India is known as a land of diverse languages, religious faiths, cultures, customs, and traditions. India attracts the people who have an interest in studying and understanding the spirits. In the country, from the hilly area of Jammu and Kashmir to the villages of the Tamil Nadu, temples are everywhere. Every street of India has at least one temple present. Indian religion, Hindu offers a number of God and Goddesses to seek blessings from them. It would be not wrong to say that India is one of the most religious and spiritual places on the earth.
Here below is the list of top 20 famous temples in India that are known for their spiritual value and their architecture splendor:
20. Karni Mata Temple, Rajasthan
The Karni Mata Temple is located in Deshnoke in Rajasthan and is a Hindu temple. It is dedicated to Karni Mata, a Hindu sage that is believed to be a personification of goddess Durga. This temple is also known for the presence of 20,000 rats that are considered as holy and are protected too.
19. Dwarkadhish Temple – Dwarka
Dwarkadhish is the western dham of the Char Dham pilgrimage centers that is located in Dwarka in Gujarat. It is believed to have been built in the 16th century after the legendary Dwarka City that was the capital of Lord Krishna and was submerged into the city after the war of Mahabharata.
18. Siddhivinayak Temple, Mumbai
The Siddhivinayak Temple is one of the richest temples in the Mumbai and also known as ShriSiddhivinayakGanapatiMandir. It is dedicated to the Lord Ganesha and was built by DeubaiPatil and LaxmanVithu. Many famous politicians and Bollywood celebrities often visit this temple for seeking the blessings.
17. Kedarnath Temple, Uttarakhand
The Kedarnath Temple in situated in the state of Uttarakhandthat was built by the legendary Pandavas. This temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlinga in the country and also one of the most important sites of the Chota Char DhamYatra undertaken by the Hindus.
16. Badrinarayan Temple, Uttarakhand
The Badrinaryana or Badrinath Temple is another one of the important Char Dham temples of India, that is located in the small town named as Badrinath (Uttarakhand) , the holiest place for pilgrimages for Hindus. This temple is situated approximately at an elevation of 10,170 feet from the sea level.
15. Shree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Trivandrum
The Shree Padmanabhaswamy Temple is located in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala. The temple is dedicated to the Lord Vishnu and is one of the 108 DivyasDesams, the principal places of worship of Lord Vishnu according to the Vaishnavism.
14. Akshardham Temple, New Delhi
The Akshardham Temple is located in New Delhi; the capital of the country is one of the most beautifully designed temples of India. This temple was built by 7,000 artisans with the help of 3,000 helpers. The temple also holds the Guinness World Record of World’s Largest Comprehensive Temple.
13. PuriJagannath Temple, Puri
The world famous Jagannath Temple is situated in the Puri district of the Odisha and is one of the Char DhamYatra sites. It is also dedicated to the Lord Vishnu and more than 100 festivals are observed in the temple. It is believed to be built in 13th century by a king called Narasimhadeva.Puri is famous for its Annual “Rathyatra” festival.
12. Sun Temple, Konark
The Sun Temple is situated in a small town of Konark in the Puri district of Odisha. This marvelous piece of architecture is dedicated to the Lord Surya. This temple was also constructed in 13th century by the king Narasimhadeva. The erotic sculptures of Mithunas and beautifully carved wheels are the main attraction of the temple. You will be astonished to see amazing needle works in stone.
11. Ramanathaswamy Temple, Ramanathapuram
The Ramanathaswamy Temple in situated in the town of Rameswaram, which is considered as one of the holiest places of pilgrimage for the Hindus in the country. This temple is the part of the Char DhamYatra of the Hindus and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is also one of the twelve Jyotirlinga temples and is an important place for the worship for both Shaivites and Vaishnavites.
10. Murugan Temple, Palani
The Murugan Temple is located in Palani which is one of the most important sites of pilgrimage for the Hindus in India. It is dedicated to the Lord Kartikeya, the son of Lord Shiva.
9. Lord Ayyappan Temple, Sabarimala
Lord Ayyappan Temple in located in Sabarimala which is situated in the Western Ghats ranges in Kerala. Sabarimala Temple is the largest annual pilgrimage in the worlds that witness about 45 to 50 million devotees every year. In this temple, only men are allowed and women between 10 and 50 are not allowed.
8. Hoysaleswara Temple, Halebid
The Hoysaleswara Temple is located in the Karnataka state of southern India. It is more famous for its architectural value than religious. This temple is built in 1121 CE by the Hoysala king Vishnuvardhana. This temple is the largest temple dedicated to Lord Shiva among all the temples in the southern India.
7. Chennakeshava Temple, Belur
Chennakeshava Temple is originally known as Vijayanaryana Temple is located in the Karnataka state. This temple is also dedicated to the Lord Vishnu and, is noted for its architectural and religious significance. The temple was built by King Vishnuvardhana in 1117 AD
6. GomateshwaraBahubali, Sravanabelagola
GomateshwaraBahubali is located in Hassan district of Karnataka and is best known for its 57 feet tall statue of GomateshwaraBahubali. It is considered as one of the most important pilgrimage destination for the Jains in India.
5. TirumalaVenkateswara, Tirupati
The TirumalaVenkateswara temple in Tirupati, Andhra Pradeshis the richest pilgrimage center of the country. It is one of the most visited temples in India and about 50,000 to 1,00,000 people reaches Tirupati Temple to seek blessings.
4. Vaishno Devi Mandir, Jammu and Kashmir
The Vaishno Devi Maa Temple is located in the town named as Katra in Jammu and Kashmir. This temple is situated at an elevation about 5,300 feet from the sea level and witnesses a huge inflow of pilgrims every year.
3. Sai Baba Temple, Shirdi
Sai Baba Temple in situated in Shirdi, Maharashtra and is one of few temples in India that is worshiped by both Hindus and Muslims. The temple was built in the year 1922 to continue the services of Saint Sai Baba.
2. Golden Temple, Amritsar
The Golden Temple is originally known as Darbar Sahib or Harmandir Sahib is situated in Amritsar, the popular city of Punjab. This Sikh temple welcomes all, irrespective of their religion, caste or creed. More than 1, 00, 000 pilgrims visit the Golden Temple every day.
1. Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai
Meenakshi Amman Temple is located in Madurai on the banks of river Vaigai that is the most popular temple among the temples of South India. This temple is dedicated to Meenakshi, an avatar of Goddess Parvati and attracts about 10,000 pilgrims every day.