23 Famous Temples of India

Nov 28, 2019
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India is the home of holiness, people in India define what spirituality in India is. The country is filled with many religious destinations which should not be missed by anyone looking for the true Indian experience.

  1.  Jagannath Temple: Positioned in Puri, Orissa, the sacred dwelling of Lord Jagannath which means the Lord of the Universe, this temple is one of the most famous temples in India and it has followers from all around the world. The temple architecture manifests richness and brilliance of Dravidian and Kalinga architecture. It is one among the most significant places of the Char Dhams.
  2. Badrinath Temple: The temple is situated in Uttarakhand. The Badrinath temple is devoted to Lord Vishnu, especially his duel forms of Nar and Narayan. Lord Vishnu is seen here in a meditative posture flanked by Nar and Narayan. Badrinath is a significant pilgrim centre for the Vaishnavites. It is also the most famous one amongst the Char Dhams.
  3. Kedarnath Temple: Located in Uttarakhand, at the highest altitude among the Char Dhams, Kedarnath is the place of Lord Shiva. Remarkably ancient, the temple has been continuously reconstructed over the years, it is surrounded by snow-capped mountain peaks, the Kedarnath temple presents a magical spectacle. 
  4. Gangotri Temple: In Uttarakhand is the birthplace of the holy River Ganges is in the vivid mountains of the Himalayas. Temple is dedicated to Goddess Ganga. The heavenly and magical surrounding panorama is wondrously beautiful. 
  5. Har Ki Pauri: Located in Haridwar, Uttarakhand. It is one of the oldest surviving cities of India. Haridwar finds an allusion in the early Hindu manuscripts. Haridwar has many bathing ghats and the most sacred amongst them is Har Ki Pauri, built by King Vikramaditya. Taking a dip in the holy waters here is believed to help attain salvation of ancestors. The evening Aarti that is offered at sunset on the banks of River Ganges is an awesome experience.
  6. Neelkanth Mahadev Temple: Situated in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. According to myths, during Samudra Manthan poison that flowed out was consumed by Lord Shiva at this very place and hence the name Neelkanth Mahadeo.
  7. Kashi Vishwanath Temple: The temple resides on the banks of River Ganges, at the oldest city of the world, Varanasi also known as the cultural capital of India. The Jyotirlinga of Shiva is worshipped in this temple. It is believed that a darshan of the Jyotirlinga will free man from the thralldom of Maya or the earthly snares of the world. Millions of devotees take a pilgrimage to the Kashi Vishwanath temple for a darshan that is believed to exonerate them of their sins.
  8. Golden Temple: This temple is a famous Sikh Gurdwara stationed in Amritsar. The Gurdwara is not only a place of worship but a symbol of brotherhood and equality. Everyone irrespective of their caste, faith and religious connections can seek relief here. The upper floors of the Gurdwara are covered with gold which has given it the name, Golden Temple. The temple is embellished with exquisite gold and marble work.  
  9. Amarnath Temple: Located at a height of 3888m, 141km from capital city of Srinagar- Pahalgam, Jammu & Kashmir. This cave temple is devoted to Lord Shiva. The cave sanctifies a lingam which is naturally formed of an ice stalagmite. The cave is closed with snow for major part of the year except for a short period in summer when it becomes accessible to pilgrims. Millions of devotees engage in a challenging journey to Amarnath every year to offer their prayers. It is one of the most mesmerizing temples of India. 
  10. Vaishno Devi Temple: Located at an altitude of 5300 feet near Katra, Jammu & Kashmir. Vaishno Devi temple is devoted to Shakti. It is considered extremely sacred, the Vaishno Devi Temple is visited by nearly 8 million devotees every year.  
  11. Akshardham Temple: Spread across a hundred acres, the Akshardham temple is a tribute to Indian culture. It summarises a utopia of Indian antiquity, ancient architecture and spirituality. There are several structures within the temple which portray the history and culture of Indian religion. The main temple is dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan. 
  12. Lotus Temple: Located in Delhi, temple is a Bahai House of worship, Bahai Faith is a belief which seeks to unite all races and people under one common faith. Built-in the shape of a lotus flower, the temple become popular since it came into existence and has become a major tourist attraction of the capital city. 
