Going on pilgrimage is a sacred duty for many faiths. Many pilgrimage sites are situated near to the River Ganges and reflect how important it is to Hindus.
What is a pilgrimage?
A journey of spiritual importance
A rite of passage
The place which marks the birth of the religion's founder
How many places of pilgrimage are there for Hindus?
Five special places
Why is the city of Varanasi an important place of pilgrimage for many Hindus?
It is where Lord Shiva, the god of death and recreation is believed to have lived
It is where Lord Rama is believed to have lived
People believe many miracles happened there
Which River flows through Varanasi?
Why do many Hindu pilgrims want to bathe in a holy river?
To purify themselves and speed up the path to moksha
To copy what they believe the gods and goddesses did
To save water instead of having a bath
Why do some Hindus have their ashes scattered in the river at Varanasi?
It was their favourite place
It helps to purify the water
They believe it speeds up the path to moksha
How often does the Kumbh Mela pilgrimage take place?
Every 5 years
Every 12 years
Where does the Kumbh Mela take place?
In Delhi, the capital of India
At a special mandir (temple)
At the place where three sacred rivers meet
What is Gangaa jal?
Water from the River Ganges
A city on the River Ganges
Special food eaten by some Hindu pilgrims
Why do some Hindus make a pilgrimage to Gokul?
Lord Krishna is believed to have lived there
Lord Ganesh is believed to have lived there
It’s a rule in Hinduism that they have to