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Don't Talk About Religion Until You've Been To These 8 Places Of Mythological Significance

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India is a land where mythology and religion has shaped history and influenced lifestyles. HolidayIQ Travellers tell you how it feels to revisit these places in this era.

Don't Talk About Religion Until You've Been To These 8 Places Of Mythological Significance:

  1. Kurukshetra (Haryana)
  2. Ayodhya (Uttar Pradesh)
  3. Monkey Temple, Hampi (Karnataka)
  4. Puri (Odisha)
  5. Bodhi Tree, Bodhgaya (Bihar)
  6. Pushkar (Rajasthan)
  7. Banganga Tank, Mumbai (Maharashtra)
  8. Rameshwaram (Tamil Nadu)

1. Kurukshetra, Haryana - Where Good And Evil Fought In The Face Of God


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The Pandavas and Kauravas fought a great war, representing the good and the evil or dharma and adharma here. This war is known to us in the form of the great epic - The Mahabharata. HolidayIQ Traveller Akhil Nasser shares, “First we reached Brahma Sarover. It's a grand artificial pond with very fresh water. The soothing air was just mesmerizing. It has many temples near it which serve a peaceful and calm environment. Then we went to Panorama Science centre. It is a basic science centre but on the top floor the entire Mahabharata is depicted with real figures. It actually feels very real.”

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2. Ayodhya, Birthplace Of Lord Rama


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This kingdom was once ruled by Rama and was known as the ideal kingdom, free of any misery. HolidayIQ Traveller Ramasastry Patnala from Hyderabad shares, "The moment we land we experience an ancient city with very old buildings and structures reminding us of puranic kingdoms. Before going to any place we first took a dip in the holy river Sarayu. We enjoy the beauty of the river where we can take bath comfortably as it is maintained well. There is dress changing room for ladies. One should carry an additional dress for taking bath. We also equally feel emotional because it is the river where Lord Rama has ended His Avatara after fulfilling the purpose of incarnation."

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3. Kishkindha, Hampi - Capital Of The Monkey Kingdom


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Kishkindha was once known as the 'Monkey Kingdom', which was ruled by Sugriva with the help of Lord Hanuman. Now, the former kingdom has a beautiful monkey temple with ancient architectural ruins. HolidayIQ Traveller Nishitha K n from Mysore shares, "Monkey temple is in a Anjaneya hills. This is where God Hanuman's birth place. During Sunrise and Sun set you can get a amazing view. It's worth climbing the hill. It's about 350 steps to reach the top."

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4. Puri, Orissa - Seat Of The Lord Of Universe


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The city of Puri is known for its historic immemorial, sanctorum, architectural magnificence, balanced climate and divine significance. Counted among the most sacred pilgrim centres for Hindus in India, the destination is a seat of Lord of Universe, Jagannath, as per testimony of Skanda Purana. HolidayIQ Traveller Babulal shares, "Puri is a destination every one loves to visit again and again as the sea beach here is one of the cleanest in India and the water in the sea has 3 colours all the time. There are so many hotels to suit the budget of all and variety of food options (Domino pizza joint also here). One can roam around the city on a cycle rickshaw viewing the sights and sounds of a superb tourist place."

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5. Bodhi Tree - Where Gautam Buddha Attained Enlightenment


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It is famous as it is the place where Gautama Buddha is said to have obtained enlightenment (Bodhimandala) under what became known as the Bodhi Tree. HolidayIQ Traveller Harsh Singhal shares, "It is an awesome tree and it attracted me so much. I was really happy to see that, I want to see it more and more. Full site of enjoyment it was, know it is a good tree but there was a best location to make it perfect so I appreciate it so much."

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6. Pushkar - Where Lord Brahma Killed A Demon


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The Pushkar lake is believed to have had a miraculous origin and Brahma performed a yajna on its banks. Legend has it that a demon called Vajra Nabha, living in Pushkar, had killed the children of Brahma and in revenge Brahma killed him with a lotus stalk. As he did so, petals from the lotus flower fell at three places in Pushkar where the three lakes arose. HolidayIQ Traveller Bharat Trivedi from Mumbai shares, "It is a nice place, to know real truth of creative energy of Brahma. The brahma sarovar savitri temple were nice. About desert, there was camel ride. Nice food. People are very simple and helpful. It's a very nice place to travel in month of November to February."

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7. Banganga, Mumbai - Where Ganga Sprung When Lakshmana Shot An Arrow Into The Ground


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According to local legend, the pond sprang forth when Lakshmana shot and arrow into the ground to quench Lord Rama's thirst, while they stopped at the spot in search of his kidnapped wife Sita. HolidayIQ Traveller Ramesh Kabra from Mumbai shares, "As one enters the peaceful environs of Banganga after climbing down the Malabar Hill, one feels transported to the ghats of Varanasi or Rishikesh. There are steps (ghats) all around the rectangular water body. Many ancient idols of gods & goddesses lie strewn all around, open to the sky, almost in a state of neglect. At the entrance are two pillars which were used for lighting the earthen lamps. Under an ancient tree, the place where Lord Ram was believed to have come, his footprints made in marble are still venerated. The entire place, including, the temples all around are managed by trusts run by Maharashtrian Gaud Saraswat Brahmins. Looking at the upkeep of most of the Hindu religious locations, it can be said that the place is relatively clean and well kept. A festival of classic musical is held around the holy tank every year during January in which India's leading artists perform."

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8. Rameshwaram - Where The Monkey Army Started Building The Bridge To Lanka


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According to Hindu mythology, this is the place from where Lord Rama built a bridge across the sea to Lanka to rescue his wife Sita from her abductor Ravana. HolidayIQ Traveller Neeraj Pandya from Gandhinagar shares, "What a place.!!!!!!! As you reaching Rameswaram, rail track is parallel to blue sea water which gives you a beautiful look of journey. Then Pamban bridge over sea. Breathtaking experience to ride over blue water. Superb technology for passing ships thru railway bridge. Autos are easily available from station with little bargaining. It is a very small town. Rameshwaram temple, holy bath in sea & then wells of temple is a memorable feelings. Hotel room are easily available at affordable rates. Dhanushkodi is a must visit place where you can feel two sea Hind & Arabian at a time with two different color of water."

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