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Top 9 Temples In Gujarat

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The state of Gujarat has various places of pilgrimage. Let us take a look at top 9 temples Gujarat has to offer us.

1. Somnath Temple In Saurashtra:

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The Somnath temple is the first among the twelve Jyothirling shrines of Shiva and is located in Saurashtra on the western coast of Gujarat. Due to the various legends connected to the temple, it is considered to be sacred and thus it is a famous pilgrimage and tourist spot. The temple is known as the ‘Shrine Eternal’. The present building was rebuilt in 1947. The temple is built in Chalukya style and three aartis are performed daily.

2. Dwarkadhish Temple In Dwarka:

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The Dwarkadhish temple or Jagat Mata temple was constructed 2,200-2,000 years back. Located at Dwarka, it is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Krishna who is worshipped here as King of Dwarka or Dwarkadish. It’s a Pushtimarg temple and the main shrine of the temple is known as JagatMandir or NijaMandir. Dwarkadish temple is one of the four Char Dham pilgrimage spots.

3. Sun Temple In Modhera:

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The Sun temple is dedicated to Surya, the Hindu Sun God. It is located on the bank of Pushpavati River in Modhera. Built in 1026 AD by Raja Bhimdev of the Solanki dynasty, the temple is divided into three sections, namely, Surya Kund, SabhaMandap and GudaMandap. In the Surya Kund, devotees perform ceremonial ablutions before worshipping Surya. The SabhaMandap has carvings of Ramayana, Mahabharata and Krishna Lila. Modhera dance festival is celebrated in the third week of January every year in the backdrop of the Sun temple.

4. Akshardhan Mandir In Gandhinagar:

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The Akshardhanmandir in Gandhinagar is 108 feet high, 131 feet wide and 240 feet long with 97 carved pillars, 17 domes, 8 balconies, 220 stone beams and 264 sculpted figures. The central chamber of the temple has a seven-foot-tall, golden-leafed-idol of Swaminarayan, who initiated the temple complex. There are idols of AksharbrahmaGunatitanand Swami and AksharmuktaGopalanand Swami. The mandir is divided into two floors, the VibhutiMandapam and the PrasadiMandapam.

5. Shri Shatrunjaya Temples In Palitana:

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Shri Shatrunjaya temple is located at Shaturnjaya in the city of Palitana. This spot along with Shikharji in Jharkhand is considered the holiest of all pilgrimage places by the Jain community. This city of Palitana was named as ‘City of temples’ and thus it was built to be an abode of divine. Jains believe that a visit to all the temples in Palitana will help in achieving Nirvana or salvation. There are 863 marble-carved temples among which the main temple is dedicated to Rishabha.

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6. Jama Masjid In Ahmedabad:

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Jama Masjid was built in 1424 during the reign of Ahmed Shah located outside Bhadra fort area in Ahmedabad. The tombs of Ahmed Shah I, his son and grandson are to the west of the mosque and the graves of the queens and other wives of the King, Rani no Hajiro are nearby. The mosque was originally constructed for the private use of the Sultans but now it is open to all Islam.

7. Bhalka Tirtha In Veraval:

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BhalkaTirtha is the place where Lord Krishna was mistaken as a deer and shot by an arrow by a hunter named Jara, after which it is believed that he had left the earth for heavenly abode. It is located in PrabhasKshetra near Veraval in Saurashtra. The BhalkaTirth temple is presently under development for turning it into a major tourist spot.

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8. Bala Hanuman Temple In Jamnagar:

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The Bala Hanuman temple is located on the southeast bank of Ranmal Lake or Lakhota Lake. The temple is famous for its continuous chanting of ‘Shri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram’ since 1st August, 1964. The temple has been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for this very reason. The temple remains open 24 hours a day and it is said that to witness the prolonged act of devotion, one should visit the temple at late evening or night and participate in the chanting.

9. St. Paul’s Church, Diu:

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St. Paul’s Church in Diu was built by the Portuguese and is named after St. Paul, the Apostle of Jesus. It is the most renowned, surviving and functioning church in the town of Diu. It is an example of Baroque architecture and the altar has a statue of St. Mary. The feast of the eleven thousand virgins and to mark the commencement of school year is celebrated in the church along with a feast on 25th January to mark the conversion of St. Paul.

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