  13. Dwarkadhish Temple: Located in Dwarka, Gujarat, Dwarkadhish Temple is devoted to the ‘King of Dwaraka’ which is Lord Krishna. Dwarka is considered as the capital of Lord Krishna’s temporal kingdom. The temple is one among the Char Dhams in India. The architecture of the temple is beautiful with strong Chalukyan influences, it has 60 exquisitely carved pillars and sculptures embroidering the temple. The idol of Lord Dwarkadhish made of black stone is 2.25ft in height.
  14. Somnath Temple: Located in Junagadh, Gujarat, the Somnath temple is one of the 12 jyotirlinga avatars of Lord Shiva. It is also the sacred soil where Lord Krishna took his last journey to neejdham. The current temple structure is built in the Chalukyan custom of architecture. 
  15. Shani Shingnapur: Located in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra. The god of Shingnapur is Sri Shaneshwar who is the personification of the planet Saturn. Shanidev is worshipped with much devotion and held in honour by the people. The shrine is a five and half feet black rock placed on an open-air platform. The view of the idol is truly overwhelming. It is visited by thousands of devotees every day, the temple attracts the largest number of visitors on Amavasya or new moon day. 
  16. Siddhi Vinayak Temple: Located in Mumbai, Maharashtra. One of the popular place for devotion of the people of Mumbai. It is the temple Lord Ganesha who grants your wish. Sculpted from a single black stone, the 2.5 feet tall idol of Ganesha rests within the 2550 sq meter temple complex. The temple is visited by thousands of devotees every day to offer their prayers. It is also the richest temple in Mumbai.
  17. Shirdi Sai Baba Temple: Located in Shirdi, Maharashtra. It was built in the remembrance of Sai Baba, an Indian guru, yogi. Sai Baba gained repute and substantial following through his teachings and religious messages. His teachings connected elements of Hinduism and Islam. The temple is visited by thousands of pilgrims each day. 
  18. Tirupati Temple: Located in Tirumala, Andhra Pradesh. It is a world-famous holy temple of Sri Venkateshwara. Lord Venkateshwara is a form of Lord Vishnu, it is the most visited place of worship in the world with lakhs of devotees visiting the temple almost every day. The idol of Sri Venkateshwara studded with precious stones is majestic and dazzling. Devotees believe Occasions like marriage or childbirth are considered complete by visiting the temple.
  19. Virupaksha Temple: Located in Hampi, Karnataka. Virupakha temple is considered the most sacred of the temples at the old town of Hampi. Established in the southern bank of Tungabhadra and north of the Hemakuta hill, the temple is a long rectangular enclosure. The sanctum sanctifies the Virupaksha linga. Exquisite carvings and sculptures adorn the temple walls and ceilings. The mandapa and ardhamandapa have glorious carved pillars, which is a highlight of all temples at Hampi.
  20. Chamundeshwari Temple: Located in Mysore, Karnataka. The temple of Chamundeshwari is a fierce form of Shakti. The hill is named after Goddess Chamundi, an incarnation of Lord Shiva’s wife, Parvati. She was the protector goddess of the Wodeyar dynasty who ruled Mysore. It is a prominent pilgrimage centre, pilgrims believe that a darshan of the goddess will help meet their desires. An ascent of 1000 steps take the visitors to the hilltop where they are welcomed by the sight of the towering gopuram of the temple. The temple is one of the finest examples of the Dravidian style of architecture. 
  21. Anantha Padmanabhaswamy Temple: Devoted to Lord Vishnu in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The Padmanabhaswamy temple is one of the holy dwellings of Lord Vishnu. The temple though has references in Epics and Puranas has its origin lost in relic. The noble and majestic idol of Sree Padmanabhaswamy is seen rested on the five hooded serpent. Anantha is a conscious cosmic rest. The granite stone pillars with elegant and rich carvings that adorn the temple corridor stands as a statement to the splendid architecture of the Vishwakarma sthapathis.
  22. Meenakshi Temple: Located in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, It is devoted to Parvati who is referred to as Meenakshi. Majestic, ancient and sumptuous, Meenakshi temple forms the lifeline of the 2500 years old city of Madurai. Manifestation of spirituality and peace, the temple is an excellent work of art. It is one of the finest examples of Dravidian architectural style. The statue of Meenakshi is believed to be carved out of a single emerald. 
  23. Ramanathaswamy Temple: Located in Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu. Rameshwaram is a small island joined to the mainland by a path where Lord Rama is believed to have worshipped Shiva after crossing over from Sri Lanka. It possesses the largest temple corridor in India. The 1219m long pillared corridor is a majestic structure. 

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