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Top 5 Temples to visit in India

Updated on September 8, 2011

Sai baba at Shirdi

Balaji Temple at Tirupathi

Akshardham Temple at Delhi

Siddhi Vinayak Temple at Mumbai

ISKCON Temple at Bangalore

A matter of faith

The temples are the Hindu place of worship. In India there is a temple at every road and corner that you cross. There are so many different Gods that each of these temples can be dedicated to that you will need an address book to keep them all straight.

The regular day of a devoted Hindu will include a short and sweet visit to the temple near home. In fact the larger housing colonies have one inside the colony as well. These can become the center of great revelry during holiday season.

Here in this hub I picked five famous temples from India that you might like to visit.

Sai baba at Shirdi

The final resting place of Sai Baba of Shirdi is known as the Samadhi Mandir. The word mandir means temple. This is the famous shrine temple of a Saint who lived about sixty years in the village of Shirdi and worked his miracles on all the people who came to visit him.

In the photo you can see the marble statue of Sai baba and the garland on the ground lies on his grave. There are daily artis here that you can attend. Thursday is Sai Baba's day and there is a massive out pour of devotees who come to the temple on that day.

Bala ji at Tirupathi

Lord Venkateswara shrine at Tirupathi is a famous temple. The temple is also one of the oldest in India dating back to the 9th century. It is said that if you ask for a boon here, it will be granted. The Lord Venkateshwar is believed to be an avtaar of Lord Vishnu.

Many people shave their heads off as an offering of hair is considered auspicious here. Again the darshan of the lord is crowded and busy. You barely get to stay in the scared inner chamber for a few seconds before you get herded out again.

Akshadham at Delhi

Akshardham Temple has been constructed under the patronage of the Bochasanvasi Aksharpurushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS). It was inaugurated on November 7, 2005. So it is one of the newest temples in India. It is also one of the grandest in India.

It is built on the banks of the river Yamuna. Don't miss the boat ride down Indian history. The fountains look great at night. If you wish to get a crash course in Indian history this is a great place to go.

Siddhi Vinayak at Mumbai

Dedicated to the Lord Ganesh this is one of the most famous temples in the country. The temple has powerful politicians and famous film stars amongst its regular visitors. It has the richest temple trust in the country. One which is under scrutiny by the law regarding its functioning.

The temple has images of the eight manifestations of the Lord Ganesh known as the "Ashtavinayak". These eight huge statues of Lord Ganesh are placed in eight different locations all over Maharashtra. The Siddhi Vinayak Temple is also said to be a place to make your wishes come true.

ISKCON at Bangalore

The International Society for Krishna Consciousness built this temple on a site which was nothing more than a monolithic rock.On 31st May 1997, Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma who was the then President of India inaugurated the Sri Radha Krishna Chandra Temple and Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Cultural Complex.

The chants of "hare rama hare krishna" which fill the temple complex are infectious. You will be singing the mantra without even realizing that you are. Artis are held per schedule and you should attend one of them to get a true feel of the temple.

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      Shaloo Walia 21 months ago

      Out of this list, I have visited only ISKCON temple at Bangalore. It is a beautiful temple and it was my first ever visit to any ISKCON temple. I am a regular visitor to the local ISKCON temple now.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 4 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      I wish to visit all these places and get the blessing from the respective Gods. Thank you for sharing such nice information with us. Hope you will write more such stuff in future as well so that we get glimpse of these wonderful places. Voted up.

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      Vees 4 years ago

      ISKCON temple? Dont we have many other splendid temples with HISTORY to visit?

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      Shruti if I began listing all the noteworthy temples in India I would end up writing a three volume book, not a hub. :)

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      shruthi 5 years ago

      You have left a divine place in india, tamil nadu which is well known for its temples.

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      Thank you, will let the photographers know

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      ahankar 5 years ago

      very good photo

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      If you are a great Sai bhakt you may be interested in reading my hub on him. Here is the link to that https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Shradha-A...

