IMPORTANT NORTH INDIAN TEMPLES
1. Baijnath Temple
It is a famous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. According to ancient history,the Shiva Lingam in Baijnath temple is brought by Ravana.
He worshipped Lord Shiva, and Lord Shiva got impressed with him.Hence, Lord Shiva blessed him and took the form of shiva-linga.
The temple is being built at that place called as Baijnath Temple.
2. Churdhar Temple
This temple is located in Himachal Pradesh. Churdhar is the highest peak and the temple at the top is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Mountain climbing can be of 18 kilometers to reach Churdhar peak.
This mountain climbing gives a natural view of Himalayas from the top. We must start climbing the mountain in the early morning, so as to reach the temple before noon.
3. Akshardham Temple
‘Akshardham’ is the abode of Lord Swami Narayan. Swaminarayan Temple at New Delhi is a Mandir dedicated to devotion. The mandir is a great tribute to Bhagwan Swaminarayan (1781- 1830), the great sage and an incarnation of Lord Narayanan.
This temple displays traditional Hindu culture. It is located near Yamuna bank, Delhi. It is a must for those to visit this temple when coming to New Delhi.
4. Vaishno Devi Temple
It is a famous Hindu pilgrimage site in Jammu state. Huge number of pilgrimages will visit this temple during Navaratri festival. There is another famous temple named Bairo baba temple above Vaishno Devi Temple. Snowfall will be there during winters. During summers, the temperature will be suitable for tourists.
It is a holy temple, built by sikh guru, Guru Ram Das. It is located in the city – Amritsar(Punjab). The walls are covered with rich gold plates. That is why, the name is called as “ The Golden Temple”.
There is a sacred lake in Golden Temple. People will take bath in this holy lake to get rid of their sins.
6. Teramanzil Temple – Rishikesh
This temple is located on the banks of river Ganga. This temple is dedicated to lord Shiva and is situated atRishikesh. There are also other famous temples in Rishekesh like Bharat Temple, Gita Bhawan andRaghunath Temple.
7 .Prem Mandir
It is a popular Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. It is located in Vrindavan, Mathura. Large Number of people will gather in PremMandir for attending evening aarti. It took a long time to build this temple.
8. Bangla Sahib Gurudwara
It is a famous Sikh pilgrimage site located in Delhi. This gurudwara is ranked as one of the best tourist place in Delhi. People from all over the world, visit this gurudwara to take blessings. There is a sacred lake in the Gurudwara where people will take holy bath.
9. Bhairon Temple- Delhi
This temple is located in Delhi. In this temple devotees will usally offer liquor as a Prasad. The nearest metro station is PragatiMaidan. Bhairon baba is a form of Lord Shiva. Whenever we go to delhi,It is a must for us to visit thisBhairon baba temple and to seek his blessings.
10. NeelKanth Mahadev Temple
This temple is situated in Rishikesh. The Temple is dedicated to Neelkanth(another form of Lord Shiva). The temple is surrounded by the valleys like Manikoot,Vishnukoot, Brahmakoot. According to the Hindu tradition, it is a place where Lord Shiva has consumed poison,and kept it in his throat when devas and asuras have churned the ocean for getting Amudha.
11. Kashi Viswanath Mandir
Kashi Vishvanath Temple is the famous Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located in Uttar Pradesh. The temple is located on the banks of the holy river Ganga, and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. The deity is called by the name Vishwanath. The temple is popularly called as Kashi Vishwanath Temple.
The temple has been referred to in Hinduism. According to history, It has been destroyed and re-constructed a number of times. The current structure was built on an adjacent site by the Maratha ruler, AhilyaBai Holkar of Indore in 1780.This temple has been managed by the government of Uttar Pradesh.
12. Badrinath Temple
Badrinath or Badrinarayan Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu which is situated in Badrinath at Uttarakhand, India. The temple is also considered as one of the 108 Divya Desams dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is open for six months every year (between the end of April and the beginning of November), due to the weather conditions in the Himalayan region. The temple is located in the banks of Alaknanda River. It is one of the main pilgrimage centers of India.This temple is mentioned in ancient religious texts like Vishnu Purana and Skanda Purana.
13. Kedarnath Temple
Kedarnath Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Kedarnath is located in the state of Uttarakhand, India. Due to weather conditions, the temple is open only between the months of April (Akshaya Tritriya) and November (Kartik Purnima). During the winters, the deities from Kedarnath temple are carried down to Ukhimath, and from there the deity is worshiped for the next six months.
According to Hindu legends, the temple was initially built by Pandavas, and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, the holiest Hindu shrines of Shiva. This temple is the highest among the 12 Jyotirlingas.
14. Somnath Temple
The Somnath temple is located in Gujarat, and is believed to be the first among the twelve jyotirlinga shrines of Lord Shiva. It is an important pilgrimage centre of Gujarat. It was reconstructed several times in the past after the destruction by several Muslim Kings.The present temple was reconstructed in Chaulukya style of Hindu temple architecture and completed in May 1951.According to Puranas, the temple is considered as a sacred one.
15. Pandharpur Temple
The Vithoba Temple, Pandharpur, known as Shri Vitthal-Rukmini Mandir , is a Hindu temple in Pandharpur in the state of Maharashtra. It is the main centre of worship of Lord Vithoba (A form of Lord Krishna), and his consort Rakhumai. It is the most popular temple in Maharashtra. Taking bath in the holy river Chandrabhaga, is believed to have power to wash all the sins of the devotees. All the devotees are allowed to touch the feet of the idol of Lord Vithoba. This temple appointed women and people from backward classes as priests.