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Top 15 Famous Temples In India In 2023 

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India, with its ancient civilizations and rich tapestry of beliefs and traditions, stands as a testament to the diversity of religious history. It's the birthplace of Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism, where people of various faiths coexist harmoniously. Hinduism, the world's oldest religion, is unique in that it lacks a single founder and represents a fusion of beliefs. Its origins are shrouded in time. 
Here are Top 15 Famous Temples In India In 2023. Also, the Ayodhya temple, currently under construction, has the potential to become the foremost temple in India by 2024.

1. Badrinath Temple, Uttarakhand

Badrinath Temple

   - Located in Chamoli district, this temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is part of the Char Dham pilgrimage.

   - One of the 108 Divya Desams, it opens from April to November and hosts festivals like Mata Murti-Ka-Mela and Badri-Kedar Festival.

2. Sun Temple, Odisha

   - Situated in Konark, Odisha, this 13th-century marvel is dedicated to the Sun God, Surya, depicted in a chariot drawn by seven horses.

   - Legend has it that Samba, Lord Krishna's son, built this temple as an offering of gratitude after being cured by Surya.

3. Brihadeeswara Temple, Tamil Nadu

   - Located in Thanjavur, this 11th-century marvel was built by Chola emperor Raja Raja Chola I.

   - Made of granite stone and following Vaastu Shastra principles, it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its lack of noon shadows.

4. Somnath Temple, Gujarat

   - Among the 12 revered jyotirlingas, this temple in Prabhas Kshetra, Saurashtra, honors Lord Shiva and Moon God Soma's legend.

   - It finds mention in ancient texts like Shiv Puran, Skanda Purana, and Shreemad Bhagvat Gita.

5. Kedarnath Temple, Uttarakhand

   - Situated in the Himalayan range, it's linked to the Pandavas' Mahabharata penance and was restored by Adi Sankaracharya in the 8th century.

   - This sacred shrine stands at 3,583 meters and requires a 14 km trek through challenging terrain.

6. Sanchi Stupa, Madhya Pradesh

   - Built by Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BC, it houses Lord Buddha's relics and is adorned with intricately designed gateways symbolizing love, peace, courage, and trust.

7. Ramanathaswamy Temple, Tamil Nadu

   - In Rameswaram, this shrine marks the spot where Lord Rama sought atonement after defeating Ravana.

   - It features the unique tradition of worshipping both Ramalingam and Vishwalingam.

8. Vaishno Devi Temple, Jammu and Kashmir

   - Perched on the Trikuta mountain, it honors Goddess Vaishno Devi and the legend of her battle with the black magician, Bhairo Nath.

   - Pilgrims must also visit Bhairo Nath Temple to complete the journey.

9. Siddhivinayak Temple, Maharashtra

   - Located in Mumbai, this temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha is renowned for removing obstacles (Vighnaharta).

   - It's part of the Ashtavinayak Temples and attracts numerous devotees, especially on Tuesdays.

10. Gangotri Temple, Uttarakhand

    - Nestled in Uttarkashi, this temple is associated with King Bhagirath's penance to bring the Ganges to Earth.

    - It marks the origin of the holy river Ganges from Lord Shiva's locks and opens on Akshaya Tritiya.

11. Golden Temple, Punjab

    - Sri Harmandir Sahib in Amritsar symbolizes universal brotherhood and equality, welcoming people of all faiths.

    - Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of Sikhs, was first placed here.

12. Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Uttar Pradesh

    - Situated in Varanasi, it's one of the twelve jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva and imparts profound wisdom on life and death.

    - Visited by spiritual luminaries like Adi Shankaracharya and Swami Vivekananda.

13. Shri Jagannath Temple, Odisha

    - Built in the 12th century, this temple in Puri is dedicated to Lord Krishna and hosts the famous Rath Yatra.

    - Non-Hindus can admire its magnificence from Raghunandan Library.

14. Yamunotri Temple, Uttarakhand

    - Part of the Chota Char Dham Yatra, it honors River Yamuna and opens on Akshaya Tritiya.

    - This remote shrine at 3,291 meters is inaccessible by road, requiring a trek.

15. Meenakshi Temple, Tamil Nadu

    - In Madurai, this temple to Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva boasts a sacred Golden Lotus tank.

    - It features 985 intricately carved pillars and was a nominee for the 'New Seven Wonders of the World.'

These temples and pilgrimage sites epitomize India's spiritual diversity and cultural heritage, attracting seekers and tourists alike to experience the essence of its ancient beliefs and legends.