Contents: Foreword/M.C. Joshi. Preface. 1. Pilgrim shrines of North India: A. Jammu and Kashmir: 1. Amarnath. 2. Vaishno Devi and some other centres of pilgrimage. B. Himachal Pradesh: 3. Kangra, Jvalamukhi and other centres of pilgrimage. 4, 5 & 6. Chamba, Brahmaur and Manimahesh Kailas. 7. Sarahan. 8. Paonta Sahib. C. Tibet : 9. Kailas and Manasarovar: (a) Kailas Parikrama. (b) Manasarovar Parikrama. D. Punjab: 10. Amritsar. E. Haryana: 11. Kurukshetra. F. Uttaranchal: 12. Hardwar. 13. Kedarnath. 14. Badarinath. 15. Jageshwar. G. Uttar Pradesh: 16. Mathura. 17. Chitrakut. 18. Naimisaranya (Nimsar). 19. Prayaga. 20. Vindhyachal. 21. Kashi. 22. Sarnath. 23. Kusinagara. 24. Ayodhya. H. Delhi: 25. Indraprastha and the holy shrines. 26. Sufi Dargahs of Ajmer and Delhi: (a) Dargah of Sheikh Muin-ud-Din Chisti, Ajmer. (b) Dargah of Sheikh Bakhtyar Kaki, Mehrauli, Delhi. (c) Dargah of Hazrat Nizam-ud-din Auliya, Delhi. (d) Dargah of Raushan Chiragh-i-Dihli. 2. Pilgrim shrines of East India: I. West Bengal: 27. Calcutta and Belur. 28. Navadipa (Mayapur). 29. Gangasagara. J. Bihar: 30. Bodh Gaya and Gaya. 31. Rajgir. 32. Vikramasila. K. Jharkhand: 33. Deoghar (Baba Dham). L. Orissa: 34. Bhubaneswar. 35. Jagannatha Puri. 36. Ratnagiri. M. Assam: 37. Guwahati and Kamakhya. N. Sikkim: 38. Gangtok. O. Tripura: 39. Agartala. P. Arunachal Pradesh: 40. Itanagar. 3. Pilgrim shrines of Central India: Q. Madhya Pradesh : 41. Ujjain. 42. Omkareshwar Mandhata. 43. Amarkantak. 4. Pilgrim shrines of West India: R. Rajasthan: 44. Nathdwara. 45. Pushkar. 46. Mount Abu. S. Gujarat: 47. Somanatha. 48. Dwarka. 49. Bet (Beyt) Dwarka (Shankhodhara). T. Maharashtra: 50. Kolhapur. 51. Nasik : (i) Historial reference. 52. Ambarnath. 53. (a) Ajanta. (b) Ellora. 54. Pandharpur. 55. Bhimashankar. 5. Pilgrim shrines of South India: U. Andhra Pradesh: 56. Tirupati. 57. Srisailam. 58. Lepakshi. (a) The legend. (b) The temple. (c) Inscriptions. (d) Paintings. (e) Colour-scheme. V. Karnataka: 59. Sringeri. 60. Udupi. 61. Sravanabelagola. 62. Vijayanagara (Hampi). W. Tamil Nadu: 63. Kanchipuram: (a) Kailasanatha temple. (b) Vaikuntha Perumal temple. (c) Muktesvara and Matangesvara temples. 64. Tanjavur. 65. Chidambaram. 66. Madurai. 67. Arunachala (Tiruvannamalai). 68. Srirangam. 69. Rameswaram. 70. Kanyakumari. X. Kerala: 71. Guruvayur. 72. Thiruvananthapuram. 73. Sabarimala. 74. Cochin. Y. Goa: 75. Old Goa. Appendices: 1. Sikh shrines in Pakistan. 2. Hindu and Buddhist pilgrim shrines in Pakistan. 3. Tradition of a Sun Temple at Multan (Pakistan). 4. Hindu Pilgrim shrines in Bangladesh. 5. Hindu shrines in Nepal. 6. Sufi shrines in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. 7. Bamiyan (Afghanistan). 8. Some Ashrams (Hermitages) in India. Bibliography. Index.
"The tradition of visiting sacred spots, places and buildings to attain religious merit, washing off the sins and accomplishment of desires has been a common practice in India and elsewhere in the Old World since time immemorial. Such an act has traditionally been regarded as noble and often equated with purification of body and mind, and achievement of merits.
The present work makes an attempt to introduce to the reader various pilgrim centres, sacred shrines and holy sites connected with different faiths and traditions in India, which, in the words of Lord Lytton, were ‘for variety, extent, completeness and beauty unsurpassed, perhaps unequalled in the world’. An account of eighty pilgrim shrines scattered throughout India has been given while many more in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal have been listed. Bamiyan in Afghanistan has been described in an appendix. Some hermitages in India have also been listed.
The survey of Hindu, Jain, Buddhist, Sikh, Jewish, Christian and Sufi pilgrim shrines in India, their mythology, archaeology, history and art and the listing of pilgrim shrines in neighbouring countries vouchsafes an intimate glimpse into the glorious cultural heritage of the Indian subcontinent to the Non-Resident Indians (NRI’s) interested in knowing about their roots, cultural tourists from abroad and general readers interested in the art and culture of India.
Profusely illustrated with maps, line-drawings and rare photographs, this is an ideal companion to the treasures of art, religion and culture in the Indian subcontinent. This is a work of absorbing interest and highly useful for cultural tourism in India." (jacket)