India is a land of Gods, no matter in which part of the country you are; you’d have the opportunity to find an interesting temple or a ritual that will certainly blow your mind off. In this blog we are discussing the temples in India that you must have surely heard about but never paid attention to their stories. These temples have been surviving the tides and trials of time but with their charisma have been able to get the attention of those that are full of faith. Hidden underneath the earth, standing tall amidst forests, closed behind huge portals and cornered because of the newly constructed temples, the holy shrines that we are about to discuss here still have the magnetism to attract true devotees from all over the world. Here is the list of 15 temples in India that have something interesting to tell you.
Located at the gateway of Sirah in Jaipur is a colossal Ramchandra Temple and on the south of the courtyard of this ancient shrine is a huge gate; entering which one can find a beautiful Chandreshwar Mahadev Temple. This shrine is a fine specimen of Jaipur sculpture that can attract any art lover. The articulate and intricate carvings on the marble pillars are worth appreciating in this two-story temple. Named after Queen Chandrawati, Chandrashwar temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is said to have been constructed by the Maharaja for his Queen and thus we all see a slight romantic angle to its establishment. In the sanctum, apart from the deity of Lord Shiva, an idol of Goddess Parvati and Lord Ganesha and Kartikeya can also be witnessed. The portals of the temple are done in brass and have some fine carvings as well; it is believed the Shivling worshipped here has been brought from River Narmada. Once, the temple of royal family, today this shrine is one of the lesser known gems of Jaipur city.
How to Reach: The temple is situated on Chandpol Bazaar Road can be reached from Pink City via Ajmer Road and SC Road.
Believed to be about 400 years old, Pataleshwar Mahadev temple is one of the hidden gems of Jaipur city. Situated in the Rajput Colony of Jhalana Dungri, this Shiva Temple is said to have been excavated in 1977. According to the locals, the temple was buried 20ft under the earth. After continuous efforts of the local, the temple could be excavated and today it stands amidst a well like structure which has 20ft tall walls. There are about 19 stairs to climb down to the temple and close to it a Hanuman temple has also been established which is thronged by a huge devoted crowd during Shivratri.
How to Reach: Jhalana Dungri is situated about 22kms from Jaipur City and the best way to reach here is by taking first the Ajmer Road and then driving past Sanjay Marg, Hasanpura Road, Jamnalal Bajaj Marg, Bhawani Marg and Jawaharlal Nehru Marg.
With its interesting location on Indo-Pak border, Tanot Mata Temple is one religious place in Rajasthan that you should know about. Devoted to Goddess Durga, this shrine has an interesting story to tell. The legend goes that during 1965 war between India and Pakistan this temple situated on the border was on the target of the Pakistan army. It is believed that the Pakistan army tried to bombard this place but all their attempts failed. Neither the temple was destroyed nor did the army officials deployed here face any harm. As a proof, the grenades and other weapons used against the Indian army are kept in the temple. According to legend, a similar incident took place during the 1971 war also, when many attempts were made to destroy this temple and the area around but again the temple survived all the attacks. Thus, Mata Tanot Temple became a place of miracle and receives a large number of worshippers including the army officials.
How to Reach: The temple is situated 150kms from Jaisalmer city and the best way to reach here is by hiring a cab.
Situated close to Vidyadhar Gardens in the proximity of an old ghat in Jaipur, Rameshwar is a 250 years old temple. The temple is said to be built on the order of Maharaja Ram Singh, who is believed to be a devotee of Lord Shiva. The contemporary of the Rameshwar Temple in Amer Fort, this shrine also have resemblance with the former in its sculpture art. Like the sanctum of the Rameshwar shrine of Amer Fort, this temple also has a presiding deity of Goddess Parvati and an idol of Kartikeya in the premises. Making this holy temple more serene and divine is the unspoilt backdrop of Aravallis. The view from the top of the temple of the Vidhyadhar Gardens is also mesmeric. During the monsoon, several seasonal waterfalls cascading from the mountains around the Rameshwar temple can be witnessed.
How to Reach: The best way to reach Rameshwar Temple is by driving from Pink City via Ajmer Road, Malviya Marg in Ashok Nagar and then taking Govind Marg to reach Vidyadhar Garden.
