Most Famous Temples in India

Somnath temple, Saurashtra, Gujarat
Somnath temple, Saurashtra, Gujarat : Somnath temple, the first in the twelve jyothirlingas, is located at the Viraval port-Prabhas Pattan in Saurashtra -Gujarat. The present temple, built in 1951, is the seventh reconstruction on the original site. Tales of its riches attracted a series of invasions, but each time the temple was invaded, it was restored to its original glory by devout Hindu worshipers. The temple has been constructed in the Chalukyan style with a shikhara nearly 50 m tall.Major festivel Maha Shivaratri.Pilgrimage Season by October to March.

 Lingaraj Temple Bhubaneshwar Orissa
The Lingaraj Temple, Bhubaneshwar,Orissa: The Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneswar, dedicated to Lord Shiva.The origins of the temple date back to the 7th century, and Yayati Kesari is believed to have initiated its construction, when he re-located his capital from Jaipur to Bhubaneswar.This ancient temple has also been referred in the Brahma Purana, a Hindu scripture. Not less than 1000 years old, the present structure of the temple was built in the 11th century. Major festivel is Shivaratri.

Ekambareswarar Temple Kanchipuram
Ekambareswarar Temple,Kanchipuram,TamilNadu: It is one of the five major Shiva temples or Pancha Bootha Sthalams (each representing a natural element) representing the element -Earth.Ekambareswarar Temple Originally built by the Pallavas, this large Shiva temple was later reconstructed by the Chola and Vijaynagara kings. Here, Lord Shiva is worshipped as Earth or Prithvi, one of the five elements. The dimensions of this temple are reflected in its 20-acre spread and its tall south gopuram, which soars to a height of 58.5m.Major festivel is :Panguni Uthiram.Pilgrimage Season stars from March-April.Puja Time:6:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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1: I must congratulate the designers of these magnificient temple buildings and those who constructed them in a manner that they are still standing after several centuries and still show no sign of any defect.
I also bow to the faith of the followers who have great respect for the Almighty and donate their hard earned income regardless of their status. The accumulated wealth is probably in tens of millions annually and those who managed the wealth in the earlier days must be congratulated for their wisdom in safeguarding the wealth.

Foreign countries have been invading India for centuries including its temples due to their reputation of treasures and massive wealth.

The plundering of temples' wealth stopped when India became independent but the plundering may not have stopped. From the beginning of the mid-20th century when capitalist form of economy came from the western countries it also brought along greed, fraud and corruption among those in management postions. The political masters introduced measrues to safeguard the wealth of the temples. Unfortunately the Protectors may have became the Plunderers.

The role of temples is look after the interest of the followere in particular and humanity in general. Thus it is hoped that the Temple Managements declare their collections and payments on a periodically basis and use the collections to improve the quality of life of their followers and humanity. The quality of management should not be judged by the quantum of collections but the number of humans whose quality of life is improved.
Almighty does not require wealth accumulation which should be well managed to help the followers and humanity. There is no pride in having a palace like luxury buildings for the Almighty when millions of the followers live in poverty and from day to day.

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Posted by: Gursharan Singh - 27 Mar, 2014