Top 10 Temples in Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand is said to be the land of Gods, where a huge number of Hindu pilgrimage sites are located. People are deep rooted in religious faiths here. Shiva and Durga are the most important Gods worshiped. Uttarakhand is a Himalayan state of India. Devotees from various parts of India and the world comes to seek blessings of the almighty and get mesmerized by the natural charms of Uttarakhand.
This nature is one of the important attractions for tourists for pilgrimage. Many of Hinduism’s most important shrines lie within Uttarakhand. This Dev Bhoomi is tucked away in the mountains and along the rivers of the state. Most sacred are the Char Dham, they are four shrines of Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath. The crowd of devotees from every part of the world came here. Here is the list of Top 10 Temples in Uttarakhand you must visit once in your life.
1. Badrinath Temple
Badrinath Temple is one of famous pilgrim’s sites in India. The murti depicts Vishnu sitting in meditative posture. That is a magnificent place at around 10,000 feet in the Himalayas. This temple is located in the Chamoli disrict of Uttarakhand. The Nambudiris, are the priests in the temple. The calm, beautiful and peaceful pilgrim site is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
This sacred temple was installed by Adi Shankara, one of the greatest philosophers of India. He is considered to be the incarnation of Lord Shiva. One of the main tributary of Ganga river, Alakanandha river is flows near to Badrinath temple. This temple is opened only six months every year.
That is in the end of April and the beginning of November. The total height of this temple is about 50 Feet (15 meters) and there is a small cupola on the top. That is covered with a gold gilt roof. In the front there is a tall arched gateway. The total architecture resembles the Buddhist Vihara or temple.
2. Kedarnath Temple
Kedarnath temple is one of the famous among the 12 Jyothirlingas in India. A Jyotirlinga is a shrine where Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of a Jyotirlingam. This holoiest temple is located in the town of Kedarnath in Rudraprayag District, Uttarakhand. It is 109 kilometers from Dehradun the capital state of Uttarakhand. It is situated on the Garhwal Himalaya Range at the height of 12000 feet on a mountain named Kedar.
People from different areas of the world came here for devotedness. This temple is open only for 6 months. That is in the time of May to October. Lord Shiva took up permanent abode in Kedarnath in the form of Jyotirlinga. People believe that praying at this site one gets all his desire fulfilled.
One of the holiest shrines of Lord Shiva, the temple is believed to have been built
by the Pandavas and revived by Adi Sankaracharya. This holiest area is set at a
height of 3584m above sea level near the pious Mandakini River. People belives
that one who takes a Darshan of Kedarnath would be absolved of their sins and
would attain piety.
3. Rudranath Temple
Rudranath Temple is one of the famous pilgrims site in India. It is located in the
Garhwal Himalayan Mountains in Uttarakhand. This Hindu temple is dedicated to
Lord Shiva. The face of Lord Shiva is worshiped in his rudra roop at Rudranath
temple in a natural rock temple as Neelkantha Mahadeva. The temple is situated
within a thick forest at a height 2,286 meters above the sea level.
This temple is one of the famous temples among the Panch Kedhar pilgrimages
built by Pandavas. This temple is related to the ancient era of Mahabharata which
attracts several pilgrimage tourists to the temple.
The path to Rudranath needs to be covered by trekking. The trek involved is
considered harder to reach as compared to other Panch Kedar temples. One has to
cover a 21 Km trek from the Saggar village in Gopeshwar town to reach
Rudranath. However the beautiful views and dense forests along with splendid
Himalayan peaks give a wonderful experience to devotees comes here. Best Time
to visit Rudranath temple is in summers from April- October.
4. Chandi Devi temple
Chandi Devi temple is one of the most ancient temples of India. The Temple is
located at a distance of 4 kilometers from the holy city of Haridwar in the
Uttarakhand state of India. It is located in the hill top of Neel Parvat and at a height
of 2900 meters above the sea level. The temple is also known as Chandika Devi
This temple is dedicated to Goddess Chandi. Chandi Devi means Goddess
‘Chandika’, an annoyed form of Ma Durga. Many devotees come here and they
belives that the Goddess grants all wishes of devotees.The Goddess here is said to
be very powerful.
The great saint Adi Sankaracharya was established this temple.
This temple is one of the 3 Siddhpeeth temples along with the Maya Devi and
Manasa Devi temples. She is the destroyer of the demons like Chand-Mundand and
Shumbh- Nishumbh. It is believed that after killing these demons Devi Chandika
relaxed for a while at this place, therefore it is called a Siddhapeeth.
There is a story behind this in order to test the demon kings Shumbha and Nishumbha,
Goddess Parvathi assumed the form of Chandi,an exceptionally beautiful woman.
And amazed by her beauty, Shumbha desired to marry her. She refused that, so
Shumbha send his demon cheifs to kill her. They were killed by the Goddess
Chandika. Devi Chandika relaxed for a while at this place and it become a temple.
