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Even thousands of years before they were written down on palm leaves, the teachings were passed on from generations to generations, from the teachers to the disciples in their oral form. These works are amongst the oldest of humanity. They laid the foundation of one of the most tolerant and diverse religions in the world, the Sanatan Dharma or Hinduism, which is marked by a wide range of ethos and philosophical approaches.
Pilgrimage to sacred places forms an important aspect and commitment of the spiritual discipline of the people of almost all religions in the world.
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Certain places are considered holy due to some mythological, puranic or religious belief attached to it. Hindu Places of Pilgrimage. The Hindus have a large number of holy places from the Himalayas in the north to Kanyakumari in the south. Of all the places the Himalayan region has been considered most suitable for spiritual practices through the ages. Fig 5 — Haridwar: Haridwar is regarded as one of the seven holiest places to Hindus. Fig 6 — Bodh-Gaya: Vaishnavi Devi all on different altitudes of Himalayas are the kshetras, which every Hindu in his life time would like to visit and have divyadarshan.
This entire region is considered as very sacred and known as Devabhumi , the region of Gods.
Inspired by the Himalayas, the abode of Shiva, many people from time immemorial have been going to the caves and forest-retreats to solve the mystery of life. The River Ganga is another important symbol of Indian culture, along the banks of Ganga and her tributaries, and pilgrimage places are situated including the five Prayags, and Varanasi. Countless saints and sages have meditated and performed their penance on the shores of the rivers like Ganga, Yamuna, Sindhu, Brahmaputra, Narmada, Godavari Tunga Bhadra, and Kaveri.
Therefore, they are considered holy in the eyes of the Hindus. There are innumerable places of pilgrimage on banks of these rivers and the Indian cultural heritage evolved and flourished in these river valleys. They could seek the guidance of the learned sages who lived in it. With the passage of time, these also became pilgrimage places. Similarly, the places associated with Rama in the epics of Ramayana and Krishna in the epics of Mahabharata is also considered as holy and sacred places. Great temples were built by the kings of many dynasties.
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Every place where a big sanctuary was built and worshipped was performed with meaningful and elaborate ceremonies were conducted which began to attract crowds of people. Even these became places of pilgrimage to later generations. Even in the Vedic age, there was a conscious attempt to keep the people united through the bond of common culture. There are songs composed and sung throughout the country in the form of celebrating the great rivers and mountains which are considered holy.
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The songs are in praise of great Indian rivers: The Mahabharata mentions seven mountains, which are held sacred viz. Similarly, there are seven sacred places viz. These are believed to possess the power to grant salvation to anyone who visits them. A great service of uniting the Hindus in a common religious and cultural consciousness was championed by Sri Sankaracharya in 8 th century.
He established four sacred mutts, the monasteries at Sringeri in the south, Badarinarayan in the north, Dwaraka in the west and Puri in the east. Similarly, the four lakes namely Bindu, Pampa, Narayana and Manasa are also considered sacred. From time to time, a great interest in pilgrimages was awakened by the life of great saints and prophets. This entire discussion has focussed on the importance of Indian culture by throwing light on culture as the integral or the inner essence of our country.
The unique culture is an important expression of our society, which shows us how we remain united despite our diversities. The basic characteristics of our culture are unique and timeless and involve aspects such as respecting the elders, respecting other religious beliefs, living in co-existence, not harming the natural elements and such others.
Indian culture teaches us how to be tolerant with the differences in a society and live in harmony. The spiritual path of Yoga is a universal phenomenon given by the Indian sage Patanjali about 2, years ago. Today, Yoga is a system and practice having health and spiritual contents and is in vogue throughout the world.
It is also one of the major contributions to the present world too, which has in turn emerged from Indian Culture.
The Indian culture has extended beyond the present boundaries of India. Fig 1 — Saffron powder — Gaya, India. Summary In this section, we discuss Indian culture and its many facets and show how culture plays an integral part of our everyday life. Many Facets of Indian Culture When you visit a place for the first time, you will see the people of that place speaking in a different way, dressed in a different way, eat in a different way and follow certain ways and manners which may be different from that of yours.
Every Culture is Recognised through the Religious Expression Every society calls for a system of beliefs and practices, which when followed create a system of living. Fine Arts, the mirror of cultural expression: Literary Tradition, a reflection of culture: Epics and their influence on Indian culture: KarmanyeVadhikaraste, Ma phaleshoukadachana, Ma Karma PhalaHeturBhurmateySangostvaAkarmani You have the right to work onlybut never to expect its fruit, Let not the fruits of action be your motive, nor let your attachment be to inaction.
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