Sacred Sites

Sacred Sites

Key Sites in Hindu Worship


  • One of the primary places of worship in Hinduism.
  • Temples usually house deities’ murtis (statues) which Hindus pray to.
  • Hindu communities often gather in temples for religious festivities and community events.

The Home

  • Home shrines play a key role in Hindu worship. They can be a room, an altar or simply pictures or statues.
  • Daily rituals or prayers known as puja take place at these shrines.

Sacred Sites in India


  • This city on the banks of the River Ganges is one of the most sacred places in Hinduism.
  • Hindus believe dying here grants moksha, liberation from the cycle of birth and death.


  • An island in Tamil Nadu, believed to be the place where Lord Rama built a bridge to rescue his wife Sita.
  • It is a popular destination for performing ancestral rites.


  • Considered the birth place of Krishna, Vrindavan is deemed very holy.
  • It is common to see devotees participating in communal devotional singing.

The Himalayas

  • The Himalayan ranges are home to several Hindu pilgrimage sites.
  • The region is known for its natural beauty and is considered to be the abode of the gods. Places like Badrinath and Kedarnath, are popular pilgrimage sites.

Sacred Rivers

  • Many Hindus believe that bathing in a sacred river or immersing ashes of the dead has purifying effects.
  • The Ganges (Ganga) is considered to be the most sacred river in Hinduism. It is depicted as a goddess, believed to descend from heaven to earth.
  • Other significant rivers include the Yamuna, associated with Lord Krishna, and the Saraswati, associated with the goddess of learning.