India is a place of many religions and many cultures. And so, Indian Hindu Temples are famous all over the world. They are known for the immense worships of the people and also their rich looks. In this article, we would like to present you with India’s Most Visited Temples. You must be having your favourite temples and you may get upset if we do not have them in the list, Sorry in advance. This top ten list is arranged just by the popularity of the temples. We respect all the temples of India equally.
Let us have a look on India’s top 10 amazing temples:
1. Kashi Vishwanath Temple:
Kashi Vishwanath Temple is India’s most mafous Hindu Temples. It is named as Lord Shiva. It is located in Varanasi,Uttar Pradesh,India. Kashi is a place where at least once in life a Hindu is supposed to do piligrimage and pour the remains of cremated ancestors in the River Ganges(Ganga). The temple is attached to the banks of the river Ganga. Lord Shiva is present here in the form of a Lingam which is one of the twelve Jyothirlingas,the holiest of Shiva Temples. Lord Shiva is referred to as Vishwanatha or Vishweshwara meaning Ruler of the Universe.
2. Tirumala Venkateswara Temple:
Tirupathi Balaji Temple is located on the hill town of Tirumala, near Tirupati in Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh. The temple is referred to be located above as many as 7 hills on the Tirumala.
The Tirumala Hill is 853m above sea level. It comprises of 7 peaks representing the 7 heads of Adisesha, thus earning the name Seshachalam. The temple is located on the Venkatadri hill, the 7th hill and is knows as “Temple of Seven Hills”. The Temple is for Lord Venkateshwara. Tirupathi Balaji temple is one of the richest pilgrimage centers and the most visited place of worship in the world visited by about 50,000 to 1,00,000 pilgrims daily.
3. Anantha Padma Nabha Swamy Temple:
The Padmanabhaswamy temple is located in the centre of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala. The temple was built in the Dravidian style, featuring high walls and a 16th-century Gopuram. The temple is a replica of the Adikesava Perumal temple located in Kanyakumari. This temple is referred is the most richest temple of the world. In july 2012, one of the vaults located underground the temple was opened bringing out the riches of the temple. The saints of the temple warned the officials not to open the other vaults as it may cause destruction.
The principal deity Padmanabha is enshrined in the “Anantha-Sayanam” posture – the eternal yogic sleep on the serpent Anantha. The titular Maharaja of Travancore Moolam Thirunal Rama Varma is the trustee of the temple as Sree Padmanabhadasa, the “Servant of Lord Padmanabha”. In line with the Temple Entry Proclamation, only the Hindus are permitted entry to the temple. Devotees have to strictly follow the dress code.
4. Somnath Temple in Gujarat:
Somnath temple has got the recognition of first jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva and adorns the vibrant state of Gujarat. The word ‘Somnath’ means Lord of the Moon.Mythology says that Somnath temple was first built by the moon God after Lord Shiva listened to his prayers and partially freed him from the curse of waning given to him by his father in law Daksh.
The boon Lord Shiva is considered to be the reason behind waxing and waning period of moon between full moon and New Moon. Over the course of history, the temple has been ransacked and rebuilt several times prior to its last restoration in 1947.
5. Golden Temple Punjab:
This temple is located in Punjab. A perfect symbol of religious tolerance and spiritual freedom, Harmandir Sahib Golden Temple in Amritsar is the most famous Sikh pilgrimage in India.
The foundation of this Sikh shrine was laid by Guru Arjuna Dev and was later refurbished by Maharaja Ranjit Singh who bejeweled it with pure gold and transformed it into an architectural masterpiece. The sacred pool known as Amrit Sarovar has a great spiritual significance and is believed to have curative medicinal powers.
6. Shiridi Sai Temple:
Shiridi Sai Temple is located in Shiridi,Maharashtra. This temple was built with the name of Sai Baba,who holds a unique place in the rich tradition of saints in India. Baba, an embodiment of self-realization and perfection, did not come solely to preach but to awaken mankind through his messages of love and righteousness. The Temple have people coming from all over the world, to worship Sai. Shiridi sai Temple hence is India’s one of the most visited temples.
7. Meenakshi Temple Madurai:
Madhura Meenakshi Temple is Situated in the Madurai district of Tamil Nadu, Meenakshi Sundareshwar Temple is a historic Hindu temple dedicated to the Goddess Meenakshi (Parvati) and her consort Sundareshwar (Lord Shiva). The temple structure is a foremost example of Dravidian style and houses 14 gopurams which are painted in bright colors and bejeweled with figures of animals, gods and demons.
8. Puri Jagannath Temple:
Jagannath Temple is Situated in the northern coast of Orissa, Lord Jagannath temple was built by Raja Anantavarman Chodaganga Deva in the 12th century. The temple is dedicated to the Lord Jagannath and is famous for its annual Ratha yatra which is attended by millions of Hindu pilgrims every year. Housed with 120 shrines and temples and encompassed by a soaring fortified wall, the temple complex is one of the magnificent structures of India. The Mahaprasad served in the temple is a pure vegetarian meal cooked without using onion and garlic. It is believed that food is prepared under the scrutiny of Goddess Mahalakshmi and those who have it attains spiritual advancement.
9. Sidhi Vinayak Temple Mumbai:
Sidhi Vinayak Temple is One of the most prominent and famous temples of Lord Ganesh, it is counted among the most revered temples of India Tour. The temple was built by Vithu and Deubai Patil in the year 1801 and the current generation of Patil family stays in its vicinity.The sanctum sanctorum for devotees of elephant deity Ganesh, Siddhivinayak Temple boasts of a small Mandapam where the main idol of Siddhivinayak is enshrined. The wooden doors of this temple are carved with the images of Ashtavinayaka and the inner roof is plated with gold.
10. AkshardhamTemple, Delhi:
Akshardham or the Swaminarayan Temple is a Hindu temple complex in Delhi. This magnificent temple complex displays millennia of traditional Hindu and Indian culture, spirituality, and architecture. The idea of Akshardham Temple Complex was conceived and developed by Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the spiritual head of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha. During the construction of this temple, around 3,000 volunteers of Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha helped 7,000 artisans construct Akshardham. This temple id visited by 70% of all tourists who visit Delhi making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in Delhi.
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