Uttarakhand, which is also known as the Devbhoomi in India, is one of the most pristine destinations. The place of Uttarakhand is blessed with the divinity of spirituality. Devotees from all over the world want to visit the Devbhoomi for once in their lifetime, especially the Chardham. The Chardham Yatra is considered to be the most sacred pilgrimage tour in one’s life. Along with the magnificent temples, Uttarakhand is blessed with ecstatic wildlife and extraordinary scenic beauty.
The hill state is popular for being the abode of some of the supreme Hindu gods and goddesses. The state of Uttarakhand truly encapsulates the essence of spirituality. Every temple of Uttarakhand has a history of its own that will take you to the immemorial era of divinity. The state is nothing less than a spiritual magnet for the peace seekers and is highly revered by the devotees. Here are the top 10 most-amazing temples of Uttarakhand that are perfect for any Sanatan Hindu devotee seeking solace in the solitude of Mother Nature.
The Kedarnath Temple
This is THE most popular pilgrimage destination in India and also one of the most popular Shaivism sites. The Kedarnath Temple resides at an elevation of 3,583 meters and it is located 223 km from Rishikesh. Located on the shore of the Mandakini River, the Kedarnath Temple boasts a brilliant stone architecture having a Mandapa and a Garbhagriha.
This is one of the prime spots where Lord Shiva is manifested in the form of a Jyotirlinga. It is believed that the temple is 1000 years old and is created with massive stone slabs. You can see the large statue of Nandi, that guards the temple from the outside. Due to harsh weather conditions, the portals of the temple are opened only between April to November.
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The Badrinath Temple
The celestial town of Badrinath is located in the Chamoli district. The Badrinath Temple is one of the most sacred pilgrimage locations and highly revered amongst the four Dhams in India. The Badrinath Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Located at a whopping altitude of 10,827 feet above sea level, the Badrinath Dham is one of the most important temples of Uttarakhand.
The shrine was created almost two centuries ago by the Kings of Garhwal. This is also one of the most crucial pillars of the Char Dham Yatra in India. Located near the river Alakananda, the Badrinath Dham remains full with the devotees of Lord Vishnu, who are also known as Vaishnavas. The ideal time to visit Badrinath is from May to June and from September to October.
The Badrinath Temple, surrounded by the snow-capped majestic Himalayas, also includes a deep forest. This is what makes Badrinath one of the most picturesque pilgrimage centers in India. If you are planning to visit the sacred Badrinath Temple, then My Tirth India can offer you the best and most comfortable Badrinath tour packages.
Located in the beautiful yet rugged terrains of Garhwal, the 18th Century Gangotri Temple is one of the holiest places in India. Residing at an impressive altitude of 3415 meters above sea level, the Gangotri Temple, located along the river Bhagirathi, is one of the major attractions of Gangotri Town.
The partially submerged Shivalinga along with the Shrine of Goddess Ganga attracts a plethora of devotees every year. Since the Gangotri Temple remains close in the winters, you have to plan your visit accordingly. To experience the majestic Gangotri, you can opt for our Gangotri Darshan package.
The Yamunotri Temple, present in the Uttarkashi District, can be reached through a 5KM trek from the Jankichatti, located on the left bank of the Yamuna River. Created by the Maharaja Pratap Shah of Tehri Garhwal, the Yamunotri Temple is one of the prominent pilgrimage sites among the Char Dhams. Also, this is the first place you visit when you go through the Char Dham circuit.
Dedicated to the Goddess Yamuna, the Yamunotri Temple resides in the western Garhwal Himalayas at a height of 3,291 meters. Being the second most holi river in India, the Yamuna originates in Yamunotri. The mesmerizing landscapes, the majestic mountains, and the hot springs of Surya Kund & Gauri Kund create a tranquil-filled atmosphere in the Yamunotri Temple.
