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Holy place such as Badareenaath, Raameshwaram, Tirupati etc, or the banks of a Holy river or pond, such as Sangam (at Prayaag), Vaaranasee, Pushkar Jee, etc where Hindoo go on pilgrimage are called Teerth or Teerth Sthaan. Most of these locations are considered sacred because they contain a temple or temples or some of them are holy rivers or ponds where taking bath in them is considered auspicious. There are many reasons of visiting these places - (1) worshipping a special image of God, or (2) asking forgiveness or blessings or favor in a special temple, (3) or to complete the funeral rites, or (4) to complete the performance of a sacrament. The most favored holy places are - Amarnaath in Kaashmeer, Badareenaath, Haridwaar, Kaashee (Vaaraanasee), Kedaarnaath, Mathuraa, Trivenee (Sangam) at Ilaahaabaad, Vrindaa Van - they all are in UP; Ujjain in MP; Dwaarakaa in Gujaraat; Puree in Udeesaa; Tirupati in Aandhra Pradesh; Naathdwaaraa and Pushkar Jee in Raajsthaan; Kurukshetra in Hariyaanaa; Naasik in Mahaaraashtra; and Kaancheepuram and Raameshwaram in Tamilnaadu.
There are seven sacred places - (1) Ayodhyaa (in UP), (2) Mathuraa (in UP), (3) Dwaarakaa (in Gujraat), (4) Maayaa Pur (Haridwaar in UP), (5) Kaanchee (Kaancheepuram in Tamilnaadu), (6) Kaashee (Vaaraanasee or Banaaras in UP), and (7) Ujjain or Ujjayinee (in MP).
And seven sacred rivers - (1) Gangaa in UP; (2) Yamunaa in UP; (3) Sindhu (now in Paakistaan), (4) Saraswatee (now extinguished), (5) Godaavaree, (6) Kaaveree, and (7) Narmadaa
listed are Teerth on Prithvi, now I tell you about Maanas Teerth -
speaking Truth, forgiveness, controlling Indriyaan, kindness to
everybody, simplicity, donation, control on mind, contentment,
Brahmcharya, discipline, Mantra Jap, speaking favorably, Gyaan,
patience, Ahinsaa (non-violence), meditation and Shiv's remembrance -
these all are Maanas Teerth. Purification of mind and g=heart is the
best Teerth. Only dipping in water is not called Snaan, who has
controlled his mind, in fact, his Snaan is more useful. Whose mind and
heart are unclean, unholy, undisciplined, unkind, they are sinners in
spite of taking bath in rivers. Creatures who live in waters, take birth
in water and die in water, this does not take them to Swarg.
Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/06
Updated on 06/09/11