India Top 25 Temple Towns - Must Visit in One's Life

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India's Top 25 Temple Towns - Must Visit in One's Life

1. Kedarnath

Kedarnath is a Holy hindu town locted in Uttarakhand in India. It is one of the counting city for char dham yatra and it have famous temples. Kedarnath in Uttarakhand is one of the most prominent sacred pilgrimages, particularly for the Hindus. The temple opens its gates for the visitors in the first week of May on the eve of Akshaya Tritiya and shuts down in the month of October-NovemberThis is a place that has witnessed thousands of yogis and mystics of every kind.

2. Badrinath  

Badrinath is One of the most celebrated pilgrim spots in the country, it plays host to the famous Badrinath Temple. On the right bank of the river Alaknanda lies the sacred shrine perched at an altitude of 3133 m above sea level he Badrinath Dham has allured tremendous devotees to the joyous Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The most exemplar value of humanity and mankind, the Badrinath Yatra is simply manifested for the welfare of humanity and for the sake of tremendous devotees to bring salvation and redemption from sufferings.  This place has found its mention in the scriptures and legends for many years now. Its importance as a holy place has been imbibed in us since childhood.

3. Rishikesh

Rishikesh is a small town and a municipal board in Dehradun district in the northern state of Uttarakhand in India. Rishikesh catapulted to Western fame when the Beatles dropped by for a visit to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram (now closed), and the town is still known as the World Capital of Yoga.  It is an excellent place to meditate and study yoga. Rishikesh is also a good starting Laxman Jhula point for treks to Himalayan pilgrimage centres such as Badrinath, Kedarnath , Gangotri, Yamnotri.It is rightly called the gateway to the Himalayan Shrines of Badrinath

4. Ujjain

The place Ujjain is divine in itself; its old name is ‘Avantika’. This is the abode place of Lord Shiva, one of biggest Jyotirlinga in amongst 12 Shiva-Jyotirlinga in India. The city is one of the venues for Kumbh Mela. The temple town is also called Ujjayini or Avanti and finds mention in the Hindu epic Mahabharat, as the capital city of Avanti Kingdom. It is believed that two parts of the Skanda Purana were composed in the city  In every 12 years, the biggest Religious fair of Hindus, ‘The Kumba’ being held here. Millions of devotees come here to be a part of this holistic ceremony & consider themselves. It is also known as Indrapuri Amaravati, and Avantika. Because of the number of golden towers of several temples, this town is also known as “Swarna Sringa. The famopus Mahakal temple have crouded  throughout the year.

5. Haridwar

Haridwar is district of Uttarakhand state in India. Haridwar is place where the river Ganges enters in plain areas north India after flowing 250 kms from its origin Gaumukh.  The holy town is a major attraction for the pilgrims around the world. The city has a very rich popularity among the pilgrimage destinations, The Haridwar city is also known as the "Gateway to the Lord". The word Haridwar is combined of two words 'Hari' stands for Lord and 'dwar' stands for gate. That is why this sacred site is famous as "Gateway to the Lord, Haridwar is famous for its temples and ghats where pilgrims bathe to relieve themselves of their sins and achieve salvation. The Jairam Ashram and the Kanva Rishi Ashram are places where one can go to hear narratives of the Hindu legacy.

6. Puri

Puri is one of the ancient pilgrimage centers of India. Puri is located on the Orissa coast, 60 km from Bhubaneswar. Puri is among the four sacred "Dhams" (Puri, Dwarka, Rameswaram and Badrinath) of the Hindus.

7. Amarnath

One of the most visited pilgrimages in India comes one a year. During that span of time, it is one of the famous places to visit and explore your holiday as pilgrimage center.   It is holy place of Shiv where all the devotees where come and worship here. The Amarnath Cave is considered to be the most sacred temple in India dedicated to Lord Amarnath or Shiva. People beleive that  Lord Shiva revealed the secret of creation and immortality to Goddess Parvati. 

8. Vaishno devi

The shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi is one of the most visited pilgrimage Devi Darhan sites in India. Situated at a height of 5,300 ft., the site is located inside a cave in trikuta hills at a height of 5,300 ft., in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. This cave temple is 13 kms from katra, which is to be negotiated on foot by the yatris, as the devotees are called. Once at the entrance to the cave, the path turns into a narrow tunnel with a cold stream named the Charan Ganga running through it. The pilgrim has to wade through this to reach the sanctum sanctorum. The holy cave shrine of Vaishno Devi is nestled in a beautiful recess of the Trikuta Mountains forming a part of the lower Himalayas. In the cave there are images of three deities viz. the Mahakali, Mahalakshmi and Mahasaraswati.