5. Mansa Devi Temple
One of the famous Siddhpeeth temple Mansa Devi Temple is located in the Dev
Bhoomi Haidwar. This temple is in the Bilwa Hill, which is 3 KM from Haridwar.
In this temple there are 2 idols of Mansa Devi in the temple. One is having three
faces and five arms while the other idols have eight arms each carrying a weapon.
Many devotees from all around the world come here, they belives that it is the
places of worship where desires get fulfilled. People offer coconut, flowers,
garlands and incense sticks to the Devi. Mansa means desire or wish, so devotees
come here to fulfill their wishes. This temple is one among the 3 Siddhpeeth
There are various means of reaching the temple of Mansa Devi in Haridwar,
through by taking local Buses, rickshaws, Tongas or by hiring taxis. Cable car or
ropeway is also available to reach the temple.
6. Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
Neelkanth temple is one of the most sacred places of worship for the Hindus. It is
located on the hilltop of Swarg Ashram and 1675 meters above the sea level. This
temple is situated at a distance about 32 km from Rishikesh. The main shrine of the
temple comprises a Shiva lingam. The devotees from all over the world offers
coconut, flowers, milk, honey, fruits and water to the Lord.
Lord Shiva is worshiped here. There is a story behind this temple. Lord Shiva
drank the poison that appeared from the Sagar Manthan (churning of ocean). This place is said to have been the same place, where Lord Shiva drank the poison. On
drinking the poison, his throat turned blue and from that time onwards, Lord Shiva
came to be known as Neelkantha.
This temple provides some of the most stunning sites one can ever see and
experience. Many pilgrims prefer to reach this temple via trekking path which is a
4 hour trek from Rishikesh. The way to this temple is surrounded by lush green
hills and rivers, providing some of the most beautiful sights.
7. Gangotri Temple
Gangotri temple is one of the sacred Hindu pilgrimage sites in India. This temple is
situated in the Uttarkashi district in the state of Uttarakhand. It lies on the banks
Bhagirathi river Origin of Holy Ganga river in the midst of beautiful Himalayas.
This sacred place is one of the Char Dham Pilgrimage spots of the
Gangotri Dham dedicated to Goddess Ganga. There is a natural rock Shivling under water in Gangotri. In winters, when water level decreases, one can easily see this natural Shivling.
The temple was constructed by the Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa in the 18th
century. Gangotri is known as a source of the Ganga River. Devotees from all over
the world, who want to take a dip in the Ganga. A number of Ashrams are located
on the other side of Himalayas some of which provide accommodation facilities to
the Gangotri visitors.
8. Yamunotri Temple
Yamunotri Temple is one of the sacred shrines, source of the river Yamuna. It is
located on the Kalind Mountain at the height of 4421 m above sea level. It is situated in the western region of Garhwal Himalayas and in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand.
This temple is dedicated to Goddess Yamuna. Goddess Yamuna is considered to be the mother of humankind. This temple was built by Tehri Naresh Sudarshan Shah in 1839. After that it becomes destroyed, later Maharani Gularia rebuilt it. The Yamunotri temple is one of the Char DhamYatra.
Yamuna is considered as the daughter of Sun and Sangya. It is for this reason that
river Yamuna is important. People from all over the world come here to prey and
witness the beauty and tranquility of this place. People believe that taking bath in
this holy river is believed to be sacred and rids a person from his sins and purifies
9. Madhyamaheshwar temple
Madhyamaheshwar temple situated in Chamoli district of Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand. The temple lies in a beautiful green valley in the Mansoona village of Garhwal Himalayas. So the temple is covered with snows and surround in a dense forest.
The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Here the Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of lingam that’s shaped as the navel of the Nandi bull. It is made of black stone, is situated in the holy place. This temple is one of the Panch Kedar circuit among the others includes Kedarnath, Tunganath, Rudranath and the Kalpeshwar.
There is also an attractive sculpture of Goddess Sarswathi made of marble adorns the sanctum inside the temple. The best time to visit Madhyamaheshwar temple is during the summer and monsoon season. It is 21 km trek from Uniana. Thousands of devotees come every year in this temple.
10. Baleshwar Temple
Baleshwar Temple is one of the ancient and sacred Hindu pilgrimage sites in India. It is situated in the Champawat city in Uttarakhand. This temple is 76 km from Pithoragarh within the city of Champawat.
This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, who is also known as Baleshwar. There are 2 temples in this compound. One is dedicated to Sri Ratneshwar and other to goddess Champawati Durga.
Devottes from all over the world came here to seek blessings of Lord Shiva. Here we can see many stone carving images of God. The intricate carving still visible on the ceilings of these temples is an evidence of their ancient glory and artistic excellence. Archological Survey of India (ASI) has been declared Baleshwar Temple at Champawat as a National Heritage Monument since 1952.