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Must Visit Lord Vishnu Temples in India
Lord Vishnu is one of the widely worshiped gods in India. In Hinduism, Vishnu is one of the five primary gods. In Hinduism Vishnu is worshiped as Preserver of the universe. He is married to Lakshmi, goddess of wealth. Every time mankind faced a threat from demon, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu came to earth to save humanity. Today some of the grandest and wealthiest temples in India are dedicated to Lord Vishnu or his incarnations. Here are some must visit temples of Lord Vishnu in India.
The most important temple of Lord Vishnu is Badrinath temple. It is also most important of four char dham yatra destinations. It is believed that idol of Lord Vishnu inside the temple was found by Adi Shankara in the Alaknanda river. He had a dream in which Lord Vishnu directed him to dive in the river and recover the idol. Since them, Badrinath, a hill station in Uttarakhand has become an important pilgrimage spot. During the summer months, when the gates of temple are opened, millions of devotees flock to Badrinath. It is also believed that Badrinath is permanent residence of Lord Vishnu.
Jagannath Puri Temple
Similarly to Badrinath, Puri is also a char dham destination. The main temple here is dedicated to Lord Krishna who is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Lord Jagannath Puri temple is one of the holiest temples in India. It was built some 1500 years ago. Even today it does not allow non Hindus to enter the main hall of the temple. Despite that thousands of non Hindus travel Puri just to see amazing architecture of the temple from outside. The best time to visit Puri is the cooler months of October to March. However devotees should also consider the months of June and July when annual rath yatra takes place in Puri. It is one of the biggest religious events in the world.
Interestingly, Dwarka too is part of char dham yatra. Three out of four temples mentioned in the holy char dham yatra are dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Dwarka is a coastal city in Gujarat. It is believed to be built by none other than Lord Krishna. The Dwarkadheesh temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and it was built by his great grandson. Although over the years the temple went through major renovation by Kings in the region. Make sure you include a visit to Dwarkadheesh temple. The best time perhaps is around Janamashtmi which takes place either in August or September.
Kesava Deo Temple
This temple is built on one of the most sacred sites for Hindus in India. The Kesava Deo Temple also known as Krishna Janmasthan is built exactly on the prison where Lord Krishna was born. It is believed that the first temple was built around 5000 years ago by great grandson of Lord Krishna. Over the years Muslims destroyed the temple several times. Last time around Aurangzeb destroyed the sacred Hindu temple in 1670 and a mosque was built. However in 1965, the temple was once again constructed but was forced to share the space with a mosque. The temple is located in the holy city of Mathura in Uttar Pradesh.
Tirumala Venkateswara Temple
Also known as Tirupati Balaji is one of the most popular Lord Vishnu temples in India. At present it is second richest temple in the world. The temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateswara which is a form of Vishnu. The name Venkateswara means Lord who destroys the sins of people. It is believed that Lord Venkateswara will remain in this temple till the end of Kali Yuga. Around 75,000 devotees visit the temple everyday. It is the most visited temple in the world. Tirumala Venkateswara Temple is located near Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh.