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RELIGIOUS PLACES OF INDIA

Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains and Parsis are the major religious communities of India. According to the 1991 Religious Census there are 672.6 m Hindus, 95.2 m Muslims, 18.9 m Christians, 16.3 m Sikhs, 6.3 m Buddhists and 3.4 Jains in India.There are Hindu, Islamic, Christian, Buddhist, Jain and Sikh religious places.

Most of them have a mythological genesis and their devotees look to them as sacred and venerable. However, faith is the sole basis that keeps these places alive some of which are several centuries old. Some important places of each faith are given below:

Religion Places
Hinduism
Tirupati Sibsagar Gaya Dwarka
Somnath Pushkar Vaishno Devi Amarnath
Rishikesh Varanasi Ayodhya Badrinath
Haridwar Kedarnath Mathura Vrindavan
Allahabad Chitrakoot Kanchipuram Madurai
Rameswaram Kanyakumari Nasik Bhubaneswar
Puri Ujjain    
BUDDHISM
Kapilvastu Nagarjuna Sagar Amravathi Sarnath
Bodhgaya Sanchi Dhauli Ajanta and Ellora
Islam
Fatehpur Sikri Ajmer Biharsharif Nagore
Gaur Hajo    
JAINISM
Vaishali Mount Abu Dilwara Pavapuri
Parasnath Karkal    
SIKHISM
Hemkunt sahib Patna Sahib Golden Temple   
CHRISTIANITY
Tomb of St. Francis Xavier


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