Kashi Vishwanath Temple
Kashi Vishwanath is one of the holiest Lord Shiva temples in India. It is located in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh on the western banks of the holy river of Ganga. It is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas (The jyotirlinga shrines are Temples where Shiva appeared as a fiery column of light). The history of the temple goes way back as its references are found in ancient puranas namely Skanda Purana. The temple has been destroyed and rebuilt numerous times by various sultans and emperors. A visit to the temple and a bath in the river Ganga is believed to lead one on a path to Moksha(Liberation). Thus, Hindus from all over the world try to visit the holy temple at least once in their lifetime.
Lord Jagannath Temple
Lord Jagannath Temple is a holy Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Jagannath, who is a form of Lord Krishna. The temple is located in Puri, Odisha on the eastern coast of India. This temple is an important pilgrimage destination and one among the four great 'Char Dham ' pilgrimage sites. The temple is famous for the Rath Yathra (chariot festival ) where the three main deities or pulled on a huge and elaborately decorated temple chariot. The three main deities are Gods Jagannath, Balabhadra and the Goddess Subhadra. The speciality of the temple idol is that it is made of wood. Legend has it that the idol was carved by Lord Vishnu himself.
Venkateshwara Tirupati Temple
Venkateshwara Tirupati Balaji Temple is located in the hill town of Tirumala in Tirupathi which is a small town in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateswara who is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu and is believed to have appeared to save mankind from the trials and troubles of Kali Yuga. The Tirumala is part of the Seshachalam Hills which consists of seven hills that represents the Adisesha. It is known as the richest temple in the world in terms of donations received and wealth. There are many legends to the temple's existence and according to one of them it is believed that the temple shall remain till the end of the Kali Yuga. The temple experiences huge rush such that there are close to 1 lakh devotees visiting the temple a day. During Brahmotsavams the rush could go upto 5 lakh devotees making it the most visited holy temple in the world.
Vaishno Devi Temple
Jammu and Kashmir
Vaishno Devi who is also called as Vaishnavi , Mata Rani and Trikuta, is a manifestation of the Hindu Mother Goddess of MahaLakshmi, MahaKali and MahaSaraswati. It is located in Katra atop the Trikuta Mountains in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The Temple is located 13.5 km from Katra and devotees reach the temple through various modes of transportation. From Katra to Bhawan people travel on Ponies, Electric vehicles and palkhis normally carried by 2 or 4 people. Helicopter services are available till Sanjichhat, which is about 9.5 km from Katra.
The Somanath temple is believed to be the first among the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines of Lord Shiva. The temple is located in Prabhas Patan in Saurashtra on the western coast of Gujrat. This temple is considered very sacred and its connected to various legends. The site of the temple is also known for the Triveni sangam as it is the point where three rivers - Kapila, Hiran , Saraswati confluence. The name 'Soma' refers to the Moon God. The legend says the Moon God has made penance and prayed to Lord Shiva for forgiveness after he was cursed by his father- in- law Daksha and had bathed in the Saraswati river at this site. Lord Shiva was please by this offering and thus relieved Soma of the curse at this site and thus the name Somnath.
The Kamakhya Temple is an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Mother Kamakhya. It is one of the oldest Shakthi Pithas in India. It is located in the Nilachal Hills of Guwahati city in Assam, India. The temple is a pilgrimage destination generally for Hindus specially Tantric worshippers. The worshipping here still include sacrifices. The temple attracts thousands of tantra worshippers during the annual festival of the temple called Ambubachi Mela. Durga Puja is also celebrated annually during Navaratri.
The Mahabodhi Temple or Mahabodhi Vihar is a Buddhist Temple in Bodh Gaya , symbolizing the location where Lord Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment. Bodh Gaya is in Gaya District which is about 60 miles from Patna, Bihar, India. The temple is built directly to the east of the Bodhi Tree, under which Lord Buddha had attained enlightenment. The temple has a sculpture of a meditating Lord Buddha being protected by the King of Serpents Mucalinda. Since June 2002, the Mahabodhi Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Treasure Trove Act of 1878 legally protects all finds of religious artifacts in the area.
The Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Ganesh. It is located in Prabhadevi, Mumbai, Maharashtra. It is considered to be one of the richest temples in Mumbai. Siddhivinayak or Lord Ganesha holds a very sacred position in the Hindu mythology and it is believed that any new work, new place or new possession will prosper if one prays to the lord before starting or using it. The Siddhivinayak Mandir evolved from a small, tiny place of worship to the Grand Temple that stands today because of the faith shown by the politicians who frequented the temple and also Bollywood film stars who visit to seek the blessings of Lord Ganesha.Though the temple remains crowded all over the week, it sees exceptional rush on Tuesdays.
The Ramanathaswamy Temple is situated in Rameshwarm in Tamilnadu and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is one of the 12 most auspicious temples dedicated to Shiva and the idol is considered a Jyotirlinga. While the Jyotirlingas are not different in appearance, it is believed that one can see these lingas as columns of fire piercing through the earth after attaining a high level of spiritualism. The temple was constructed by various kings of the Sethupathy dynasty. History has it that Lord Rama wanted to absolve his sin of killing Ravana who was a Brahmin and was advised to worship Lord Shiva and Rameshwaram is the place where he worshipped Shiva. Ramanathaswamy temple is renowned for its exemplary architecture. It has 3 ornate corridors that measure 3850 feet which makes it the longest in the world. The temple Gopuram or entrance Canopy is 53 meters tall and it has 1212 pillars and there are twenty two holy water bodies or thirthas within its premises. This rituals, festivities and the imposing architecture make the Ramanathaswamy temple a place to visit for people all over the world.
Shirdi Sai Baba Temple
Sai Baba, an Indian spiritual master, regarded by his devotees as a saint, a fakir, a sadguru and an incarnation (avatar) of Lord Shiva has been revered by both his Hindu and Muslim devotees. Shirdi Baba preached the importance of self realization, and criticized materialism. He was not in favour of practising different religions. Devotees claim Sai Baba to have done miracles like mindreading, materialisation,levitation, exorcisms, entering a state of Samādhi at will, lighting lamps with water,bilocation etc....