India is the country where people have immense faith in God and His powers to cure human beings of all their problems and ailments. The country boasts of a rich cultural heritage, which is truly reflected in its well-preserved temples that reflect superb architectural skills and hold deep religious significance. Temples belonging to different religions in the world, such as Hinduism, Jainism and Zoroastrianism, co-exist peacefully here. Indian temples serve as the haven of peace, solace and tranquility, in the middle of the world that is getting full of greed, jealousy, hatred, etc.
These temples present the perfect example of religious and communal harmony, since they are visited by people belonging to all religions, sects, castes, creeds, etc. There is hardly any city, any town or any village in the country that does not have temples. Infact, right from the magnificent Himalayas in the north, to the splendid Kanyakumari in the south, India is dotted with thousands of temples and shrines. Revered by devotees throughout the country as well as abroad, some of these temples date back to hundreds of years.
In the north, we have the Dilwara Jain Temples, Ranankpur Jain Temples, Vaishno Devi Temple, Amarnath, Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri, along with the numerous temples in Mathura, Vrindavan and Varanasi. In the south, there is Meenakshi Temple, Rameswaram Temple, Tirupati Temple, etc. The western part of Shirdi Sai Temple, Akshardham Temple, Siddhivinayak Temple, Mahalaxmi Temple, etc, while east India has Jagannath Temple, Konark Sun Temple, Kali Bari Temple, etc. So explore these temples and know about the rich cultural legacy of India.
Karnataka: The Cholas, the Chalukyas and the Hoysala and the Vijayanagar rulers who have left an indelible mark on the state of Karnataka with hundreds of temples with ornate sculptural work - have made immenese contributions to the temple heritage of Karnataka.
Tamilnadu: Explore hundreds of temples from this southern state, several, over a 1000 years old. The ancient Cholas, Pandyas, the Vijayanagar rulers and the Nayaks have created over centuries, a collossal collection of monuments that dot the skyline of this state.
Andhra Pradesh: The temples of Andhra Pradesh display an array of architectural styles ranging from the Chola through the Orissan styles. Tirupati is the most visited pilgrimage center in the state. Srisailam is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva.
Madhya Pradesh: Ujjain and Omkareshwarar are 2 of the 12 Jyotirlingas in MP. The exquisite Khajuraho temples are known for the erotic sculpture that adorns part of the exterior. Gwalior and Indore also form part of the temple map of this region.
Kerala: Architecturally, the temples of Kerala are different from those seen in the other southern states. The Krishna temple at Guruvayur, the Shiva temples at Vaikom & Ettumanur, and the Padmanabhaswamy temple at Tiruvnandapuram are some of the examples of Keralite temples.
Bengal:The Kali temple at Kalighat - Calcutta is revered as one of the Shakti Peeths in India. Kenduli is the birth place of the poet Jaydev associated with Geet Govind. Tarakeshwar is a renowned Saivite pilgrimage center.
The Himalayas: Popular Hindu faith considers the mighty Himalayas to be the home of the Gods. Abounding in natural beauty, the Himalayan region in India is full of places of worship, dating back to ancient times. Numerous legends associated with the great epics of India are associated with these shrines.
Maharashtra: The Bhavani temple at Tuljapur, Mahalakshmi temple Kolhapur, the Jyotirlinga temples at Tryambakeshwar, Bhimashankar, the Vitthoba temple at Pandharpur & the Ashtavinayak temples are some of the pilgrimage centers of Maharashtra.
The Gangetic Plains: The Ganges is considered to be a river of great significance in the Hindu religion and there are several temple towns along its path. Of great importance are the pilgrimage centers of Banares, Gaya, Mathura and Brindavan.
The Akshardham Temple is one of the most recently built temples in Delhi. Constructed by the Bochasanvasi Aksharpurushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAP, it is situated on the banks of the River Yamuna. Delhi Akshar Dham Mandir was inaugurated in Novenmber'05 in the presence of President APJ Abdul Kalam. It is spread over an area of 100 acres and took about two years to complete. Akshardhaam Temple of New Delhi is built in an architectural style similar to that of the Akshardham temple of Gandhinagar in Gujarat, India. Its construction is based on the ancient Sthaapatya shastras of India and it is built without steel, entirely out of sandstone and marble.
