The soil of India smells of Dharma and Karma at every corner and leaves no room to keep people connected to its spiritual roots. A nation where believers of diverse ethnicity reside together, it wouldn’t be wrong to call India a beautiful land of faith. There are numerous temples, gurudwaras, churches and mosques here, a major reason why tourism has grown manifold in India. Here are top 5 of this country’s most significant and frequently visited temples:
1. Amarnath Temple, Jammu & Kashmir
Located in the alluring state of Jammu and Kashmir and dedicated to Lord Shiva, Amarnath is the most important Hindu shrine cave in India. Its significance can be measured by the number of devotees that visit the temple every year. Even when the region is capped with snow throughout the year, thousands of devotees visit the cave to seek blessings of the Shiv Linga, formed inside the cave due to melting ice. Besides this, it is also said that there are two more ice formations inside the cave which is dedicated to Maa Parvati and their son Ganesha.
2. Shrinathji Temple, Nathdwara
Shrinath Ji Temple Temple in Nathdwara, Rajasthan is an abode of Lord Krishna and is also considered an important pilgrimage centre by Vaishnavas. The Temple is visited by thousands of Bhakti Yoga and the Vaishnavas in Gujarat and Rajasthan every year. Devotees usually visit the temple during the festival of Janmashtami, Holi and Diwali to seek blessings of the Lord.
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3. Lord Jagannath Temple in Puri, Orissa
The Jagannath Puri Temple, Orissa has 120 shrines, which are all dedicated to Lord Jagannath. The Temple is renowned for the Ratha Yatra, where thousands of pilgrims gather every year. Not only this, devotees also worship Lord Krishna and Vishnu as part of the Char Dhams yatra that every Hindu is supposed to undertake in his/her lifetime. The prasad offered here is called Mahaprasad and it is believed that people who partake this Mahaprsad attains spiritual advancement.
4. Birla Mandir, Delhi
Situated in the capital region, Laxminarayan Temple, also known as the Birla Mandir, is another famous temple of Hindu belief. This captivating temple is located in west Connaught Place and wasbuilt by J.K. Birla in 1939. It is dedicated to the Goddess Laxmi and God Vishnu and is quite famous among the first time Delhi visitors.
5. Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, Maharashtra
The holy city of Shirdi is located at a distance of 270 kilometers from Mumbai and is famous as the “Land of Sai”. Every year, the temple witnesses millions of devotees from all around the globe, making it one of the most visited temples in India.
Visit these popular religious destinations this year and quench your thirst for spirituality!