Sapta Puri is the seven of the holiest centres of pilgrimage in India where the supreme Lord had descended and graced the place in the form of incarnations and avatars. If you are looking for a journey where every destination is spiritually evoking then going on a Sapta puri yatra will fulfill your wishes. This sacred journey covers some of the most pious pilgrimage sites covering which, is believed to attain the devotees their ‘moksha’ or salvation.
Here are the 7 sacred destinations in India that are covered in this journey:
Situated in the banks of River Sarayu in Uttar Pradesh, Ayodhya is considered to be one of the holiest pilgrimage destinations in India. Being the birthplace of Lord Rama the city is extremely highly revered and visited by numerous pilgrims on a daily basis. The city highlights its immensely rich cultural heritage which showcases its glorious bygone era. Home to almost a hundred temples and numerous holy kunds, Ayodhya has also found its mention in some of the holy Hindu books.
Temples to visit in Ayodhya:
- Kala Ram Temple, Kanak bhavan, Hanumangarhi, Kshireshwaranth Mandir, Swargadwar, Rama Ghat, Lakshman Ghat.
Replete with numerous historically iconic events and happenings, the entire atmosphere of the city remains engulfed in unmatched spiritualism. This is the birthplace of Lord Krishna and is dotted with a number of temples and holy shrines. This ancient holy town’s history has been traced with the help of archeological findings and mentions in the holy Puranas. This is the 2nd Sapta Puri site and one of the prime pilgrimage destinations of the subcontinent.
- Keshav Dev, Krishna Balram Mandir, Rangabhumi, Vishram Ghat
The next important Sapta Puri destination is Dwarka, where Lord Krishna had migrated from Mathura making Dwarka his capital and spent the rest of his life there. Lord Krishna is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu which makes this place a religious magnet. Presently it is a part of the Saurashtra peninsula region in Gujarat. Being a part of the Jyotirlinga as well as the all India char dham yatra this India’s oldest pilgrimage site offers the opportunity for you to feel the deep spirituality.
Temples to visit in Dwarka:
- Dwarkadheesh Mandir, ISKCON temple, Nageshwar Jyotirlinga, Gopi Talav, Bet Dwarka
Located in Uttarakhand and commonly known as the ‘gateway to char dham’ or the gateway to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu, Haridwar sits comfortably on the bank of River Ganga. The vibrantly colorful ghats which line this holy town sees a large number of devotees who come here to take a dip in the holy water to get rid of their sins and attain purity in their life. Haridwar also plays host to one of the most pious religious festivals in the world, Kumbh Mela which is attended by millions of devotees every 12 years. The entire region of Haridwar is doused in extreme spirituality and every nook and corner represents the holy nature of this place.
- Mansa devi mandir, Maya devi mandir, Chandi devi mandir, Bharat mata mandir
Known all over for being one of the oldest living cities in the world, Varanasi or Kashi, is famous for its religiously electric environment and the undeniable feeling of the lord’s presence everywhere you venture. Running through the city is the holy Ganga River and is also considered as the abode of Lord Shiva. There is a common belief here that anyone who dies in Varanasi attains their liberation and salvation. The entire city is adorned with a number of ancient and important sites of Hindu relevance.
- Kashi Vishwanath mandir (one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India), Sankat Mochan mandir, Durga mandir, Tulsi Manas mandir
Popularly known as the ‘city of a thousand temples’ and located in the Southern region on the bank of holy Vedavathi River this city is known for its spiritual importance and relevance. Home to 108 Shaiva and 18 Vaishnava mandir Kanchipuram has a rich and vibrant history along with a colorful cultural heritage which to present day is very obvious in its atmosphere. The entire city is peppered with ancient exquisitely built and opulent temples, stupas and monasteries.
Temples to visit in Kanchipuram:
- Vaikunta Perumal mandir, Kamakshi amman mandir, Ekambareswarar mandir, kailasanathar mandir
This sacred ‘city of temples’ had flourished as an urban centre during the 700 BC in the heart of India, Madhya Pradesh. There are a number of ancient pilgrimage sites here which date back to the 3rd century BC and are also known for being one of the several abodes of Lord Shiva. Originally known as ‘Avantika’, Ujjain has been ranked higher than Benares, Gaya and Kanchipuram and has been found mentioned in numerous holy Hindu as well as Buddhist texts and inscriptions.
Temples to visit in Ujjain – Kal Bhairav mandir, Vedha shala, Chintaman Ganesh mandir, Bade Ganesh ka mandir.