11 famous Ancient Temples in India you must visit!

Sakshi Doshi
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India is known for its culture, traditions, festivals and their beliefs that grabs attention across the globe making India a must in traveller's list. One thing that attracts most is beautiful ancient temples situated all over the country!

Characterized by different religions, traditions and ideologies, the country has every corner to worship. Amazing architecture, intricate carvings and sculptures and glorious history that creates curiosity make people all over the world in search of faith, peace and spiritual enlightenment visit them.

There are lakhs of temples to visit in India but we have chosen 11 famous temples one must visit!

1) Ramanathaswamy Temple

This temple, which is located on Rameswaram Island in Tamil Nadu, is dedicated to the God Shiva. It contains one of the 12 Jyotirlingas, devotional objects that represents Shiva. The Ramanathaswamy Temple is also one of the four destinations on the Char Dham pilgrimage circuit for Hindus.

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Rameswaram We're Coming... #1LaCholoRe ?SWAG-O-GRAPHY BY @roadtotaste Come Show Up UR #Swagography •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• In several ways, the Ramanatha Swamy temple in Rameswaram is like any other temple in south India — ornate, huge and awe-inducing. But what makes this temple particularly interesting is its very, very long corridors. Its outer set of corridors is 6.9 m in height and stretches for 400 feet to the west and as many feet to the east and some 640 feet to the north and south. This makes the Ramanathaswamy temple’s corridor the longest in the world. What makes the corridor even more awesome is the fact that it is held by some 1,212 pillars, each of them measuring 30 feet in height with most having compositions carved on them. This is just half of the temple corridor. Have you ever visited #ramanathaswamytemple in Rameswaram? Let us know in the comments below! #shotonpixel @googlepixel while exploring #Rameswaram with @hyattplacerameswaram. . . . . . #roadtotaste #teampixel #Travel #_soi #streetsofindia #_woi #indiadiaries #travelrealindia #_hoi #indiatravel #indiatravelgram #ngtindia #lonelyplanetindia #incredibleindia #photographersofindia #natgeoindia #photofie #indianshutterbugs #indiapictures #picturesofindia #travelrealindia #pulpkeyxyou #indiapictures #indiantravelblogger @pulpkey #whpwanderlust

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2) Vaishno Devi temple

Located in the beautiful valley of Jammu and Kashmir, Vaishno Devi temple is cave temple and is known to be the holiest pilgrimage, every year more than 10 million believer’s visit. Vaishno Devi is a Goddess in Hindu Mythology.

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माँ वैष्णो देवी ? Vaishno Devi Temple Location : Jammu & Kashmir, India. Follow us ? @ukdevonkibhumi  A pilgrimage to the Holy Shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji is considered to be one of the holiest pilgrimages of our times. Popular the world over as Moonh Maangi Muradein Poori Karne Wali Mata, which means, the Mother who fulfills whatever Her children wish for, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji resides in a Holy Cave located in the folds of the three peaked mountain named Trikuta (pronounced as Trikoot). The Holy Cave attracts millions of devotees every year. In fact, the number of Yatris visiting the Holy Shrine annually now exceeds one crore. This is due to the unflinching faith of the devotees who throng the Shrine from all parts of India and abroad. #maavaishnodevi #vaishnodevi #vaishnodevitemple #katratemple #Hills #IndiaTemple #indiantemple #Hinduism #Hindutva #ancienttemple #exploretemple #UKdevonkibhumi #snow

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3) Mahabodhi Temple

Mahabodhi temple is located in the district of Gaya in Bihar, is a Buddhist temple and a UNESCO world heritage site. It is said that its a place where Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment. People from all over the world visit this temple.

