Maharashtra has always been one of the favorite destinations of the tourists visiting India. One of the reasons for this huge popularity is that the state is home to a large number of religious places, comprising of temple, mosques, Jyotirlingas, etc. People come here from different parts of the country as well as the world to pay their respects to the Lord as well as gain some mental peace and calm. The festivals that are celebrated at some of these worship places further add to their popularity. In this article, we have provided information on the most visited religious places of Maharashtra.
Shri Ambadevi Temple is situated in the Amravati city of Maharashtra. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Ambadevi and lies right in the middle of the city. Amba Devi Temple is so ancient that one cannot find even a single mention of it in the old gazetteers.
Ghrishneshwar Temple is a very revered temple, situated in the state of Maharashtra. It lies very near to the Buddhist caves of Ellora, only half a kilometer away, and serves as the abode of one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Mahalaxmi Temple Kolhapur
Shri Mahalaxmi Temple of Kolhapur is dedicated to Goddess Mahalaxmi, the consort of Lord Vishnu. It is believed that the Lord resides in this area, along with the Goddess. The temple holds the distinction of being one of the Shakti Peethas in India and is held in great regard by the people of Maharashtra.
Haji Ali Dargah
Haji Ali Dargah is one of the most popular religious places in Mumbai, visited by Hindus and Muslims alike. It is basically the tomb of Haji Ali, a wealthy merchant who renounced all the worldly possessions and became a saint, after he returned from a pilgrimage to Mecca.
Situated near the magnificent Juhu Beach of Mumbai, the ISKCON Temple sprawls over an area of approximately 4 acres. Also known as the ‘Hare Rama Hare Krishna Temple’, it is counted amongst the most popular and most-visited temples of the city.
Mahalaxmi Temple Mumbai
Mahalaxmi Temple is one of the popular Hindu Temples in Mumbai, dedicated to the three shaktis – Goddess Lakshmi, Goddess Saraswathi and Goddess Kali. It is situated on the Bhulabhai Desai Road, on the northern side of the Malabar Hills.
Mount Mary Church
Mount Mary Church is a Roman Catholic Church, also known by the name of ‘The Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount’. It is located in the Bandra suburb of Mumbai and dates back to the year 1640. One of the most popular churches of Bombay, it is visited by people of all religions.
Mumba Devi Temple
Mumba Devi Temple, situated in the Bhuleshwar locality of Mumbai, is dedicated to Goddess Mumbai Devi – the patron deity of the city. The term ‘Mumba’ means ‘Maha Amba’ (the Great Mother). Thus, Mumba Devi is believed to be an incarnation of the Devi (the Mother Goddess).
Shree Siddhivinayak Temple of Mumbai is counted amongst the most venerated temples of India. It is dedicated to Lord Ganesha, the Elephant God, and is situated in the Prabhadevi locality of the city. The credit for the construction of the temple goes to Vithu and Deubai Patil.
St. Michael’s Church
St. Michael’s Church of Mumbai is situated in the Mahim locality. Serving as a proof of the influence of the colonial powers in India, the church is visited by devotees in large numbers. It is one of the oldest Catholic churches in Bombay, believed to have been constructed in the 16th century.
St. Thomas Cathedral
St. Thomas Cathedral of Mumbai is situated on the D.N. Road in the Fort area, near the magnificent Flora Fountain. It claims the distinction of being the first Anglican Church in the city.
Walkeshwar Temple is a revered Hindu temple, situated on the Malabar Hill neighborhood, in South Mumbai. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva, one of the Hindu Trinity of Gods. The temple, as well as the fresh water Banganga Tank situated near it, dates back to the year 1127.
Kalaram Mandir, one of the major attractions of the Nashik, is situated in the Panchavati area of the city. It is the biggest as well as the simplest amongst all the temples situated here and dates back to the year 1790, when it was constructed by Sardar Odhekar of Peshwa.
Trimbakeshwar Temple is the most popular and most visited excursion near the Nashik city of Maharashtra. It is situated in the Trimbak village, which lies at a distance of approximately 36 km from Nashik. One of the main attractions of the Trimbakeshwar Temple is that it is regarded as the main Jyotirlinga.
Bhimashankar Temple is situated in Maharashtra and claims the distinction of being one of the twelve Jyotirlingas in India. Lying at a distance of approximately 128 km from the Pune city, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, one of the Hindu Trinity of Gods.
Jejuri Temple is located in the Jejuri town, which lies to the southeast of the Pune city of Maharashtra. The town is known for being the venue of one of the revered temples in the state, known as the Khandobachi Jejuri. The temple is dedicated to Khandoba, also known as Mhalsakant or Malhari Martand.
Shirdi Sai Baba Temple
The holy town in Maharashtra, known as Shirdi, is held in great reverence by people. The reason for this is that the town is believed to be the place where Sai Baba lived for a major part of his life and he left for the holy abode from here only.
Dragon Palace Temple
Dragon Palace Temple is a Buddhist temple, situated in Kamptee, a satellite township of Nagpur district. It is dedicated to Lord Buddha and boasts of striking architecture and picturesque landscape. The temple was founded by Mother Noriko Ogawa Society of Japan.