Pilgrimage places in India

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Religion and spirituality, a pilgrimage is a long journey or search of great moral significance. Sometimes, it is a journey to a sacred place or shrine of importance to a person's beliefs and faith. Members of every major religion participate in pilgrimages. A person who makes such a journey is called a pilgrim.


Most Hindus who can afford to go on such journeys travel to numerous iconic sites including those below:

These Hindu pilgrimage sites can be divided into dhams, kumbhs, jyotirlingas, devi sites etc. Every category has got its own significance. It is believed that visiting char dhams help you to attain salvation. There are Four Dhams and Twelve Jyotirlings along with 51 Shakti Peeths in India.




lace of his Enlightenment (in the current Mahabodhi Temple).

  • Sarnath: (formally Isipathana) where he delivered his first teaching.
  • Kusinara: (now Kusinagar, India) where he died.
  • Sravasti: Place of the Twin Miracle, showing his supernatural abilities in performance of miracles. Sravasti is also the place where Buddha spent the largest amount of time, being a major city in ancient India.
  • Rajgir: Place of the subduing of Nalagiri, the angry elephant, through friendliness. Rajgir was another major city of ancient India. It has strong connection with buddhism.[1]
  • Sankasia: Place of the descending to earth from Tusita heaven (after a stay of 3 months teaching his mother the Abhidhamma).
  • Vaishali: Place of receiving an offering of honey from a monkey. Vaishali was the capital of the Vajjian Republic of ancient India.

Some other pilgrimage places in India and Nepal connected to the life of Gautama Buddha are: Pataliputta, Nalanda, Vikramshila, Gaya, Kapilavastu, Kosambi, Amaravati, Nagarjuna Konda, Sanchi, Varanasi, Kesariya, Devadaha, Pava and MathuraMandaver(Bijnor U.P),Hapur(ghaziabad U.P). Most of these places are located in the Gangetic plain.



The Zoroastrians take pilgrimage trips in India to the eight Atash Behrams in India and one in Yazd (Iran).


  • Goa. St. Francis Xavier
  • St. Thomas Mount. Place where St. Thomas was martyred.
  • Vailankanni. 16th-century Marian apparition site.
  • Thodupuzha. Divine Mercy Shrine of Holy Mary :- Marian apparition site.
  • Shrine of the Infant Jesus, Nashik, Mahrashtra, .
  • St. Jude Shrine, Jhansi
  • Mount Mary Church, Bandra, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • st Peter's and st pauls Orthodox church ( parumala church), parumala,kerala.
  • st George Orthodox church, puthupally.
  • kattachira st Mary's Jacobite church.
  • niranam st Mary's Orthodox church.