Religious/ Spiritual

Temples to visit this Navratri season

In India we celebrate many festivals and Navratri is also one of the major festivals in India. It's 9 days of celebration followed by Dusshera and Diwali in few weeks. People believe that these auspicious days are good to start a business and they visit temples to take blessings. During this time all the temples are decorated and lighted. Communal feast known as bhandaras are also organized.

Kalkaji Temple


Kalkaji Temple is situated beyond the commercial complex of Nehru Place in South Delhi. This domed twelve-sided temple is devoted to Goddess Kalka Devi, a reincarnation of Goddess Durga. The oldest section of the Kalka Ji Mandir dates back to the year 1734. It is said that the Maratha rulers looted the temple in the year 1738, after they were defeated by the Mughals in the battle of Talkatora. Somewhere in the mid-19th century, certain changes and additions were carried out on Kalkaji temple by Raja Kedarnath, the treasurer of Emperor Akbar. However most of the building is modern.

Baba Balakrupi Temple


This beautiful temple is situated in Balakrupi village which was renamed after this temple. An annual fair is held here at nearby temple ground at every Saturday of a particular month.. It also packs a beautiful picnic spot called as Thara which seems like a small plateau. On the right hand side of this place is Gugli Khadd where people enjoy swimming. Balakrupi is 2 km from Jogindernagar. In Balakrupi temple a special tradition of cutting down the hair of 2 and half year old child known as ‘Mundan Sanskar’is done.

Mayawati Ashram


Close to Abbott Mount is a popular spiritual place called Mayawati Ashram or Advaita Ashram. Swami Vivekanad, a spiritual guru had shifted the publication office of his Prabuddh Magazine from Chennai (then Madras) to Abbott Mount.

The Ashram provides for tourist lodging and boarding facilities and even has a small library and museum.

Sankat Mochan temple


Sankat Mochan temple is one of the sacred temples of Varanasi. It is located in the southern part of Varanasi, near the Banaras Hindu University. It is dedicated to the Hindu God, Hanuman. The word "Sankat Mochan" means one who helps in removing sufferings i. e. Lord Hanuman. Tulsidas, the author of the famous Hindu epic Ramacharitamanasa, founded the Sankat Mochan temple. According to Hindu mythology, one who visits the Sankat Mochan temple regularly, his wishes get fulfilled.

Varanasi Ghats


Varanasi has nearly 100 ghats, steps leading to the banks of River Ganges. Many of the ghats were built when the city was under Maratha control. Marathas, Shindes (Scindias), Holkars, Bhonsles, and Peshwes (Peshwas) stand out as patrons of present-day Varanasi. Most of the ghats are bathing ghats, while others are used as cremation sites. Many ghats are associated with legends or mythologies while many ghats are privately owned. The former Kashi Naresh owns Shivala or Kali ghat. Morning boat ride on the Ganges across the ghats is a popular visitors attraction.

Nagina Masjid


Nagina Masjid was built during the 15th century and is located in Champaner. It has a white gateway, which resembles an arcade with columns on either side of a square under the central dome.

This mosque was built using pure white stones and showcases a unique blend of Gujarati-Islamic architectural style. Nagina Masjid is also popularly known as the Jewel Mosque, because it has a beautifully decorated mausoleum with ornaments.

The mosque can be reached by bus, taxi or train from Vadodara and Ahmedabad.