India is a land of unparalleled diversity – one that’s usually considered a continent, even, rather than just a country. It’s where ancient traditions juxtapose with the chaos of modern life, where artistic heritage blends with striking terrains…India has the power to make you feel everything at once – from thrill, to creativity, to awe, to awe. From the natural beauties to the temples that soar proudly into the skies…From the frozen summits of the Himalayas to the lush greenery…From the rich culture and friendly people to the remarkable gastronomic experience…India has something in it for everyone.
It’s a melting pot for people of the world’s greatest faiths. You’ll be encountering rituals that date back to thousands of years ago, burgeoning temples, erected mosques and much more. It’s a wild trip from start to finish – one of exploration and discovery, of diversity and thrill…India is the place you find yourself in.
Puri, known as the resting place of Lord Shiva, is one of the spiritual capitals of the India. Dating back to the 3rd century, the city has an incredible majestic history and heritage, along with immense cultural and religious significance. One of the most popular beaches of Odisha, the Puri Beach lies near the Jagannath Temple. This will definitely be a relaxing beach holiday but in the meantime why not see some amazing temples. In this article, I will talk about the 5 top temples you should check out while in Puri/India.
Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai
This temple is the largest in all of India due to the fact that it’s spread over 45 acres and even has a sacred temple tank inside. Dedicated to Meenakshi, the temple easily attracts visitors up to 15,000 per day! You’ll find its reflection on the banks of the River Vaigai and you’ll be able to explore the gorgeous paintings, the stone figures,
Gateways, gopurams and much more.
If you go on Friday, you’ll be able to check out the different poojas that are held in the temple or simply admire the architectural wonders boasted by the temple.
Check out: The Meenakshi Kalyanam festival, or the Avani Moola maha Utsavam festival.
Perched in the middle of the sacred town of Puri, this temple is one of the most popular in India, the world and definitely Puri. Built in the 11th century by King Indradyumna, this temple simply emanates all things holy. It’s one of the most visited by Hindus and is an abode to Gods and to the Lord Jagannath…Pilgrimages there are considered quite revered by all Hindus and foreign travelers alike. To be in such a holy place in India with religious life that emanates through every nook and cranny is simply mind-blowing. If you’re staying at one of the hotels in Puri, you’d be able to visit the temple quite easily.
The main gate towers in glory, the inner courtyard is ravishing, and there is a large banyan tree and the world’s largest kitchen as well. For more history-related information, you can visit the small Niladri Vihar museum dedicated to Lord Jagannath. There are over 20 rituals going on everyday and you are permitted to go and watch them during certain hours of the day.
Tips inside of the temple:
- Ignore the pandaswho demand money from you.
- Try to get to the temple at 5:30 am.
- Don’t carry any belongings inside – no cellphone, shoes, socks, or even umbrellas.
- No leather items inside.
When it comes to Sikhism, this temple is considered one of the holiest. The walls and the dome are covered in gold, and is one of the most ancient temples in all of India. Glistening under the sunlight, the temple reflects gorgeous architecture and a sense of peace that draws thousands of people to it everyday.
Check out: The largest free eatery called Langar. No matter your age, religion, ethnicity or nationality – you can come and eat for free there.
Tirumala Venkateswara in Tirupati
This is the most visited temple in not only all of India, but in the whole world as well. The wealthiest temple in the world is dedicated to god Vishnu and hosts festivals and celebrations that attract people from all over the world. So many people travel specifically from all over the world to pray and to make wishes (we’re talking about 50,000 daily visitors!)
Sai Baba in Shirdi
This temple is all about one thing – sabka malik ek hai (one god governs all). This temple is one that reflects true kindness, true selfless, how to love, how to be kind, how to truly love. It’s one of the most important places of worship in Maharastra, and a lot of people go there for pilgrimage.
There are over 400,000 temples in India alone and it might get impossible if you try and see them all – but that’s part of the beauty of it all! Incredibly diverse temples are there for you to explore, to understand different religions and to truly experience the different beliefs of other cultures.