Gujarat is known for its vibrance, not only in India but the world over. It is one of the most industrialized states in the country and is known for its exuberant spirit. The state is also regarded as a holy land, owing to the numerous temples and religious places situated here. These temples are a great pilgrim puller from across the globe. They present a true picture of the bygone era of the state and are a treat for those who love ancient architecture. Gujarat temples actually seem to be the abode of the various gods and goddesses, because of their majesty and grandeur. A visit to these sacred places fills you with devotion and love for the Almighty.
Akshardham is situated in the capital city of Gujarat, Gandhinagar. The
magnificent temple is dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan. It was constructed
on the directions of Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the spiritual leader of BAPS
Sanstha. The complex of this temple is the largest in Gujarat.
Ambaji temple is situated at Ambaji town, in the Banaskantha district
of Gujarat. The temple, the holy the seat of Ambe Mata - the Mother
Goddess, is a popular pilgrim place for Hindus. People of Gujarat take
the name of the Goddess in high regard. Ambaji temple is also considered
as one of the Shakti Peethas in India.
Dwarka city is located in the Jamnagar district of Gujarat. It is one
of the most ancient cities in India and houses the famous Dwarkadhish
temple, which is one of the biggest Hindu pilgrimage places in India.
The city was also called Swarna Dwarka (golden Dwarka) because of its
Girnar is one of the holiest places in Gujarat, situated near Junagadh
at a distance of 327 from Ahmedabad. It is a holy place and an important
pilgrimage for both Hindus and Jains. There are a number of temples
located here, which have converted it into a township of temples.
Ranchhodraiji Temple is situated in Dakor that comes under the Kheda
district of Gujarat. Earlier Dakor was a small village, but with time it
has grown into a major commercial center. The small shrine of the
initial Ranchhodraiji Temple has now been enclosed in a huge complex.
Palitana is situated at a distance of 51 km from Bhavnagar and serves
as an important Jain pilgrimage of Gujarat. The Shatrunjay Hill loacted
nearby the place hosts approximately 900 big and small Jain Temples.
These temples are dedicated to the 24 Jain Tirthankarars.
The Sun temple of Gujarat is situated at Modhera. It is akin to the Sun
Temple at Konark and is dedicated to the Sun God, Lord Surya. Though the
temple has lost its glory of the yore, it is still an architectural and
art master piece. The temple serves as the venue for the Dance Festival
held in January each year.
Somnath Temple is situated in the Junagadh district of Gujarat. It is a
famous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is one of the twelve
jyotirlingas in India. The most interesting fact about the Somanth
temple is that it has been built and destroyed six times.