Festival of Basant Panchami and Swaraswati Puja


Basant Panchami or Vasanta Panchami coincides with the Swaraswati Puja and marks the arrival of spring. It is celebrated on the fifth day of the month of Magha as per the Indian lunar calendar, and considered as the beginning of the Spring season. This day is celebrated as Swaraswati Puja or Swaraswati Jayanti, as it is believed that on this … Read more

24 Tirthankaras of Jain Dharma


Jainism preaches spiritual purity and enlightenment through discipline and non-violence towards all living creatures. The aim of Jain life is simple living and non-violence (Ahimsa). Jainism doesn’t have a single founder, but twenty-four Tirthankaras who walked on earth at different period, over thousands of years. The word Tirthankara is combination of words ‘Teertha'(means a crossing place or a ford) and … Read more

Famous Temples and Shrines in West Bengal

Kalighat Kali Temple, Kalighat Deity: Devi Kali Kalighat Kali Temple is located in Kalighat, and dedicated to the Goddess Kali. It is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas. Kalighat was a Ghat (stage leading to the banks of river) sacred to Kali on the old course (Adi Ganga) of the Hooghly river (Bhāgirathi) in the city of Kolkata. The name … Read more

Famous Temples and Shrines in Andhra Pradesh

Venkateswara Temple, Tirumala, Chittoor Deity: Lord Venkateswara (Vishnu) Venkateswara Temple is a landmark Vaishnavite temple situated in the hill town of Tirumala at Tirupati in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, India. The Temple is dedicated to Venkateswara, a form of Vishnu, who is believed to have appeared here to save mankind from trials and troubles of Kali Yuga. Hence the … Read more

Famous Temples and Shrines in Karnataka

Durga Mandir, Bagalkot Deity: Lord Shiva The Durga Temple is a medieval temple located in Aihole in the state of Karnataka. Apart from the fine carvings, it is famous as a rare round-ended temple. The temple was probably built in the late 7th century by the dynasty of the Chalukyas. It is the largest of a group of over 120 … Read more

Famous Temples and Shrines in Maharashtra

Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple, Nashik Deity: Lord Shiva Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple is an ancient temple in the town of Trimbak, in the Trimbakeshwar tehsil in the Nashik District of Maharashtra. It is dedicated to the Lord Shiva and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, where the Hindu genealogy registers at Trimbakeshwar, Maharashtra are kept. The origin of the sacred Godavari river … Read more

Famous Temples and Shrines in Gujarat

Somnath Mandir, Gir Somnath Deity: Lord Shiva The Somnath Temple located in Prabhas Patan near Junagadh in Saurashtra on the western coast of Gujarat, is believed to be the first among the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. It is an important pilgrimage and tourist spot of Gujarat. Reconstructed several times in the past after repeated destruction by several Muslim invaders … Read more

Famous Temples and Shrines in Goa

Mahadev Temple, North Goa Deity: Mahadeva (Lord Shiva) Mahadeva Temple in Tambdi Surla is a 12th-century Shaivite temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is reminiscent of the temples at Aihole in neighbouring Karnataka. There is a linga (symbol of Lord Shiva) mounted on a pedestal inside the inner sanctum, and local legend has … Read more

Famous Temples and Shrines in Madhya Pradesh

Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga, Ujjain Deity: Lord Shiva Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is one of the twelve Jyotirlingams (shrines that are said to be the most sacred abodes of Lord Shiva). The temple is located in the ancient city of Ujjain, and situated on the side of the holy river KShipra. The presiding deity, Lord Shiva in the lingam … Read more

Famous Temples and Shrines in Uttar Pradesh

Rama Janma-Bhoomi Mandir, Ayodhya Deity: Lord Rama and Devi Sita Rama Janmabhoomi (literally meaning “Rama’s birthplace”) is the name given to the site that is known to be the birthplace of Lord Rama (seventh avatar of Lord Vishnu). The Ramayana epic whose earliest portions date back to 1st millennium BCE also states that the location of Rama’s birthplace is on … Read more

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