India is a religious land. Ever since the dawn of
civilization, India has been the birthplace of many religions. Being so,
the country boasts of a lot of pilgrim destinations within its
precincts. Rich in mythology, it has a number of temples, mosques,
monasteries, churches and gurdwaras, which attract lakhs of devotees
every year. People belonging to various religions come here to visit the
various pilgrimages and obtain the divine blessings of God, seeking
forgiveness for all their sins.
Hinduism, the oldest religion of the world, has many shrines all over
India. Hindus settled in various parts of the world come to India to
visit their scared temples and get darshan of the Divine Being.
Similarly, the country has numerous shrines belonging to other religions
as well. Buddhists come to visit Bodhgaya, where Lord Buddha received
enlightenment, and Sarnath, where He delivered his first sermon.
There are also many Buddhist monasteries in Himachal Pradesh and
Ladakh. For the Sikhs, there is Anandpur Sahib, Golden Temple and
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. It is said that Christianity was introduced in
India by St. Thomas or Doubting Thomas, in 52 AD. Indian Churches, with
their distinct archaeological British, Portuguese, French and Indian
designs, serve as a reminder of the same. If this was not enough, India
boasts of housing shrines of Jains and Muslims too.