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Punjab Pilgrimages
( Temples )

Ram Tirth, AmritsarPunjab Temples
Location 11 Kilometres west of Amritsar on Chogawan road, dates back to the period of Ramayana, Rishi Balmiki's hermitage. The place has an ancient tank and many temples. A hut marks the site where Mata Sita gave birth to Luv & Kush and also, still extant are Rishi Balmiki's hut and the well with stairs where Mata Sita used to take her bath. The Bedis of Punjab (Guru Nanak Dev ji, the founder Prophet of Sikhism was a Bedi) trace their descent from Kush and Sodhis (the 10th Prophet of Sikhism, Guru Gibind Singh ji was a Sodhi) from Luv. A four day fair, since times immemorial is held here starting on the full moon night in November.

Durgiana Mandir, Amritsar ( Lakshmi Narain Temple )
Built in the third decade of the 20th Century it echoes, not the traditional Hindu temple architecture, but that of the Golden temple and, in a similar manner rises from the midst of a tank and has canopies and the central dome in the style of the Sikh temple. Its foundation stone was laid by one of the greatest reformers and political leaders of resurgent India, Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya. It is a well-known repository of Hindu scriptures.

Bhagwathi Mandir, Maisar Khanna, Bathinda City
Its history goes back to the 17th Century AD. The locality of the city in which this temple is located formed a part of a village, then called Khanna. People from this village were the devotees of Jawala Mukhi temple in Kangra. Once, when Kamala Bhagt of this village and another holy person Kali Nath were proceeding towards the Jawala Mukhi temple, Bhagwati Mata, the deity of Jawala Mukhi appeared before them, almost two kilometers before their destination the moment they had lit fire to pray. She blessed the devotees and told Kamala Bhagat that in future, he need not come to a pilgrimage to Jawala Mukhi because his worship at his village will be sanctified as his worship at her abode. Since then a religious fair is held at this place twice in a year.

Shiv Mandhir, Gur-mandi, Jalandhar
The Mandir dates back of the Lodhi Era. It is said that the Nawab of Sultanpur Lodhi, in whose territory the city of Jalandhar then fell hadeyed a newly married Hindu girl whom he had wanted to make an object of his lust. She was the devotee of lord Shiva whose serpent saved her honour. Awed by the appearance of this serpent he had begged pardon from the girl and on her bidding he had got this temple built. The temple has an unusual architecture. Its main gate is built in the style of a mosque while the rest of the building is in Hindu style.

Sodal Mandir, Jalandhar City
The temple of a child deity where wishes are fulfilled. Thousands of devotees congregate here during the month of September.

Panch Mandir, Kapurthala Town
It was got built by the founder of the Kapurthala State, Fateh Singh Ahluwalia. The prime dome in the centre is surrounded by several smaller temples dedicated to different deities. It is the most striking building in the
city of wonder architecture. Its replica was exhibited in the pre-partition Punjab Museum at Lahore.

Kali Devi Temple, Patiala
Situated opposite Baradari garden on the Mall Road of Patiala. This Temple was built by the rulers of the Patiala State. Because of its beautiful wall paintings and icons the temple has been declared a national monument.

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