Approximately 234 ornate pillars, floral motifs, arches, exquisitely carved pavilions, 9 ornate domes, 20 quadrangle shikhars, a spectacular Gajendra Pith (plinth of stone elephants), adorn this architectural wonder. There are 20,000 statues inside Akshar Dham Mandir of Delhi of India's great sadhus, devotees, acharyas and divine personas. Other features of the Akshardham Temple are an IMAX theatre, a Swaminarayan temple, and an elaborate musical fountain. The area around the temple building has been converted into manicured lawns with beautiful water fountains.
The main shrine of the New Delhi Akshardhaam temple houses the statue of Lord Swaminarayan. There is an Akshardham Temple Monument to World Peace inside the temple complex. Along with that, there is also a restaurant modeled on the Ajanta and Ellora caves and an Ayurvedic bazaar. Combining Rajasthani, Orrisan, Gujarati, Mughal and Jain temple architecture, the mandir presents a magnificent sight. This temple is a major tourist attraction and counts amongst the wonders of modern India.
Somnath Temple is situated in the Junagadh district of Gujarat. It is a famous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is one of the twelve jyotirlingas in India. The most interesting fact about the Somanth temple is that it has been built and destroyed six times. The present structure was rebuilt the seventh time. There a number of legends attached to the Somnath Temple of India. It is said that the Moon God, Chandra was married to 27 daughters of Daksh Prajapati, but he favored Rohini.
This enraged the Prajapati and he cursed Moon to wane. In order to recover, he prayed to Lord Shiva at the Prabhas Tirtha. Lord Shiva was pleased with his devotion and cured him. Then, on the advice of Brahma, Moon God built the temple in the honor of the Lord and to show his gratitude. It is said that the first temple was built by Moon God in gold, followed by Ravana in silver, Lord Krishna in Sandalwood and King Bhimdev in Stone. The Somnath temple has a magnificent sprawling complex and is a great pilgrim site for the Hindus.
The present temple is built in Chalukya style and has been constructed in such a manner that there is no land between the temple shore and the South Pole. The summit of the temple rises to a height of 155 feet. There is a Kalash (pot vessel) on the top, which measures 10 tons. The flag mast on the peak is 37 feet long and is changed three times during the day. The construction of the present Somnath temple started in 1950. The jyotirlingam pratishthapan ceremony was done by the first president of India, Dr, Rajendra Prasad. All these facts reveal the majesty of the temple and its importance for the devotees.
Temples of Rajasthan are known for their great architectural magnificence. The temples of Rajasthan reflect the artistic excellence of the sculptors of yester years. Some of the prominent temples of Rajasthan are Eklingiji temple, Dilwara Temples, Ranakpur Jain temples and the Mahavira Temple. The most common feature of the temples of Rajasthan, located in the western part, is single sikhara and intricately carved outer chamber known as mandap.
Brahma Temple Pushkar Lying beyond the Nagaparvat and Anasagar Lake in Pushkar is the Brahma temple of Rajasthan, India. A popular pilgrimage of Hindus, the Brahma temple, Pushkar is the only temple of Lord Brahma in India. The legend is that Lord Brahma performed a Yagna here, along with all the gods and goddesses.
Dilwara Jain Temples Mount Abu Dilwara Jain temples, Mount Abu are sacred pilgrimage place of the Jains. They are situated approximately 2.5 km from Mt. Abu. There are five Dilwara Jain temples in Rajasthan, all a fine example of exquisite temple architecture. In each and every temple, marble has been used in an amazing way. The temples are a mix of simplicity as well as exquisiteness.
