Hindu Pilgrimages

Information on the Hindu Pilgrimages

Famous Hindu Temples Of South :

1.Tirupati Temple:

Shrine of Lord Venkateshwara (Balaji)
Nearest Airport : Tirupathi
Railway Station: Tirupathi

2. Irinjalakuda (Kerala):

The only temple in India of Bharata, Brother of Lord Rama.
Nearest Airport: Cochin- 57 Kms
Railway Station: Irinjalakuda-8 Kms.

3.Kanchipuram ( Tamil Nadu):

One of the seven sacred cities of India and seat of Adi Shankaracharya of Kanchi.
Nearest Airport: Chennai-76 Kms.
Railway Station: Kanchipuram

4.Kanyakumari ( Tamil Nadu):

Temple of the Virgin Goddess. Vivekananda Memorial built on Vivekananda Rock.
Nearest Airport : Thiruvananthapuram- 87 Kms
Railway Station: Kaniyakumari

5.Madurai ( Tamil Nadu ):

Temple of Goddess Meenakshi.
Nearest Airport: Madurai.
Railway Station: Madurai.

6.Rameshwaram Temple ( Tamil Nadu ):

Shiva Lingam consecrated by Lord Rama.
Nearest Airport : Madurai-152 Kms
Railway Station: Rameshwaram

7.Gokarna ( Karnataka ):

Called Dakshin Kashi, has a Shiva temple with Atmalinga worshipped by Ravana.
Nearest Airport: Dabolim (Goa)- 160 Km
Railway Station: Hubli- 110 Km

8. Birla Temple in Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh)

9.Kailasanatha Temple ( Tamil Nadu):

19.Varadharaja Perumal Temple ( Tamil Nadu):

20. Thousand Pillar Temple (Andhra Pradesh)

Famous Hindu Temples Of West :

1.Swayambhu Ganapathi Temple : Ganapatiphule ( Maharashtra ):

It has an ancient temple of Ganapati built on a rock.
Nearest Airport- Kolhapur - 144 Km
Railway Station: Ratnagiri - 50 Km

2.Pandharpur ( Maharashtra ):

Vitthal Temple : Temple of Vithoba and Rukmani
Nearest Airport: Pune - 204 Km
Railway Station: Kurduwadi - 57 Km

3.Shirdi Temple ( Maharashtra ):

Renowned for its association with the mystic saint, Sai Baba.
Nearest Airport: Nasik - 86 Km
Railway Station: Kopargaon - 18 Km

4.Titwala ( Maharashtra ):

Ancient temple of Ganapati.
Nearest Airport: Mumbai - 75 Km
Railway Station: Titwala

5. Mahalakshmi Temple ( Maharashtra ):

6. Kailash Temple ( Maharashtra ):

7.Siddhivinayak Temple ( Maharashtra ):

Famous Hindu Temples Of East :

1.Guwahati (Assam):

Kamakhya Temple - Centre of Tantrik worship.
Nearest Airport: Guwahati.
Railway Station: Guwahati.

2.Gaya (Bihar):

Hindu pilgrims offer oblations to deceased ancestors.
Nearest Airport: Gaya
Railway Station: Gaya

3.Kamakhaya Temple (Assam):

4.Umananda Temple (Assam):

Famous Hindu Temples Of North :

1.Kurukshetra ( Haryana ):

Site of the Mahabharta war, where Lord Krishna preached the Bhagvad Gita. Nearby are tanks of Brahmasar and Sannihit.
Nearest Airport: Delhi - 152 Km
Railway Station: Kurukshetra.

2.Chamba (HP):

Katasan Devi Temple, Laxmi Narayan Temple.
Nearest Airport- Jammu - 240 Km
Railway Station: Pathankot - 130 Km

3.Chamunda Devi Temple ( Himachal Pradesh ):

Temple of Goddess Chamunda Devi.
Nearest Airport- Jammu - 200 Km.
Railway Station: Nagrota - 12 Km

4.Jwalamukhi Temple ( Himachal Pradesh ):

The flamming Goddess represented by a shining flame.
Nearest Airport- Chandigarh - 225 Km
Railway Station: Ranital - 25 Km

5.Amarnath Temple ( Jammu Kashmir ):

An ice Shiva Lingam waxes and wanes with the moon (45 km trek from Pahalgam)
Nearest Airport- Srinagar - 141 kms
Railway Station: Jammu - 401 km from Pahalgam.

6.Vaishno Devi Temple ( Jammu Kashmir ):

Cave shrine of Goddess Vaishno Devi (14 km trek from Katra)
Nearest Airport- Jammu - 62 Km
Railway Station: Jammu - 62 Km

7. Chitrakoot (Madhya Pradesh):

Site of 11 years of Lord Rama's exile. Also the ashram of Sage Atri and Sati Anasuya.
Nearest Airport: Khajuraho - 175 Km
Railway Station: Chitrakoot Dham - 11 Km

8.Deshnoke (Rajasthan):

Kumari Amman Temple.
Nearest Airport- Jodhpur - 240 Km
Railway Station: Bikaner - 32 Km.

