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Published on: 18 Jul 2016 by maripat
Each year, many millions of pilgrims
travel to specific locations that have unique spiritual significance; these
pilgrims hope to attain a new degree of wisdom, transformation, and elevation.
There are many different pilgrimage destinations that are worth exploring. What
are the top five places of religious pilgrimage that you should experience for
yourself when given a chance?
The Ganges River
The Ganges River receives approximately
20 million visits each year, making it the most popular pilgrimage site in the
world. The river runs from the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal and people who
travel here believe that the river represents a goddess, purity, and life
itself. The popular belief held with the Ganges River is that those who dip
themselves in it are cleansed of all sins and impurities.
The City Of Mecca
The city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia
receives around 13 million Muslims on pilgrimage each year. When traveling to
Mecca for Hajj in the final month of the Muslim calendar, you might find
upwards of two MILLION Muslims here. The importance of the pilgrimage goes back
centuries. The Islamic pilgrimage consists of a sequence of rituals including
traveling between Safa and Marwah, individually praying, and circumambulating
Bahai Gardens In Haifa,
In the largest city in Northern Israel,
you will find the Bahai Gardens in Haifa. More than half a million people visit
here and the gardens are lined by rows and avenues of flowers, symmetrical, and
geometric. It is possible to enjoy some peaceful resilience and meditative
thought in this beautifully serene environment. There are no harsh walls, because
the natural development protects the visitors in the center of the site.
The City Of Jerusalem
Each year there are more than two
million tourists who travel to the city of Jerusalem. It is an important
location for Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. For Muslims, Jerusalem is the
third most revered site; this is the city where the Prophet Muhammad went to
heaven. According to Christianity, Jerusalem is the site of the Resurrection of
Jesus, the Crucifixion, and the Last Supper. According to the Jewish faith, it
is the site of the eternal capital of the Israelite nation, Solomon's Temple,
the City of David, and the Biblical Zion.
The City Of Bethlehem
Especially during Christmas, the city of
Bethlehem is a popular pilgrimage site – primarily because it is considered
Jesus' birthplace. This is a must visit for all the tourists seeking for Israel
holy land tours. Both the city and the surrounding
historical sites are worth visiting. According to Israeli government figures,
the number of people who visit here yearly have been on the rise