated at an altitude of 3,888 meters above sea level, this shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva is considered to be “one of the holiest in Hinduism”. Inside this 40 meter high cave lies a “stalagmite” (formed due to freezing droplets of water) which is said to be a “Shiv Lingam”. Furthermore, a popular legend also states that it was at this cave that Lord Shiva explained the meaning of life to his wife Parvati. In addition, this shrine is known for a popular annual pilgrimage undertaken by approximately 600,000 devotees from around the country during the months of July and August known as the “Amarnath Yatra”. It is thus the presence of a pleasant climate during summer and the religious significance of this cave that makes it one among a few pilgrimage sites in India worth visiting.

g. Varanasi- Uttar Pradesh: 

Varanasi Map

Popularly known as “Benares” is a holy city located in the state of Uttar Pradesh known as Varanasi. Situated on the banks of the sacred River Ganga, this metropolis is considered to be “one of the most holiest city” in the country. Furthermore, a popular legend also states that this city was established by Lord Shiva apparently after a long drawn battle with Lord Brahma. In addition, this city is a major center for people following the Hindu tradition of “Shaivism” (Shiva followers). And so, it is due to its religious significance that Varanasi is one among a few pilgrimage sites in India that must be visited especially for those spiritually inclined.

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