Mother’s Day is May 8. It’s a day that reminds us how thankful we should be to our respective moms. From the moment they bring us into this world, till the day they breathe, they make their lives about us. They teach us everything worth knowing and prepare us to face the world. And all they expect in return is our affection and love. The best way of showing this affection to your Mom is to take her to her favorite religious places. There is something between God and Moms you see. Also Read - Rajasthan News: Shops, Parlours to Open in State, Govt Offices to Function in Full Strength From June 1

So, if your mother is the religious kinds, here are 10 amazing places in India you can take your mother to for that perfect vacation as a present! Also Read - Swara Bhasker Describes Struggle of Helping Migrant Workers: Have to Sift Through Filth in my Comments Section



1. Shirdi

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One of India’s biggest pilgrim destinations, Shirdi is known for its association with Sai Baba. Most religious people are devotees of Sai Baba and if your mom is too, she would love to visit the Sai Baba samadhi mandir, Dwarkamai masjid and Chavadi where the saint used to rest.



2. Varanasi

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Image: kawanet/Creative Commons

One of the holiest cities in India, Varanasi’s ghats are stuff of legends. The city itself dates back to the 11th century and is home a large number of temples, of which the Kashi Vishwanath Temple is the most prominent. Your mom will love to take a walk on the streets witnessing the Hindu rituals and devotion you see here like no other place in India.

3. Haridwar

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Image: Spacepeople/Creative Commons

There is absolutely NO OTHER EXPERIENCE as majestic as attending the evening Ganga aarti at Har Ki Paudi in Haridwar. The bells, chants, diyas and huge number of devotees gathering by the holy Ganga to come together and pray is so mesmerizing that your mom will forget all her worries.

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4. Tirupati

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The Sri Venkateswara Swamy temple in Tirupati’s Tirumala is one of the most prominent Vaishnavite temples in India and is visited by millions of devotees all year round. It is said to date back to the year 300 AD. Accompany her for the darshan and get her the famous Tirupati laddoo as prasad followed by a scrumptious south Indian meal.

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5. Kedarnath

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Image: KMMishra19/Wikimedia Commons

One of the chota char dham temples in India, Kedarnath is located high up in the mountains of Uttarakhand in a supremely scenic backdrop. If your mom is not up for the trek, you can also book a helicopter ride for her which is an experience in itself! Few things come close to the experience of worshiping Shiva at this temple which many believe to be his abode.

6. Puri

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Image: Abhishek Barua/Wikimedia Commons

Located in Odisha in east India, Puri is popular as it is home to the 12th century Jagannath temple. It is situated on the east coast of the Bay of Bengal and has all the makings of a vibrant, religious Indian city. It is also a part of the char dham yatra for Hindus. If you can take your mom on a visit during the famous Jagannath yatra, she will remember the trip forever!

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7. Rameswaram

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Located in south India and known for the famous Rameswaram temple which is one of the twelve jyotirlingas of Shiva in India, Rameswaram is a quaint town with a marvelous history. It is part of the char dham Hindu pilgrimage along with Dwarka, Badrinath and Puri.

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8. Vaishno Devi

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Image: maavaishnodevi.org

Perhaps the most famous pilgrim centre in India and also the most difficult to get to is Vasihno Devi in Jammu and Kashmir. A 13 km trek gets you to the Vaisho Devi temple which is a manifestation of the Hindu goddess Mahalaxmi. If you take a train from Jammu to Katra, your mom will love the picturesque root followed by the rewarding pilgrimage.

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9. Madurai

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An ancient city located in the state of Tamil Nadu, Madurai is popular for the Meenakshi Amman temple. It is one of the best places to visit in south India with your mom as she would love the ambiance, the pleasant weather and the friendly locals. The historic city is also known for the admirable architecture of its temples.

10. Thanjavur

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Formerly known as Tanore, Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu is known for the historic Great Living Chola temples and the magnificent Brihadeeswarar temple. A trip to Thanjavur is the best religious tour you can give your mom as it will prove to be rejuvenating, spiritual and enlightening.

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