Situated on Ranchi Hill, Pahari Baba Mandir in Ranchi, Jharkhand is one of the gems in the crown of the city. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Pahari Baba Temple is a witness of martyrdom of Indian freedom fighters. It is believed, the temple is situated in a place where during the British rule many freedom fighters were hanged as a punishment for revolting. Today, on every Independence Day and Republic Day Indian flag is hoisted here to remember the ones who lost their lives in an attempt deliver freedom to the country. A rock inscription near this holy shrine has a declaration of Independence. Truly, a place to cherish and respect, Pahari Baba Temple is a must see in Ranchi.
How to Reach: The temple is situated about 7kms from Ranchi City and to reach the shrine one has to climb 468 stairs.
This temple situated in the Amer Fort of Jaipur holds great religious importance. It is believed that the Shivling here is a natural one which was founded buried 22ft under the earth. The legend has it the King Kankil Dev had a cow that gave milk only at specific place. The King was surprised and decided to get the place excavated. During the excavation a Shivling was found, so the King ordered to construct a temple at this place. Even today, the Shivling lies at the same place, devotees have to peek inside to see the Shivlinga which is now encased by a circular hole. It is believed during the monsoon season, the Shivlinga submerges in 10ft water that miraculously appears.
Note: Women are not allowed in the main sanctum area.
How to Reach: Ambikeshwar Temple is situated in the premises of Amer Fort and is 10kms from Pink City. Driving via old Amer Road and Amer Road will directly take you to Amer Fort.
Surrounded by Aravalli Hills, Kala Mahadev Temple is unlike any other Shiva Temple in Jaipur. Open from all four sides, this holy shrine is known for offering unprecedented peace and views of Jaipur. The nearby Kanak Valley and Kanak Vrindavan add to the charm and divinity of this religious place in Jaipur. It is believed that Maharaja Man Singh ordered the construction of this temple following all the Tantric rituals. The Shivlinga is the presiding idol here along with statue of Nandi, Goddess Parvati, God Ganesha and Kartikeya.
How to Reach: Kala Mahadev Temple is situated 10kms from Pink City and a drive through Amer Road will lead to the temple.
A common belief about this temple situated in Pragpur in Kangra Valley, Himachal Pradesh is this that the Shivlinga is slowly sinking under the ground. It is believed that the Shivlinga will submerge completely when the world will be replete with satanic powers. There are many legends that are attached to this shrine. The temple is also recognized by believers as the gateway to hades, where the saints go and worship Lord Shiva. The legend has it that even Ravana used to visit this place on his way to Mt. Kailash, where he worshipped Lord Shiva. Also, the temple is said to be the place where Pandavas received the blessing of victory in the war against Kauravas. With all the legends and the beauty, this place is one of the must-visits in Himachal Pradesh.
How to Reach: The temple is situated in Pragpur in Kangra Valley. The best way to reach here is to hire a cab or take a bus. From Delhi, Pragpur is 422kms.
Perched on top of the hill, Sri Panakala Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy is believed to be situated on a volcano, which if ever explodes will take the entire temple and other region around it down. However, the devotees believe that the volcano shall never be active because Lord Vishnu takes care of it. A special Prasadam is offered called Panakam here which is made of jaggery water in faith that Lord Vishnu will never let the volcano explode. The temple is highly revered in the area and has couple of other temples around it.
How to Reach: Mangalagiri is situated in the Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh. It is a temple town between Vijaywada and Guntur. The best way to reach here is to first reach Vijaywada and then hire a cab to this place. Local buses are also available from Vijayawada.
Rameshwar Mahadev Temple, which is situated in the majestic fort of Amer is probably one of the most famous places in Jaipur. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Rameshwar Mahadev temple is a fine specimen of Rajput architecture and an unbreakable faith in the power of Lord Shiva. Built by Maharaja Ram Singh, the shrine has been named after him. The temple is surrounded by the lush green gardens of the fort but what makes it an appealing religious place is that the deity of Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati and their children Lord Ganesha and Kartikeya has been kept apart from each other. It is believed that the temple is ideal for those Lord Shiva’s devotees who solely worship him or have quit the Grashastha stage. A large number of devotees throng Rameshwar Mahadev during Shivratri.
How to Reach: The temple is situated in the premises of Amer Fort and is 10kms from Pink City. Driving via old Amer Road and Amer Road from Pink City will directly take you to Amer Fort.
