Chaitra Navratri 2019: Must-visit temples in India
New Delhi : Navratri is an ideal time to plan temple tourism in India. The country is blessed with good number of religious shrines which calls for visit, not once but many times in lifetime. This year, Chaitra Navratri falls on April 6 and the nine day festival will continue till Apil 14. If you like travelling and exploring new places then it is time to celebrate the existence of Goddess Durga on the Earth.
This Chaitra Navratri, we bring to you a short list of travel destinations well-known for auspicious Durga temples. You may check the one nearest to you and plan a holy trip in this festival time.
- Vaishno Devi Temple in Jammu and Kashmir
The shrine of Vaishno Devi is neither an idol nor a picture, rather is an aapprakat (naturally formed) rock inside the cave. It is considered to be miraculously powerful and devotees believe that if you worship the Goddess with complete dedication then all the wishes are fulfilled.
- Chamunda Devi Temple in Himachal Pradesh
This is located in the very famous Kangra valley of Himachal Pradesh and lies at an altitude of about 3,300 feet. Goddess Chamunda id worshiped here.
- Jwalaji Temple in Himachal Pradesh
The famous Jwalamukhi Devi temple is situated in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. The one Jwalamukhi temple is among the 51 Shakti Peethas and also one of the most renowned temples of Goddess Durga in India. The Goddess is known as Jwala Ji, as always a set of flames burning off from the place. This place is considered to be magical and extremely unique. People come from quite distant places to worship her and fulfill their hardest wishes.
- Naina Devi Temple in Bilaspur
Naina Devi temple is a hill top temple situated in the Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh. The hill top temple is dedicated to Maa Naina Devi, and is said to be one of the 51 shakti pe eths. Naina Devi temple is built where the eyes of Mata Sati’s fell.
- Kamakhya Devi Temple in Guwahati
This is one of the very auspicious places among the Devi temples. It is situated on the hills of Nilachal in the Guwahati city of Assam. It is said to be a very miraculous place in terms of Tantric Vidhya and Satis genitals fell here. Ambubachi Mela is the major festival celebrated during the monsoon season along with Durga Puja in Navaratri.
- Dakshineswar Kali Temple in Kolkata
The Dakshineswar Kali Temple is the most famous temple of Goddess Kali situated on the bank of Hooghly River in Dakshineswar near Kolkata, West Bengal. The deity worshiped here is Maa Bhavatarini. Durga festival of this place is world famous and people in huge numbers come here to seek the blessings of the Goddess.
- Bamleshwari Devi Temple in Chattisgarh
The Bamleshwari Devi Temple is located at the top of a hill in the Dongargarh district of Chhattisgarh, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful viewpoints of the state. Here Mata Bamleshwari Devi is worshiped – a very divine form of Goddess Durga.
- Karni Mata temple in Bikaner
This temple is quite popular because of a unique reason. Here about 20,000 rats reside and are said to be the helpers of the Goddess.
- Danteshwari Temple in Jagdalpur
This temple is located in Chattisgarh and is again one of the 51 Shakti peeths. The teeth of the Goddess had fallen here. Every year, during this time, several tribes from nearby villages and jungles visit this temple to worship the Goddes. The idol of the Danteshwari is taken out from the temple and carried around the city which is a grand procession that takes place here. This procession is also one of the most popular tourist attractions. During Navratri, the Jyoti Kalashas is also lit up and that is a sight worth watching. The quaint and simple village of Bastar comes alive during this festival and you will see thousands of devotees visiting.
- Mahalaxmi Temple in Maharashtra
This temple is located in the city Kolhapur of Maharashtra. Mahalaxmi Temple idol is made of precious black stone with 3 feet in height and weighing about 40 Kgs. Kirnotsav festival is one of the most famous celebrations, when the sun rays touch the feet of the deity at the time of sunset on 31 January & 9 November.
- Ambaji Temple in Gujarat
The Ambaji Mata Temple is situated in Banaskantha district of Gujarat near to famous hill station Mount Abu. Ambaji Temple is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas and one of the important Hindu temple. The temple is dedicated to the mother Goddess Amba mata and famous religious place in Gujarat. Ambaji maa temple is one of holiest shrines and a major Shakti peeth of India.
- Chakkulathukavu Temple in Kerala
Chakkulathukavu Temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga, situated in Alappuzha District, Kerala.The famous Chakkulathukavu Temple is one of the 108 Durga temples created by Lord Parasurama and one of the most popular temples in the state. Goddess Bhagawathi is popular deities over all South Indian states and Kerala is most popular pilgrim center of the region.