Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Pilgrim Mean?

A pilgrim is a traveler who is on a journey to a holy place. This term is common in many religions all over the world. The journey itself is called a pilgrimage and the destination does not always have to be a physical site: it can be metaphorical and the goal can be spiritual.

Yoga pilgrimages to India are often made to experience the origins of yoga, including visiting holy temples and ancient ashrams where individuals can engage in a daily practice of yoga and meditation.


Yogapedia Explains Pilgrim

Pilgrims and pilgrimages are described in ancient Hindu texts, such as the epics, “Mahabharata” and “Ramayana.” Although a Hindu is not officially required to undertake a pilgrimage during their lifetime, most of them do. There are numerous pilgrimage sites in India, such as temples, shrines, ashrams or holy cities.

A Hindu pilgrim is supposed to start their journey in a state of freedom: all debts or conflicts resolved, and all bondages and obligations liberated. They should be determined to complete the pilgrimage, regardless of any possible complications.

There are many similarities between practicing yoga and undertaking a pilgrimage. Both require strong faith, help attain freedom, demand the mastery of fear, and make the individual a better member of the community.

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