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The Tourist Choice: 5 Most Visited Religious Places In The World

Thursday, May 29, 2014

5 Most Visited Religious Places In The World

Religion, although a matter of great interest and conflict, is also something that has huge power and control among people. It is a means of control and influence as well as diversity. the current article is the 5 most visited religious places in terms of numbers, and in no particular order or ranking.

1. Meiji Shrine, Tokyo

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The Meiji shrine is the most visited in the world, with around 300 million visitors per year. One of the reasons for this is its proximity to Tokyo, the most densely populated in the capital city in the world. The shrine is dedicated to the defied spirits of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken.

2. Tirumala temple, India

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The hindu temple of Tirumala in Andhra Pradesh state of India is one of the most crowded temples in the world and most visitied hindu shrine. It receives about 160 million local visitors every year and is said to receive a total 200 million visitors totally. It is also one of the richest hindu temples in India in terms of pilgrim contributions to the temple. 

3. Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico City

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This basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe is a roman catholic church and the national shrine of Mexico. It is one of the most important shrines of Catholic followers. The basilica receives millions of visitors every year, even more than the Vatican, surprisingly. Around December 12th every year, there are millions who visit for Our Lady of Guadalupe's Feast day. 

4. The Hajj

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The Hajj is an Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca and the largest gathering of Muslim people in the world every year. It is one of the five pillars of Islam, and a religious duty which must be carried out by every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so at least once in his or her lifetime. Every year about 3-5 million muslims take on the Hajj.

5. Harmandir Sahib - Amritsar, India

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Informally known as the Golden temple, is a Sikh gurudwara situated in Amritsar, Punjab. It is said to receive 10,000 visitors per day which is about 4 million per year. It was buit by Guru Arjun, the first Sikh Guru in 16th century. Sikh gurudwaras are shrines that welcome men and women from all walks and religion as they believe strongly about equality of people.



At June 19, 2014 at 7:20 PM , Blogger Michel Clasquin-Johnson said...

300 million visitors per year? That's close to a million a DAY, every day. Tokyo has a population of 13 million, but let's suppose it draws from the Greater Tokyo Area, which brings the total up to 32 Million. That would still require every man, woman and child in the Greater Tokyo Area to visit the Meiji Shrine nine times a year, without fail.

Colour me skeptical.

At June 28, 2014 at 4:50 PM , Blogger Anup Agrawal said...

I’m not a very religious person but I love visiting such beautiful places. For a brief moment, there is this certain kind of happiness and peace that one receives while visiting a temple, mosque, church or gurudwara. These are some of the most beautiful religious locations and I would love to visit them.


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