TOP 10 HINDU RELIGIOUS PLACES IN INDIA

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India – The mystical motherland with deep-rooted traditions and culture is blessed with numerous holy shrines and Hindu temples. This blog traces famous Hindu religious places in India that one must visit.

VAISHNO DEVI TEMPLE

LOCATIONBHAVAN, KATRA, JAMMU AND KASHMIR 

From high up in the mountains, Mata Vaishno Devi calls out to her devotees… Situated on the Trikuta Hills in Jammu, the abode of Mata Vaishno is amongst the most popular pilgrimage in India. Experience an indescribable delight in taking an arduous trek that further leads to the caves where the goddess presides over and bestows countless blessings. Beautiful landscape, pervading divinity and thrilling adventure… this is one journey in India that will remain etched in your memories forever.

How to Reach:

Nearest Railway Station: New Delhi to Katra is 612 km by Road along with an aerial distance of 531 km.
Nearest Airport: Katra (4 h 55 m).
By Road: 12 Hours from Delhi (651.5 Km)

Best time to visit:

March to October.

GOLDEN TEMPLE

LOCATION: ATTA MANDI, KATRA AHLUWALIA, AMRITSAR, PUNJAB

The unparalleled reflection of the pious golden edifice on the ambrosial nectar (lake) and the horde of pilgrims loitering in the shrine complex urge one to visit this popular religious place in India. Built by the fourth Sikh Guru- Ramdass Sahib Ji, Gurdwara Harmandir Sahib is the most important Sikh pilgrimage site to visit in India. The golden gilded temple commemorates a number of Sikh historical events. A bringer of peace, the Golden Temple is nothing short of a legacy in India.

How to Reach:

Nearest Railway Station: New Delhi to Amritsar is 399 km while the road distance between New Delhi to Amritsar is 452 km.By Train it is 448 Km.
By Road: 7 h 57 min (465.6 km) via NH 44.

Best time to visit:

April to June  & July to October.

TIRUMALA VENKATESWARA 

LOCATION: TIRUPATI

The world famous Tirumala Venkateswara Temple or Tirupati Balaji is a Hindu temple dedicated to god Vishnu. Tirupati Balaji temple is the richest pilgrimage center in India followed by Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple,Vaishno Devi and Shirdi Sai Baba. Brahmotsavam festival is best time to visit Lord Venkateswara Temple the celebration attracts pilgrims from all over the world.

How to Reach:

Nearest Railway Station: The aerial distance from New Delhi to Tirupati is 1678 km while the road distance between New Delhi to Tirupati is 2134 km. By Train it is 2128 Km.
Nearest Airport: TIRUPAT (3 h 55 m).
By Road: 34 Hours from Delhi (2128 km)

Best time to visit:

January to March & November to December.

RAMESWARAM

LOCATION: RAMANATHAPURAM, TAMIL NADU

The Ramanathaswamy temple in Rameswaram is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines of Lord Shiva and is also a part of the Char Dham circuit. Located on Pamban Island and connected to mainland India by a bridge, a trip to Rameswaram is a must-do whether you’re religious-minded or not. Mahashivratri and Navratri are especially popular festivals here.

How to Reach:

Nearest Railway Station: : New Delhi and Rameshwaram is 2747 km, while the aerial distance from New Delhi to Rameshwaram is 2163 km.
Nearest Airport: Rameshwaram  (8 h 46 m).
By Road: 15 Hours from Delhi .

Best time to visit: 

October to April  & July to September.

VRINDAVAN LAND OF KRISHNA

LOCATION:  MATHURA, UTTAR PRADESH

Vrindavan is a quaint township in the district of Mathura. This divine playground of Krishna has a spiritual vibration, which is felt when you enter several places like Nidhivan. Vrindavan is one of the prime Hindu pilgrim places in India. Some hallowed places in Vrindavan include Banke Bihari Temple, Prem Mandir, The Sacred Lake Kusum Sarovar, ISKCON Temple, Keshi Ghat and Nidhivan among several others.

How to Reach:

Nearest Railway Station: New Delhi and Vrindavan is 161 km, while the aerial distance from New Delhi to Vrindavan is 128 km.
By Road: 3 Hours from Delhi .

Best time to visit:

October to April  & September to November.

