India, the land of rich culture, heritage and different religions, is home to some of the most famous temples. Here, are some of the famous temples of India which stand gloriously, pouring blessings over the mankind.
1. Vaishno Devi Mandir
The Vaishno Devi Mandir is located at an altitude of 5,200 ft in the Trikuta mountain. The trek starts from Katra and is 13 km long. It is believed that after meditating for years, Maa Vaishno Devi had turned into three rock heads that are now worshipped religiously as per rituals. Every year, millions of pilgrims come to take the blessing of Maa Vaishno Devi. Along the trek you can also make a detour to Adkuwari, where the mother had rested for several years before ascending for her journey to the hill top. The shrine is open all year round, and anyone who is there for her blessings is just because of her wish.
2. Lord Jagannath Temple
The Lord Jagannath Temple in Puri is one of the four holiest places of India. It was built in the 12th century by Raja Anantavarman Chodaganga Deva. The temple is dedicated to Lord Jagannath (Lord Krishna) and his siblings Lord Balbhadra and Devi Subhadra. The temple is most famous for its Rath Yatra that is held every year on the second day of Shukla Pakshya, that is the third month according to the Lunar calendar. This is something you shouldn’t miss out when visiting the city. Anyone who pulls the chariot feels the piousness of being with the Lord for his service. The Mahaprasad served here is believed to be prepared by Goddess Lakshmi, and those who have it attain spiritual advancement.
3. Siddhivinayak Temple
The Siddhivinayak Temple is located in Mumbai and is dedicated to Lord Ganesha, the God who is worshipped at first before starting a new venture. When you enter the temple, you’ll find eight impressions of the Lord on the wooden doors of the shrine. You can visit the temple all year round, but Tuesday is considered as the day when people come to worship for good luck. The inner roof of the temple is intricately designed and plated with gold.
4. Golden Temple
The Golden Temple in Amritsar, is a perfect significance of religious tolerance and spiritual freedom. It is one of the most famous Sikh pilgrimages in India. The foundation of the temple was made by Guru Arjuna Dev, but was later refurbished with pure gold by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. The Gurudwara is surrounded by a sacred pool, Amrit Sarovar, known for its medicinal powers. Pilgrims from far off places visit the Golden Temple to get blessings.
5. Shirdi Sai Baba Temple
Sai Baba, known for his principles of love, charity and forgiveness has been worshipped by people all around the world irrespective of their religion. The Sai Baba Temple is located about 296 kms from Mumbai, in a town named, Shirdi. The temple was built in 1922 over the Samadhi of Sai Baba. About 25,000 devotees every day come to visit the shrine and get the glimpse of Baba’s Darshan.