Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Top Temples In India — Cross Your Heart And Set Out To Unveil a Few Secrets

Home to diverse religions, India is dotted with places of religious interests. Legends say, God resides in us. True. God resides in temples too. A few temple in India pulls scores of tourists across the globe. The architecture and intricate carvings of some temples speaks aloud of Indian culture and heritage.Check out a few of them in the given list.

Kashi Vishwanath Temple

kashi vishwanath temple
Kashi Vishwanath Temple
Varanasi is one of the top most Hindu pilgrimage sites. Kashi Vishwanath Temple houses one of twelve jyotirlinga of Lord Vishwanath (an incarnation of Shiva), on the banks of holy Ganges. Mythology relates, a dip in waters of Ganga is said to wash away all your sins. The temple is sees thousands of visitors daily. Being a secular country, the temple promotes fraternity and peace. Three gold plated domes atop the temple is bound to grab your attention. The layout and architecture reflects the Maratha culture of India.

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Jagannath Temple, Puri

Jagannath Temple, Puri
This ancient 12th century temple is known to be one of the highest monuments of India. Lord Jagannath (incarnation of Lord Krishna) with Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra reigns the sanctum sanctorum, also known as Ratnavedi. The temple which houses 120 shrines, serves meals (bhoga) to more than thousand devotees everyday. Foreign tourists throng this temple town during Rath yatra, in July-August.

Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple

Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Kerala
World's richest temple is in Kerala! And it belongs to Tirupati Balaji. Flocked by more than a billion tourists every year, the annual offerings are well over one lakh crore!

Tirupati Balaji Temple

tirupati temple tamil nadu
Tirpati Balaji Temple, Tamil Nadu
This temple draws more than 50,000 tourists per day and happens to be the second richest temple in India after Padmanabhaswamy temple. The annual gold turnover is around 4000kg! The carvings and architecture dates back to Dravidian era. On special occasions such as Janmashtami and Brahmotsavam. Devotees donate countless cash and gold. The shrine homes Lord Balaji, who is believed to answer every devout's prayers. South India is truly a treasure trove, be it nature or simple liquid cash, with due reasons.

Shree Siddhivinayak Temple

Siddhivinayak Temple, Maharashtra
Siddhivinayak Temple, Maharashtra
Maharashtra is said to be the land of Siddhivinayak. Lord Ganesha is worshiped inside this temple, which is a must visit. Locals from different parts of Mumbai choose to walk to this holy place. Shree Siddhivinayak Temple is a must visit if you are in India. Vithu and Deubai Patil built the temple around 1800, and the interiors reflect modern craftsmanship. The main shine has a Mandapam, which houses the idol of Lord Ganesha. The temple has a gold plated inner roof and huge well-carved wooden doors. Thousands of pilgrims throng the temple everyday, but during Ganesh Chaturthi, the shrine is flocked by millions.

Shirdi Sai Baba Temple

Shirdi Sai Baba, Maharashtra
Shirdi Sai Baba, Maharashtra
Maharashtra has another holy temple which calls one and all. Legend has it, Sai Baba from Shirdi, a hamlet, spread the message of peace and harmony. His disciples come from diverse religious backgrounds to showcase harmony and fellow feeling. Hindus and Muslims and people from all religions are devotees of Sai. Devots from 8 to 80-years of age usually walk over 150 to 200km to visit this temple.

Golden Temple

Golden Temple, Amritsar
Golden Temple, Amritsar
Located in Amritsar, this is one of the top most tourist hot-spots in India. The huge Amrit Sarovar inside the temple premises is said to have curative powers to medical ailments. Besides, a dip in the lake is recommended to purify your soul. The main shrine dedicated to Darbar Harmandir Sahib is built of white marble plated with gold. The temple is open to all. Langar (common kitchen) cooks free meals for over 25,000 devotees who visit the temple. Worshipers choose to cook and wash utensils on the holy premises. During Baisakhi, the harvest fest, lakhs of people flock the temple.

Akshardham Temple

Akshardha Temple, Gandhinagar
The Akshardham in Gandhinagar wears title of the World's Largest Comprehensive Temple by Guinness World Records. Made of pink stones, the temple is devoted to Lord Swaminarayan. The temple complex houses waterfall a herbal garden and a lake. Modern architecture and calm surroundings will surely sooth your soul.

A brief overview of the aforesaid temples might help you single out one or more. You don't have to be spiritual to visit these. I have tried to unveil other interesting facts too. Interesting, isn't it? Tou have to be here to see it.

Chardham temples — Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri top a pilgrim's list. But these aren't open year-round, nestled in Himalayas.

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