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RELIGIOUS PILGRIMAGES OF INDIA


AMARNATH YATRA

The tradition of Amarnath Yatra dates back to ancient times. According to legend the cave is situated at the place where Lord Shiva had given amrit (nectar) to the gods of the Hindu pantheon who wished to attain immortality.

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HAJ 

About 2 million Muslims from more than 70 countries journey to the holy city of Makkah each year to make the spiritual pilgrimage known as the Haj. The pilgrimage is one of five Pillars of Islam that form the framework of Islamic life.

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KALCHAKRA

Kalchakra or the Wheel of Life consists of a series of ceremonies having different stages during which rituals are performed according to the Buddhist scriptures and each day His Holiness Dalai Lama, the fourteenth, addresses a sermon to the followers.

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KUMBH MELA

Kumbh Mela is the greatest riverside religious festival of Hindus that takes place once every three years. However, the major Maha Kumbh Mela occurs once in 12 years.

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AYYAPPA TEMPLE

The hill temple of Lord Ayyappa is situated in the Sahyadri mountain ranges of the Western Ghats of Kerala. It is one of the most ancient and popular pilgrim centres of India. This holy place, which is popularly referred as Sabarimala, meaning Sabari hills, attracts the attention of millions of pilgrims from within and outside India every year.

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PUSHKAR MELA

The Pushkar Fair is held in the month of Kartik on the full moon day in Pushkar, a small sleepy town in the Ajmer district of Rajasthan. Pushkar has been known as the centre of Brahma worship since 1250 AD.

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URS OF KHWAJA MOIN-UD-DIN CHISHTI

According to some historians, Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, the founder of the Chishti order, came to India from Persia as a member of Muhammad Gouri's invading army in 1191. He settled in Ajmer, where he preached Islam until his death in 1233 AD, at the age of 91.

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