Ancient Temples in India
Every corner of India has a tale to tell of epic mythologies and Puranas. Hinduism is the oldest religion in the world and has incredible temples. Each temple has a story to tell. According to the legends, there are some temples that date back to the period of Ramayana and Mahabharata. The temples of Indian mythology offers an amazing ancient architecture that if visited makes you feel peaceful and happy. The Indian mythologies are full of great wisdom and spirituality. Here are some famous temples of India who have great mythologies to tell.
Venkateswara Temple, Tirumala, Andhra Pradesh
Venkateswara Temple is the richest temple in the world and is located in Tirumala of Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh.
There are many mythologies associated with the temple. One legend says that Seshachalam hills were created as a home by Lord Vishnu for Adishesha. Adishesha is a snake that has seven heads. This temple of Indian mythology is located on Venkata that is a part of the seshachalam hills.
Interestingly, the seven hills represent the seven heads of the Adishesha.
A Tamil king named Thondaimaan built the temple that has a majestic 8-foot tall statue of Lord Venkateswara who is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Many dynasties thereafter contributed to the structure of the temple. One of the most influential ones was King Krishnadevaraya of the Vijayanagara Empire.
The architecture style of the temple is of Dravidian type and you will get intrigued by the precious diamond crown of the idol. A tower called Ananda Nilayam has a beautiful gold structure.
Vaishno Devi, Karta, Jammu and Kashmir
Vaishno Devi was born due to the combined powers of Mata Lakshmi, Mata Saraswati, and Mata kali.
This is one of the temples of Indian mythology that is in a cave. This temple of Mata Vaishnavi is located in Katra at the Trikuta Mountains of Jammu, and Kashmir. The cave on the mountain is 13 km away from the ground.
In the Vaishno Devi temple, there are no idols or statues of the goddess. Instead, the deity is worshipped in the form of three rock formations known as Pindies.
Jagannath Temple, Puri, Odisha
Lord Jagannath is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu and according to Mahabharat and Puranas, the temple was built by King Indradyumna and a Malava king.
The Jagannath Ratha Yatra of Puri is an amazing festival to witness. The deity isn’t made up of metal or stones. The mesmerizing image of Jagannath is made of wood. Jagannath temple is one of the Char Dham of India.
The temple was destroyed 18 times by the foreign invaders. The last time the temple was closed was because of the order of Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb. It was reopened after his death.
Amarnath Cave Temple, Jammu and Kashmir
Amarnath Cave temple has a Linga that is made of ice. According to the legends, it is believed that the ice Linga of Lord Shiva increases and shrinks as per the phases of the moon.
According to mythology, Lord Shiva gave his wife- Parvati the wisdom of the secrets of life in this place.
The temple is also one of the 18 Maha Shakti Peethas. July and August’s months witness mesmerizing Amarnath Yatra where many pilgrims take place to get the blessings of Lord Amarnath.
Ambaji Temple, Gujarat
Ambaji Temple is one of the temples of Indian mythology which is a part of 51 Shakti Peethas. The Puranas says that the heart of goddess Sati had fallen on this place when Lord Shiva was carrying her corpse in the grief of her death.
The temple is located in the Banaskantha district of Gujarat. There is no statue or the image of Goddess Amba Mata. In fact, a “Shree Visa Yantra” is worshipped to get the blessings of the deity.
Gangotri Temple, Uttarakhand
Gangotri temple is the temple where goddess Ganga resides. The temple is also an important pilgrimage site amongst the holy Chota Char Dham yatra of Uttarakhand.
Gangotri Dham is located at an altitude of 10,200 ft on Himalaya mountain, Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand.
According to some legends, Ganga descended from heaven to here from the hair of Lord Shiva.
The Yamunotri temple is where the goddess Yamuna resides. This is one of the temples of Indian mythology which is located at an altitude of 3,291 meters on the Himalayan peak in Uttarkashi district, Uttarakhand.
The temple has an aesthetic black marble idol of Yamuna goddess and is surrounded by wonderful snowy mountains.
According to the ancient mythologies and Puranas, Yamuna is the twin sister of Yama who is the god of death. And it is believed that whoever takes a bath in the Yamuna river will get a painless death when that person’s time on earth comes to an end.
Golden Temple, Amritsar
The Golden Temple of Amritsar is a symbol of humanity, brotherhood, and equality.
This religious destination is a beautiful example of creativity. The crafting of gold leaves on the temple structure and the beautiful white marble having designs of animals, flowers and birds will mesmerize your eyes.
The Fifth Sikh Guru Arjan Sahib was the architect of the glorious golden temple. The Golden temple is also known as Sri Harmandir Sahib.
Siddhivinayak Temple, Maharashtra
The Siddhivinayak temple is the temple of Lord Ganesha. The idol is crafted out of a single black stone. This idol is different than other idols of Lord Ganesha as the idol has the trunk to the right side instead of left.
The holy temple is located in Prabhadevi, Mumbai. And it is believed that those whoever prays to the Lord Ganesha wholeheartedly and genuinely, then that person’s wish gets fulfilled.
It is believed that the Siddhivinayak temple was build in the 2nd century and was a small one. According to government records, on 19 November 1801, the temple was renovated and was built in a beautiful large size by Laxman Vithu and Deubai Patil.