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Pilgrimage plays a very crucial role in our life. Generally keeping in line with his/her religion each human being loves to undertake pilgrimage to enthrall himself of the importance of his religion and the place he visit. It is here that he knows about the culture and tradition of different people located at different places to enrich himself of the values of life. He learns and imbibes the spirit of common human goals to be achieved during his/her sojourn of life. Here
Here is an over view of Haridwar, a place which we visited recently -
It is said that River Ganges originally existed in the Heavens. Bhagiratha, a famous king, in seeking salvation for his ancestors who were cursed by an oracle, performed penance and meditated compelling the goddess Ganga to come down to Earth. Then Ganges came down to the Earth through a lock (Jata) of hair of Lord Shiva, making the earth fertile, pure and free of all human sins.
How does River Ganges Charter its course ?
The 2510 km long Ganges or River Ganga is the holy river of Hindus, which is worshipped as a Goddess. This is the second largest river in the subcontinent of India, emerging from the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand in India. In its long course, the Ganges passes through major cities like Allahabad, Pataliputra, Kara, Kannauj, Baharampur, Murshidabad and Kolkata.
Religious significance of the Ganges in Hinduism
The two cities considered holiest in India, Varanasi and Hardwar are situated on the banks of Ganges. These two cities and Allahabad are famous for religious worshipping, as every 12 years alternatively, Kumbh Mela (the largest religious fair in the world) is organized in these cities, allowing everyone to wash away their sins. The river Ganges is even mentioned in holy textbooks of Hinduism, Rig Veda, which is predicted to be 4000 years old.
Many families also consider keeping a vial of Ganges water in the house as auspicious and also necessary to give to a dying person to drink it. Even scattering ashes over Ganges of loved ones after their death is a custom to be followed by every Hindu, which is mandatory, as it is believed, this will help the dead attain salvation. The city of Varanasi is famous as the cremation ground for pious Hindus. Among several temples in Varanasi, Kashi Vishwanath Temple along the banks of the Ganges is believed to be very sacred.
I shall see if I can upload some of the pics which I had clicked as a layman though during our stay at Haridwar and surrounding local areas of religious importance.
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