Hey there!!! Planning for a religious trip??? Then Uttarakhand is going to completely mesmerize you. As we know Uttarakhand is also known as “Dev Bhoomi” which means “The Land of God” in English . The title of Dev Bhoomi is given to Uttarakhand by Rishis and Munis .
Legends say that many Devis and Devtas live in these region . Sidhas and Sadhus come to Uttarakhand for meditation. Therefore if you will go to a place where someone meditated or worshiped , you will also get benefited by his act because many rishi and munis stayed here. So people come here and get benefited.
Top religious places in Uttarakhand
1.Char Dham Yatra
In Uttarakhand there are four diamonds of Himalayas collectively referred as “Chota Char Dham of India “ and popular as “Char Dham Yatra“ which includes four holy shrines of Hindus: Kedarnath , Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri . In Hindu religion , Char Dham Yatra have a great importance, as a result it is considered that every Hindu should do Chardham yatra at least once in a lifetime.
All of these temples are situated within the Garwhal region of Uttarakhand state in North India. Among four Sacred sites Kedarnath is dedicated to Lord Shiva while Badrinath is dedicated to Lord Vishnu on the other hand, Yamunotri and Gangotri are dedicated to Goddess Ganga and Yamuna rivers respectively.
This is the place where one of the heroic characters of the epic Mahabharata, “Karana” worshiped the god of sun, finally getting the name as Karnaprayag. So this temple is devoted to both Karana and Uma. The place is situated on the foot hills of Badrinath and at the exact convergence of the two rivers of Pindar and Alaknanda.
The epic character “Karna” meditated at Karnaprayag for numerous years in order to attain the shield which would make him a very strong warrior who would be difficult to defeat.
Another famous history associated with place is that, the great swami Vivekananda stayed and meditated for a stretch of 18 long days with the famous Guru Turainandhji, Akharananda and Guru Bhai for peace of mind.
3. Har Ki Pauri
This place is considered as the most sacred bathing ghat as on the banks of the holy river Ganges serves as a major landmark in Haridwar , Uttarakhand. Also known as Brahmakund , Har Ki Pauri is believed to be the exit point of the river Ganga from the mountains into the plains. It is also the area where thousands of pilgrims assemble to begin the festivities during the Kumbha Mela.
4. Jhula Devi temple
Jhula Devi Temple is a place of attraction at Ranikhet hill Station. The countless bells that hang around the temple compound are a testimony to the divine and the healing powers of “Maa Jhula Devi”.It is said that the Temple is nearly 700 years old.
According to a mythology, this temple was built to seek Durga’s protection for the wild animals in the place.The idol of Goddess Durga is said to have been placed by a shepherd from a particular spot after being guided so by the goddess herself in his dream. This temple is made on the same spot from where this idol was obtained. A Rama Mandir dedicated to Lord Rama also resides at top of this Jhula Temple, on the Kumaon Hill.
Rishi, meaning “seer,” was a name given to monks living in caves in the surrounding hills, holy men to whom the Vedas were originally revealed. Rishikesh’s spiritual origins stem from Hindu mythology that Lord Rama was sentenced to penance at this spot, for killing Ravana the demon god of Lanka.
Today, Rishikesh is known as the “the world capital of yoga.” It is home to hundreds of internationally renowned ashrams, including the Sivananda Ashram of Divine Light Society, and thousands of meditation, yoga, enlightenment and spiritual courses.
6. Mansa Devi Temple
Mansa Devi is one of the most popular and most visited temples of Haridwar, Uttarakhand. The temple is dedicated to Mansa Devi , a form of Shakti .This temple has two idols of the presiding deity, one with three mouths and five arms and the other with eight arms. One of the major Siddh peethas in India, this temple is the apex of Siddh peetha triangle, which is formed by the trio of Mansa Devi, Maya Devi and Chandi Devi.
7. Nanda Devi Temple in Nainital
Situated alongside the northern shore of the Naini Lake, this temple is dedicated to Goddess “Sati” and is counted amongst the 64 Shakti Peethas devoted to Her. According to mythological legends, while Lord Shiva was carrying Goddess Sati’s mortal remains to Mount Kailash her eye fell at this spot. This is how She began to be worshipped as ‘Naina’, which means eye on translation.
The Nanda Devi Temple (also known as Naina devi Temple) is one of the most important places of religious significance in Nainital. It is also the venue of the Nanda Devi Mahotsav, which is a grand religious celebration organised to honour Ma Nanda and Sunanda – two local goddesses.
8. Koteshwar temple
This place is presumed to be the same spot where Lord Shiva had stopped for meditation on his way to Kedarnath. According to a local mythology this temple has its presence since the time of bhasmasur (Demon) who got a boon from Lord Shiva that who so ever’s head will be touched by him, will be turned into bhasma or ashes. Seeing the powerful effects of this boon he tried to bhasm Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva kept on hiding from place to place and finally came to this place which was a cave, Lord Shiva resided here for some time meditating Lord Vishnu and finally Lord Vishnu helped him by taking Mohini avtar and tricking Bhasmasur to place his hand on his own head due to which Bhasmasur turned into ashes. Thus Vishnu killed the demon.
The temple is filled with amazing energy /aura and one can feel it. Drops of water seeping through the cave,drops on the Lingam. Just a few meters below, lies the Alaknanda river.
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