The state of Uttar Pradesh is a famous pilgrimage centre. Devotees from across the world seek spiritual intervention at the many temples of this state. The most popular temple here is the Prem Mandir which is visited by thousands of devotees everyday.
There are many other attractions all throughout Uttar Pradesh, but a trip here is incomplete without visiting the many temples present in the region. The sights of the majestic temple architecture, high clinging sound of the various temple bells and the intoxicating fragrances of incense sticks will make a temple tour here absolutely unforgettable. Here is a guide to the six famous temples of Uttar Pradesh.
Prem Mandir is a religious and spiritual complex situated on the outskirts of Vrindavan and is dedicated to Shri Krishna. The temple structure was established by Fifth Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj. Figures of Shri Krishna and his followers depicting important events surrounding the Lord's existence cover the main temple. The temple is visited by over thousands of devotees and travellers coming here can explore the magnificent architecture and marvel the many sculptures here.
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Banke Bihari Temple
The Banke Bihari Temple located in Vrindavan is a Hindu temple built by Swami Haridas, who was the guru of the ancient singer Tansen. The temple is magnificently carved in Rajasthani style and is dedicated to Lord Krishna. Banke literally means "bent in three places" while Bihari means "supreme enjoyer". As the name suggests, the main idol of Lord Krishna at the temple is also in a Banke position or the famous Tribhanga posture. Legend claims that a Hindu priest had hidden the statue of Lord Krishna underground during the Mughal conquest. It is said that Swami Haridas was passing through the spot and decided to rest at that particular place. While there, he dreamed that Lord Krishna was asking him to release the statue. Swami Haridas then dug the place up, found the statue and built a temple for it. The temple is very sacred to the Hindus and every day attracts thousands of devotees.
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The Gorakhnath Temple is the one of the most famous temple in Uttar Pradesh and is believed to have been built at the spot where Saint Gorakhnath meditated. The main feature of the temple is the garb griha where saint Gorakhnath is portrayed as a manifestation of Lord Shiva. The pond next to the temple called Mansarovar is also a famous tourist site where visitors like to meditate or go for long boat rides.
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Ram Janma Bhoomi
Although Ayodhya is generally referred to as the birth place of Shri Ram, there is actually a specific place in Ram Kot where he was born. It is this place that is called Ram Janma Bhoomi and is marked by the presence of a temple dedicated to Shri Ram. Travellers coming here can pay homage to the lord and also marvel the many inscriptions on the temple walls that depict the life of the lord.
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Kesava Deo Temple
The famous Krishna Janambhoomi temple or Kesava Deo Temple is one of India's most sacred places of worship for the Hindus. Within the temple complex, there is a small prison like structure, and it is believed that the Lord was born here. The temple is believed to have been built by Raja Vir Sinh Bundela of Orchaa, during the reign of Jehangir. However, going back further, there is another version that has it that the first temple here was constructed almost 5000 years ago by the great-grandson of Lord Krishna. In its hay day, it was said that its glory could not be described in words or paintings. The temple has undergone several architectural changes over the years. The present day complex is a representation of typical Hindu style architecture.
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Bhuteshwar Mahadev Temple
The Bhuteshwar Mahadev Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the oldest temples in India. Pilgrims visit the shrine to offer prayers on auspicious occasions such as Shivratri. It is one of the few sites dedicated to Lord Shiva in a city where most temples are dedicated to Lord Krishna, who is supposed to have been born here. Travellers coming here can admire the architectural beauty of the temple and also the many sculptures here.
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