The tirtha is a sacred place that is holy because a pastime of God took place there, it is a holy river, temple of God is there, or a holy sage lived there.
the exotic and wondrous country, is a land of spiritual noesis since
ancient times. Underlined with an appellation of ancient treasure house
of spiritual knowledge, India's stands to represent the world with its
prominent spiritual spectra and a devout history. Dotted throughout with
holy sanctums, the country of great epics, sages and holy men India is
constitutionalised with a homogeneous soul possessing unvarying
reverence to all cultures. 'Namaste' India, greets you a warm welcome on
it unearthly soil. Located amongst the picturesque vista, the Indian
temples are thronged by huge masses. Wet your wearied soul in the divine
aureole on your holidays and enjoy getting word of India's asomatous
past on your holidays.
A pious land....
India has thousands of temples and holy places throughout. There are
four dhams and seven sacred cities known as Satapuris like Ayodhaya,
Mathura, Mayapuri, Kasi, Kanchi, Avantipuram, and Dwarka. The seven most
sacred rivers of India are Ganges, Yamuna, Godavari, Saraswati, Narmada,
Sindhu and Kaveri. There are eight self manifested holy places in India
and 108 major Vishnu Temples. The Himalayas are considered the holy
mountain ranges and is about 2500 km long and 350 km wide and there are
hundred of peaks over 20,000 ft high. Through India the supreme lord is
worshipped in different forms, yet different names. Purge yourself of
all the sins and enjoy a virtual trip of holy halts one after another.
Khajuraho Temples: Unearthly Browns
Celebrated for its sculpture, the Khajurao Temples are World Heritage
Site. Embellished with great art and several shades and moods of life
the Khajuraho Temples are gift of Chandela's Dynasty to the world.
Locate in Madhya Pradesh the temples are just twenty number, a salvaged
out of total of eighty five temples. The existing temple of Khajuraho
can be divided into three groups, Western, Eastern and Southern. The
famous Western Group, designated a World Heritage site, is enclosed
within a beautifully laid-out park.
Tirupati Balaji: Lord on Hills
Lord Venketeshwara rest on the high temple of Tirupati in the Chittoor
district, the southern portion of Andhra Pradesh. The world's richest
shrine, Tirupati Temple has contributed immensely in India's tourism
boost. Also known as the Lord of seven hills, Tirupati is considered to
be the most famous shrine for Hindus spanning a history of several
years. The idol of the deity, the full figure of Lord Venkateswara or
'Venkataramana' or 'Srinivasa' or 'Balaji' is known to be the most
revered lord of the hills in South India. Anointing the idol with
camphor, and the offering by pilgrims of the hair on their heads by
getting themselves shaved by licensed barbers are the important customs
in vogue at Tirupati Temple.
Jagannatha Temple : The Blue Wheel
name Jagannatha literally means ' Lord Of Universe'. A signature
architectural temple was begun by King Chora Gamga Deva and finished by
the descendants in the 12th century. The main structure is 65 m high and
is built on the elevated ground, which makes it look even larger and
adds to the imposing impressions you get as you first come within the
sight of the temple. The temple complex comprises an area of 10.7 acres
and is enclosed by two rectangular walls. The temple is said to have the
largest kitchen in the world.
Brihadisvara Temple: Grandeur Revisited!
This is a magnificent temple in 1003 AD by King Rajaraja I. It is
considered one of the grandest temples in India. The main shrine
dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple has a unique structure of Vimana(the
tower over the altar) soars into the sky, while the Gopurams are small.
It is one of the tallest temples in South India being 14 storey ft high.
There was 250 lingas in the temple. The giant Nandi, which is carved out
of the single stone, is considered to be second largest in India.
Sarfoji, a local Maratha ruler, rebuilt the Ganapati shrine. The
celebrated Thanjavur school of paintings of the Nayakas are largely
superimposed over the Chola murals.
Konark Temple: Ode to Sun God
The impressive temple resembles a huge Chariot with 24 huge wheels
being pulled by seven horses. Three figures of Sun facing different
directions to catch sun during dawn, noon and sunset happens to be the
most enchanting sights of Konark Temples. The Sun Temple was built in
13th century by Orissan king Narasimhadeva-I (AD 1238-64). It took 1200
workmen over 16 years to build. The pride of Orissa is the celebration
of Orissan architecture.
Meenakshi Temple: Shiva's Beloved
The Meenakshi Temple is built in 17th century and has two sanctuaries,
on dedicated to Lord Shiva as Sundereshwar and other to Meenakshi holds
a parrot and a bouquet. It is one of the huge temples of India and the
root of the temple goes back to the 2000 years ago. Meenakshi Temples
has thousands of pillar. Also there is a interesting art gallery and
museums in this hall with some fascinating deities. At every turn there
is superb sculpture, magnificent architecture
Jain Temples: Sublime Architecture
The temple sites and cave architectures made by the Jain's are known
for the intricacy that the décor. Jainism as a religious creed
had a great hold on Orissa and there is no wonder that there should be a
considerable impact of Jainism one the adjoining Purulia district. But
the all in all rock-cut architectural marvels are the caves of Udaygiri
Ranakpur is another amazing example of Jain monumental splendour. This
temple complex is the largest Jain temple in India covering an area
nearly 4,500 square yards. It lies on the curve of a boulder-strewn
river deep in the forested Aravalli hills. Also these temples are known
as one of the most beautiful Jain temples, built during the 15th
century. Delwara Temples, the celebrated and world famous Jain temples
situated in Rajasthan are carved in marble, the design and accuracy of
workmanship is unbelievable.
Lotus Temple, Delhi
The Lotus Temple located at New Delhi is built by the devouts of the
Bahai Faith. Constructed in the form of lotus it bears a height of more
than 40 m. It was completed in 1986 sprawling in few kilometers.
Golden Temple, Amritsar
is the holiest temple of Sikh religion. The Sikhs refer to this temple.
The Sikhs refer this temple as Hari Mandir or Darbar Sahib. It is
located in a large tank called Amrita Sarovar . This dome temple is
covered with 100 Kg of gold leaf. The temple was built by fifth Guru,
Arjun Dev, in the temple of purified waters, and installed the Granth
Mahabalipuram Temples: Showering Blessings
Built by Narasimha Varman I who built many temples here at
Mahabalipuram meaning the 'town of King Bali'. The rock carvings are
divided here three zones. The main group of Carvings are called are
called the Shore temples, and the Pancha Ratha are towards the east of
Mahabalipuram. These temples were made in 5th and the 8th century. Most
of the temples are carved out of the granite hills. Besides, these
temples there are 14 caves temples and 8 monolithic temples and many
other small rock cut temples. The monuments are floodlit during the
night and there is always a dance temples during the months of January