Most visited famous temples of India
India is a land of thousands of temples and famous for its spirituality. Many of the Hindu gods and goddesses are worshiped in the country. People build many temples of Hindu gods and goddesses. India has two million gods and people worship all of them. Indian religions, especially Hindu faith, offer numerous Gods and Goddesses to seek blessings from.
So, here are thousands of temples in India to visit. But, we have the most visited famous temples in India.
1. Kedarnath Temple
The Kedarnath Temple, located on the Garhwal Himalayan Range in the Rudraprayag District of Uttarakhand, India, is one of the most prestigious and sacred Hindu temples as it is a part of Chhota Char Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand. Situated at a height of 3,583 meters, the temple is the highest among the 12 Jyotirlingas and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Set amidst the snow-clad and lofty mountains with Mandakini River flowing in front of it, the Kedarnath Temple witnesses lakhs of devotees every year due to its religious significance and sanctity.
The present Kedarnath Temple is believed to be re-constructed by Adi Shankaracharya, originally built by the Pandavas thousand years ago from enormous stone slabs over a large rectangular dais. Kedar is another name of Lord Shiva, the protector, and the destroyer. It is one of the holiest shrine dedicated to the deity and it is believed that a journey to this holy land opens up doorways to “Moksha” or salvation. This abode of Lord Shiva can only be reached from Gaurikund through a trek and therefore, Kedarnath Temple is a treat for trek-lovers too. The mesmerizing views of Himalayas around, the balmy weather and pure ambiance give you a feeling of ultimate euphoria. The zeal of devotees just to get a glimpse of the lingam is worth admiring. The interesting history, the spiritual value, and the fascinating architecture are amongst many reasons to visit Kedarnath Temple.
2. Yamunotri temple
Yamunotri Temple was built in the 19th century in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand and was damaged and rebuilt twice due to the damages inflicted by the natural disasters. Dedicated to Yamuna River, which is the second holiest river of India, the temple also forms the part of the four Chota Char Dham sites.
Located at the height of 3291 meters, the shrine of Mother Yamuna holds the idol of Goddess, which is built in black marble. The temple opens up on the day of Akshaya Tritiya and closes on the day after Diwali. Mother Yamuna spends the winter at a nearby village known as village Kharsali. The area around the Yamunotri temple doesn’t have any motorable roads, so it has to be reached by trekking for a few kilometers. The surroundings of the Yamunotri temple have many hot water springs to the delight of the visiting pilgrims.
3. Amarnath Cave Temple
The holy cave of Amarnath is located at an altitude of 3,888 meters in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Engulfed with ice-clad mountains, the cave is also covered with layers of snow most times of the year. In the summer season, (June to August) it becomes accessible and hence opens up to receive the pilgrims.
The cave is believed to be around 5000 years old. As per a popular legend, Buta Malik (a Muslim shepherd) met a holy man who handed him a bag full of coal. On reaching home, he found that the coal has got converted into gold. Moved by the miracle the shepherd went in search of the saintly man and instead found the sacred abode of Lord Shiva. The pilgrimage towards Amarnath consists of a 5-day trek in which the devotees brave tough and uncertain climatic conditions and walk for 40 miles (distance covers the journey from camp-holy cave-camp).
4. Kedarnath Temple
Situated in the Himalayan range of Garhwal area (Uttarakhand), Kedarnath temple is one of the most sacred Shiva temples in the world. This holy abode of Shiva is said to be built by the Pandavas to atone for their sins committed during their battle with Kauravs. The temple was restored by Adi Sankaracharya in the 8th century. It is one of the Chota Char Dhams of Uttarakhand and requires a pilgrim to walk a distance of 14 km over the hilly surface. One can make use of a pony or machine to simplify the journey.
Surrounded by the glaciers and snow-covered peaks and standing at a height of 3,583 m, the temple is closed during winters due to severe cold conditions. Even the idol of Lord Shiva is shifted to Ukhimath and worshiped there throughout the 5/6 months for which the extreme conditions prevail.
5. Vaishno Devi
After a trek of about 12 km from Katra (base camp), one reaches the holy cave, which is the abode of Maa (mother) Vaishno Devi and is located at an altitude of 5200 ft in a mountain called Trikuta. It is situated in Jammu and Kashmir, near Katra town.
Vaishno Devi is present here in the form of three rock heads, called the Pindies, instead of a statue. Due to the strong faith of the people, every year millions of them come to take the blessings of Maa Vaishno Devi. It is said that it is Maa Vaishno who decides her visitors. It is she who calls her devotees to her doorsteps. Anyone making a successful journey to her shrine is there because of her wish. The shrine is open all year round.
These are the list of some of the temples of India.