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Hindu pilgrim with blue eyes. A blue eyes Hindu pilgrim poses for my camera in the streets of the holiest city for the Hinduism and Jainism (Varanasi, also know as Benares, Uttar Pradesh, India).
Pilgrimage is the practice of traveling to sacred places, a spiritual journey, an important part of Hinduism doctrine. What is important is not just visiting a sacred space but leaving home. Hindu pilgrimage is rooted in ancient scriptures. The Sanskrit word for pilgrimage, tirthayatra, is a compound word meaning a journey (yatra) to a crossing holy place (tirtha).
Pilgrimage sites are often located in spots of great natural beauty thought to be pleasing to deities as well as humans. Most pilgrimage centres hold periodic religious fairs called melas to mark auspicious astrological moments or important anniversaries.
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