SHIRDI SAI BABA TEMPLE  

LOCATION: MAULI NAGAR, SHIRDI, MAHARASHTRA

It is the holy shrine of Sai Baba and the also the third richest temple of India. Shirdi is the land of Sai baba, therefore, it is considered to be a pilgrimage for his followers. Millions of devotees, irrespective of their religion, flock to the temple every year. Donations as high as Rs.350 crores are offered at the temple annually. Since there are innumerable temples in India, this list is subject to differ from person to person. For suggestions about the list, please leave your comments below. 

How to Reach:

Nearest Railway Station: New Delhi to Shirdi is 1023 km while the road distance between New Delhi to Shirdi is 1254 km.By Train it is 1358 Km.
Nearest Airport: Shirdi (9 h 37 m).
By Road: 22 Hours 5 m from Delhi .

Best time to visit: 

December to February .

SOMNATH TEMPLE  

LOCATION:  VERAVAL, GUJARAT 

Reckoned to be the first Dwadash Jyotirlinga (Pillar of Light) of Lord Shiva, Somnath Jyotirlinga in Gujarat holds an important place in India. The survivor of many attacks in the past, Somnath Jyotirlinga has been a source of divinity and spirituality for many Hindu pilgrims. Situated on the shores of Arabian Sea, this sacred shrine calls out to devotees from afar and blesses innumerable times. Feel the power of spirituality and lose yourself in the devotion at this holy place in India.

How to Reach:

Nearest Railway Station: New Delhi to Somnath is 1338 km, while the aerial distance from New Delhi to Somnath is 1101 km.
Nearest Airport: Ahmadabad .
By Road: 11 Hours 5 m from Delhi .

Best time to visit: 

September to March & April to June .

MEENAKSHI AMMAN TEMPLE

LOCATION:  MADURAI, TAMIL NADU 

One of the most popular South Indian temples the Meenakshi Amman Temple is the heart of the city of Madurai which is also an architectural wonder & situated on the banks of the River Vaigai. Dedicated to an avatar of Goddess Parvati, and her companion Lord Shiva, the temple is one of the biggest temples of India.  Daily 15,000 people visit this holy temple every day.  Above and beyond being a significant religious centre and an architectural wonder in the middle of all South Indian temples, the Meenakshi Amman Temple is also historically noteworthy.

How to Reach:

Nearest Railway Station:   New Delhi and Madurai is 2560 km, while the aerial distance from New Delhi to Madurai is 2084 km.By Train it is 2651 Km.
Nearest Airport: Madurai  .
By Road: 44 Hours 5 m from Delhi .

Best time to visit: 

October to March & December to February.

JAGANNATH TEMPLE (JAGANNATH MANDIR)  

LOCATION:  PURI, ODISHA

An important pilgrimage in India, Jagannath Temple is the finest monument in Odisha. The main deities presiding over the temple are Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra. Although a popular pilgrimage, Jagannath Temple comes to life during the annual Rath Yatra when a very large number of people throng the temple. The sacred shrine is believed to be the authentic reflection of Indian culture.

How to Reach:

Nearest Railway Station: Puri and New Delhi is 1719 km, while the aerial distance from Puri to New Delhi is 1314 km.By Train it is 1804 Km.
Nearest  Airport :  Bhubaneshwar, Odisha.
By Road: 30 Hours 10 m from Delhi .

Best time to visit: 

April to June & December to February.

HARIDWAR

LOCATION:  UTTARAKHAND

Haridwar, located in the lap of mystical Uttarakhand is nothing short of an empyrean for the Hindus. Located by the holy river Ganga, the sacred town offers a great peace of mind. Watch the flickering Diyas floating on the sparkling river along with the energetic Ganga Aarti in the evening and loiter around Har ki Pauri to seek unmatched divinity in Haridwar. The Kumbh Mela, which happens once in every 12 years attracts millions to the city; nonetheless the city remains crowded with devotees all year round.

How to Reach:

Nearest Railway Station: New Delhi to Haridwar is 171 km while the road distance between New Delhi to Haridwar is 209 km.By Train it is 253 Km.
Nearest Airport: Dehradun  .
By Road: 4 Hours 12 m from Delhi .

Best time to visit: 

March to June & July to Sep.



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