India boasts of various cultures, traditions, rich heritage and more than thousands of temples. Each temple is different and has its own significance from others. Each of the ancient temples has a different story which dates back in ancient times. Some of the temples have been mentioned in Vedas which proves their existence from over thousands of years. Here we have curated 10 different temples in India that are famous worldwide for their architecture and legends.
10 Famous Ancient Temples of India.
Vaishno Devi Mandir – Katra, Jammu
The Vaishno Devi temple is nestled in a mountain known as Trikuta. The devotees have to complete the 12 km trek from Katra town to reach the mandir. The path that leads to the temple is now well constructed and one can even complete the 5-6 hour journey within a few minutes through recently started helicopter services. The temple is home to goddess Vaishno Devi who resides in the three rock heads known pindies. The Vaishno Devi shrine is open round the year. It is believed that every devotee that marks its presence in the temple is called by Maa (Goddess).
Siddhivinayak Temple – Prabhadevi, Mumbai
The famous Siddhivinayak temple was constructed in the 18th century in Prabha Devi, Mumbai. This is one of the ancient temples dedicated to Lord Ganesha. According to Hindu beliefs, Lord Ganesha is considered supreme amongst all, since he is the one who is worshipped before starting any new task. The wooden doors of the temple are carved with eights impressions of lord Ganesha. The temple is known for its “Navasacha Ganapati” who grants every wish of his devotees.
Golden Temple – Amritsar, Punjab
Also known Sri Harmandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib is one of the most pious places. The temple was built to spread the word of unity in the country. It is one of its kind spiritual places that welcome people from all walks of life, caste and religion. The temple organizes langar regularly where thousands of devotees come and eat for free. Moreover, the temple is also known for its mesmerizing infrastructure and a golden tomb.
Lord Jagannath Temple – Puri, Odisha
Lord Jagannath Temple is also called Jagannath Puri, owing to the pace where it is located. The temple was built in the 12th century and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and his incarnation-Lord Krishna. This is one of the ancient temples which is counted amongst the 4 holiest places (Char Dham) in India. Every year Jagannath Rath yatra is conducted in the city. The rath yatra is accompanied by thousands of devotees.
Venkateswara Temple – Tirumala, Andhra Pradesh
Famously known as Tirupati Balaji temple, Venkateswara Temple is one of the richest temples of the country. The temple has larger than life statue of Lord Vishnu (also called Venkateswara). It is believed that God Vishnu took the form of Venkateswara to save mankind from trial and tribulation of Kalyuga. The nearest railway station to Tirumala is in Tirupati and the nearest Airport is near Renigunta, which is 16 km away from Tirumala. However, if you plan to stay there for a night you can consider Oyo rooms since these are cheaper and have the best of the services. You can also use Oyo rooms coupon to save extra.
Amarnath Cave Temple – Jammu & Kashmir
The Hindu shrine nestles in the snow-clad mountains of Jammu Kashmir. The temple is covered with the snow almost all the months; the best time to pay your visit to the temple is from June to August. In other words, this temple is also one of the four pilgrims in India. The pilgrimage to Amaranth temple includes five days trekking which starts from camp holy. Every year a Shiv Lingham is formed inside the cave, and it is believed that the size of the Lingham increases and decreases according to the phase of the moon. The formation of Lingham does not have any scientific logic but the followers’ belief that lord Shiva still prevails in the cave in the form of Lingham.
Konark Sun Temple – Puri, Odisha
The sun temple is known across the country for its unique design; it is built in a chariot (rath) shape. According to a legend Lord Krishna cursed his son Samba with leprosy. Samba worshiped Lord Sun for 12 long years to seek penance and in conclusion, the god finally granted his wish. Samba then built the temple to express his gratitude towards god. Puri has its own railway station. You can board a train from Bhuvneshwar, Delhi, and Mumbai to Puri and the nearest airport is Biju Patnaik Airport, which is 60 km away from Puri.
Somnath Temple – Western Coast of Gujarat
The term Som represents ‘Moon God’’ and Somnath means one who protects the God of Moon. According to a known legend the temple was built by Som to honor Lord Shiva. The temple holds much significance in the Hindu religion. It is believed to be home to one of the Lord Shiva’s Jyotirlinga. The temple is located near the Arabian Sea, and there is no land area between the temple and South Pole which is another reason why devotees from around the country visit the temple.
Ramanathaswamy (Rameswaram) Temple – Rameswaram Island, Tamil Nadu
The Rameshwaram temple is one of the pilgrimage attractions. It honors Lord Shiva. The temple houses two Lingams which are ‘Ramalingam’ it depicts lord Rama and ‘Viswalingam’ which represents Lord Shiva. Ramanathaswamy temple has numerous pillars and shrines. Millions of devotees mark their presence in the temple, especially during Mahashivratri.
Lingaraja Temple – Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Lingaraja Temple is a historic temple which is known for its magnificent architecture. Lingaraja signifies the king of Lingas i.e. Lord Shiva. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Vishnu. The temple is surrounded by Bindu Sagar Lake which has healing powers.
India is known for varied temples and sculptures. Each temple has its own significance which makes it popular amongst the devotees. In this blog, we have listed 10 temples that are worth your visit.
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