posted on Nov, 7 2011 @ 07:07 PM
Haridwar, Benares etc. - places of worship
The practitioners of Ashtang Yoga, and 'Vanprasthi' seek quiet places, away from settlements, but with access to water, firewood, and food.
Hilly areas are preferred by such people due to natural springs or perennial rivers, and forest cover.
Rishi establish their 'ashram' or community in quite places, near rivers, and in/near forested area.
There is no 'designated place of worship' in Vedic religion. The first rule is 'God is everywhere'. Second rule is 'God is to be find within'.
These two rules together reject any place of worship like Haridwar or Benares.
Haridwar is a special place though as this general area has been home to countless 'tapasvi'. Benares does not have such distinction, except Kashi
was an important kingdom and Benares was its capital city.
But no place has any magic attached to it. The people who go to a 'holy place' usually get into illusion. 'Teerthyatra' or pilgrimage is journey
to attend a 'yajya' (or 'yagna') and can be any place where such 'yagya' is organized.