What is a yatra?
Yatra in Hinduism refers a pilgrimage undertaken for spiritual purposes which usually involves a procession.
What is Parikrama?
Parikrama or Pradakshina refers to circumambulation of sacred places in Hindu, Jain or Buddhist context. Parikrama means “the path surrounding something” in Sanskrit, and is also known as Pradakshina (“to the right”), representing circumambulation. Both words are mostly used in the context of religious deities in a temple, sacred rivers, sacred hills and a close cluster of temples, and “doing a parikrama” as a symbol of prayer is an integral part of worship. We always assume God is the center of our existence. He also exists everywhere. So when we do circumambulation, we accept that our actions and thoughts are always centred around God. The center point is always fixed and remains the same at whatever distance we do the pradakshina. So we are reminded of the eternal truth that God is the center and the main focus of our existence.
What is a kora?
Kora in Tibetan means ‘circumambulation’ or revolution. It is a type of pilgrimage or a type of meditation in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Generally, kora is performed by making a walking circumambulation around a temple, stupa, or other sacred site.