(Last Updated on : 03/08/2013)
Mythical temples of India
are present in the numerous Indian states
and are associated with unique legends and mythology belonging to various religions, particularly Hinduism
. The different Shakti Peethas
are among the various mythical temples of the country. Places located in Northern India, Southern India, Eastern India and Western India possesses many mythical temples which draw millions of tourists every year and are major tourist attractions.
Mythical Temples of Northern India
The northern parts of India contain numerous mythical temples, located in the north-Indian states like Jammu and Kashmir
, Himachal Pradesh
, Uttar Pradesh
is visited by tourists from the entire nation. The Amarnath Cave possesses an ice stalagmite, which is considered to be the sacred 'Shiva Linga
" by Hindu
devotees. According to a Hindu myth, it is believed that Lord Shiva
had explained the secrets of life and eternal truth to his consort Parvati
in this cave.
The cave has two others ice formations, which are worshipped as Parvati and Lord Ganesha
, the son of Shiva and Parvati. Himachal Pradesh boasts of two mythical temples: Naina Devi temple
and Jwalamukhi temple
. Naina Devi temple is one of the 51 'shakti peethas' and it is believed that Sati's eye fell at this place, where this temple is constructed. The myth associated with Jwalamukhi temple is that Sati's tongue dropped here. The Banke Bihari Temple
located in Uttarakhand which is dedicated to Lord Shiva is another mythical temple in North India.
Mythical Temples of Eastern India
The states of Assam
, West Bengal
and others comprise of some mythical temples dedicated to Hindu deities. Tarapith Temple
dedicated to Goddess Tara
, Kalighat Kali Temple
and Dakshineshwar Kali Temple
dedicated to Goddess Kali
in West Bengal, Kamakhya Temple
dedicated to Goddess Kamakhya, Assam and Jagannath Temple
dedicated to Lord Jagannath
, Orissa are some of the mythical temples situated in this portion of India. Tarapith Temple, Kalighat Temple and Kamakhya Temples are important shakti peethas.
Mythical Temples of Southern India
Temples in Andhra Pradesh
, Tamil Nadu
are mythological and legendary. Andhra Pradesh's Simhachalam Temple
dedicated to Lord Narasimha, an avatar of Lord Vishnu
, Asaravalli Temple dedicated to the Sun God, Lord Surya
are steeped in famous legends involving these deities. Tiruttanikai Murugan Temple dedicated to Lord Murugan in Tamil Nadu, Murudeshwar Temple
dedicated to Lord Shiva in Karnataka, Attukal Bhagavathi Temple dedicated to Goddess Kannaki
or Parvati and Durgaparameshwari Temple
dedicated to Lord Shiva in Kerala are the various mythical temples in Southern India.
Mythical Temples of Western India
consist of some beautiful, mythical Hindu temples. Bhadra Maruti Temple
, Khuldabad and Mahalakshmi Temple
, Govind Dev Ji Temple
and Sas Bahu Temple
are among the renowned mythical temples of the Western portion of the country.
India contains innumerable temples, beautifies by architectural grandeur which are homes to different myths and legends. Though many Hindu temples
have been demolished, there are thousands of temples which are associated with various legends.