Top 10 Famous Temples in India
Different communities reside in India and all these different communities follow different religions. People in India enjoy the freedom of following their own religion. Hence, in every corner of the country you would find a worship place, may it be of any religion. India is considered as a Land of Temples. As there are majority of Hinduism followers in India, there are abundant Hindu temples situated all over. There are several famous temples in India. But here, I have been able to highlight only a few that are as follows:-
Konark Sun Temple
This temple is situated in Orissa. It was constructed with the objective to enshrine the image of Sun – the patron deity of the place. This temple is designed in the form of a huge chariot drawn by 7 horses on twelve pairs of delicately carved wheels.
This temple is famously addressed as one of the architectural marvels of the world. It is also popular for its unique art style.
Somnath temple is considered to be the first Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva.
It is believed to have been built by the Moon God after Lord Shiva freed him from the curse of waning.
Sanchi Stupas is a place for stupas and pillars. The gateways of Sanchi Stupa are skillfully carved and have the images from the life of Lord Buddha and King Asoka. These images carved on the pillars depict inspiring stories from the life of Lord Buddha.
The distinctive feature of Golden Temple is that you will have to step down to offer your homage unlike other temples where you have to climb up to offer your salutation. It further symbolizes an exceptional harmony between the Muslims and Hindus
Shirdi Sai Baba Temple
It is the holy shrine of Sai Baba and the also the third wealthiest temple of India. Numerous devotees, irrespective of their religion, visit this temple every year.
Vaishno Devi Temple
This temple is located on a hill top. It is the second most visited temple in the country. Vaishno Devi temple is dedicated to Maa Shakti.
This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Presently, this temple is of great significance for the Hindus who believe that a bath in the Holy River Ganga can free them from all their sins.
Lord Jagannath Temple
This temple has around 120 shrines in its enormous structure. Lord Jagannath temple is famous for its annual Rath Yatra. It is believed that the Mahaprasad served here is scrutinized by Goddess Lakshmi.
Venkateshwara Tirupati Balaji
Tirupati Balaji is the most visited temple in India and is also the second wealthiest temple in India.
Siddhivinayak temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The inner roof of the temple is gold plated while, the wooden doors are carved with the images of Ashtavinayaka.
Ramnathaswamy temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is one amongst the twelve jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. There are two lingas inside the temple.
Sabarimala temple is surrounded by 18 hills. This is open only for 41 days between the month of November and December.
It is one of the holiest shrines of Hinduism. It is a part of Char Dham and Chota Char Dham.
Meenakshi Sundareshwar Temple is abode to the Goddess Meenakshi (Parvati) and her companion Sundareshwar (Lord Shiva). The temple houses 14 gopurams which are painted in bright colors.
Every temple in India is famous for its uniqueness. There are several more popular temples in India but it is impossible to cover even ten percent of them here, in this article.