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      Dheeraj sharma,bundi 5 years ago

      All temple great but different people have different thing. I am fan of sai baba. 'jai sai ram'

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      cashmere 6 years ago from India

      If you are planning on visiting India in the summer try not to come here in peak summer months of April - June. It can be killer heat for someone not accustomed to it.

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      bla bla bla 6 years ago

      i have never viiseted indea but we are next summer this will help me with some good spots ! this will be a bettter trip then going to cuba agen ! ty

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      lex123 7 years ago

      Guruvayur temple is located in Kerala, 25 kms away from Trichur. Extremely popular in Kerala, and popular in South India. Known as "Dwaraka of the south".

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      cashmere 7 years ago from India

      Where is that located lex?

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      lex123 7 years ago

      Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple is also very popular in the south.

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      cashmere 7 years ago from India

      I seem to have ruffled a lot of Indian feathers with this hub. I agree that with more than a thousand temples of note all over the country it would be impossible to get them all in the top 5. That is why I have picked temples which mean something to me personally. Sorry if your favourite is not among them.

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      Jyoti Kothari 7 years ago from Jaipur

      Hi Cashmere,

      Thanks for sharing. Rated up!

      have you forget Mt. Abu and Ranakpur? I have written some hubs about temples of Palitana, Parasnath glass temple and Dadabadi in Kolkata and Jain temples of Murshidabad.

      Thanks,

      Jyoti Kothari

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      cashmere 7 years ago from India

      North and South! Good points to add.

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      SunSeven 7 years ago from Singapore / India

      I would like to mention Vaishno Devi Temple and Madurai Meenakshi Temple.

      Best Regards

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      Nicky 7 years ago

      Well, one of the famous temples in Delhi is Chattarpur Mandir and Birla Mandir.

      I had been there with my family members in last month.

      I booked my Delhi flights with the help of southalltravel.co.uk.from London. I will also visit Akshardham Temple.

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      dream 7 years ago

      hi there can u tell me what a boon is? u said u make a boon & it comes true... is it a wish / prayer? thanks.

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      cashmere 7 years ago from India

      Yes i have visited Banke Bihari Temple last year when i went to Mathura. It is also a contender for the top temples, but I had a restriction of only 5. Personally I feel while the Krishna temple there is good, the one in Bangalore with ISKCon is some what more interesting.

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      FREEWORKING 7 years ago from rohtak

      Have you ever visit BANKE BIHARI TEMPLE at vrindavan? i think it should be top on the list

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      cashmere 7 years ago from India

      Rajesh while i do not deny that the temple at Tirupathi is a great one, I do believe that the Siddhi Vinayak trust has more money. Or at least more declared money :)

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      rajesh wankhare 7 years ago

      lord balaji temple is great & reachest temple in india

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      cashmere 7 years ago from India

      Glad you liked it ratna

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      ratnaveera 7 years ago from Cumbum

      Lord Balaji Temple is great and worthy place to visit and get glimpse of Lord Venkatesh! It is located at about 4000 ft above mean sea level. Neatness is the other great plus of this temple. In Tamil Nadu we can see many temples including Shri Meenakshi Temple at Madurai, Prahatheeshwarar Temple at Tanjore and Lord Natarajar Temple at Chidambaram. A lot of hanks for cashmere for this Great Hub!

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      cashmere 7 years ago from India

      No Hubber 2009 I have not. And I realize it would be just as beautiful as the ones mentioned here.

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      hubber-2009 7 years ago from India

      have you not visited madurai meenakshi temple?

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      cashmere 7 years ago from India

      You are welcome Lady E and hey the spelling in English is always different from the spelling in the devnagri script so don't worry :)

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks for this info and thanks for answering my question. I've always had a fascination for India. I know it has beautiful Temples and I'm glad you put photo's in the Hub. I just need to work out how far apart they are from each other. Will definitely bookmark this for when I travel.

      Shukuria (spelling maybe wrong) but I mean to say thanks in Indian language. lol :)