Eklingji Temple Udaipur The Eklingji temple, Rajasthan is devoted to Lord Shiva, the tutelary deity of the former Mewar rulers. It is situated approximately 24 km to the north of Udaipur. Eklingji Shiva temple Udaipur is a huge complex consisting of 108 temples. Enclosing the temple are high walls with bathing terraces leading down to the water. Filling the temple with fragrance all the time are the lighted incense materials
Ranakpur Jain Temples Ranakpur Jain temples are situated in the mountain ranges of Pali district. They are approximately 23 km from the Phalna railway station. Dating back to the 15th century, the Jain temples of Ranakpur were constructed by Rana Kumbha. Enclosing the temples from all the sides is a strong wall. The entire temple area is enclosed within a wall. The main temple is the Chamukha temple, dedicated to the Tirthankara Rishabdeoji.
Karni Mata Temple Deshnok The Karni Mata temple, Deshnok is situated 30 km from Bikaner. The temple is dedicated to an early 15th century mystic, considered to be a reincarnation of Goddess Durga. This temple is quite famous for a large number of brown rats running around the temple complex fearlessly.
Shrinathji Temple Nathdwara The Shrinathji temple, Nathdwara is dedicated to Lord Krishna. It is located in Nathdwara, approximately 48km to the north of Udaipur. The Nathdwara Shrinathji temple of Rajasthan houses a statue of Lord Krishna, sculpted from a single piece of black marble.
Kerala is known for its rich cultural and traditional background. You get an idea about how much pain the people of Kerala take to preserve their tradition despite so much of commercialism and globalization. The famous temples of Kerala are a living proof about the fact that people in Kerala still value their culture and are fiercely protective about it. Read on further about the various temples in Kerala India in our related sections.
Aranmula Temple Aranmula Temple, in Pathanamthitta district, is famous as one of the five temple towns of Kerala. There are other temples besides Aranmula, which are devoted to Lord Krishna and are located at Trichambaram, Tiruvarppu and Ambalappuzha.
Guruvayoor Temple Guruvayoor Temple of Thrissur is a very important and famous pilgrimage. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, who is worshipped as Lord Krishna, an avatar of Lord Vishnu. The town where this temple is located is known by the name of Thrissur Guruvayoor.
Sabarimala Temple Located at a height of almost 1000 meters above sea level on the Sahyadri ranges in Western Ghats, lies one of the most important shrines of India known by the name of Sabarimala.
Padmanabhaswamy Temple Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Trivandrum is an architectural wonder and a magnificent temple that is sure to amaze you. Situated in the heart of the city, the massive structure has a staggering 100 feet high "Gopuram", the main temple tower.
Uttar Pradesh is one of the most culturally vibrant states in India. The state has a glorious past of which it is very proud. The state has a special place in Hinduism. Uttar Pradesh is the birthplace of two of the most popular deities of Hinduism, Lord Rama and Lord Krishna. Apart from that Varanasi, a town in UP, has a special place in the heart of the worshippers of Lord Shiva.
In that case it is not surprising that the state boasts off some of the most popular and beautiful temples of India. The most notable in terms of temples is Mathura, the birthplace of Lord Krishna. The main temple is known as Krishna Janam-bhoomi. It is popularly believed that the temple is built at the same site where Lord Krishna was born. The temple at Vrindavan and Nandgaon are worth visiting too.
No discussion on temple can be complete without mentioning Varanasi. Varanasi, the city of eternal peace and salvation, is famous for its numerous ghats, alleys and temples. The most notable among these is the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple. The temple is situated in a narrow alley and is flocked by scores every day. Another temple that is worth a visit in Kashi is Sankat Mochan temple. This temple is dedicated to Hindu deity Hanuman. Bharat Mata Mandir in Varanasi also attracts a lot of visitors. There are other minor temples in Varanasi too that are worth visiting.
Hindus all over the world consider the clusters of temples in the city of Ayodhya very sacred. Though the site has attracted lot of controversies and bloodbath in the past, it is hot favorite among the pilgrims in India. There are other important temples too such as the one dedicated to Ganges at Gadh Mukteshwar and other at Chitrakoot.
