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Bhubaneswar
The capital of Orissa. The temple of
half-Visnu and half-Siva, Hari-Hara
Lingaraja, is often visited by pilgrims
before going to Jagannath Puri.
   
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Gangotri
Krishna said in Bhagavad-gita: "Amongst rivers I am
Ganges" and all over the world you will hardly find a
river more worshiped and more sacred than Ganges.
Gangotri is situated on the upper reaches of Ganges,
3140 m above sea level near the most famous Ganges's
source - Gomukh.
   
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Gokul
Mahavana - Gokul is a place on
the opposite side of Yamuna
River where Krsna performed
His childhood pastimes until
He was three years old.
   
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Gomukh
Ganges has many streams which are
gradually combining into full-fledged Ganges.
But the most famous is Gomukh located 23 km
northeast from Gangotri.
   
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Govardhan
The Govardhan Hill that was lifted
by Krsna's hand for protection of
inhabitants of Vrindavan is one of
the three things that remained in
Vraja from the times of Krisna's
pastimes 500 years ago.
   
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Haridwar
Haridwar is located on the west bank of the
river Ganges. "Haridwar" literary means
"the gate to Lord Hari", Lord Vishnu. It is
one of the seven most sacred places of
India and in the Puranas it is called
Mayapuri-ksetra.
   
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Hrisikesh
In Hrisikesh, 356 m above the sea level,
Ganges leaves the Himalayas and flows
into India's lowlands.
   
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Jagannatha Puri
The city of Puri - also called
Nilacala and Sri Ksetra
   
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Jaipur and Karoli
"Town of Victory" with the fort
where the original 5000 year old
Govindaji Deity from Vrindavana
is now being worshiped.
   
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Kanchipuram
Kanchipuram is known as the "Golden
City of Temples." It is considered one of
the seven main sacred cities of India.
Varanasi, Haridwar, Ujjain, Mathura,
Ayodhya and Dvaraka are the others.
   
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Mt. Abu
Dilwara Jain Temples are not classical
Vaishnava sites of pilgrimage, but they are
really worth to see. In its beautiful carvings
you can find also scenes from Narasimha's
and Krishna's pastimes.
   
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Pune
   
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Radhakunda
The pond of Srimati Radharani
near Govardhana Hill in Vraja
is one of the most sacred place
on Earth for Gaudiya-Vaishnavas.
   
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Rameswaram
Rameswaram is a small town on the eastern
side of an island, which is the shape of a
conch shell, 55 km by 12 km. It is one of
the four dhamas, or kingdoms of God. The
other three are Badrinath, Puri and Dwarka.
   
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Raval and Dauji
Raval is the birthplace of Srimati
Radharani and the nearby village
of Dauji is the home of an ancient
Deity of Lord Balaram, Krisna's
elder brother.
   
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Srirangam
Srirangam (Sri Rangam) is located 2 km
north of Tiruchirappalli. The main deity is
Lord Ranganatha, or Lord Vishnu, reclining
on Sesa Naga. This temple is the foremost
of the eight self-manifested shrines of Lord
Vishnu (Swayam Vyakta Ksetras).
It is also considered the most important of
the 108 main Vishnu temples (Divya Desams).
   
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Tirupati
Tirupati is 170km northwest of Chennai
(Madras), in Andhra Pradesh near the Tamil
Nadu border. In Tirupati there is the important
Sri Govindaraja Swami Temple, Kothanda Rama
Swami Temple and the famous Kapileswara Temple,
which is dedicated to Lord Siva.
   
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Varsana
The residence of Maharaja Vrsabhanu,
the father of Srimati Radharani. Many
pastimes of Radha and Krishna took
place in this area of Vraja.
   
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Vrndavan
Small town on the bank of Yamuna
River where Krsna performed His
rasa-lila pastimes. One of the most
sacred Holy Places in India for
pilgrims and sadhus from many faiths.


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