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ॐl|l░Top Temples in India░l|lॐ

1. Khajuraho Temple in Madhya Pradesh
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A group of monuments standing as aproof that sensuality was not a taboo subject in India, Khajuraho temples are renowned for its erotic carvings on the outer walls depicting the sexual life of Indian gods. Built during the reign of Chandela dynasty, these temples are fondly frequented more due to its artistic brilliance and less due to the religious fervor. The temples are divided into four groups- western, eastern and southern. While westernand southern group of temples are largely dedicated to two Hindu deities- Shiva and Vishnu, the eastern group is highly influenced byJainism. The best time to visit these temples is Khajuraho festivals whichdepicts several classical dance performances by dancers in the backdrop of magnificent Khajuraho temples.
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2. Somnath Temple in Gujarat
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Somnath temple has got the recognition of first jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva and adorns the vibrant state of Gujarat. The word ‘Somnath’means Lord of the Moon. Mythology says that Somnath temple was first built by the moon God after Lord Shiva listened to his prayers and partially freed him from the curse of waning given to him by his father inlaw Daksh. The boon Lord Shiva is considered to be the reason behind waxing and waning period of moon between full moon and New Moon. Over the course of history, the temple has been ransacked and rebuilt several times prior to its last restoration in 1947.
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3. Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
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Built by Ahilyabai Holkar in 1780, Kashi Vishwanath temple is one of the holiest and revered temples of Varanasi, dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is said that a bath in the holy watersof Ganges and a visit to this temple can liberate a human being from the sins of lifetime. The temple is being venerated for two major reasons- first is its enshrinement as one of the twelve jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva and second is the gold plated towersbuilt with the 1000 kg gold donated by Maharaja Ranjit Singh in 1835
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4. Lord Jagannath Temple in Puri, Orissa
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Situated in the northern coast of Orissa, Lord Jagannath temple was built by Raja Anantavarman Chodaganga Deva in the 12thcentury. The temple is dedicated to the Lord Jagannath and is famous forits annual Ratha yatra which is attended by millions of Hindu pilgrims every year. Housed with 120 shrines and temples and encompassed by a soaring fortified wall, the temple complex is one of the magnificent structures of India. The Mahaprasad served in the temple is a pure vegetarian meal cooked without using onion and garlic. It is believed that food is prepared under the scrutiny of Goddess Mahalakshmi and those who have it attains spiritual advancement.
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5. Venkateshwara Tirupati Balaji in Andhra Pradesh
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Considered as the second richest pilgrimage center after Sree Pdmabhaswamy Temple, Tirupati Balaji is the largest visited temple in India with its annual visitors touching 40 million. Built in Dravidian architectural style, the temple was built during the reign of Krishnadeva Raya. During special occasions such as Ram Navami, Janmashtami and Brahmotsavam, the number of pilgrims coming to the temple can mount up to 5, 00,000 per day.
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6. Meenakshi Temple in Madurai, Tamil Nadu
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Situated in the Madurai district of Tamil Nadu, Meenakshi Sundareshwar Temple is a historic Hindu temple dedicated to the Goddess Meenakshi (Parvati) and herconsort Sundareshwar (Lord Shiva). The temple structure is a foremost example of Dravidian style and houses 14 gopurams which are painted in bright colors and bejeweled with figures of animals, gods and demons.
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7. Siddhivinayak Temple in Maharashtra
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One of the most prominent and famous temples of Lord Ganesh, Shree Siddhivinayak Temple is counted among the most revered temples of India Tour. The temple was built by Vithu and Deubai Patil in the year 1801 and the current generation of Patil family stays in itsvicinity. The sanctum sanctorum fordevotees of elephant deity Ganesh, Siddhivinayak Temple boasts of a small Mandapam where the main idol of Siddhivinayak is enshrined. The wooden doors of this temple arecarved with the images of Ashtavinayaka and the inner roof is plated with gold.
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8. Amarnath Cave Temple in Jammu & Kashmir
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A dwelling of the trinity God Shiva, Amarnath temple is visited by large number of pilgrims on the account of Amarnath yatra during the months of July and August. The challenging mountain trek is undertaken by hordes of pilgrims every year to pay homage in the feet of almighty God. The temple is housed within a cave where Lord Amarnath aka Shiva resides in the form of an ice stalagmite. The arduous trek is an example of religious fervor and sheer determination of mankind which can make impossible possible.
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9. Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab
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A perfect symbol of religious tolerance and spiritual freedom, Harmandir Sahib aka Golden Temple in Amritsar is the most famous Sikh pilgrimage in India. The foundation of this Sikh shrine was laid by Guru Arjuna Dev and was later refurbished by Maharaja Ranjit Singhwho bejeweled it with pure gold and transformed it into an architectural masterpiece. The sacred pool known as Amrit Sarovar has a great spiritual significance and is believed to have curative medicinal powers.
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10. Brihadeshwara Temple in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu
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Designated as World Heritage Site byUNESCO, Brihadeshwara Temple is one of the most prominent temples in south India owing to its religious significance and artistic brilliance. Built during the reign of Chola dynasty, this temple structure is purely built in granite. This magnificent temple flaunts exquisitecarvings which are supreme examples of artistic creativity.
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