Tamil Nadu is home to more than 30,000 temples and is aptly called "the land of temples". The rulers of various dynasties constructed these temples over centuries. Tamilnadu is the land where Dravidian style of temple architecture manifested itself in a grand and magnificent way. Vimanas(storeys) and Gopurams (towering gateways to the temple complex) best characterize the temples of Tamilnadu. You will be amazed to see that most of these temples bear a superficial architectural resemblance with each other as they share the similar physical features- Gopurams (the imposing tower over the entrance, from all four directions) and the Vimana (the tower over the sanctum). It is interesting to note that the temples of South India were not merely a place of worship but a large part of social and cultural life of the people revolved around them.
Temple Architecture The temple architecture in Tamilnadu grew with innovation and experiments. The rule of the Pallavas, Pandyas, Cholas, Vijayanagar rulers and the Nayakas saw the construction of a number of magnificent temples. Thousands of temples, with rising towers that touch the skyline of Tamil Nadu, were constructed during the reign of the above-mentioned empires. These temples demonstrate that the Tamils have been the most innovative temple builders. This fact is very well evident in the temples from the pre Christian era as well as those from the 20th century. The spectacular architecture of these temples inspires awe and amazes the onlookers.
Most of the ancient temples of Tamilnadu were constructed in brick and mortar. However, by the 7th century AD a unique style of temple construction emerged when temples were hewn out of caves. The rule of the Pallavas saw (up to 900 AD) building of temples of stone. The Cholas (900 -1250 AD) were great temple builders and they have a number of magnificent and spectacular to their credit. The Brihadeeswarar temple in Thanjavur, built by Raj Raja I, is a tribute to the Chola rulers. The Chola rulers added many ornate mandpams (halls) to temples and built large gopurams (towers). Subsequently, the Pandya Style (Up to 1350 AD) saw the emergence of the temple architecture with huge towers, high wall enclosures and massive gateways. The Vijayanagar rulers also made significant contribution to the temple architecture. They are known more for the intricacy and decorated monolithic pillars.
As you travel across the state of Tamilnadu, you will be awestruck and amazed to see the intricately carved designs and the splendid architecture of the temples spread over the length and breadth of the Tamil land.
Airavatheeswara Temple The temple architecture reached its zenith during the rule of the Chola rulers. Thanjavur, being the capital of the Chola rulers, witnessed most of the architectural activities.
Brihadeswara Temple The Brihadeswara temple is one of the most ancient and the most celebrated Hindu temple in the world. The temple is located in the city of Thanjavur that is also known as Tanjore, in the Indian province of Tamilnadu.
Kailasanath Temple Kanchipuram is a pilgrimage city. A former Pallava capital (7th - 9th century), Kanchipuram is filled with temples dating from the 8th - 17th centuries.
Kanyakumari Temple Kanyakumari forms the southern most end of mainland India. It is also the place where the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean merge.
Mahabalipuram Rathas Mahabalipuram is a temple town that is situated along the Coromandel Coast 55 kilometers off Chennai, the capital of Tamilnadu. The place is famous for its Ratha temples that are a part of the famous shore temple complex.
Meenakshi Temple The Meenakshi temple complex is one of the largest in India. The presiding deity at the Meenakshi temple at Madurai, the Athens of South India, is Goddess Meenakshi. The nucleus of the temple is older than the Madurai city.
Murugan Temple The Murugan temple at Tirupporur is one of the major temples dedicated to Lord Muruga in Tamilnadu. The Murugan temple is situated at a distance of about 45 Km from Chennai.
Orissa is one of the most visited states of India, which is known, mainly, for its splendid temples. A tour of the various temples of the state enables one to explore many interesting aspects of the Hindu religion. People come from all over India as well as the world to visit the temples. Out of these, the two most prominent as well as mot revered ones are that of Long Jagannath and Lingaraj (Lord Shiva). In this section, we have covered almost all the important temples of Orissa.
