India is literally stuffed with sacred temples. The number of holy places in India is very high. However, some temples have been blessed with incredible fame and the devotees have blind faith in deities that reside in these temples.
For example, Tirupati is one of the most famous temples in India without any scope of doubt. Similarly, there are other holy places in India thatowe their fame to the potency of their deity. The most famous templesin India have gods that are 'jagruth'. In other words, the deities ofthese sacred temples are 'alive' or rather 'attentive' to the prayers oftheir devotees.
For example, it is believed that if you make three trips to the Kamakhya temple in Guwhati, your wish will certainly be fulfilled. Most of thefamous temples in India have a long history that dates back severalgenerations. The deities of these temples are often 'swayambhu', meaningthey have not been installed, they came out of the ground on their own.For female deities, there are the 51 famous Shakti peethas. Shiva has 12 jyortirlinga temples. And some forms of Vishnu are supposed to be particularly scared. It is almost impossible to name all the famoustemples of India in one single article.
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The Tirupati temple on the Tirumala hills in Tamil Nadu is dedicated to the Venkateshwara or Balaji avatar of Vishnu. It seems that Balaji incurreda huge load from Kuber to pay for his daughter's wedding. So, offeringsof cash are made to deity which makes Tirupati one of the richesttemples in India.
The Kamakya devi temple in Assam is one of the most famous Shakti Peethas. It is believed that devi Sati's genitals fell here. And for 5 days inthe year, the goddess bleeds or menstruates. That is the holiest time tovisit Kamakhya.
Kashi Vishwanath Temple
The Vishwanath temple in Kashi is one of the jyotirlingas of Shiva. Kashi was supposed to be Lord Shiva's favourite city and thus, it is a-mustvisit pilgrimage for Shiva's devotees.
The Kedarnath temple sits atop the great Himalayan mountains. This temple of Shiva is one of the sacred Char Dhams in Hinduism. This is supposedto be one of the places that the Pandavas visited to seek the divine.
Meenakshi Amman Temple
Meenakshi is a sacred form of the Goddess Parvati. The Meenakshi Amman temple inMadurai is dedicated to this goddess. The sculpture of temple isastonishing and it is also one of the richest temples in India.
Puri Jaganath Temple
Puri is the home of Lord Jaganath (form of Vishnu), his elder brother Balaram and sister Subhara (wife of Arjun). Puri is one of the holiestplaces in India and features in the list of Char Dhams. During thefestival of Rath Yatra, the wooden deities are taken for trip to theirmaternal aunts house and brought back 10 days later.
Vaishno Devi Temple
In the treacherous caves of Jammu resides the Goddess who is called 'Sherawali Mata'. Sitting atop a tiger, Vaishno Devi is a form ofShakti. It is said that only the pure and worthy can make this dangerousTrip to caves and get Darshan.
Badrinath is another temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This high flying temple in the Garhwal range of mountains is also one of the Char Dhams.
Siddhi Vinayak Temple
Bang in the middle of a busy metropolis we have the Siddhi Vinayak temple dedicated to Ganesha in Mumbai. This temple is patronised by manyBollywood celebrities and is known for granting any wish.
The Somnath temple in Gujarat is the home of one of the 12 jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. This temples was raised to the ground several times bydifferent invaders. And it was rebuilt every single time.
The Golden Temple in Amritsar is actually a Gurudwara. This temple is one of the holiest sights for the Sikhs. The brilliant golden colour of thetemple gives it the famous name.
Sai Baba Temple
Sai Baba was a prophet revered both by the Hindus and Muslims. That is why, His temple in Shirdi is one of the unique pilgrimmage that ispatronised by both these communities.
Dakhineshwar temple is a Shakti Peetha where one of the fingers of Devi Sati fell. Besides, it is also revered as the place were Ramakrishna Paramahamsalived and had his divine relationship with Goddess Kali.
The Trimbakeshwar temple in Nashik is mainly dedicated to Lord Shiva. However, the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwar can be seenhere in the temple. This temple is one of the few places where a pujafor Kaal Sarpa Dosha can be done.
The Sabarimalai temple is the home of Lord Aiyyapa. It is believed that Aiyyapa was conceived by the union of Shiva and Vishnu in the form ofMohini. Thus, he is technically not born from a woman's womb. He wasraised by a step mother who ill-treated him. Thus Lord Aiyyapa remains abachelors and forbids any menstruating woman from visiting his temple.
Amarnath Cave Temple
In high and rocky caves of Amarnath, a white mass of ice grows every year taking the shape of Shivlinga. This site was discovered by a Muslimshepherd and became famous as a holy place in India.
Rameshwaram temple is almost at the edge of India. Here Lord Shiva resides in the form of an ancient jyotirlinga
The Sun Temples of Konark are no longer places of worship. However, historically they are very important. The kind of architecture andsculpture seen in these temples is almost exemplary.
Lord Brahma was cursed by Shiva that he will never be worshiped and there will be no festival in his name. So a single temple of Brahma remains inthe holy city of Pushkar
The Ram Temple in Ayodhya is not only famous but legendary. It is suppose to be the place where Lord Rama (avatar of Vishnu) was born. However,this temple has been the cause of much blood shed in the recent past asthe Babri Masjid also resides within its premises.