As humans, we lead a life full of struggle and strife. During trying moments, we might knowingly or unknowingly indulge in actions that may be sinful. After a certain time, the wrong actions start weighing us down, and our conscience prods us to atone for our sins. That is when we consider visiting a teertha, where we can go and ask for forgiveness. Such a spiritual journey is termed as a pilgrimage or teertha yatra, which is one of the distinguished facets of Hinduism. Though, undertaking a religious journey is not mandatory in this religion, still a number of Hindus visit the teerthas every year in search of peace and enlightenment.
Most of the teerthas are located in calm and secluded places surrounded by the pristine beauty of nature. These places may be near a water source, a mountain or a forest. Their environs are further sanctified by the presence of the holy men and their regular mantra chanting. Such places provide immense peace to the soul.
Hindu Pilgrimage - The Teerthas takes you on a mental journey to such spiritual places in India. The book discusses in detail Chaar Dhaam, Himalayan Chaar Dhaam, Sapt Puri, Dwadash Jyotirlingam, Panch Sarovar, Sapt Sarita, Divya Desam, Shakti Peetha, Yatras and also some of the famous temples in India. Enhanced with vivid and exclusive pictures, the book brings the places alive and inspires one to make a pilgrimage to these holy shrines.
About The Author
\tSunita Pant Bansal Born and studied in New Delhi, India, Sunita has been a prolific writer since childhood, having published her first poem at the age of eight. While studying Human Nutrition in conjunction with the Indian traditional wisdom of Ayurveda, she began writing on health and nutrition, and then went on to writing on general fitness, psychology, beauty and parenting.
Sunita has worked as an editor with The Times of India Group, starting the path-breaking supplement, The Saturday Times. She founded and edited The Eternal Solutions, a monthly magazine on wellness. She began writing for children in 1988, having written 36 books based on traditional Indian wisdom till now, and more to come.
With nearly a thousand articles published till date, Sunita has also aired a number of programmes on radio and television as well. Her versatility with handling media can be seen in the numerous books, multimedia CD ROMs, audio CDs and short films that she has created in the last two decades. Some of her products are: History of India, Encyclopaedia of India, Healing Rhythms of Indian Classical Music, On the Footsteps of Buddha, and Ramayan for Children.
Sunita Pant Bansal has published three of her books under the banner of Pustak Mahal. Hindu Pilgrimage - The Teerthas is her fourth book with us, and the first under the imprint Hindoology Books.
Table Of Contents
Himalayan Chaar Dhaam
Dwarka (Refer to page no. 20)
Mangala Gauri (Gaya)
Kalighat (West Bengal)
Panch Kedar Yatra
Vaishno Devi Yatra
Some Other Famous Temples
Surya Pahar Temple
Brahmanya Dev Temple
Adi Kumbheshwar Temple
Kamakshi Amman Temple
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