Symbolic Complexity:

A striking aspect of pilgrimage centers is the presence of multiple interpenetrating levels of meaning and symbolism. Shrines, tirthas, and pilgrimage centers often develop symbolic complexities that defy easy explanation. The symbolic power and liminality of the pilgrimage landscape may transport the individual into alternate realms that transcend time and the ordinary world.

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