Considering the fact that there are thousands of temples to visit in India, it can be hard for the average traveler to choose which of them to visit. However, in the list below we’re going to take a closer look at some of the most popular temples in India according to their popularity which was assessed by hundreds of thousands of people that have already visited them. Let’s take a look!
Shirdi Sai Baba Temple in Maharashtra
The Shirdi Sai Baba temple is known to be the holy shrine of Indian spiritual master, Sai Baba. Because Shirdi is considered his land, many of his followers come to visit this place every year in order to pay their respects to his teachings. On top of that, the donations that the temple receives annually are staggering, totaling approximately 55 million dollars at the current exchange rate.
Siddhivinayak Temple in Maharashtra
Built in eighteen oh one, the Siddhivinayak temple was dedicated to Lord Ganesha which is one of the most worshipped deities in the Hindu pantheon. What makes this place special is not only its spiritual and religious magnitude, but also the fact that images of Ashtavinayaka adorn its doors, while the inner roof is plated with gold.
Somnath Temple in Gujarat
This temple has a rather interesting story. It is said that after Lord Shiva freed the Moon God from his curse of waning, in order to show his appreciation for his deed, the Moon God built the Somnath Temple for him. Over time though, the temple had to be restored several times so that it can continue to safely receive visitors.
Lord Jagannath Temple in Puri, Odisha
Housing approximately one hundred and twenty shrines in its massive structure, the Lord Jagannath temple is by far one of the most ancient in the country. Built in the XII century, this structure is very popular for its yearly Rath Yatra, a festival that involves moving deities Sudarshana, Subhadra, Balabhadra and Jagannath on a chariot. The millions of pilgrims that come here annually believe that Goddess Lakshmi is present here and those present here advance spiritually.
Kashi Vishwanath in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
The Kashi Vishwanath is probably the holiest temple in the country and it’s dedicated to Lord Shiva. Built by Ahilyabai in seventeen eighty, the temple is of utmost importance for Hindus who firmly believe that anyone who takes a bath in the Ganges River is absolved of all his sins.