Lingaraj Temple Lingaraj temple is one of the most popular temples of Orissa. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, also known as ‘Lingaraj’. It is adorned with beautiful sculptures, which have been carved on the spire. More
Mukteshwar Temple Mukteshwar temple, one of the most prominent temples of Bhubaneswar, has been constructed in the style that is quite similar to the one used in the Kalinga School of Temple Architecture. More
Rajarani Temple Rajarani temple is one of the most renowned temples in Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Orissa. It is made from the wonderful red and gold sandstone, which is locally known as Rajarani and this is what gives the temple its name of ‘Raja Rani’. More
Gundicha Temple Gundicha temple is one of the most renowned temples in Puri, located on the northeastern side of the Jagannath temple. The origin of the temple can be traced back to the sixteenth century. More
Jagannath Temple Jagannath Temple is one of the most renowned as well as the biggest temples of Orissa. Established in the 12th century, the temple is dedicated to Lord Jagannath (Lord Krishna), Lord of the Universe. More
Ramachandi Temple Located towards the southwest of Sun Temple, is the Ramachandi temple. It has been named after Goddess Ramachandi. However, there is lot of confusion over the presiding deity of the temple. More
Sun Temple Sun temple is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Konark. The credit for constructing this 13th century old shrine, dedicated to Sun God, goes to Raja Narsimhadeva of the Ganga dynasty. More
Huma Temple Huma temple, situated near Sambhalpur, was established in the year 1670. It is believed that the temple was built by the King Baliar Singh, the fifth king of the Chauhan dynasty of Sambalpur.
Contrary to popular perception, Goa is home to some of the most famous temples of Hindus. During the Portuguese occupation, the temples in Goa were subject to rampant destruction and devotees had to clandestinely smuggle the deities for fear of persecution. The idols were kept in makeshift shrines until the Portuguese allowed the first temple to be built in 1818. Hence most of the Goa temples are of recent built in comparison to other Indian temples and the temple architectures display marked deviations from standard practices. Following are some of the prominent temples of Goa:
Mallikarjun Temple Located amidst an enchanting landscape teeming with lush greenery, the Mallikarjun temple is renowned for its colorful festivals observed with pomp and pageantry. Built by the ancestors of the Kshatriya Samaj in 16th century, the Mallikarjun temple was subsequently refurbished in 1778.
Mahalaxmi Temple Located at the heart of the Panaji city, the Mahalaxmi temple is a sacred shrine for Hindu devotees. The Mahalaxmi temple enshrines the deity of Mahalaxmi, the Goddess of wealth. Mahalaxmi is also regarded the presiding deity of the Panaji city. The Mahalakshmi temple assumes significance for being the first Hindu temple to be built in Goa after the Portuguese invasion by Alfonse de Albuquerque.
MahalsaTemple The opulent Mahalsa temple is one of the most famous temples in Goa. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Mahalsa, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Hence the temple is also as the Mahalsa Narayani temple, Narayan being another name for Vishnu. The Mahalsa temple is located one kilometer afar from the Mangueshi temple, another prominent temple in Ponda.
Mangueshi Temple Located about 21 km from Panaji, the Mangueshi temple stands tall amidst the scores of Hindu temple that dot the Goan landscape. One of the survivors of the destruction unleashed by the Portuguese, the Manguesh temple was originally located at Kushasthali (present day Cortalim).
Naguesh Temple One of the ancient Hindu temples in Goa, the Naguesh temple is dedicated to Lord Naguesh, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. Courtesy a stone plaque found near the temple, the origins of Sri Naguesh temple can be traced back to 1413, when the region was under the rule of Veer Pratap Devraya of the powerful Vijayanagar Empire.
Ramnath Temple Located 22 km from the state capital Panaji, the origin of the temple of Lord Ramnath is steeped in mythology. Natives believe that after slaying King Ravana of Lanka, a remorse-filled Lord Rama installed a shivalinga on the shores in order to atone for his act. Since then the temple came to be known as Rameshwar or Ramnath.
Saptakoteshwar Temple Acclaimed as one of the six revered temples of Lord Shiva in the Konkan area, the Saptakoteshwar temple has a chequered history dating back to the 12th century. During that period Saptakoteshwar was the patron deity of the kings of Kadamba dynasty. In 1352, when Bahamani Sultan Hassan Gangu usurped the Kadamba kingdom, his armies vandalized the linga of the Saptakoteshwar temple.
