There are millions of people who come to visit India. A lot of them like to visit religious places. if you are one of them then this blog is just for you. Here you will get to know about 10 major temples of India.
1. Vaishno Devi
After a trek of about 12 km from Katra (base camp), Jammu, one can reach the holy cave, which is the abode of Mata Vaishno Devi. It is located at an altitude of 5200 ft. in a mountain known as Trikuta. Vaishno Devi Temple is devoted to the Goddess Shakti( Goddess Durga). One of the 51 Shakti Peethas, Vaishno Devi temple has three rock heads, known as Pindies, rather than a statue. Millions of pilgrims flock here to take the blessings of Mata Vaishno Devi. It’s believed that Mata Vaishno Devi decides and calls her pilgrims to her doorsteps. A successful journey on this temple is possible only because of Mata’s permission and blessings. The temple is open all year round.
Shirdi is the third richest temple in India. Located in Maharashtra. Sai Baba is the saint who is known and admired for his miracles and his teachings give importance to “Shraddha” which means devotion and trust and “Saburi” means patience. Not only in India, but Sai Baba’s admirers also have extended the “Shirdi Sai Movement” in the ‘Caribbean’ and other foreign countries like ‘The United States of America’, ‘Malaysia’, ‘Singapore’, ‘United Arab Emirates’ and ‘Australia’.
3. The Jagannath Temple
One of the Char Dhams, Jagannath Temple is devoted to Lord Krishna. It is located in Puri, Odisha. Inside the main Jagannath Temple, instead of a Lord Krishna idol, you find the idols of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra (brother) and Goddess Subhadra (sister). The main feature that allures visitors are the idols of the Jagannath temple which are surely different from other temples of the country. With big eyes, different complexions, here idols are made by a special kind of wood called the Daru Brahma. It is especially famous for its annual Ratha Yatra.
4. Golden Temple
A pilgrimage tour to Indian Temples is incomplete without visiting the Golden Temple. Sri Harmandir Sahib, also called as Darbar Sahib or Golden temple is the most religious place for Sikhs. Its four doors open in four main directions to welcome people of all religions. The temple was built on the values of universal brotherhood and equality. The structure, revered for its superb architecture, is built on a level lower than that of the immediate surroundings, symbolizing the value of humility. It is situated in Amritsar, Panjab.
5. Kedarnath Temple
Kedarnath is also a Hindu temple in Uttarakhand, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is on the Garhwal Himalayan range near the Mandakini river in Kedarnath. Due to the extreme condition of whether the temple only opens from the end of the April to November. According to Hindu legends, the temple was initially built by Pandavas and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, the holiest Hindu shrines of Shiva. The temple is not directly accessible by road and has to be reached by an 18 kilometers (11 mi) uphill trek from Gauri Kund. There are Pony and Palki services available to reach there.
6. Sanchi Stupa
Sanchi is a village of a fast developing district of Madhya Pradesh, which is known as the home to several Buddhist structures built in between 3rd century BC to 12th century AD. The most significant of them all is the Sanchi Stupa which is also known as the Great Stupa. A Stupa is a holy place of Buddhists, which is built in the shape of a dome that consists of relics of Buddha. There are four intricately designed gateways surrounding the Stupa known as Toranas, each individually symbolizing the four emotions of love, peace, courage, and trust. The Great Stupa is 16 meters high and 37 meters in diameter and preserves the relics of Buddha.
7. Kashi Vishwanath
It is located at Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. It is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva. Kashi Vishwanath is devoted to Lord Shiva. It is believed that by coming to Kashi Vishwanath temple and taking a dip in the divine water of the Ganga river, devotees will attain freedom from all the sins and get salvation. It is said that the quantum of blessings that you will receive after coming to Kashi Vishwanath and witnessing the Jyotirlinga is equal to the combined blessings received from the darshan of the other 11 Jyotirlingas.
8. Ramanathaswamy (Rameshwaram) Temple
Rameshwaram is one of the four holiest pilgrimage places (Char Dham) of Hindus. It is a small island town in Tamilnadu. There are many myths related to the temple. It is believed that here Lord Rama prayed to Lord Shiva for all sins he may have committed during the war with Ravana.
9. Amarnath Cave Temple
The holy cave of Amarnath which is believed to be around 5000 years old, is located at an altitude of 3,888 meters in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Mountains, roads as well as caves in this region are fully covered with snow during most of the year. In the summer season, (June to August) it becomes accessible and hence opens up to receive the pilgrims.
10. Tirupati Balaji
Located in the hilly town of Tirumala (Andhra Pradesh), the temple is also known as Tirumala Venkateshwara temple. The temple is devoted to Lord Venkateshwara, who is popularly called ‘Balaji’ and is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Venkateshwara Tirupati Balaji is the second richest religious site with people offering money and gold to their Lord running into millions, each day.
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