Nasik

Tryambakeshwar is an ancient Hindu temple in the Nashik District of Maharashtra, India. It is dedicated to the god Shiva and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. Kusavarta, a kunda (sacred pond) in the temple premises is the source of the Godavari River, the longest river in peninsular India.

 

Shirdi

Sai Baba of Shirdi, also known as Shirdi Sai Baba, was an Indian spiritual master who was regarded by his devotees as a saint, fakir, and satguru, according to their individual proclivities and beliefs. He was revered by both his Hindu and Muslim devotees, and during, as well as after, his life it remained uncertain if he was a Hindu or a Muslim. This, however, was of no consequence to Sai Baba. He stressed the importance of surrender to the true Satguru or Murshid, who, having gone the path to divine consciousness, will lead the disciple through the jungle of spiritual training.

 

Sai Baba is worshipped by people around the world. He had no love for perishable things and his sole concern was self-realization. He taught a moral code of love, forgiveness, helping others, charity, contentment, inner peace, and devotion to God and guru. He gave no distinction based on religion or caste. Sai Baba's teaching combined elements of Hinduism and Islam: he gave the Hindu name Dwarakamayi to the mosque in which he lived, practiced Muslim rituals, taught using words and figures that drew from both traditions, and was buried in Shirdi. One of his well known epigrams, "Sabka Malik Ek" ("One God governs all"), is associated with Hinduism, Islam and Sufism. He also said, "Trust in me and your prayer shall be answered". He always uttered "Allah Malik" ("God is King”).

 

Varanasi

Varanasi, also known as Benares or Kashi (Kāśī), is the holiest of the seven sacred cities (Sapta Puri) in Hinduism and Jainism, and played an important role in the development of Buddhism. Hindus believe that death at Varanasi brings salvation. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Varanasi is also known as the favorite city of the Hindu deity Lord Shiva.

 

Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Kashi Vishvanath Temple is one of the most famous dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple stands on the western bank of the holy river Ganga, and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, the holiest of Shiva temples. The main deity is known by the name Vishvanatha or Vishveshvara, meaning Ruler of The Universe. The Varanasi city is also called Kashi, and hence the temple is popularly called Kashi Vishvanath Temple.

 

Visalakshi Mata Temple

The Vishalakshi Temple is dedicated to the goddess Vishalakshi, an aspect of goddess Parvati, on the banks of the Ganges at Varanasi. It is generally regarded as a Shakti Pitham, the most sacred temples dedicated to the Divine Mother.

 

Kaalbhairav Temple

One of the great twelve sacred Shrines, or Shakti Peethams, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Kaalbhairv is the protector of Varanasi

 

Nepali Temple

The temple has some magnificent and articulate woodwork. Tourists from all over the world come just to see this temple which has no comparison with any other temple in India.

 

Gauri Kadareshwara Temple

Kedareshwar temple sits on the banks of Holy Ganges River at Kedar Ghat and the Shivalinga is a replica of the Shivalinga in Kedarnath, Himalayas — one of the most renowned temples to Shiva.

 

Sri Durga Devi Temple

Durga Mandir also known as Durga Temple and also monkey temple, is one of the most famous temples in the holy city of Varanasi. This temple has great religious importance as it is believed that the existing statue of the goddess is svayambhu, self-created, and appeared on its own in the temple.

 

Trilochaneshwar Temple

Seeing or worshiping the Trilochaneshwar Shiva Lingam is considered highly auspicious and given great prominence. The Shiva lingam here is Svayambhu (self-created) and not man made.

 

Rishikesh

Rishikesh is nestled in Himalayan foothills beside the Ganges River amidst beautiful, lush nature. The river is considered holy and the city is renowned as a center for studying yoga and meditation. It is known as the 'Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas' and 'Yoga Capital of the World’. Sages and saints have visited Rishikesh since ancient times to meditate in search of higher knowledge. Due to its spiritual and mystical environment Rishikesh is a meat and alcohol-free city.

 

Triveni Ghat  

A bathing place at a distance about 1.5 km from Rishikesh. It is considered most sacred as it is  a confluence of three mountain streams. Pilgrims from all over the world come here to take a dip in the holy waters.

 

Tera Manzil Temple Rishikesh

A multistory temple devoted to many Gods and Goddesses. Here visitors always capture a superb vision of the full area from the top of the temple, and in winter the scene of sundown from this place is an unforgettable view.

 

Geeta Bhawan Rishikesh

One of the oldest temples in Rishikesh, the walls have marvelous depictions from the timeless masterpieces the Mahabharata and Ramayana. People assemble here to read the Ramayana jointly as an act of devotion and contemplation. The arti performed at Geeta Bhawan's Ghat on the River Ganga is amazing to behold and happens every evening at dusk.

 

Nilkanth Mahadev Temple

One of the most renowned temples and situated at around 5500 ft. It is believed this is the place where lord Shiva drank the world destroying poison when the sea was being churned by the gods and the demons. After drinking this poison, the throat of Lord Shiva became blue — hence the name Nilakanth, which means ‘blue-throated’.

 

Bharat Mandir
Settled half a kilometer away from the Triveni Ghat in the heart of the Varanasi, enshrined in the temple is a glorious statue of Lord Vishnu. This ancient temple is thronged by devotees all year seeking the blessings of the divine. 


Shri Tryambakeshwara Temple
The abode of the ‘three eyed lord’ this magnificent temple overlooks the majestic Himalayas. This ancient temple is a living artifact of historical proofs and evidence in addition to the ancient statues and carvings. The temple has been recently excavated and many ancient relics such as statues, pottery, and coins were discovered. It is an ideal place for both pilgrims and history buffs. 


Swarg Niwas Temple
A magnificent thirteen storied temple, Swarg Niwas temple is brilliantly architectured with different deities enshrined on each floor. The temple is colored orange, a sacred color of Hinduism, and the top of the tower offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the of the Ganges and the Rishikesh valley.

 

Haridwar

We will have a short visit to Haridwar to visit the samadhi shrine of Sri Anandamoyi Ma (1896–1982), a noted saint of India.

 

Kolkata

Kalighat Temple

This ancient Kali temple is Kolkata’s holiest spot for Hindus and possibly the source of the city’s name. The shrine is revered as a Shakti Peetham. The mythology of Daksha yaga and Sati's self-immolation is the story behind the origin of Shakti Peethams. Shakti Peethams are divine seats of Shakti formed due to the falling of body parts of the corpse of Sati Devi, when Lord Shiva carried it and wandered in sorrow throughout India. The name of Divine Mother here is Kalika and the Kalabhairava is called Nakuleshwar. It is believed that Sati Devi's Right Toes fell in the Kalighat Shrine.

 

Dakshineswar Kali Temple

This famous and powerful temple is situated on the eastern bank of the Hooghly River, the presiding deity of the temple is Bhavatarini, an aspect of Kali, meaning, 'She who liberates Her devotees from the ocean of existence’. The temple is famous for its association with Ramakrishna, a  renowned saint and mystic of 19th Century Bengal.

 

Sri Yukteswar Samadhi Mandir

Sri Yukteswar's hermitage, where he left his body in 1936. After Sri Yukteswar's mahasamadhi, Yogananda and other disciples buried their guru, still in the lotus posture, in Sri Yukteswar’s Puri hermitage garden. Swami Sri Yukteswar would shift from Serampore to his seaside hermitage in Puri during the hot Bengali summers, and Paramahamsa Yogananda spent many months here at the feet of his guru.

 

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