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Serial no : 1
Name of the place : Kanyakumari
State : Tamilnadu
District : Kanyakumari
Reason for sanctity : It is a meeting point of Indian Ocean, The Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean meet at Kanyakumari, where a temple to the goddess of India, Kanya Kumari is located.
Special features (if any) : -

Serial no : 2
Name of the place : Allahabad
State : Uttar Pradesh
District : Allahabad
Reason for sanctity : The three most holy rivers of India the Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati meet here. It is also called as Triveni Sangam or Prayag.
Special features (if any) : The river Saraswati is supposed to join the other two by an underground passage. Once in 12 years the Kumbh Mela is performed here, when millions tale a holy dip in the confluence of the three rivers..

Serial no : 3
Name of the place : Amarnath
State : Kashmir
District : Srinagar
Reason for sanctity : A Shiva Linga formed naturally, of ice is seen here inside a cave and it increases and decreases with the moon. Natural phenomena makes Amarnath sacred.
Special features (if any) : Many pilgrims visit the sacred cave in the month of July to August, the only time of the year when it is accessible.

Serial no : 4
Name of the place : Rameswaram
State : Tamilnadu
District : Ramanathapuram
Reason for sanctity : The place derives its sanctity from its traditional association with Lord Rama. He rested here while his army of monkeys built a bridge across the sea to reach the island of Lanka.
Special features (if any) : The temple here is dedicated to Shiva and the Shiva lingam is believed to be made of sand by Sita and installed by Sri Rama himself.. Another stone linga brought from the Himalayas was installed north of the above mentioned lingam.

Serial no : 5
Name of the place : Haridwar
State : Uttarakhand
District : Uttarakhand
Reason for sanctity : It is one of the seven sacred cities of India,and is located where the Ganges enters the north Indian plains.
Special features (if any) : Once in 12 years a religious fair called the Kumbh Mela attracts millions of pilgrims for a ritual bath in the waters of the Ganges.

Serial no : 6
Name of the place : Ramkund
State : Maharashtra
District : Nashik
Reason for sanctity : It is sacred because Shri Rama, Lakshman and Seetha completed their stay in the forest for twelve years. It is also known as Shri Kshtra Panchavati, which is a part of the ancient forest area called Dandakaranya.
Special features (if any) : Once in 12 years a religious fair called the Sinhastha attracts thousands of people from all parts of the country who come here to bath in the sacred waters of river Godavari.

Serial no : 7
Name of the place : Badrinath
State : Uttarakhand
District : Garhwal
Reason for sanctity : Badrinath is known as Nara and Narayana Parvatha. It is one of the four abodes of Vishnu. The valley is very sacred because, it is the main gate to Kailash, the abode of Shiva. According to legend, Vyasa and other rishis visited Parasara at Badhrikashram to learn the great truths of Dharma. All these made this place as one of the immemorial sanctity.
Special features (if any) : Jotismath, one of the four maths founded by Sri Sankaracharya is here. Mahabharata mention the ashram, where Krishna and Arjuna lived for a long time.

Serial no : 8
Name of the place : Kedaranath
State : Uttarakhand
District : Garhwal.
Reason for sanctity : According to legend, the Pandavas built a temple. The present Kedaranath temple was built by Adi Sankaracharya, behind which lies his Samadhi. It is one of the 12 Jyothirlingas.
Special features (if any) : A rock is worshipped as a form of Shiva and the remaining portions of his body are reverenced at Tungnath, Rudranath, Madhyamaheshwar and Kalpeshwar.

Serial no : 9
Name of the place : Mathura
State : Uttar Pradesh
District : Mathura
Reason for sanctity : It is the birthplace of Shri Krishna and is considered as one of the seven sacred cities in India. It is otherwise called Brajbhoomi, celebrated and famous for the exploits of Shri Krishna.
Special features (if any) : A stone slab marks the original spot where Shri Krishna was born.

Serial no : 10
Name of the place : Dwaraka
State : Gujarat
District : Jamnagar
Reason for sanctity : It is associated with Sri Krishna. After killed the mighty Kamsa, Sri Krishna built a mighty kingdom on this site selected by Garuda. According to legend, the gods assisted Krishna in the construction of this kingdom. A temple named Dwarakadhish dedicated to Sri Krishna in this place.
Special features (if any) : There are about 33 temples and 9 sacred tanks associated with Sri Krishna and the Vaishnav tradition. Adi Sankaracharya established a matt, known as Sharada Peeth - a seat of learning and Vedantic work.