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Dhari Devi Temple
The Dhari Devi Temple is dedicated to the Goddess Dhari Devi who is believed to defend Uttarakhand from all external evil forces. According to the legends, the idol of Dhari Devi should not be kept under a roof, which is why the temple is kept under a clear sky. Goddess Dhari Devi is also a manifestation of Goddess Kali and is believed to be the protector of Chardham.
Devotees come here to worship Goddess Dhari Devi all around the year. However, during the Navaratri, the number of pilgrims increases a lot. The primary festivals observed in the Dhari Devi Temple are the Chaitra Navratri, the Ashwin Navratra, Dussehra, Deepavali, and Karthik Purnima. To visit the amazing Dhari Devi Temple, choose the Dhari Devi Darshan package.
Haridwar Temple Visit
When it comes to the best temples in Uttarakhand, you have to visit Haridwar. The place of Haridwar means the gateway to heaven. Being one of the holiest places for the Hindus, Haridwar is full of a divine aura and spirituality. The number of devotees, the tingling of bells, chanting of names of Gods and Goddesses in the chorus, makes you feel the divine bliss of spirituality. The most significant element of Haridwar is the Ganga Arti performed at the Har Ki Pauri.
Apart from the extravagant Ganga Aarti at the Har Ki Pauri, Haridwar is also popular for the beautiful temples. Haridwar has numerous beautiful temples dedicated to different Hindu gods and goddesses. For instance, you can visit the Temple of Manasa Devi which is highly popular because she is considered to be the fulfiller of wishes for the people. You can walk up the hill or you can also use the ropeway. Next, you can visit the Maya Devi Temple present on the riverbank and the Chandi Devi Temple on the Neel parvat.
These are some of the most important temples of Haridwar. If you want to experience the magnificent beauty of Haridwar, you can choose our Haridwar darshan package.
Rishikesh Temple Visit
Located on the banks of the river Ganga, the sacred city of Rishikesh offers a grand spiritual elevation. The name of the city of Rishikesh is done after Lord Vishnu. Ram Jhula and Lakshman Jhula are the two most important bridges in Rishikesh because it is believed that Lord Ram and Lord Lakshman crossed the Ganga through those bridges.
Being one of the most renowned spiritual centers of India, Rishikesh is dotted with a lot of temples. For instance, you should not miss out on the Neelkantha Mahadev Temple, present on the hill-top temple right on the ourskirts of the city. Also, you should visit the Tryambakeshwar Temple present on the banks of the river Ganga.
There is also the Bharat mandir which was created during the 12th century on the banks of the River Ganga. Inside the temple, you will find the idol of Lord Vishnu, which is made up of a single Saligram. If you have plans to visit one of the most cherished pilgrimage destinations in India, then you must visit Rishikesh once. Choose the Rishikesh Darshan package from My Tirth India to have a seamless experience.
The Jageshwar Temple is located at an elevation of 1870 meters above sea level and it is 37 kilometers from Almora. This is not only an important tourist destination of India but also a sacred pilgrimage site. This is located amidst the Deodar forest with a stream flowing in the backyard. You will experience the beautiful Kumaoni villages and the deodar forests that make it a popular off-beat trek destination.
This is the highest Shiva Temple in the world and the best part is, this temple is highly popular for the marvelous architecture. It is believed that the sacred temple is 1000 years old. The temple includes a North Indian temple architecture which is identical to the temples located at Kedarnath, Guptkashi, and Madhyamaheshwar. You will find a stone of Nandi created right outside of the temple premises and also there is an image of Lord Ganesha.
When it comes to artistic excellence amidst the temples of Uttarakhand, you cannot miss out on the Baleshwar Temple. This magnificent temple is located in Champawat and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple features a South Indian architecture that comes in intricate stone carvings on the ceilings. Also, a unique feature of this temple is, it is listed as one of the National Heritage Monuments by the Government of India.
These are the top 10 most amazing temples in Uttarakhand. We urge you to visit the sacred Hindu destination of Uttarakhand to experience the beauty of such majestic temples where spirituality and divinity envelopes everything. A tour in any one of these temples in Uttarakhand will help you attain the mental solace and peace that you were longing for.