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Pilgrimages of Jammu and Kashmir

  1. Amarnath
  2. Kashmira Shakti Peetha
  3. Vaishno Devi
  4. Kheer Bhawani
  5. Sri Parvata Shakti Peetha
  6. Sharika Devi
  7. Sharada Peeth
  8. Shankaracharya Temple
  9. Sudh Mahadev


  • Amarnath (3888 m): An ancient cave pilgrimage of Shiva as well as a Shakti Peetha in Liddar (or Lidder) Valley of Kashmir Himalayas. This is the place where Lord Shiva is said to have told the Amar-Katha (Tale of Immortality) to Devi Parvati. A natural Ice Lingam forms in this cave. This is also the Kashmira Shakti Peetha. Amarnath cave is located in the Anantanag district of Jammu and Kashmir.
    - Legend
    - The Trek
    - Om Namah Shivaya
    - Nagendra Haraya Trilocanaya

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  • Kashmira Shakti Peetha: A Shakti Peetha mentioned in Peetha Nirnaya texts where the Kanthadesha (Region of the Neck) of Devi had fallen. The Devi there is known as Mahamaya and Bhairava is known as Trisandheyeswara. Kashmira Peetha is identified with Amarnath cave. Amarnath cave is located in the Anantanag district of Jammu and Kashmir.
    - Sarva Mangala Mangalye
    - Kashmira Shakti Peetha
    - Shakti Peethas

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  • Vaishno Devi (1500 m): A famous pilgrimage of Devi Vaishnavi in Trikuta Parvata in the Shivalik range of Kashmir Himalayas. Vaishno Devi originated from the combined powers of the Tridevis - Devi Mahakali, Devi Mahalakshmi and Devi Mahasaraswati. The Devi incarnated as the daughter of Ratnakar. She performed penance and got the darshan of Sri Rama. Sri Rama instructed Her to abide in Trikuta Parvata as the great Devi of this Kali Yuga. After an encounter with Bhairon Nath, She manifested in a cave in Trikuta Parvata in the form of Three Pindies (Natural Rock formations). Devi is said to have revealed Her holy cave to Her ardent devotee named Sridhar Pandit. Trikuta Parvata is reached from the base camp at Katra which is located in the Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir.
    - Temple information
    - Places to see
    - Festivals
    - Sarva Mangala Mangalye
    - Ya Devi Sarvabhutesu
    - Vaishno Devi Chalisa
    - Tune Mujhe Bulaya Shera Waliye
    - Aaj Tera Jagrata Mata
    - Jai Ambe Gauri

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  • Kheer Bhawani: A sacred spring in Tula Mula village is worshipped as goddess Ragnya Devi. Thousands of devotees offer milk and kheer to this sacred spring, hence it is called Kheer Bhawani. Swami Vivekananda has a divine experience in this place. Kheer Bhawani is located in the Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir.
    - Sarva Mangala Mangalye
    - Divine experience of Swami Vivekananda

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  • Sri Parvata Shakti Peetha: A Shakti Peetha mentioned in Peetha Nirnaya texts where the Daksha Gulpha (Right ankle) of Devi had fallen. The Devi there is known as Sri Sundari and Bhairava is known as Sundarananda. Sri Parvata Shakti Peetha is identified with Sri Parvata near Ladakh. Ladakh is located in the Leh district of Jammu and Kashmir.
    - Sarva Mangala Mangalye
    - Sri Parvata Shakti Peetha
    - Shakti Peethas

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  • Sharika Devi: The temple of Sharika Devi in Hari Parbat of Kashmir Himalayas. Sharika Devi is considered as the presiding deity of Srinagar. Devotees perform parikrama (circumambulation) of Hari Parbat. Hari Parbat is located in the Srinagar district of Jammu and Kashmir.
    - Hari Parbat Parikrama
    - Sarva Mangala Mangalye

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  • Sharada Peeth: An ancient temple of Devi Sharada in Neelam Valley of Kashmir Himalayas. Goddess Sharada Who embodies learning, beauty and arts was the presiding deity of Kashmir in ancient times. That is why Kashmir was known as Sharada Desha or Sharada Peetha. According to Sharada Mahatmya, Goddess Sharada gave darshan to Shandilya Rishi when he performed penance at Sharada Vana in the upper Kishenganga valley of north Kashmir. It is also in this temple that Adi Shankara ascended the Sarvajna Peetham (Throne of Wisdom). Sharada Peeth is located in the PoK of Jammu and Kashmir.
    - Sarva Mangala Mangalye
    - Saraswati Mahabhage
    - Ya Kundendu
    - Saraswati Devi Chalisa

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  • Shankaracharya Temple (335 m): An ancient temple of Adi Shankara in Kashmir Himalayas. The temple is located in the Shankaracharya Hill where Adi Shankaracharya is said to have stayed and meditated. Shankaracharya Hill is located in the Srinagar district of Jammu and Kashmir.

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  • Sudh Mahadev: A famous temple of Shiva near Patnitop in Kashmir Himalayas. It is associated with the legend of devotee Sudheet after whose name Shiva named this place. Sudh Mahadev temple is located in the Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir.
    - Legend
    - Om Namah Shivaya

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Pilgrimages by States:

North India: Jammu and Kashmir - Himachal Pradesh - Uttarakhand - Punjab - Haryana - Rajasthan - Uttar Pradesh

West India: Gujarat - Maharashtra

Central India: Madhya Pradesh

East India: Assam - Meghalaya - Tripura - Jharkhand - Odisha - West Bengal

South India: Karnataka - Andhra Pradesh - Kerala - Tamil Nadu



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