Serial no : 11
Name of the place : Rishikesh
State : Uttaranchal
District : Dehradun
Reason for sanctity : It is the place where Raibhya Rishi did penance to please God, who appeared before him as Hrishikesh. The place was henceforth called as Rishikesh. The main deity of the temple here is `Bharat' an incarnation of Vishnu.
Special features (if any) : It is a city frequented by saints and sages and a centre for learning yoga and meditation. Thousands of pilgrims come here to wash off their sins in the holy Ganga. The Bharat temple was renovated by Adi Sankaracharya 300 years back.

Serial no : 12
Name of the place : Varanasi
State : Uttar Pradesh
District : -
Reason for sanctity : Varanasi, formerly known as Kasi, is situated on the bank of the river Ganga. It is one of the holiest cities in India. The deity, Lord Visvanatha, is famed throughout the length and breadth of India. It is believed that the holy city was founded by Lord Shiva. It is the city of light.
Special features (if any) : Thousands of pilgrims daily to bathe in the sacred Ganga. It is believed that anyone dying on the banks of the river, in Varanasi, attains instant `moksha' or enlightenment.

Serial no : 13
Name of the place : Nasik
State : Maharashtra
District : Nasik
Reason for sanctity : It is where Rama, Lakshmana and Seetha completed their stay in the forest for twelve years. About 2000 temples are found here.
Special features (if any) : Once in 12 years a religious fair called the Sinhastha attracts thousands of people from all parts of the country who come here to bathe in the sacred waters of river Godavari.

Serial no : 14
Name of the place : Gaya
State : Bihar
District : -
Reason for sanctity : It is the birthplace of Gautama Buddha and also where he received enlightenment. Mahabodhi Temple is the site of Siddhartha's original Bodhi tree, along with a golden image of the Buddha. Vishnu Pada temple is the most important temple in Gaya.
Special features (if any) : It is an important centre of pilgrimage for Buddhist. Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. The first great Buddhist emperor Asoka, marked it off with a railing and officially revered the tree.

Serial no : 15
Name of the place : Kanchipuram
State : Tamilnadu
District : Kanchipuram
Reason for sanctity : It is one of the seven sacred cities of India. There are a number of temples dedicated to Siva and Vishnu. The most important temple is the Kamakshi Amman temple where the goddess is worshipped in the form a Yantra, which is placed in front of the idol.
Special features (if any) : Adi Sankaracharya established one of the four Episcopal seats in India here (Acharya pita) one of the four he established in India and is known as Kamakshipita.

Serial no : 16
Name of the place : Pushkar
State : Rajasthan
District : Ajmer
Reason for sanctity : This city has great antiquity and is located around Pushkar lake and the only temple sacred to Brahma in India.
Special features (if any) : If anyone bathing in this lake will get the benefit of Brahma's yagna and is entitles to the bliss of Heaven. Every year a large camel and animal fair takes place here.

Serial no : 17
Name of the place : Ujjain
State : Madhya Pradesh
District : Ujjain
Reason for sanctity : Legends sanctified Ujjain as the "seed city". It is believed that the germs of all living beings who survived the Flood are preserved in the central image of Mahadeo in the great Mahakal temple. Sanctity is attached to birds and beast and fish and all living creatures. The city is also sacred because Sri Vallabhacharya, a Vaishnava reformer took abode under a pipal tree here.
Special features (if any) : Maha Shivaratri is a big event here. Thousands of pilgrims flock to the fair grounds near the Mahakal temple to worship Lord Shiva. The Simhastha Kumbh Mela is a mammoth fair held once in twelve years.

Serial no : 18
Name of the place : Ayodhya
State : Uttar Pradesh
District : Faizabad
Reason for sanctity : It is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Rama and is one of the seven sacred cities of India. It is a city of temples. Religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism are all found here.
Special features (if any) : Ayodhya was the seat of five Jaina Tirthankaras, including the first Tirthankara Adinatha (Rishabhadeva).

Serial no : 19
Name of the place : Trikuta Mountain
State : Jammu & Kashmir
District : Jammu
Reason for sanctity : The holy cave shrine of Vaishno-Devi, the mother goddess is worshiped here in the form of Maha Kali, Maha Saraswati and Maha Lakshmi. The holy cave is the petrified torso of Bhairon Nath, who received forgiveness from the benevolent goddess in his dying movements.
Special features (if any) : Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world visit the holy shrine throughout the year, except in winter.

Serial no : 20
Name of the place : Sringeri
State : Karnataka
District : Chikmagalur
Reason for sanctity : It is a holy place of India since Sri Sankaracharya founded it and installed the Goddess of learning, Sri Saradha. He also established a Matt for the propagation of Advaita philosophy. It is a centre of learning philosophy and sublime spirituality.
Special features (if any) : Sringeri attracts many pilgrims. This is the first of the four Matts established by Sri Sankaracharya.

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