Sri Devaki Krishna Temple Located 17 km from state capital Panaji, Marcel in Ponda taluka is home to some of the most sacred Hindu temples in Goa. Among these shrines, Sri Devaki Krishna temple is of great religious significance. The uniqueness of the Devki Krishna temple lies in the fact that it is the only temple in India with the presiding deity of Devakikrishna, a confluence of Lord Krishna and his mother Devaki.
The Karnataka landscape is characterized by a profusion of ancient temples and sacred shrines that have withstood the vagaries of time. These temples, spread across the length and breadth of the state, are renowned as much for their magnificent architecture as for their religious pre-eminence.
The growth and proliferation of temples in Karnataka can be ascribed to the zealous efforts of a succession of royal dynasties who reigned supreme in the Deccan plateau. The Kadambas, Chalukyas, Hoysalas, Gangas, Vijayanagara Kings - all of them were devout rulers and prolific temple builders.
During their reign, each of these kingdoms has given rise to a distinctive school of temple architecture. While the Badami Chalukyas were the builders of rock cut caves and ancient temple complexes, the Hoysalas built temples on raised complex star shaped platforms. The Hoysala temples were characterized by a wealth of intricate carvings and friezes on the temple walls.
Karnataka has also been home to prodigious scholars and great spiritual leaders like Adi Shankaracharya and Saint Basaveshwara who consecrated a number of holy shrines and temples.
Chennakeshava Temple A supreme example of Hoysala temple architecture, the Chennakeshava temple in Belur, Karnataka leaves one spellbound with its exquisite structure. The temple was constructed in 1117 AD by Hoysala king Vishnuvardhan to celebrate his victory over the Cholas at the battle of Talikad.
Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple Built in the 16th century by Kempe Gowda, the founder of Bangalore, the Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple is an architectural marvel that attracts devotees by hordes. One of Bangalore's oldest temples, the Gavi Gangadhareshwara temple was built by Kempe Gowda in gratitude after being released from his five-year incarceration by Rama Raya.
Hoysaleshwara Temple A gem of Hoysala temple architecture, the Hoysaleshwara temple of Halebid is ornamented with a plethora of exquisite carvings and sculptures. It was built by Ketamalla, a minister of Hoysala ruler Vishnuvardhana, in the 12th century AD.
Madhukeshwara Temple The renowned Madhukeshwara temple is the prime attraction of Banavasi, a quaint town located on the border of Uttara Kannada and Shimoga districts.
Mahabaleshwar Temple The Mahabaleshwar temple is located in Gokarna, a sacred pilgrimage site in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. One of the seven Mukti Sthalas of Karnataka, Gokarna is also known for its idyllic beaches and serene landscape.
Mookambika Temple Nestled in the foot of the Western Ghats, the Mookambika temple in the village of Kollur attracts devotees from all over India.
Pattabhirama Temple The Pattabhirama Temple is a major pilgrimage center in the ruined city of Hampi. Along with the Virupaksha and Vitthala temples, the Pattabhirama temple embodies the prolific temple-building ventures of the Vijayanagara rulers.
Someshwara Temple One of the prominent temples in Bangalore, the Someshwara temple was built during the reign of the Chola dynasty. Endowed with splendid architecture, the Someshwara temple bears testimony to the architectural expertise of the Chola era.
Delhi temples count amongst the finest in the country. Be it in the terms of reverence or in the terms of architecture, the temples in Delhi can match with the best. The temples in Delhi consist of Hindu temples, Jain temples, Bahai temple, Sai Baba temple, etc. Some of the famous temples of New Delhi and other areas of the city are:
Akshardham Temple Delhi The Akshardham Temple is one of the most recently built temples in Delhi. Constructed by the Bochasanvasi Aksharpurushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAP, it is situated on the banks of the River Yamuna. Delhi Akshar Dham Mandir was inaugurated in Novenmber'05 in the presence of President APJ Abdul Kalam. It is spread over an area of 100 acres and took about two years to complete.