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Mahabodhi temple, the main highlight of Bodh Gaya where Gautama Buddha attended Nirvana under a Banyan tree (now known as Bodhi tree). . . This trip helped me yo repel some of the prejudices I had in my mind about Bihar. So, I tried to pen down the details. The link is already in bio. I would love to know about your experience about this place if you have already covered ?. . . . BodhGaya diaries 01 . . #apnabihar #desiframes #bihartourism #bihar_se_hai #storiesofindia #amazing_bihar_jharkhand #bodhgaya #thecompulsivetraveller #destiniumworld #maibhisadakchap #yourshot_india #photographers_of_india #natgeotravelindia #travelwithpurpose #travelgirl #delhibloggers #delhitravelblogger #cntravellerindia #beautifuldestinations #buddhism #patnabeats

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4) Jagannath Temple

Jagannath temple is located in Puri, Odisha, and is dedicated to Krishna in the form of Jagannath. This temple is also part of Char Dhams where people visit every year.

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5) Tirupati Balaji Temple

Tirupati Balaji is located in Andhra Pradesh and is one of the most visited temples in India with about 40 million visitors every year. It is also known as temple of seven hills as it is located in the seventh peak of the Tirumala hills in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. Fun fact, it is also the 2nd richest temple.

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6) Siddhivinayak Temple

Siddhivinayak Temple is located in Maharashtra and its dedicated to Lord Ganesha and is a must visit temple.

7) Dwarka Temple

A part of Char Dham Dwarkadhish temple is devoted to Lord Krishna, located in banks of river Gomti is a 5 storied building which is supported by 72 pillars and that’s what fascinates the tourist all over the world. With its neatness and beauty it has won a nomination in UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

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Known for its shrine of Lord Krishna, Dwarka is believed to have been the first capital of Gujarat. Located in the Saurashtra peninsula of Gujarat, Dwarka is part of the Char Dham pilgrimage and is also one of the seven ancient cities (Sapta Puris). Also known as Dwaravati, Dwarka is derived from the words ‘dwara’, meaning door and ‘ka’ refers to Brahma. Hence, Dwarka means the gateway to Brahma or Moksha.  #dwarkadhish #devbhumidwarka #dwarkatemple #dwarkamandir #dwarkagujrat #lordkrishna #krishnadham #placeofworship #peace #gujrattourism #gujrat #gujrat_diaries #travellingthroughtheworld #travelersnotebook #travelistherapy #travelholic #travellingforinsta #travelgram #travellingforlife #traveller #travelbloggers #travelling #travelphotographer #travelblogger #vacationmode #vacationmatters #beingtouristy #touristymuch

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8) Golden Temple

A pilgrimage tour to Indian temple is incomplete without the very famous Golden Temple located in Amritsar, Punjab. It is the most religious place for the Sikhs and this temple is surrounded by a divine lake which is to be said as Amrit or holy water.

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When in Amritsar to attend a friend's wedding, we had the golden opportunity ? to visit this temple. Golden Temple also known as "Harmandar Sahib" is the one of the oldest and holiest places of worship for Sikhs in Amritsar, Punjab. Constructed in marble with gold on top, the entire top is plated with 100kg pure gold.? More than 100,000 people are fed everyday in "Langar" at the temple which is all funded by donations.? And even with so many people around, we found tranquility at its utmost. #starspullingmyhair . . . . . #goldentemple #amritsar #punjab #harmandirsahib #sikh #devotion #india #indianphotography #indiaclicks #storiesofindia #photographers_of_india #mypixeldiary #lonelyplanetindia #maibhisadakchap #travelrealindia #indian #faith #rop_ #indiabeats #shuttersofindia #shutterhubindia #coloursofindia #_woi #indiapictures #desi_diaries #photographersofindia #indianshutterbugs #igramming_india #_instaindia

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9) Kashi Vishwanath Temple

One of the 12 Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva “Kashi Vishwanath Temple” is devoted to Lord Shiva. It is believed that by visiting Kashi Vishwanath temple and taking a dip in the divine water of Ganga River will free them the sins.

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10) Meenakshi Amman temple

Meenakshi Amman temple is situated on the banks of river Vaigai and is one of the largest and ancient temple. It is 2500 year ancient temple which is devoted to Meenakshi an avatar of goddess Parvati and her husband Sunderaswar which is Lord Shiva.

11) Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir, Shirdi 

Situated in Shirdi, Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir is a temple where the spiritual figure of Sai Baba is buried in a white marble which attracts many devotees every year.


Tell us in the comment section below, which temple you would like to visit in India?

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