(Last Updated on : 29/07/2013)
Temples of North Indian Architectural style delineate the archetypal Nagara style. North India, strategically the most crucial part of India, has shaped the course of India's historical and cultural evolution over the last 3500 years. The three chief religions: Hinduism
, the origin of sacred rivers like Ganga
, Yamuna River
and sources of many other important rivers lie in northern India. The mighty Himalayas ranging from Jammu
to Arunachal Pradesh
, safeguarding the country with its almost limitless periphery is also part of northern India. Delhi
and New Delhi, the national capital has too witnessed umpteen battles between several emperors and has been ruled by them time and again. As such, such diverse introductions to establishing a region is sure to impact deeply upon its temple structures. Temples from North India behave as the abode of divine and serene compassion and awareness. Miraculous architecture influenced by cultural amalgamations emote profound devotion amongst devotees. It would not be an overstatement in Indian regional temple style if it is stated that north Indian temples ideally mirror the quintessential Indian laid-back living.
Jammu and Kashmir
The state of Jammu and Kashmir has many towering temples standing tall against the skyline. The Raghunath temple
city is the largest in North India. Mata Vaishnodevi temple
in Jammu and Amarnath in Kashmir attract millions of pilgrims throughout the year, as these are places of great religious importance.
is said to be the land of God and Goddesses, often called 'Devabhoomi. There are a number of temples dedicated to village deities. Some of the caves found here include Chamunda Devi temple
situated at Kangra
, Jwalamukhi Temple
, Jhakhu Temple
, Chaintpurni Temple at Una, Naina Devi Temple
, Bhutanath Temple at Mandi
, Bhimakali Temple
at Sarhan, Lakshmi Narayan Temple
Many temples are found located in Haryana
. Mansa Devi Temple
, Birla Mandir
, Sthaneshwar Mahadev Temple
, Shiv Temple
, Sheetala Devi Temple
are some of the important temples situated in the state of Haryana in North India.
is present in Punjab
in a big way, which can be seen in the many temples and gurudwaras found here. One of the most famous temples in all of India, the Harmandir Sahib or Golden Temple
is found located here in Punjab.
There are various temples situated in the Uttarakhand
that gather devotees throughout the year. Char Dham makes one of the major pilgrimage centres that include the four most worshiped Hindu temples. They are Yamunotri Temple
. According to the Hindus the Char Dham Yatra
is of highly religious significance.
Uttar Pradesh Temples
Some of the most ancient and sacred temples of India are situated in the state of Uttar Pradesh
. Important temples here include the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Sarnath Temple, Vindhyanchal Temple, Baldeva Dauji Temple, Ram Janmabhoomi, Banke Bihari Temple and others.
Temples in Delhi
are a blend of ancient and modern Indian architectural styles. Some of the important temples, which are remarkable in Delhi, are as follows - Iskcon
Temple, Chattarpur Mandir
, Lotus Temple, Hanuman Mandir
, Kali Bari Mandir
, Kalkaji temple
, Lakshmi Narayan Temple