Birla Mandir Delhi Lakshmi Narayan Mandir is situated to the west of Connaught Place in Delhi. Constructed by Raja Baldev Das in the year 1938, it is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi. Also known by the name of Birla Mandir of New Delhi, this temple has quite an interesting history attached to it.
Chattarpur Mandir Chattarpur Mandir is sited at a distance of approximately 4 km from the famous Qutab Minar in the Mehrauli area of Delhi. A beautiful monument, the Chatarpur temple of Delhi is built in both the South Indian as well as North Indian style of architecture. It is made up of immaculate white marble and sprawls over a large area with beautifully manicured lawns and gardens.
Gauri Shankar Temple Gauri Shankar Temple is a Hindu temple situated in the Old Delhi. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and houses an approximately 800-year old brown lingam, made up of phallus stone. The Lingam is encircled by snakes and represents a "cosmic pillar, the center of universe, the life itself".
Hanuman Mandir Delhi Hanuman Mandir is situated at the Baba Kharak Singh Marg (road) near Connaught Place. One of the oldest Hanuman temples in the country, it was built by Maharaja Jai Singh in the year 1724. However, since the time of its construction, the Lord Hanuman Temple of New Delhi has undergone many restorations.
Iskcon Temple Delhi Iskcon Temple is situated at Hari Krishna Hill, near East of Kailash. Built by the Hare-Rama Hare-Krishna cult, the temple dates back to the year 1998. New Delhi Iskon Temple is one of the 40 temples in India built by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon). Dedicated to Lord Krishna, the temple is one of the biggest temple complexes in India.
Kali Bari Mandir Delhi Kali Bari Mandir is dedicated to Goddess Kali Mata. It is a small temple and quite unpretentious in its design. The Kalibari Temple of New Delhi holds special significance for the Bengalis in the city, especially at the time of Durga Puja, held every October. At that time, the temple becomes the center for celebrations and is flooded by devotees in huge numbers.
Kalkaji Temple Kalkaji Temple is situated beyond the commercial complex of Nehru Place in Delhi. This domed twelve-sided temple is devoted to Goddess Kalka Devi. The oldest section of the Kalka Ji Mandir of New Delhi dates back to the year 1764-1771, when the Marathas were in power. However, some renovation and additions were carried out in the mid-19th century.
Lotus Temple Lotus Temple is situated 12 km to the southeast of Connaught Place. Architecturally one of the most splendid temples of India, Delhi Lotus Temple is called so because it is built in the shape of a Lotus flower. The temple got completed in the year 1986 and rises to a height of more than 40 m.
Sheetla Devi Temple Sheetla Devi Temple is situated at Gurgaon village, a suburb of Gurgaon, in the state of Haryana. The temple, standing near a pond, is dedicated to Mata Sheetla Devi. Sheetala Mata Mandir of Delhi is at times referred to as a "Shakti Peeth" and is considered as one of the most sacred Hindu pilgrimages.
Gujarat is known for its vibrance, not only in India but the world over. It is one of the most industrialized states in the country and is known for its exuberant spirit. The state is also regarded as a holy land, owing to the numerous temples and religious places situated here. These temples are a great pilgrim puller from across the globe. They present a true picture of the bygone era of the state and are a treat for those who love ancient architecture. Gujarat temples actually seem to be the abode of the various gods and goddesses, because of their majesty and grandeur. A visit to these sacred places fills you with devotion and love for the Almighty.
Akshardham Temple Akshardham is situated in the capital city of Gujarat, Gandhinagar. The magnificent temple is dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan. It was constructed on the directions of Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the spiritual leader of BAPS Sanstha. The complex of this temple is the largest in Gujarat.
Ambaji Temple Ambaji temple is situated at Ambaji town, in the Banaskantha district of Gujarat. The temple, the holy the seat of Ambe Mata - the Mother Goddess, is a popular pilgrim place for Hindus. People of Gujarat take the name of the Goddess in high regard. Ambaji temple is also considered as one of the Shakti Peethas in India.
