Spiritual Places of Gujarat

Gujarat is source of pride for its most ancient holy places among which Dwarka needs no introduction. Falling in the league of the most popular holy places in Gujarat is the temple of Somnath. The construction of all the temples at an altitude of 603 meters is itself a mammoth feat. Some of the temples are made of marbles and their origin can be traced back to the eleventh century.

Akshardham Temple

Location: Gandhinagar, about 13 kilometers from Ahmadabad
Dedicated To: Lord Swaminarayan on His Birth Bicentenary (1781-1981 CE)
Built By: The volunteers of Bochasanwasi Shree Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS)
Built In: 1992
Get There: The nearest railway station is Gandhinagar and Ahmadabad. The nearest airport is Ahmadabad which is connected to all major cities.
Best Time to visit: October to March

This is the most popular and superb holy place of India. Its architecture is outstanding and it’s not only the temple but it is center of fineness in the field of education and clarification. It is made of t6000 tones of pink stones and it measures 240 fit in length, 131 feet in width and 108 feet in height. There are 2 million visitors annually.

Dwarkadheesh Temple (Jagat Mandir)

Location: located on western most tip of Gujarat Peninsula.
Dedicated To: Lord Krishna
Built By: Lord Sri Krishna between 3500 and 5000 years ago.
Get There: The nearest airport and nearest railway station is Jamnagar (146 kilometers)
Best Time to Visit: October to March

Dwarka is one of four most sacred pilgrimage centers (Chardham) of Hindu faith and is related with Lord Krishna's life. There are two entrances to the temple. The main entrance (north entrance) is called "Moksha Dwara" (Door to Salvation). This entrance leads to the main market. The south entrance is called "Swarga Dwara". Outside this front entrance are 56 steps that lead to the Gomati River. The holy town of Dwarka in Gujarat State is believed to be the famous city of Dwarka built by Lord Sri Krishna between 3500 and 5000 years ago. This temple is magnificently built on the traditional lines and has five floors supported by 60 columns. This temple is made of variety of red colored stones.

Palitana Jain Temples

Location: 51 kilometers from Bhavnagar
Dedicated To: Adinath(the first Tirthankara)
Get There: Bhavnagar and Ahmadabad is the nearest railway station and Ahmadabad is the nearest airport.
Best Time to Visit: October to March

The devotees make offerings at the main shrine of Bhagwan Adinath. The magnificent temple has been renovated and rebuilt a number of times. The original temple was made of wood. Later, Siddhraj Jaisimha's minister Udaymehta built it in marble. Siddhraj's descendant Kumarpal further extended the temple. Besides these, there are other shrines dedicated to Adinath, Kumarpal, Vimalshah, Samprati Raja and the Chomukh.

Bala Hanuman Temple

Location: south-eastern side of Ranmal Lake and near Jamnagar district
Dedicated To: Lord Hanuman
Foundation In: 1540 AD
Get there: Jamnagar is the nearest railway station.
Best Time to Visit: October to March

The temple is famous for the continuous 24-hour chanting of the mantra "Sri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram", since August 1, 1964. Early evening is a particularly good time to visit as its reasonably energetic then. In fact this whole area on the South-Eastern border of the lake becomes very lively around sunset.

Jami Masjid

Location: center of old Ahmadabad
Build By: Bahmani ruler Ahmad Shah (1423 AD)
Get There: Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel airport, Ahmadabad is the nearest airport and Ahmadabad is the nearest railway station.
Best Time to visit: October to March

Jama Masjid is known for its excellent and amazing architecture. There is a long rectangular ablution tank in the center. The prayer hall of the mosque is a rectangular area with five symmetrical domes. 260 pillars support this masque. The Hindu style of architecture is obviously seen on the walls and the niches of the mosque. Jumma Masjid has a white marble courtyard, with a pool in the center.

Somnath Temple

Location: 79 kilometers from Junagarah, Ahmadabad, Dwarka.
Dedicated To: Lord Shiva
Get There: Keshod is the nearest airport wich is conncted to the Mumbai and The nearest railhead is seven km away at Veraval, which is connected by train to Ahmedabad and some other cities in Gujarat.

The Somnath is the most popular temple of Gujarat because the holy soil from where Bhagvan Shri Krishna took his last journey to his Neejdham. The somnath Mahadev Jyotirling is the main attraction of the tourists where every thousands of Hindu devotees come to Darshan of this Jyotirling.
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