9. Shirdi

Shirdi is a small town, which is located about 300 km from Mumbai, Situated in the heart of the sugarcane belt of the state of Maharashtra.  Shirdi is one of the most frequented places of pilgrimage in India, the devotional intensity that sees devotees from across the world thronging to this small hamlet. Highly placed on the world map of spirituality, Shirdi is located in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra and close to the holy city of Nasik. Saibaba is believed to have arrived at the village of Shirdi when he was about sixteen years old. He took up residence in a Khandoba temple

10. Tirupati

Tirupati Balaji Located in a small district called Chittoor in southern Andhra Pradesh, is the famous Tirupati Balaji Temple of India. This temple is supposed to be the richest temple in India. Pilgrims from all across India- and even abroad- come to Tirupati in thousands every year to the temple, which is dedicated to Sri Venkateswara - one of the incarnations of Vishnu. Being one of the most worshipped temples in India for all devout followers of Lord Vishnu, it makes this city of Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh a centre of religious and cultural heritage

11. Ajmer

Ajmer is a famous town as a pilgrimage center in Rajasthan where you can find number of famous attraction. Here Indias famous Islamic Dargah where many of tourists come and This grand marble shrine begun by Iltutmish and completed by Humayun, contains the relics of the great Sufi saint. It is considered the second holiest pilgrim site after Mecca.

12. Varanasi

Varanasi is the oldest and the most sacred place for the Hindus. Varanasi, also known as the holy city, combines in itself the cultural essence and spritualism of India. the holy city of Varanasi is located on the banks of river Ganga and is considered one of the holiest cities in India owing to its location and the numerous temples in it,

13. Mathura

Mathura in the State of Uttar Pradesh is mainly regarded as the birthplace of a most benevolent lord of the Hindu Pantheon. A sacred town with an array of holy shrines and sacred kunds, The most holy city of the Vaishnava cult, Mathura welcomes the visitors with the countless tales of the blue god. Each and every spot in this miraculous city has some connection with the most humane incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The serene banks of the river Yamuna and its holy Ghats attribute the religious fervor of the city to a great extent. It is famous for Krishna land of pilgrimage where number of famous attraction to visiit and explore your holiday at holiest land.

14. Rameshwaram

Rameshwaram is an island situated in the gulf of manner at the very tip of the Indian peninsula,  A very important pilgrim centre of the Indians. Rameshwaram is the place from where Lord Rama, built a bridge across the sea to rescue his consort Sita. The great temple of Sri Ramanatha is connected by tradition with Kashi. A pilgrimage to Kashi is not considered complete without a pilgrimage to Rameshwaram. Rameswaram has the Ramanathasamy temple located in the center of the town and attracts several worshippers who come here to offer their prayers to Lord Shiva. Ramanathasamy temple is considered holy and important for Shaivites and Vaishnavites.

15. Uttarkashi

The town of Uttarkashi is located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. This town is a very important tourist destination in the region and it is located in the Uttarkashi district. The place is known for its stunning natural beauty, and is also called as Devbhumi,  The Famous Vishwanath Temple Here Is Dedicated To Lord Shiva. In Front Of The Temple Is Unique Mahadev-Ka-Vishal Trishul Or Shiva's Great Trident, Made Of Eight Major Metals. It Is Believed Lord Shiva Killed Vakasur With This Trident.

16. Rudrprayag

Rudraprayag is situated in the district of Rudraprayag in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Nestling amidst the lofty mountains of the Garhwal Himalayas, Rudraprayag is the meeting place of the Alaknanda and Mandakini rivers.  The importance of the town is heightened by the presence of two roads leading to the holy shrines of Kedarnath and Badrinath. It is famous as pride of Pilgrimage and it comes

17. Joshimath

Joshimath is a popular hill station and a famous centre for pilgrimage in Chamoli district of Garhwal in uttarakhand. The pilgrimage traffic reaches its peak during the summer turning minimum in winters. The Joshimath pilgrimage tours are famous for its inherent adventure due to gargantuan heights and trekking tracks, There are many temples and other religious sites that are located in the town as well. here are many temples that are located here as well and one can see them all around the town.