This temple has found great fame for its rich history and beautiful architecture amidst devotees. It is believed that Sawai Madho Singh donated a piece of land to a saint, where about 150 years ago during excavation idols of Lord Shiva and his entire family were found 10-12ft under the earth. After the excavation, the devotees established a temple here. Another thing that adds to the charm of the temple is that the system of drainage around the Shivlinga is attached to a well situated in the premises of the temple, this way the water poured on the Shivlinga doesn’t get wasted. The temple has beautiful carving on its red outer walls; there are fine carvings on the inside of the temple as well.
How to Reach: The temple is situated on Moti Dungri Road in Jaipur. The best way is to drive here. From Pink City, one can drive through Ajmer Road, Malviya Marg and Prithvi Raj Road towards Gangawal Park.
Famed for Shivlinga, this temple in the Marauda village of Chhattisgarh is one place that needs to be visited. Standing amidst a forest, this Shivlinga is said to increase in height each year. As per the locals, every year the Shivlinga increase atleast 6 to 8 inches in height. It is believed the land that the Shivlinga stands on was of a Zamindar named Shobha Singh, who once strolling in the area heard the roar of the lion and the bellow of the bull. Strangely there weren’t any lion and bull in that area, so Shobha Singh took few villagers along with him to the place where he heard the sounds and they found a mound in a form of Shivlinga. Convinced by the fact that this place had some divine powers, they started worshipping at this place. Ever since, the villagers and devotees have notice an annual increase in the height of the Shivlinga but how it happens remains a mystery still.
How to Reach: Raipur is the main and nearest railhead to Gariaband district, where Marauda village is situated. The distance is approximately 100kms between Raipur and Gariaband. The best way is to first reach Raipur and then hire a cab to Marauda village.
Situated on Ajmer Road near Hathroi in Rajasthan, this temple also has a legend that makes it a special religious destination in India. It is said that the temple has the power to fulfill the wishes of people and offer utter peace of mind. The legend goes that a Rawal of Samona Thikana got a contract of constructing a temple here; for which is used to frequent the place. Once, the Rawal tied his elephant to a naturally formed Shivlinga considering it a peg. Lord Shiva appeared in his dream and asked him not to do it. The Rawal then ordered excavation of the place where Shivlinga was located but despite digging deep the end of the Linga could not be found, the digging had to be stopped as it reached the water level beneath the earth. A Baoli was then constructed here and later with the help of villagers and devotees a temple was built here. The temple got its name as it was situated on an open ground and often got layers of dust over it.
How to Reach: The temple is situated on Ajmer Road and thus can easily be reached by Jaipur by local buses and private cabs.
Located on the top of Gad Ganesh Hill, Geteshwar Mahadev is a popular Shiva Temple in Rajasthan. There are almost 500 steps to reach this age old temple and devotees throng here from all over the country. The temple is said to be named after the ruling King whose name was Gate. The temple is small and dome-shaped and has idols of Goddess Parvati and Jagadamba and that of Nandi. During Shivratri and on every Monday a large crowd of devotees come here to worship Lord Shiva.
How to Reach: Gad Ganesh Hill is located 6 km north west of Jaipur and can be reached easily from any part of the city by local bus, auto rickshaw, taxi or car.
Gupta Dham is a cave temple that lies in Kaimur plateau. Inside the cave is a Shivalinga made of limestone. The inner walls also have some undeciphered inscriptions that according to historians may hold some great secrets. After going deep inside the cave there’s a ravine which is called Paatal Ganga. From the middle of this cave there is a way leading to another cave. During Navratras and Basant Panchami a fair is organized and people from across the country come here to attend it.
How to Reach: Gupta Dham is situated at a distance of only 19kms from Sasaram. Therefore the best way to reach here would be by taking a train till Sasaram and then hiring a cab.
After writing about these 15 temples, I certainly believe that God is omnipresent, we may run or hide but we shall never be away from his love. Truly, this beautiful country India is an abode of Gods that are always true to their devotees. If you could find your calling from one of these temples, do not hesitate to take a step forward and plan a trip to that place. You can seek our help in organizing a trip for you. All you have to do is to give us a call at +91-9212777223/24 or drop an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We at Tour My India assure a memorable trip to the destination of your choice.
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