Dwarkadhish Temple Dwarka city is located in the Jamnagar district of Gujarat. It is one of the most ancient cities in India and houses the famous Dwarkadhish temple, which is one of the biggest Hindu pilgrimage places in India. The city was also called Swarna Dwarka (golden Dwarka) because of its prosperity.
Girnar Temples Girnar is one of the holiest places in Gujarat, situated near Junagadh at a distance of 327 from Ahmedabad. It is a holy place and an important pilgrimage for both Hindus and Jains. There are a number of temples located here, which have converted it into a township of temples.
Ranchhodraiji Temple Ranchhodraiji Temple is situated in Dakor that comes under the Kheda district of Gujarat. Earlier Dakor was a small village, but with time it has grown into a major commercial center. The small shrine of the initial Ranchhodraiji Temple has now been enclosed in a huge complex.
Palitana Jain Temples Palitana is situated at a distance of 51 km from Bhavnagar and serves as an important Jain pilgrimage of Gujarat. The Shatrunjay Hill loacted nearby the place hosts approximately 900 big and small Jain Temples. These temples are dedicated to the 24 Jain Tirthankarars.
Sun Temple The Sun temple of Gujarat is situated at Modhera. It is akin to the Sun Temple at Konark and is dedicated to the Sun God, Lord Surya. Though the temple has lost its glory of the yore, it is still an architectural and art master piece. The temple serves as the venue for the Dance Festival held in January each year.
Somnath Temple Somnath Temple is situated in the Junagadh district of Gujarat. It is a famous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is one of the twelve jyotirlingas in India. The most interesting fact about the Somanth temple is that it has been built and destroyed six times.
People of Himachal Pradesh are quite religious by nature. Every village in the state has at least one temple or monastery, where prayers are carried out on a daily basis. However, some of these temples hold much more significance than the others. These include Naina Devi Temple of Nainital, Chamunda Devi Temple of Chamba and Shitla Mandir of Jangla. People come to Himachal Pradesh, from various parts of India, to offer their prayers at these temples. In the following lines, we have provided information about the famous temples in the state.
Shivalaya Bachhretu Located three km from Shahtalai and 3000 ft above sea level, Shivalaya Bachhretu lies on the western slope of Kotdhar. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva houses a huge statue of Nandi, the mount of Lord Shiva, in the courtyard. Shivalaya Bachhretu was named after a brave calf, known as Bachhretu.
Baba Nahar Singh Temple Baba Nahar Singh Temple is situated at Dholra, which falls under the Bilaspur district. Baba Nahar Singh is believed to be an incarnation of God and is also known by the names of Bajia, Peepal Wala amd Dalian Wala.
Badol Devi Temple Badol Devi Temple is situated in Badol village of Bilaspur. There is a very interesting legend attached to this temple. It is said that one day, an old villager named Bhura noticed that his cow had shed her milk on a particular place.
Mandir Jalapa Mai Mandir Jalapa Mai is situated in Sangirathi Village, on the on Bilaspur-Shimla Road. It is situated at a distance of approximately 14 km from the Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh.
Markandeya Ji Markandeya Ji Temple is situated in a beautiful place known as Markanday, situated 20 km from Bilaspur. Named after the famous sage Rishi Markanday, this temple holds much significance, especially amongst childless couples.
Sheetla Mandir Sheetla Mata Temple is situated in a village named Jangla, at a distance of approximately 1.5 km from Gehrwin city of Himachal Pradesh. Like the Golden Temple of Amritsar, this temple is also built in the middle of a tank.
Naras Devi Temple Naras Devi temple is situated on a hilltop at Baroha, 2 km from Naras village that falls under the Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh. The temple is more than 400 years old and is believed to have been constructed by King Kalyan Chand, while establishing Sunhani as the capital of his kingdom.
Naina Devi Temple Naina Devi temple, one of the most important Shakti Peeths of India, is situated in Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh. Raja Bir Chand got this temple constructed in the 8th century.