I would like so share some of the important points from the following link http://veda.wikidot.com/ayodhya, here. It provides both historical as well Archaelogical Evidences
Puranas like the Brahmanda Purana consider Ayodhya as one of the six holiest cities in Hinduism.
The story of this epic has been immortalized by Valmiki and immensely popularized by ...
There are two Kailasas. One in Cosmic Plane and other Kailasa on Earth.
तस्य पूर्णावतारो हि रुद्रः साक्षाच्छिवः स्मृतः। कैलासे भवनं रम्यं
पञ्चवक्त्रश्चकार ह। ब्रह्माण्डस्य तथा नाशे तस्य नाशोऽस्ति वै नहि॥ ५०
Rudra happens to be his complete and perfect incarnation. Five faced
Siva (Sada Shiva), has built a blissful abode at Kailāśa, which is ...
To know news of Kashi, Lord Shiva sent Yoginis, Surya Deva (Sun God) to Kashi. But they didn't return to Kailasha to deliver news. (It doesn't mean Lord Shiva didn't know news of Kashi, it is just his play. He always stays at Kashi as Vishwesa). Lord Shiva sent Brahma this time to know news of Kashi.
Lord Brahma went to Kashi on Swan and disguised as ...
Dashashvamedha Tirtha is named after the ten Yagnas of the king Bhagavatam, although Brahma also performed Yagnas there, as described in this chapter of the Prabhasa Kanda of the Skanda Purana:
Thereafter, O great goddess, a pilgrim should go to the Tlrtha named Dasasvamedhika. It is destructive of major sins and is well-known all over the three worlds. ...
Yes the sloka is from Garuda Puranam (2.49.98).
The following images(& texts) are from the book called Garuda Purana Saaraam(The essence of Garuda Purana).
tŸvat tapo vrataÄ t rthaÄ japa homŸrcanŸdikam |
veda ÀŸstrŸgama kathŸ yŸvat tattvaÄ na vindati || 2.49.98 ||
Penances, vows, pilgrimage,
prayers, sacrifice, worship, scriptural study and ...
This is probably not the answer you were hoping for. There appears to be no mention of the origin of the tradition of Kumbha Mela in any of the Hindu scriptures.
From the research paper Making the Colonial State Work for You: The Modern Beginnings of the Ancient Kumbh Mela in Allahabad by Kama MacLean (p. 876):
Studies attempting to uncover the history ...
What is the meaning of Dham?
Why there are 4 only?
There are not 4 only but many. In every pilgrimage, God's abode is believed there else what's the point in going there.
What is Char-Dham and why people visit there?
Char-Dham is a pilgrimage circuit encompassing four holiest sites which are located at four directions of India.
Yes, the Tulsi Doha Shataka of Goswami Tulsidas, written in the sixteenth century, describes explicitly the demolition of the Rama Janmabhoomi temple in Ayodhya and mentions the perpetrators behind it.
The following are relevant extracts from the text describing the demolition:
मंत्र उपनिषद ब्राह्मनहुँ बहु पुरान इतिहास ।
जवन जराये रोष भरि करि तुलसी ...
The Parashara Smriti says:
The visit to the Setubandha has been declared to be the form of expiation proper for a person whose residence is to the north of the
Vindhya hill. This is the opinion of Parasara.(Parashara
Smriti,Chapter 12,sloka 73)
In other words, this verse implies, that for a person whose residence is in Tamil ...
There is very good explanation on Haringo.com blog.
This url is the source of following information.
(Disclaimer :- I do not have any association with that webpage.)
Following part is borrowed from there with sincere thanks to the website.
Irumudi Kattu means two packages. The front pouch is meant for Lord
Iyappan, this pouch contains the Ghee ...
Divyadeshams are the sacred places for all the Sri Vaishnavas.
The list can be only increased or decreased when the alwars and their poems are increased or decreased. Divyadesam is a place to which Alwars have sung the praise of Lord Vishnu's form ( this can be any of the five forms) present there. There are 108 Divyadesams for which Alwars have sung ...
Swami Dayananda Saraswati and his followers at the Ārya Samāj consider taking a dip in the holy rivers with the hope that it will wash away one's sins, a superstition.
From Life & Teachings of Swami Dayanand by Vishwa Prakash:
Kashi again and again
Dayanand was not one, who could be easily
discouraged. After the roughness described
Yes bathing-at-pilgrimages-like-ganga-yamuna-etc-helps-clear-sins-is-the -Universal Hindu Concept. As the Holiness of sacred River Ganga ji is mentioned in Various Hindu Scriptures.
Even Lord in Shreemad Bhagvat Gita is saying that he himself is Ganga among Rivers.
पवनः पवतामस्मि रामः शस्त्रभृतामहम्। झषाणां मकरश्चास्मि
स्रोतसामस्मि जाह्नवी।। BG 10.31।...
Haridwar is one of the first towns where Ganga emerges from the mountains to touch the planes. Holy city situated at the base of Shivalik ranges of high Himalayas as well as on the flow path of revered River Ganga. It is widely believed that by taking a dip in this holy river, one is cleared of all his past sins. Lakhs of devotees from all over India visit ...
Guru Nanak Dev ji visited much of central and west Asia in past as a traveler to learn different religions and cultures. Finally he came to present day India to start a new religion called Sikhism, which has the best of teachings/ amalgamation of truths of various religions, documented in a book. later this book was periodically updated by successive Sikh ...