India is a very big country comprising people of every faith and religion. They all live together creating a unique and colorful country. There’s a celebration for every reason. Most of the temples in India, and particularly those in the South part of the country, date back hundreds of years.
The basic form of temples is a square cell containing a platform with an image of the god or goddess, a flat roof on top and a door to the east. The square is oriented to the four cardinal points. In front of the door there’s a porch where worshipers gather before and after approaching the god.
North India Temples
The temples in North India are dedicated to the most holy figures. Here’s where you’ll find the most important Hindu temples. The temples in Delhi are among the finest in the country, mixing the ancient and modern in very interesting structures. The temples in the Haryana region are very old and are ideal spots for tourists to explore India’s religious life. The city of Jammu is known as the “City of Temples” as it’s dotted with numerous temples and shrines which create a serene atmosphere.
Some of the most famous temples located in North India include: Chattarpur Mandir, Isckon Temple, Lotus Temple, Shiv Temple in Gurgaon, Bishnoi Mandir ,Sheetala Devi Temple, Birla Mandir, Mansa Devi Temple, Baijnath Temple, Jwalamukhi Temple, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Tabo Monastery, Amaranth Cave, Vaishno Devi and Hazratbal Shrine.
East India Temples
Arunachal Pradesh is home to Buddhist monasteries and temples, while Bihar region is home to several temples. The towns of Bhubaneswar, Puri and Konark are considered the “Golden Triangle” of the east and they are filled with important Hindu temples.
Some of the most famous temples located in East India include: Parashuram Kund, Arunachal Pradesh, Kamakhya Devi temple, Sukreswar Temple, Hayagriva temple, Umananda Temple, The Durga Temple, Mandar Hill Temple, Kurkihar Temple, Chutia Temple, Hariharnath Temple, Lingaraj Temple, Ananta Vasudeva Temple, Mukteswara Temple,. Brahmeswar Temple and Jagannath Temple.
West India Temples
Goa is not only a famous beach region but is also home to some of the most important Hindu temples in India. The temples in Gujarat are some of the most magnificent in India and some are even believed to hide treasures. Around Pune, in Maharashtra region, there are eight shrine dedicated to Lord Ganesha, the most worshiped God in this region.
Some of the most famous temples located in West India include: Shree Mahalasa temple, Shanta Durga temple, Mangueshi Temple (see photo), Mahalaxmi temple, Ramnath temple, Ramnathi temple, Somnath Temple, Akshardham Temple, Parsi Fire Temples,
South India Temples
The temples in the south part of the country are built in Dravidian style and are lavishly decorated. Very good examples of this particular style are the temples in Karnataka region. In Kerala region there are temples dedicated to several gods and goddesses.
Some of the most famous temples in South India include: Tirupati temple, Thousand Pillared Temples, Chilukur Balaji Temple, Srisailam Temple, Aihole Temple, Anegudde Temple, Badami Temple, ParasuramKund Templ Chamundeswari Temple, Chennakesava Temple, Devarayana Durga Temple, Thali Temple, Meenakshi Temple and Ekambareswarar Temple.