India is a country of temples and these temples are not only the treasure, but also they constitute to the cultural heritage of the nation.
So many legends are associated with temples and people are bound to believe that the supreme power do exist. The images or statues of the Lord in the temple are revered by millions of devotees throughout the year.
These celestial places of worship are also a major spot for the tourists and behind every sacred temple, there is a story of their presence. Here is the list of Top 50 Most Famous Temples in India:
1. Vaishno Devi
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Vaishno Devi is the most religious and sacred place of worship. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Durga and the place is famous in the whole world that the Goddess fulfills all the wishes of the devotees. The temple is located on the threefold mountain known as Trikuta.
Located: Katra, Jammu & Kashmir
2. Golden Temple
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Golden Temple is next on this list, which is a holy Sikh Gurudwara constructed in the year 1604. The Gurudwara gives a message of brotherhood and people belonging to any community are warmly welcomed here.
Located: Amritsar, Punjab
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Sabarimala is ancient Sastha temple in India, which is one of the most visited temples in India. The pilgrimage is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa and open to all (regardless of their caste, race, creed, etc.).
Location: Pathanamthitta District, Ranni Tehsil, Kerala
4. Tirupati Balaji (Tirumala Venkateswara Temple)
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Tirupati Balaji is at number 4 in the list of top 50 most famous temples in India. It is the most visited shrine worldwide and located on the Tirumala hill, which incorporates seven peaks. The temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateswara (Vishnu) and stands on Venkatadri, the seventh peak.
Location: Chittor, Andhra Pradesh
5. Lotus Temple
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Lotus Temple is next on this list, which was constructed in the year 1986. The temple is shaped like flower Lotus and won many awards for its charismatic architectural appearance. The temple is open to all, irrespective of their religion, caste etc.
Location: Shambhu Dayal Bagh, Bahapur, New Delhi.
6. Rameshwaram (Ramanathaswamy Temple)
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Rameshwaram Temple stands at 6th in the list of top 50 most famous temples in India. Rameshwaram Temple is among the holiest place of worship of Lord Shiva and has two lingams- Vishwalingam and Ramalingam.
Location: Rameswaram, Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu.
7. Kedarnath Temple
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Next temple on this list is Kedarnath Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is the oldest Hindu Shrine and the temple is opened between April to November.
Location: Kedarnath, Uttarakhand
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Siddivinayak is among the richest temples in the nation and was built in the year 1801, funded by Late Deubai Patil. Siddhivinayak is another name of Lord Ganesha and it is believed that, here all the wishes of devotees are fulfilled by the God.
Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra
9. Somnath Temple
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Somnath Temple is ranked 9th in the list of top 50 most famous temples in India. Among all the Jyotirlinga Shrines, Somnath is the foremost and one of the ancient pilgrimage, where Lord Shiva is worshipped as the primary deity.
Location: Veraval, Gir Somnath, Gujarat.
10. Padmanabhaswamy Temple
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On 10th position is Padmanabhaswamy Temple, which is dedicated to Anantha Padmanabhaswamy (Lord Vishnu). Situated in Thiruvananthapuram, Padmanabhaswamy Temple is mentioned in various Hindu Puranas.
Location: Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala