Feel the Divine Presence and Peace- famous temples in Uttarakhand

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Uttarakhand, formerly known as Uttaranchal is known to be the land of gods as it has any number of Hindu Temples. It is also well known for its natural beauty and the beautiful environment. The Himalayas stand tall to make this state even more beautiful. Dehradun is the capital and also the largest city of the state. It is a very popular tourist destination due to the presence of many ancient temples, national parks, hill stations, forests, etc. So, let’s take a look at some of the prominent Temples in Uttarakhand:-

Where Alaknanda celebrates splendour: Badrinath Temple: – It is a Hindu temple where Lord Vishnu is worshipped. A place where the devotees come for the Char Dham Yatra. It is located in the Chamoli district along the banks of Alaknanda River. It opens for only 6 months every year i.e. from the end of April till the beginning of November. It is also one of the most visited religious centers in India.

Badrinath

Snow covered mountains: Kedarnath Temple: – Kedarnath is one of the most visited temples in Uttarakhand. It is one of the Char Dhams located in the Himalayas near the Mandakini River. It is also one of the 12 jyotirlingas of the Lord Shiva. Due to extreme weather conditions his temple remains open for only six months in a year, i.e. from end of April to the beginning of November.

Kedarnath *Google Sourced Image

Carvings and images temple: Nanda Devi Temple: – This ancient temple at the Almora city is believed to be 1000 years old, made in the remembrance of Goddess Nanda who was the ruler during the Chand Dynasty. The carvings and the images engraved on the walls of the temple are really worth noticing. People have a belief that their evil deeds are forgiven by the goddess and they become pure. As the weather in Almora is always pleasant, it can be visited at any time of the year. If you visit between Septembers to November, you get to be a part of the grand Nanda Devi Fair that is organized by the temple. The temple is open from 6:00 am till 10:00 pm every day.

Nanda devi Temple *Google Sourced Image

Fulfill your wishes: Mansa Devi Temple: – A Hindu temple which is devoted to the goddess Mansa Devi is located at the holy city of Haridwar at the top of the Bilwa Parvat. It is believed that she was the daughter of Lord Shiva during his human avatar. Devotees tie threads around the tree near the temple and pray for the fulfilment of their wishes. She is offered coconuts, fruits and garlands for prayers.

*Mansa devi

Heavenly Aura and Peace: Koteshwar Mahadev Temple: – As the name suggests, it is a temple devoted to the Lord Shiva and is located in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. It is a belief that Lord Shiva halted here for meditation while on his way to Kedarnath. It is also the place where Lord Vishnu in his Mohini avatar turned Bhasmasur into ashes. The temple has a heavenly aura and the drops of water dripping from the cave fall on the statue like the raindrops.

*Koteswar Mahadev Temple

Eyes of the goddess: Naina Devi Temple: – A temple standing on the edges of the Nanital Lake is a sacred place for the worshippers of Naina Mata. The goddess in this temple is represented by her two eyes. There are three deities: – at the center, there are two eyes representing Naina Devi, on the left is Mata Kali Devi and to the right is Lord Ganesha. It is believed that when Lord Shiva was carrying the deceased Devi Sati in his arms, her eyes fell on the ground and this is where the temple was formed. The main shrine of Goddess Naina Devi is surrounded by two lion sculptures.

Naina devi temple *Google Sourced Images

On the banks of Yamuna: Yamunotri Temple: – It is the source of the Yamuna River and is located at the Garhawal District of Uttarakhand. The main spot of attraction at Yamunotri is the temple of goddess Yamuna. The temple opens every year on the sacred day of the Akshaya Tritya, which is during the last week of April or first week of May and closes on the auspicious day of Diwali in mid- October. The timings of the Aarti are from 6:30pm7:30pm.

Yamunotri river

Kunds to achieve Salvation: Rudranath Temple: – It is a Hindu temple dedicated to lord Shiva which is located in the Garhawal district of Uttarakhand. It is believed to be constructed by the pandavas. There are also various sacred kunds or tanks near the temple such as the Surya-kund, Chandra-kund, Tara-kund, etc. The holy river Baitarani which flows near the temple is a symbol for salvation. The devotees here also come to perform the rituals of the dead which is also known as pind daan.

Enterance to Rudranath Temple

Where stones speaks thousand words: Baleshwar Temple: – It is a historical temple devoted to Lord Shiva located in the Champawat city of Uttarakhand. It was built during the Chand Dynasty. The temple is known for its beautiful and mesmerizing stone carvings done on the walls.

*Baleshwar Temple

A place without electricity: Tunganath Temple: It is one of the holy temple devoted to the lord Shiva. This temple is one of the highest located temples of Lord Shiva which is among Panchkedar too. Tungnath temples open from March to October as otherwise it is covered with snow. Go there for lots of positive energy and peace.

Tunganath temple

Also, The International Yog Festival (IYF) is held in the first week of March in Rishikesh and is co-organised by the Parmarth Niketan Ashram and Uttarakhand Tourism. #IYF festival is the most peaceful and sometimes life-altering festivals one may come across. Several yogis and spiritual leaders flock to this festival and do yoga together in the ashram.

I am sure that after going through the information about Uttarakhand you will definitely want to go and experience the divinity of the place. A state which has the holiest places is definitely worth visiting. So, plan your next trip to Uttarakhand and enjoy the beauty of nature along with the holiness of some of the prominent temples of the country.

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