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Mark Twain had once rightly said, India has two million Gods, and worships them all. In religion all other countries are paupers; India is the only millionaire. So true, isnt it? And in a land with diverse cultures and religious beliefs, it is extremely difficult to choose a temple to visit, especially on New Years. A lot of Indians prefer to bring in the New Years by visiting a temple and seeking Gods blessings. If you are one among them, you must visit one of the temples listed below, on the first day of 2015. Also Read - LIVE Delhi Capitals vs Kings XI Punjab Match 2 Live Cricket Score And Updates: Maxwell Departs; Ashwin Double Strikes Rattle KXIP in 158 Chase
1. Sai Baba Temple, Shirdi Also Read - Huawei Working on a New Phone With an in-display Selfie Shooter
Shirdi is famous for the Sai Baba Temple located here. Sai Baba aka Shirdi Sai Baba was an Indian spiritual master who is regarded by devotees as an incarnation of God. He is worshipped by both Hindus and Muslims. The Mandir at Shirdi is visited by over 20,000 pilgrims a day, and the number shoots up to 100,000 during holidays. This holy place is a great one to go to on the first day of the New Year.
2. Lotus Temple, New Delhi
The Lotus Temple is a Bahá’í House of Worship, known for its flowerlike shape. The Bahá’í House of Worship is open to all, regardless of religion. The Bahá’í laws emphasize on monotheism and spiritual unity. Isnt that an absolutely priceless way to bring in 2015?
3. Mankameshwar Mandir, Agra: Mankameshwar Mandir is an ancient temple in Agra, devoted to Lord Shiva. It is believed that the Shivlinga is covered by the silver metal and was founded by Lord Shiva himself during Dwapara era, when Krishna was born in Mathura. It is said that whoever visit the temple with a mankamna (wish), it gets fulfilled. So, pack your bags and head to Mankameshwar Mandir with your New Year resolutions and wishes.
4. Ranakpur Jain Temple, Ranakpur
The Ranakpur Jain Temple is one of the main attractions in Ranakpur. This spectacular temple is dedicated to Lord Adinath who was the first Tirthankar of Jains. Spread over 48,000 sq.ft, this sacred temple is a serene place and the architecture is totally mention worthy!
5. Kamakhya Temple, Guwahati
The Kamakhya temple is dedicated to Goddess Kamakhya, one of the oldest of the 51 Shakti Pthas. It is an important pilgrimage destination for Hindus and especially for Tantric worshipers.
6. Tirumala Venkateswara Temple, Tirupati
Tirumala Venkateswara Temple is a famous Vedic temple. This temple attracts almost 75,000 pilgrims every day. The ancient and sacred temple of Sri Venkateswara is located on the seventh peak, Venkatachala (Venkata Hill) of the Tirupati Hill. It is one of the most popular religious destinations in India, and holiest too!
7. Meenakshi Temple, Madurai
Meenakshi Temple in Madurai is a historic Hindu temple located on the Southern bank of Vaigai river. It is dedicated to Parvati, known as Meenakshi, and her consort, Shiva, here named Sundareswarar. It houses 14 gopurams (gateway towers), ranging from 4550m in height. The tallest is the southern tower, 51.9 metres (170 ft) high. The temple attracts over 15,000 visitors a day and over 25,000 on Fridays.
8. Virupaksha Temple, Hampi
Virupaksha Temple in Hampi is part of the Group of Monuments at Hampi, designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Virupaksha is a form of Shiva. The main temple consists of a sanctum, three ante chambers, a pillared hall and an open pillared hall. The intricate carvings and architecture of this temple are totally mesmerising.
9. Konark Sun temple, Konark
The Konark Sun Temple is a 13th Century Sun Temple. It is believed that this temple was built by King Narasimhadeva I of Eastern Ganga Dynasty around AD 1250. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple is in the shape of a gigantic chariot with carved stone wheels, pillars and walls. This historical temple is a lovely place to visit on January 1st, 2015.
10. Jagannath Temple, Puri
Jagannath Temple in Puri is a famous, sacred Hindu temple. The huge temple complex covers an area of over 400,000 square feet. This divine place is a must visit for the pious ones.
Well, these are few of the best temples in India. However, if you aren’t looking to travel too far, you can check the list of all temples in India and visit on which is nearest to your hometown.