Top 15 Temples in India
India is a land of diversity,varied cultures, Numerous festivals and then India is a land of temples.
From the hilly areas of Himalayas to the mountains of Ladakh to the forgotten villages of Tamil Nadu to the caves of Maharashtra or else in the deserts of Rajasthan. Temples are everywhere. Every street in India has temples. From smaller ones to bigger ones. People in India are very religious and most follow their religion avidly.
The vivid colours of the different religions residing in India give the country an admirable identity. This peaceful co-existence of these ideologically different communities gives birth to a veritably amicable environment devoid of any kind of disharmony. People of India enjoy the joyful freedom of following and celebrating their own religion without any constraints. This is the reason why in every corner of the country you would find a place of worship be it of any religion.
Considering the long list of temples in India, it is impossible to choose from the lot. Choosing the best can sometimes offend those whose favourite is not included in the list. Yet today, I have tried to provide the names of temples, which are top according to me.
1. Kashi Vishwanath
Location: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is one of the holiest temples of India. The temple was built by Ahilyabai in 1780 and today its holds utmost importance for the Hindus who believe that a bath in the Holy River Ganga can liberate one from all the sins.
2. Lord Jagannath Temple
Location: Puri, Odisha
Housing about 120 shrines in its huge structure, Lord Jagannath Temple is one of the oldest temples in India. It was built in the 12th century and is popular for its annual Rath Yatra. Pilgrims believe that Mahaprasad served here is scrutinized by Goddess Lakshmi and those who have it attain spiritual advancement.
3. Venkateshwara Tirupati Balaji
Location: Andhra Pradesh
With around 40 million annual visitors, Tirupati Balaji deems as the most visited temple in India. It is also the second richest temple of the country. It was built under the rule of Krishnadeva Raya. On special occasions, the number of pilgrims visiting the temple in a day mounts up to 5 lacs.
4. Vaishno Devi Temple
Situated at the top of a hill, it is one of the notable Hindu Temples in India. It is dedicated to Shakti and is the second most visited temple in the country with an annual footfall of around 8 million devotees.
5. Somnath Temple
Somnath Temple has been revered as the first jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva and it is said to have been built by the Moon God after Lord Shiva freed him from the curse of waning. The temple has been restored several times since then.
6. Kamakhya Temple
Dedicated to Goddess Kamakhya, this temple is one of the oldest of the 51 Shakti Pithas. It is the most important pilgrimage for the Tantric Worshippers. As a form of worship, goats are offered to the Goddess by the devotees who believe that Kamakhya is the yielder of all desires.
7. Mahabodhi Temple Complex
This is the holy place where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment and thus it stands as the most revered sites for the Buddhists. Recognized as a world heritage site by the UNESCO, the Mahabodhi temple is visited by both Hindus and Buddhists from all over the world.
8. Siddhivinayak Temple
Built in the year 1801, Siddhivinayak temple in Mumbai is a prominent temple of Lord Ganesha. The inner roof of the temple complex is plated with gold and the wooden doors are carved with the images of Ashtavinayaka.
9. Ramnathaswamy Temple (Rameshwaram)
Location: Tamil Nadu
One of the most popular temples of the south, Ramnathaswamy temple is the abode of Lord Shiva. It is also among the twelve jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva in the country. There are two lingas inside the sanctum; one built by Goddess Sita and the other was brought by Lord Hanuman.
10.Meenakshi Amman Temple
The name synonymous with the name of Madurai. Madurai’s Meenakshi temple is considered to be the largest as per the size and the area in India.
It is the most famous temple of Tamil Nadu. There are nearly 14 gopurams or gateways that are so magnificently carved out and beautiful paintings adorn the walls with thousands and thousands of stone figures. Out of the fourteen towers, though only four are the major ones and are on all sides i.e the southern, eastern, western, and northern tower are the spectacular ones.
It is a beautiful temple and one of the oldest in India which dates back its establishment to the sixteenth century.
11. Shirdi Sai Baba Temple
It is the holy shrine of Sai Baba and the also the third richest temple of India. Shirdi is the land of Sai baba, therefore, it is considered to be a pilgrimage for his followers. Millions of devotees, irrespective of their religion, flock to the temple every year. Donations as high as Rs.350 crores are offered at the temple annually.
12. Golden Temple
Golden temple or the Harmandir Sahib is considered as the holiest shrine in Sikhism.
Scores of people from all over the world and from all religions come to visit it. The temple is gold plated and the interiors are decorated with marvelous architecture that will take your breath away.
The annual harvest festival of Baisakhi attracts tens of thousands of people and is celebrated with great warmth and intensity. Also, other festival such as Diwali is also celebrated with great excitement.
13. Sun Temple
Now this one doesn’t need any introduction. This temple has been awarded a UNESCO world heritage site. Also, it was among the seven wonders of India in a poll conducted by NDTV.
It also has been scripted in textbooks in India showcasing its finesse in its construction.
Why the name Sun Temple, you may ask, it is so the temple is dedicated to Sun God.
14. Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple
After a treasure was uncovered at this temple it became the world’s richest temple leaving behind Tirupati Balaji. The treasure is estimated to be more than one lakh crore with still one of the chamber yet to be opened.
For many historians the treasure found was no surprise as they believe that many temples of South India may have such “treasures”.
Before or after the discovery of the treasure it remains a destination for millions of devotees.
15. Dwarakadish Temple
This temple of 2500 years old is dedicated to Lord Krishna. Just as is Badrinath of north, Rameshwaram of south, Jagannath Puri of the west; Dwarkadhish is the part of Char Dham pilgrimage in the west.
It is a five-storey structure containing 72 pillars supporting it and is immaculately clean and pure considering that the temple was build nearly two and half centuries back.
Since there are innumerable temples in India, this list is subject to differ from person to person. If u like to add Something to the list, please leave your comments below.
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