Spiritual Places of Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh, the land of spirituality and godhood has been the destination of salvation seekers for many centuries. An ultimate destination for the pilgrims, Uttar Pradesh houses a number of holy places where your divinity attains a new height. The land that nestles on the bank of sacred river Ganges and also enjoying the divine foot hills of the Himalayas, Uttar Pradesh beckons you for an unforgettable religious tour.

Durga Temple

Location: At Durga Kund, Varanasi
Dedicated To: Goddess Durga
Built In: 18th century
Built by: Bengali Maharani
Famous Festival: Navratri
Best time visit: Throughout the year
Get there: Varanasi is on several Indian Airlines routes. There are flights from Lucknow, Jaipur, Bhubaneswar and Kathmandu also. There are not many trains running from Delhi or Calcutta to Varanasi, but most Delhi-Calcutta trains do pass through Mughalsarai, 12 km south of Varanasi. There are buses running from Varanasi to Jaunpur, Allahabad, Lucknow, Faizabad, and Gorakhpur.

It is also known as Monkey Temple due to many frisky monkeys that have made this temple home. This Durga Temple is built in north Indian Nagara style with a multi-tiered shikhara (spire). Durga temple is one of the most popular temples, dedicated to Goddess Durga who sits on the large rectangular tank called Durga Kund in the Southern sector of the city. People say this protect them from any dangerous situation. It appeared here of its own accord. Attraction of this temple is its design pattern.

Jami Masjid

Location: Fateh Pur Sikri (Uttar Pradesh)
Built in: 1572 AD
Best Time to Visit: October to March
Get there: National Highways NH-56 connects Jaunpur to the rest of the country. UPSRTC buses provide service to most of the cities in Uttar Pradesh. Jaunpur station is well connected to all major cities of India. It has three major railway stations namely Jaunpur City Station (JOP), Jaunpur Junction (JNU) and Shahganj Junction (SHG) .The nearest airport to Jaunpur is Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport or Varanasi Airport.

The JamiMasjid at Fatehpur Sikri, near Agra is also known as the Jama Masjid. The mosque is one of the largest mosques in India. It was construct in1572 AD during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. The mosque is built at a height due to its main purpose and the purpose is this that a large number of people can gather to pray together. Jami Masjid is the Stone-Cutter's Mosque, the oldest place of worship at Fateh Pur Sikri. The main entrance of the masque is through Buland Darwaza, though it is advisable to enter through the eastern entrance known as the Badshahi Darwaza, as emperor Akbar used to enter through this door from his Khwabgah for daily prayers.

Jawab Masjid

Location: Agra (Uttar Pradesh)
Built in: Mughal Era
Built By: Medieval
Best Time to Visit: October to March
Get there: Agra is very well connected to the other major cities by air, rail and road

Jawab Masjid is a red stone mosque and the unique feature of this mosque is that it faces towards the east and because of this no prayer are offered in this mosque. Jawab Masjid was built to maintain symmetry. Jawab in Hindi means answer and this mosque was built as a jawab to the mosque already existing. In fact these two mosques are the identical copy of each other with the exception that Jawab Masjid does not have a Mihrab. A second difference between these similar buildings lies have the floors of Jawab are decorated with geometrical designs.

Kanpur Memorial Church

Location: Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh)
Built In: 1875 AD
Built By: Walter Granville
Best Time to Visit: October to March
Get there: Kanpur is well connected to the major cities by rail and road.

The Kanpur Memorial Church, also known as the All Souls Cathedral was built in memory of all those British soldiers who lost their lives in the war of 1857. The church architecture reflects the Lombardic Gothic style with bright red bricks used for the construction of the church buildings. The church is made up of stained glass. The church has a memorial garden which marks peace in memory of the deceased. This garden can be accessed via two huge gateways. Many screen and statues are placed in the garden to make the garden more beautiful. Walter designed this church and made this a memorable place in the history.

Moti Masjid

Location: Agra, Uttar Pradesh.
Built In: between 1648 and 1654
Built By: Mughal emperor Shah Jahan
Get there: Through Airways, the city of Delhi has an international Airport, the Indira Gandhi International Airport. Through Railways, the city of Delhi is also the hub of Indian railways. It is connected with trains running to and from all parts of the country. Buses from all the major places in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan are available for getting to Delhi.

Shah Jahan was very interested in building monuments but he has different taste. He preferred structures with while marbles and this Masjid is one of the examples of his flavor in architecture. For the very same reason the Masjid is named Moti Masjid as it resembles the white color of the Pearl. Diwan-E-Aam of the fort is positioned to the right of the hall.The monument is bordered by balconies on all the sides, decorated with an arch and twelve pillars. There are multiple passage ways in the Masjid that are divided by seven coves. The eastern gate of the Masjid is the main entrance and is positioned facing the river bank of Yamuna.

Madan Mohan Temple

Location: Vrindavan.
Built In: 1580
Built By: Kapur Ram Das
Get there: This temple is just off the Vrindavana parikrama path, about a half kilometre from Kaliya Ghata. It is between the Krishna Balarama Mandir and Loi Bazaar. It has a large ancient red tower and is on a hill, so it really stands out. To get to this temple you have to climb up a good-sized stairway. Besides the stairway from the road in front of the temple, there is also a stairway that leads from the parikrama path to the back-side of this temple.

Madan Mohan temple is the most holy and old temple of Vrindavan. The temple is closely associated with the saint Chaitanya. The original Deity of Madana-mohana was taken to Karauli in Rajasthan for safety during the attack on Vrindavana by the soldiers of the fanatical Muslim Emperor, Aurangzeb. The temple is closely associated with the saint Chaitanya. The original Deity of Madana-mohana was taken to Karauli in Rajasthan for safety during the attack on Vrindavana by the soldiers of the fanatical Muslim Emperor, Aurangzeb.

Krishna Balram Mandir

Location: Vrndavan, Braj Mandal, Uttar Pradesh
Built In: 1975
Built By: A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Get there: Nearest Airport is Agra. Mathura is well connected by train with Agra, Bharatpur, Sawai Madhopur and Kota. Mathura is connected by road with Delhi and Agra.

krishna balram temple is popularly known as the Iscon temple. The temple has three altars, on the first altar you will find Sri Gaura Nitai being worshipped, the central altar is for the divine brothers, Sri Krishna and Balaram and the third altar is for Sri Radha Shyamasundara along their gopis, Lalita and Vishakha. A murti of Srila Prabhupada is situated in the temple room. This temple was built with money donated from devotees from all over the world.
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