Published: 05 Dec, 2018 Swati Mishra
Be it for personal use or with the purpose of gift, souvenir hunting has always been an integral part when travelling. It is the human tendency that urges us to collect souvenirs from a particular place that we can take back home for ourself or for the loved ones. India being one of the most dynamic retail industries in the world, the country is popular as a paradise for the shoppers. Visiting India, one could collect a variety of gifts whether it be traditional or spiritual from the local markets or from the religious tourism destinations in India that reflect the best of India. Or we can even say that visiting different states of India, one could have a range of items to select from. If you are planning for holidaying in India and are up for the best spiritual souvenirs from India, then in order to help you choose the right gifts for your friends and family I have crafted a list of items that you must carry home from India.
Handcrafted Incense Holder
Here comes the third religious gift ideas for international tourists which is handmade from wood and with a brass inlay. This Incense holder is perfect for the incense sticks which is most commonly called Agarbatti in India. If you happen to buy it, you would get it in a variety of shapes, sizes and glazes depending on your choice. In the sense, single-stick holders, elegant leaf-shaped pieces, colorful incense bowls and more.
Donned by every other fashion enthusiasts in the country, rudraksha has a religious and spiritual bit attached to it. In the sense, it is believed to have a spiritual maintenance of mind and body. The followers of Lord Shiva are mostly found wearing it and is popular as a gift to your loved ones. One could either wear it around the neck or wrist which looks really cool and can be worn It can be worn to suit your fashion tastes.
This is just what you need to take home from India that would help you remember the culturally and spiritually rich country. The Lord Shiva Nataraja Statue is considered to be a perfect piece for the home altar. The idol of dancing Nataraja can be either used to worship or for simply decorating the home. Other than this, it is also a well known sculptural symbol in India and popularly used as a symbol of Indian culture.
Lal Chandan Mala
This is one such item which you would witness people wearing it either around their wrist or their neck. It is believed that the Lal Chandan Mala helps in empowering the consciousness and concentration in all the spheres of your life. Also, it is believed that if you keep wearing it, you would be able to enjoy positivity in life. The Lal Chandan Mala is made of small-sized Lal Chandan (red sandal) bead embedded with red thread knotted in traditional style. So if you happen to visit India and find the Lal Chandan Mala outside any temple or any local shop, then don’t give it a second thought before buying it as it is considered to be one of the best spiritual souvenirs from India.
Lord Ganesh Figurine
The statue of the Lord Ganesha is yet another spiritual gift from India that international tourists visiting India can take back home. The elephant-headed god is worshiped all in the country for good luck and success and is found adorning spaces in Indian homes and offices. The beautiful piece is designed by skilled manufacturing professionals that features intricate handwork on solid metal brass. So taking the Lord Ganesh Figurine would be a sophisticated gift for your loved ones which appears to be very appealing and eye-catching as a home decor.
If you are a book lover and looking forward to adding up few more in your book collection, then it is India where you would find spiritual books which are also considered to be as a good gift. These include Bhagwat Geeta, Ramcharitmanas, Upanishads, Vedas, Puranas and more. Picking up such books for along with you for your loved ones that are one of the best Indian spiritual souvenirs would be an ideal choice.
Sacred Water from the River Ganges
What could be the best gift than taking the sacred water from the River Ganges which is believed to purify and wash away people’s sin. Also, the sacred water is believed to have the healing properties. People coming from across the globe travel to the popular spiritual tourism destinations like Varanasi, Haridwar, Rishikesh and Allahabad to collect to the sacred water from the River Ganges.
Popularly known as ‘Shankh’ in Hindi, the Conch has been preferred as a souvenir item by a number of tourists coming from across the globe as they found it to be very fascinating. In Hinduism the Shankh is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is highly praised in the Hindu scriptures as a giver of fame and prosperity. You would find Shankh in various size and with legendary designs.
Vaishno Devi Coins
If you happen to visit Vaishno Devi Mandir when coming to India for a religious tour, then you would find souvenir shops surrounding the area of the temple where you could buy the gold and silver Vaishno Devi Coins that are developed by the Shrine Board which guarantees purity. The coins carry an impression of the Vaishno Devi Goddess. However, the rates might vary depending on the denomination you chose and also if you would like to go with the gold or silver. Taking home the Vaishno Devi Coins as mementos would also be an ideal choice when visiting India.
I hope the list got you covered and will help you to get the best spiritual gifts that you can take home. If you need any other assistance in finding the religious destinations in India, you can contact us at +91-9212553106 or drop us a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our travel experts would be happy to help you with our sincere hospitality and tailored made holiday packages.
Born and brought up in Assam- ‘The Land of Tea Gardens’, Swati is a Travel Writer who yearns to travel around the whole world someday. Coming from one of lush-green and peaceful states of India, her love for nature and rain is beyond imagination. She is an observant and is keen to explore more about the things that comes her way which could be clearly seen in her write ups. Other than this, she is a foodie and can do anything for food that is made out of cheese especially- The Alfredo Penne Pasta!