9.Nathdwara (Rajasthan):

Temple of Lord Krishna as Sri Nathji.
Nearest Airport: Udaipur - 48 Km
Railway Station: Udaipur - 48 Km

10.Pushkar (Rajasthan):

Brahma Temple (Pushkar fair held every year)
Nearest Airport: Jaipur - 138 Km
Railway Station: Ajmer - 11 Km

11.Ayodhya ( Uttar Pradesh ):

Birthplace of Bhagwan Sri Rama.
Nearest Airport: Lucknow - 115 Km
Railway Station: Ayodhya.

12.Badrinath, Kedarnath, Joshimath, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Gomukh, Hemkund, Panchprayag (Uttar Pradesh):

Nearest Airport: Dehradun - 47 Km from Rishikesh.
Railway Station: Rishikesh - 293 Km from Badrinath

13. Mathura (Uttar Pradesh):

Associated with Lord Sri Krishna's childhood (10 km away is Vrindavan)
Nearest Airport: Agra - 54 Km
Railway Station: Mathura.

14.Rishikesh ( Uttar Pradesh ):

Important centre at the foot of the Himalayas. Hindu's most pious river Ganga touches the plains at Rishikesh. Has many yoga schools.
Nearest Airport: Dehradun - 47 Km
Railway Station: Rishikesh.

15.Chintaman Ganesh Temple ( Madhya Pradesh )

16.Chintpurni Temple ( Himachal Pradesh )

17. Karni Mata Temple (Rajasthan):

18. Kaila Devi Temple (Rajasthan):

19. Mansa Devi Temple ( Haryana ):

20. Staneshwar Mahadev Temple ( Haryana ):

21. Raghunath Temple ( Jammu and Kashmir ):

22. Shrinathji Temple ( Rajasthan )

23.Jakhu Temple, Shimla ( Himachal Pradesh ):

Sacred Dhams of Hindus :

1. Dwarka :

It was the seat of the kingdom of Lord Shri Krishna.
Nearest Airport: Jamnagar-145 Kms
Railway Station: Dwarka

2. Puri (Orissa) :

It has temple of Jagannath famed for annual Rath Yatra.
Nearest Airport: Bhubaneshwar- 62 Kms
Railway Station: Puri.

3. Varanasi :

The Kashi Vishwanath temple and River Ganga are important pilgrim attractions.
Nearest Airport: Varanasi
Railway Station: Varanasi

4. Badrinath, Kedarnath:

Important pilgrim spots in Himalayas. Badrinath is reached by bus, Kedarnath only by a trek.
Nearest Airport: Dehradun/Delhi
Railway Station: Rishikesh- 293 Kms from Badrinath.

Jyotirlingas :

1.Srisailem (Andhra Pradesh):

Sri Mallikarjunaswamy, one of the jyotirlingas
Nearest Airport: Hyderabad- 232 Km
Railway Station: Markapur Road- 85 Km

2.Somnath (Gujarat):

One of the Jyotirlinga shrines. Nearby are Bhalka Tirth and Dehotsarga, associated with Shri Krishna leaving his earthly body.
Nearest Airport: Keshod- 47 Km
Railway Station: Veraval- 5 Km

3.Baijnath (Himachal Pradesh):

Old Shiva Temple built by Pandavas, has a Jyotirlinga (Vaidyanath).
Nearest Airport: Kullu- 150 Km
Railway Station: Paprola- 5 Km

4.Omkareshwar (Madhya Pradesh):

Island shaped like the sacred symbol OM. Has one of the 12 jyotirlinga shrines.
Nearest Airport: Indore- 77 Km
Railway Station: Omkareshwar Road- 12 Km

5.Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh):

One of the ancient cities of India. The Mahakaleshwar temple has one of the 12 Jyotirlingas.
Nearest Airport: Indore- 53 Km
Railway Station: Ujjain

6.Aundha Nagnath (Maharashtra):

Believed to be the first (adya) of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines. Apart from its religious significance, the temple is worth seeing for its exquisite and intricate carvings.
Nearest Airport: Aurangabad- 210 Km
Railway Station: Chondi- 21 Km

7.Bhimashankar (Maharashtra):

One of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines. The temple constructed by Nana Phadnis, an eminent statesman of the Peshwas. The most remarkable feature of the temple is its ornate and beautifully carved entrance door.
Nearest Airport: Pune- 95 Km
Railway Station: Pune- 95 Km

8.Trimbakeshwar (Maharashtra):

Trimbakeshwar on hilltop has a Jyotirlinga shrine. The river Godavari starts from this point.
Nearest Airport: Nasik
Railway Station: Nasik Road- 8 Km

9.Parli Vaijnath (Maharashtra):

One of the Jyotirlinga shrines.
Nearest Airport: Nanded- 120 Km
Railway Station: Parli Vaijnath

10.Ghrishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple (Maharashtra):

Just close to famous Ellora Caves. The renovations at this Jyotirlinga are attributed to Queen Ahilyabai Holkar.
Nearest Airport: Aurangabad
Railway Station: Aurangabad.

11.Amarnath (Jammu and Kashmir):

An ice Shiva Lingam waxes and wanes with the moon (45 Km trek from Pahalgam)
Nearest Airport: Srinagar- 141 Km
Railway Station: Jammu- 401 Km from Pahalgam.