India is definitely one of the oldest civilizations in the world and it boasts of its rich heritage, tradition, and belief system. The temples in India are a testimony to religious history that has thrived for thousands of years. Every year these temples are visited by lakhs of devotees to offer prayers. Here is a list of 7 iconic and ancient temples located across northern India.
1. NEELKANTH MAHADEV TEMPLE, RISHIKESH, UTTARAKHAND
Neelkanth is famous for Neelkanth Mahadev Temple. The location of the temple is believed to be the spot where Lord Shiva consumed poison during the famous Samudra Manthan episode. Consumption of poison turned his throat blue and thus Lord Shiva is known as Neelkanth.
2. SHRI DWARKADHEESH MANDIR, MATHURA, UTTAR PRADESH
Shri Dwarkadheesh Mandir, one of the holiest temples in Mathura and Vrindavan, is renowned for its architecture and paintings throughout the nation. The temple was built in 1814 by Seth Gokul Das Parikh, the treasurer of the Gwalior State (Scindia). Lord Dwarkadheesh, a form of Lord Krishna known as Dwarkanath, is dedicated to the temple, portrayed in a black marble idol.
3. MAHAKALESHWAR JYOTIRLINGA, UJJAIN, MADHYA PRADESH
Ujjain, an old city which is situated on the banks of the river Kshipra, is an important place as a pilgrimage site in central India. Mahakaleshwar Temple, located in the ancient city of Ujjain in the state of Madhya Pradesh, is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India. There are images of Lord Shiva’s consort, Goddess Parvati (to the north), his sons, Ganesha (to the west) and Kartikeya (to the east), and his mount, Nandi (to the south).
4. MANSA DEVI TEMPLE, HARIDWAR, UTTARAKHAND
The temple of Mansa Devi is situated atop the Bilwa Parvat on the Shivalik hills. Mansa Devi temple is one of the most revered temples of the goddess Mansa Devi and is therefore a major pilgrimage site. Devotees and pilgrims from all over India visit this temple throughout the year.
5. Swaminarayan Akshardham, Delhi
Swaminarayan Akshardham in Delhi is not only a temple the temple complex is also a cultural and spiritual campus where multiple activities are organized. It was opened in 2005. The construction took over 5 years. The structure of Akshardham consists of 234 pillars, 9 shiny domes, 20 four-sided towers, and over 20 thousand figurines depicting themes from Indian mythology. There are over 148 statues of an elephant alone!
6. Vaishno Devi Temple, KAtra, Jammu & Kashmir
Vaishno Devi is a temple town that’s home to the famous Vaishno Devi Mandir. Located in Trikuta hills in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Vaishno Devi Mandir is one of the most popular and revered pilgrimage centers in India. Dedicated to the Hindu deity Vaishno Devi, endearingly known as Mata Rani (Goddess Durga), this holy abode of the goddess is situated at an altitude of 5200 feet.
7. Birla Mandir, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Birla Mandir is ubiquitously found in India, and this particular temple is known for its modern design. The temple is built with white marble and a vibrant garden making it a favorite place for the localities to spend their evenings.