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What is a Mantra?

Mantra is a Sanskrit word that is derived from two root words: "man" referring to mind, and "tra" referring to an instrument. Therefore a mantra is a mind-instrument that uses sound vibrations to channel the mind.





Haridwar is an ancient city and important Hindu pilgrimage site in North India's Uttarakhand state, where the River Ganges exits the Himalayan foothills. The largest of several sacred ghats (bathing steps), Har Ki Pauri hosts a nightly Ganga Aarti (river-worshipping ceremony) in which tiny flickering lamps are floated off the steps. Worshipers fill the city during major festivals including the annual Kanwar Mela.


Rishikesh is a city in India’s northern state of Uttarakhand, in the Himalayan foothills beside the Ganges River. The river is considered holy, and the city is renowned as a center for studying yoga and meditation. Temples and ashrams (centers for spiritual studies) line the eastern bank around Swarg Ashram, a traffic-free, alcohol-free and vegetarian enclave upstream from Rishikesh town.

Vaishno Devi, also known as Mata Rani, Trikuta and Vaishnavi, is a manifestation of the Hindu Goddess Mata Adi Shakti/Adi Parashakti.  Situated in a cave in the Trikuta mountain in Jammu and Kashmir, the Vaishno Devi temple is one of the most popular pilgrimages in India. Perched at an altitude of 5200 feet, it involves a trek of nearly 12 km from the base camp at Katra. Despite this arduous journey, it is estimated that the shrine gets over one crore visitors annually, and more so during the Navratras.

Being one of the prime religious spots in the country.   Located close to Veraval in Saurashtra on the western coast of Gujarat, the Somnath Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is amongst the most revered and celebrated pilgrimage centres in India. The temple holds a great religious significance as it is said to be the first among the twelve jyotirlinga temples of Lord Shiva in the country.

Hanuman Mandir in Jhandewalan is one of the most popular shrines in Delhi. Marked by a gigantic 108 ft tall idol of Lord Hanuman, the temple has been featured in several Bollywood movies and serials on Delhi. It is quite impossible to miss the soaring statute, while travelling on Delhi Metro’s Blue Line route. Besides the colossal idol, the dramatic entrance of the temple is also a major draw as it is resembles the mouth of a rakshas (monster). Devotees can reach the main shrine through a corridor opening from the mouth. Though the temple remains open every day, you can see a long queue of devotees on Tuesdays, the day devoted to Hanuman.

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