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Saptapuri – Seven Holy Cities in Hinduism

Saptapuri is the name given to the seven sacred cities associated with Hinduism in India. These seven holy cities are also referred as Sapta Moksha Puris and Seven Tirthas. The general belief is that by visiting these cities one escapes from endless cycle of births and deaths and attains ‘moksha.’Saptapuri is therefore also referred along with Char Dhaams as ‘mokshadayika.’ The sacred cities in the Saptapuri areKashiKanchipuramHaridwarAyodhyaUjjainMathuraDwarkaThere is also a Sanskrit shloka referring to the seven great tirthas. ‘Kashi, Kanchi, Maya, Ayodhya, Avantika
Mathura, Dwaravati chaiva saptaita mokshadayika’Kashi is also known as Varanasi and is located in Uttar Pradesh. Kanchipuram is in Tamil Nadu. Haridwar is also known as Mayapuri and is in Uttarakhand. Ujjain is also known as Avantika and is in Madhya Pradesh. Dwarka is also referred as Dwaravati and is in Gujarat. Ayodhya and Mathura are in Uttar Pradesh.Kashi is associated with Lord Shiva and is the city of lights and is…

Lokamanya Tilak on the Bhagavad Gita

The most practical teaching of the Gita, and one for which it is of abiding interest and value to the men of the world with whom life is a series of struggles, is not to give away to any morbid sentimentality when duty demands sternness and the boldness to face terrible things.The Gita was not preached either as a pastime for persons tired out after living a worldly life in the pursuit of selfish motives, nor as a preparatory lesson for living such worldly life; but in order to give philosophical advice as to how one should live one’s worldly life with an eye to Release, Moksha, as to the true duty of human beings in worldly life. My last prayer to everyone, therefore is that one should not fail to thoroughly understand this ancient science of the life of a householder, or of worldly life, as early as possible in one’s life.Lokamanya Tilak