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8 Ways You Can Get Closer To God Than Ever!

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Want to find God? No matter the faith, ditch those guide books with typically pious photos and long boring passages. Here are 8 videos that will get you up close and personal with the creator (and no, we don't mean it that way!) 

1. Coorg's little Tibet, Namdroling Monestary

source: HolidayIQ reviewer Vikas Rana shot this in Coorg

HolidayIQ reviewer Mandira says, "This beautiful monastery in the Kodagu valley is a must visit. The inside of the monastery hosts huge statues of Lord Buddha and other reverends of Buddhism. The golden statues are huge and majestic leaving you awestruck. Around the monastery, treat yourself to authentic Tibetan cuisine. I tasted some of the best thukpa and momos of my life. There are some pretty knick knack shops to buy a souvenir from, the shops are run by the friendly monks."

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2. Reminiscent of Delhi's Mughal era, the Jama Masjid

source: HolidayIQ reviewer Jairam R shot this in Delhi

HolidayIQ reviewer Muhammed Razil says, "The Jama Masjid (Masjid-i Jahan-Numa) of Delhi is one of the largest mosques in India. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the 16th century. Red stone and marbles were the main materials used for it's construction. The mosque is built on an expansive elevated stone platform that is accessible through flights of stairs from three sides. The eastern gate is the largest and serves the entrance. The Friday noon prayer (jumah) time is the best time to visit. I visited there on one friday noon and did my prayer from there. It was a nice ecperience for me. Entry is free of cost. Chappels and shoes are not allowed inside the masjid. You can keep either at outside or in the bag. You can visit in daytime."

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3. Revered by all, Madurai's Meenakshi Temple

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HolidayIQ reviewer Jagadish says, "On 4th day of our religious personal tour, we visited Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai in the evening. The Temple is dedicated to Parvati, known as Meenakshi, and her consort, Shiva, here named Sundareswarar. The temple houses 14 Gopurams (gateway towers), ranging from 45-50m in height from which we entered from southern gate which was tallest tower, 170 ft high. We got blessing from Meenakshi Devi and Sundareswarar Shiva. We also visited a museum in temple complex which contains 1000 pillars and so many valuable Idols of Lord shiva and Goddess Parvati. It is said that there are an estimated 33000 sculptures in the temple. We took about two hours even though we have special darshan tickets. Your visit of Madurai is uncompleted until you visit this holy sanctum."

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4. Patronized by erstwhile royalty, Ranakpur Jain Temple in Ranakpur

source: HolidayIQ reviewer Akash Raghuwanshi shot this is Ranakpur

HolidayIQ reviewer Traveler Inme says, "The Ranakpur Adinath Jain Mandir, located in Pali district of Rajasthan, had me captivated at the very first sight. Built in the 15th century it is considered to be one of the most important pilgrimage sites of the Jain community. It is said that a Jain businessman, Dharma Shah, had a vision which led to the construction of this temple, with the support of Rana Kumbha, who was the ruler of Mewar then. The mandir is made of light colored marble and boasts of incredible intricate carvings that leaves one speechless. All this is considered to be the selfless work of master builder - sculptor Depa / Depaka. Built on a huge area the complex is said to have 25+ halls, 80 domes and more than 1400 marble pillars, each of them artistically carved, yet none are alike. The temple is based on the chaumukha concept of architecture (entrances at the four cardinal points) all leading to a central chamber, that has image of Adinath (the first Tirthankara) facing in each of the four directions. We visited this beautiful temple, nestled in the solitude of Aravali Hills, on our trip to Udaipur. Club it with the Kumbhalgarh Fort, that has the second longest wall in the world after The Great Wall of China and you will have a day well spent!"

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5. A memoir of our colonial past, Basilica of Bom Jesus in Goa

source: HolidayIQ reviewer Snehal Raibole shot this in Goa

HolidayIQ reviewer Snehal Raibole says, "One of the most famous churches in Old Goa, the Basilica contains the tomb and mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier in a glassed coffin amid a shower of gilt stars. The basilica combines the elements of Doric, Ionic and Corinthian design. 'IHS' is emblazoned at the top of the church entrance, which is the first three letters of Jesus in Greek. "

Snehal also adds, "Tip: No Selfies and photographing a person inside the church are allowed inside the church. Beware you'll be fined if found guilty."

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6. Built of white marble and overlaid with gold, the Golden Temple of Amritsar

source: HolidayIQ reviewer Er Rahul Chetal shot this in Amritsar

HolidayIQ reviewer Rahul says, "The iconic golden temple, one of the holiest sites of sikh religion is located in the city of Amritsar which itself got its nick name as the "Golden city" from the gurudwara. Also known as Harminder sahib, the temple is visited by thousands of devotees and tourists every year."

HolidayIQ reviewer Rajkumar adds, "A memorable religious temple. Excellent architecture and covered with golden foils. The biggest "Langar" in the world serves food to every one without any charges and running continuously. The great job of volunteers without any hesitation." 

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7. In reverence of a river, Dasaswamedh Ghat in Varanasi

source: HolidayIQ reviewer Aman Gulia shot this at Varanasi

HolidayIQ reviewer Richa says, "It's the most beautiful experience in Varanasi. It's a treat to your eyes and your ears, when you witness the Ganga Aarti Live. You can take a boat ride to see the entire ritual more closely, or, you can be one amongst the thousands worshippers on the ghat itself." 

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8417 Ratings | 9951 Reviews | 117 Sightseeings | 461 Photos

8. Breathtaking Sufi shrine, Dargha Shariff in Ajmer

source: HolidayIQ reviewer Rizwanuddin Rafiq

HolidayIQ reviewer Ashok tells HolidayIQ, "India's most important pilgrimage for people from all faiths. The splendid tomb of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti is next only to Mecca or Medina for Muslims. Built in the 13th century, this mausoleum has a gigantic entrance gate. 2 massive cauldrons in the courtyard were donated by Akbar and Jahangir. On the right side of the courtyard is the Akbari Masjid built in white marble. The saint's tomb with a splendid marble dome is in the center of the second courtyard and surrounded by a silver platform. There is a large crowd at all time awaiting entry to this marvelous site. So one has to be prepared to make a slow entry but a hurried exit!!"

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