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35 Famous Temples in India

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Famous Indian temples

Famous Indian temples

Famous and Amazing Indian Temples

India is a land of diversity, with varied cultures, festivals, and beautiful temples. Temples can be found everywhere—from the hilly areas of the Himalayas to the mountains of Ladakh and from the forgotten villages of Tamil Nadu to the caves of Maharashtra. You can even find them in the deserts of Rajasthan. Every street in India has at least one, be it big or small. This is because people in India are very religious, and most follow their religion avidly.

This devotion can be witnessed at yearly festivals where people come together and organize pandals (a temporary structure) to worship God. Mumbai's Ganesh Chaturthi and Kolkata's Durga Puja are the most famous. Many people in India also go to extreme levels to demonstrate their belief in God. Some leave their hometowns and walk as many as 25-30 days to visit a specific temple. Others leave everything they have and become sadhus (sages) or Khareshwari or Standing Baba, people who vow to stand for long periods of time without sleep as a punishment intended for self-enlightenment.

One could assert that India is the most religious and spiritual place in the world. In any case, it certainly has some of the planet's most spectacular temples. Below is a list of 35 of the most famous temples in India along with magnificent photos.

Famous Temples in India

  1. Meenakshi Amman Temple
  2. Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib)
  3. Sai Baba
  4. Vaishno Devi Mandir
  5. Tirumala Venkateswara
  6. Shravana Belgola
  7. Chennakesava Temple
  8. Hoysaleswara Temple
  9. Sabarimala
  10. Murugan Temple
  11. Temples of Kumbakonam
  12. Ramanathaswamy Temple
  13. Sun Temple
  14. Lotus Temple
  15. Akshardham Temple
  16. Jagannath Temple
  17. Sree Padmanabhaswamy
  18. Badrinarayan
  19. Dwarkadhish Temple
  20. Siddhivinayak Temple
  21. Kamakhya
  22. Ranganathaswamy Temple
  23. Somnath Temple
  24. Brihadeshwara
  25. Kashi Vishwanath
  26. Virupaksha Temple
  27. Lingaraja Temple
  28. Ekambareswarar
  29. Mahabodhi
  30. Kedarnath
  31. Sanchi Stupa
  32. Ranakpur Jain Temple
  33. Yamunotri Temple
  34. Amarnath Temple
  35. Khajuraho Group of Monuments

1. Meenakshi Amman Temple in Madurai

The name of this spectacular temple is synonymous with the name of the town of Madurai. Madurai's Meenakshi temple is considered the largest temple in India as per the size and the area. Established in the sixteenth century, it is also one of the oldest temples in India.

It is the most famous temple of Tamil Nadu. There are nearly 14 gopurams, or gateways, that are magnificently carved out and beautiful paintings adorn the walls with thousands of stone figures. Out of the 14 towers, only four are considered the major ones. They are located on all sides (i.e the southern, eastern, western, and northern sides of the temple).

2. Golden Temple in Amritsar

The Golden temple, otherwise known as the Harmandir Sahib, is considered the holiest shrine in Sikhism. If you watch Bollywood movies, then you might have seen it.

Scores of people from all around the world and from all religions come to visit it each year. The temple is gold plated, and the interiors are decorated with marvelous architecture that will take your breath away.

The annual harvest festival of Baisakhi attracts tens of thousands of people and is celebrated with great warmth and intensity. The festival of Diwali is also celebrated with great excitement.

This temple is also the home of the largest free eatery, known as Langar (community kitchen), where people from any religion irrespective of their caste, creed, or economic background can come and eat for free. As many as 50,000 people eat here daily, and around 100,000 visit on weekends.

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3. Sai Baba in Shirdi

With the message of Sabka Malik Ek Hai (One God Governs All), Sai Baba came to the small village of Shirdi. He taught people that there is one God and encouraged everyone to love, to be kind, and to help others selflessly.