18. Bodhgaya

The sacred city of Bodhgaya is located in Bihar. It is 12 km away from Gaya city. Bodhgaya is where the wandering prince Siddhartha sat under a Bodhi Tree to meditate. Bodhgaya is one of the most important and sacred Buddhist pilgrimage center in the world. It was here under a banyan tree, the Bodhi Tree, Gautama attained supreme knowledge to become Buddha, The Mahabodhi temple built near the Mahabodhi tree is highly revered and it is an enriching experience to visit the temple. One can still find the remnants and descendants of the original Mahabodhi Tree.

19. Chitrakoot

Chitrakoot, one of the major pilgrimage and religious sites of the Hindus is located in the state of Madhya Pradesh.  Chitrakoot is famous for its breathtaking scenic beauty. People from all over the country congregate at this sacred site for peace and quietude. Situated in the Ganges Valley, Chitrakoot is one of the most important seat of Hinduism. Chitrakoot is the perfect place for meditation and peace. You can even feel the sense of divinity in the air of Chitrakoot. Various sages and saints are said to visit this religious site to seek solace and look for their inspiration.

20. Omkareshwar

Omkareshwar is a Hindu temple dedicated to God Shiva. It is one of the 12 revered Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. The river Narmada spits into two and forms an island Mandhata or Shivapuri in the center. The shape of the island resembles that of the visual representation of the Omkara sound, Om. There are two temples here, one to Omkareshwar and one to Amareshwar. Mamaleshwar Temple is the actual place where devotees can find Jyotirlinga. The eternal god, Lord Shiva is being worshiped most in Hinduism, known to be a god of destruction. Omkareshwar. It is famous pilgrimage place where you would see the the famous shrined & temples

21. Amritsar

Amritsar is known as pilgrimage gateway where you can find the famous Golden Temple of Guru Nanak Dev. The temple (or gurdwara) is a major pilgrimage destination for Sikhs from all over the world, as well as an increasingly popular tourist attraction.  There are lots of famopus shrines for worship and visited. This holy place is gathered pilgrims from all over the world every year to pay their homage to the great Sikh gurus. Golden Temple is truly an enchanting sight that stands amidst the square tank of holy water.

22. Devprayag

A small hill-town, At Devprayag, you can see the confluence of the Bhagirathi and Alaknanda rivers from the high road, In Devprayag, The final holy Ganga river is formed as it is last point of major confluence. The town is the seat of the pundits of Badrinath Dham. The town of Devprayag holds great religious importance amongst Hindus as the divine Ganga River takes its real form from here. The town is named after Dev Sharma who led his ascetic life here and it is also believed that he was blessed with a glimpse of god. There is an ancient Raghunathji Temple built above the confluence with massive rocks and it is believed that the temple was built more than ten thousand years ago.

23. Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram, amongst the seven sacred cities of India, is a paradise of beautiful temples nestled on the banks of the River Vedavathi in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Kanchipuram India, the Golden City of a thousand temples, is the capital of the Pallavas, the Cholas and the Rayas of Vijayanagar. t is known not only for its temples.  The place is one of India's seven sacred cities and the second holiest after Varanasi.

24. Dwarka

Dwarka, an important city of Hindu pilgrimage, was the kingdom of Lord Krishna. He is believed to have settled in Dwarka after leaving Mathura, thousands of years ago. A great religious place with much historical significance, it is tantamount with Lord Krishna and the city has achieved honors as the door to the much treasured liberation. The city of Dwarka boasts of archeological remains, which provide a glimpse into the city’s history, and has been the focus of studies by historians who seek to unravel the relics of the past

25. Patna

Patna is the capital and the largest city of Bihar. The legacy and history of Patna goes back to over two thousand years. There are numerous temples in and around Patna which attracts tourist profiles from all over. Patna is home to Patna Sahib, one amongst the five holiest takhts of Sikhism. The tenth guru of the Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh ji was born and lived here in the initial years of his life. Regarded as one of the holiest of the five takhts, it is situated in one of the old quarters of Patna City. The place once known as Kucha Farrukh Khan is now known as Harmandir Gali.