Temples in Gujarat
Gujarat, which lies in Western India is known for its rich and diversified culture. A variety of religions live in co existence in the state and for the monument loving traveler, Gujarat is a paradise.
Apart from a variety of attractive tourist spots, Gujarat is also an important area of religious pilgrimage due to its large number of temples.
Probably the most famous temple of Gujarat will be the Akshardam Temple. This temple was built in the year 1992, and is located at a distance of about 30 kms from Ahemedabad. Akshardam has one of the largest temple complexes in the state and the sandstone carvings present in the temple attract a lot of tourists from around the world. A 7 foot high idol of Lord Swaminarayan present in the temple is worth looking at.
For Hindu pilgrims, the area of Dwarka is also an important place to visit. Located about 440 kms away from Ahemedabad, this place falls under the four ‘dhams’ of Hindu worship places. The tour of the four ‘dhams’ known as ‘Char Dham Yatra’ is an important ritual for devout Hindus.
The Ambaji temple is another important place of worship for Hindus as legends associate it with the Goddess Amba, whom many Hindus have faith in. If you are lucky, you may also get to see artists perform the ‘Bhavai’ folk dance in the temple.
Another architectural marvel is the Sun Temple which is located at a distance of over 100 kms from Ahemedabad. The temple has been designed in a particular way so as to worship the Sun god ‘Surya’ properly. There are 108 small temples in the courtyard of the Sun Temple, each representing the 108 names of the Sun God.
Mt. Girnar is also a popular religious spot for both Hindus and Jains. The mountain range is 3660 ft high and is scattered with Hindu and Jain temples along the way. The temples en route are known for their beautiful architectural value. Apart from this, the cool mountain air acts as a fresh change from the polluted air of the city.
For Jains, the religious spot of immense importance is Palitana. The Palitana temples located on Mt. Satrunjaya which is located at a distance of 51 kms from Bhavnagar is visited by many people of the Jain faith. Tourists from other religious backgrounds visit the temples as well.
Apart from these temples, a lot of other temples like the Somnath temple, Shankareshwar, Patan etc are worth going to. The vast cultural knowledge one can gain from this state makes Gujarat a perfect place to take your family for a vacation.