known not only for its prospering businesses, delicious
meal, big hearted people and exciting tourist spots, but
also for its ancient temples and pilgrimages, which are a
major attraction of the state. These sacred shrines are
revered by devotees from all over the world. Some of the
famous temples of Gujarat are:
There would hardly be any Indian who has not heard of the
magnificence of Dwarkadhish, the lord of the world famous
Dwarka temple, aka Jagat Mandir. Thousands of devotees
throng here throughout the year from all over the world, and
the crowd gets uncountable during festive occasions. Besides
being a centre of religious values, this 1400 years old
temple is an excellent sample of ancient architecture; the
perfect place to experience the ethnicity of Indian culture.
So if you are planning a trip to Gujarat, do make sure to
include Dwarka on your itinerary.
One of the four
Dhams (prime pilgrimages) in Indian mythology, Somnath is
among the most adorned pilgrimages in India. The history of
Somnath dates back to the time of lord Rama, and has got
many legends to its name. It is said to have been destroyed
and rebuilt 8 times in past. Nestled near an ocean, the
temple oozes eternal aura making one feel free from all
worldly ties. Visitors typically include both Dwarka and
Somnath on their trip in Gujarat..
Situated in Modhera, approximately 106km from Ahmedabad, the
Sun temple is also an excellent emblem of 11th century
architecture. Its design, structure, architecture and
atmosphere, has been arranged so to make one feel
enlightened. Like other famous temples of Gujarat, this
replica of Konark’s Sun Temple, is also equally famous
This Jain pilgrimage is situated on a hill top, around 600
meters above ground. There are 10,000 steps built to help
one reach the place. You may attempt a visit only if you
have the courage to travel this distance on foot, else this
may be given a miss. There are some famous Hindu temples
also situated on the same hill; making it a convergence
point for both Hindu and Jain pilgrimages as also tourists.
in Ahmedabad, this is also a grand and magnificent
masterpiece like other Swaminarayan temples in India and
abroad. The swaminarayan temple is said to have been built
around 1850 AD.
is another newly built member in the group of the magical
Swaminarayan temples. This temple has also been a great
attraction for tourists recently. .
The above is only a small list of endless options for
pilgrimage spots in Gujarat. There are some more must-see
temples in Gujarat like Hathee Singh Jain Temple, Bala
Hanuman temple, Shatrunjaya hill, Bileshwar, Gop and Bhalka
Tirth. Similarly Gujarat has also got some famous mosques
like Jama Masjid, Ahmed Shah’s mosque, Sidi Saiyad’s mosque,
Sidi Bashir mosque, Rani Sipri’s mosque, Rani Rupmati’s
mosque, and some churches too like St. Paul’s church, and
St. Thomas church.
So now you know where to go if you visit Gujarat and are bitten by the