List of Religious Places and Temples in Haryana
Haryana, a capital city of Chandigarh is a small state in India. This ancient city lies at the foot of Aravalli hills. It has its own religious significance. The beautiful temples in the Haryana city reflect the old era. Their vast culture and heritage also make it an ideal tourist destination for people. If you are coming to Haryana, then you should include some of these important temples, and religious places in your itinerary. All these places give a glimpse of the beauty of temples, and the cultural heritage of Haryana.
Bhima Devi Temple
This Hindu temple got built during the rule of Gurjar Pratihars. Bhima Devi temple was constructed between eighth to eleventh century AD. Pinjore Garden also called the Mughal gardens lies next to the temple compound. This garden was built by the brother of Aurangzeb in the seventeenth century.
Agroha Dham is a religious place of Hindu devotees. This temple is located in the Agroha district of Haryana State. The construction of the complex began in 1976 and ended in 1984. Elephant statue on both sides of its entrance enhances the beauty of the temple. Several festivals are organized in the premises of the Agroha Dham temple. The divine atmosphere of this temple fills everyone’s heart, mind, and soul with tranquility and calmness.
Bhubaneshwar Temple is one of the oldest shrines of Lord Shiva. This Hindu temple is devoted to Lord Shiva who is popularly called Bhootnath here. This temple is in the series of 48 kos parikrama of Kurukshetra. It was constructed by Raghubir Singh. It is close to Jind in the railway station. The temple has got renovated with time, and a few tourist spots have also been developed. There is a beautiful pond ‘Rani Talab’ built around the Bhuteshwar temple. The King made a connection as a “tunnel” that served as a link between the palace and the pond.
It is said that this temple dates back to the time of Mahabharata. On every Phagun Mahashivaratri, a fare is organized in the temple. On this occasion, several rituals, and religious ceremonies are performed that fill the atmosphere will serenity.
Devi temple is situated in Panipat city. This temple is devoted to Goddess Durga. It was constructed in the eighteenth century and has been here for more than 250 years. Being a highly prominent place, the temple attracts a huge number of tourists every year. Earlier it was situated on the shores of a drought pond, that was later transformed toa park where senior citizens and children come for the evening and morning walk. Ramlila is a great source of attraction to all devotees who come to visit this temple. It has been a century, that the temple has been organizing Ramlila in the park during the Navratri fest.
Idols of Hindu Goddess, and Gods and a Yagya Shalaare placed in the temple compound. Devi temple is remarkably re-designed with exemplary architecture that shows the lovely image of Indian architecture. Devotees from all parts of India come to this place to seek the benedictions of the Goddess.
On the occasion of Navratri, and Durga Pooja, all Hindu fests are celebrated, and special puja is organized in the temple premises. On this occasion, the temple is illuminated with colorful lights and beautifully ornated with flowers. Such an incredible spiritual environment is a delight to the senses, heart, and soul of devotees.
Kartikeya Temple is a widely visited and very old Hindu shrine in Pehowa town of Haryana. It is devoted to Lord Kartikeya, who is known to be the elder son of Lord Shiva. The shrine lies 20 km away from the sacred land of Kurukshetra. Karthikeya Temple is also called a Saraswati pilgrimage center. As per legends, the temple was constructed around the fifth century. There is a Pindi of Lord Kartikeya installed in the temple.
Locals believe that Lord Krishna was massaged with oil on this Pindi by Yudhishthira in the temple. This started the tradition of smearing oil on the Pindi of Kartikeya in the temple. Every year several thousands of people visit the temple to pay their respect and offer oil to the Pindi. Another interesting thing to note about this temple is that women are not allowed to enter the primary area of this temple. This is because of the belief, that the sight of Pindi is not auspicious for women. If any women see the Pindi, then she will lose her husband and remain a widow for the coming seven births. In addition to the entry of women, the adoption of a newly born baby girl is also prohibited in the temple premises.
Mata Mansa Devi Temple
Mata Mansa Devi Temple is located in the Panchkula town of Haryana. This sacred shrine is fully devoted to Mata Mansa Devi. The entire temple complex is spread over more than a hundred acres of Shivalik hills in Bilaspur village. Located at ten kilometers from Chandi Mandir, it is regarded as one of the primary ‘Sakti’ temples throughout North India.
The place is crowded by devotees during the Navaratri fair. On these nine days, the population of visitors increases to millions on a daily basis. Mata Mansa Devi shrine was built during the reign of Maharaja Gopal Singh between 1811 to 1815.
Patiala Temple is another popular Hindu temple in Haryana. It was constructed by Karam Singh, a Sikh from Maharaja Patiala in 1840. After the union of Princely states in “PEPSU”, it was observed that the temple is worsening day after day. The priests at this temple are not able to take the best care of it. So, the Haryana Government has taken responsibility for the upkeep of the temple. The ideal time to visit this temple is at the time of the Navratri festival when the premise is brilliantly decorated. Several devotional activities also take place here. Patiala Temple is open to everyone. You can visit this temple throughout the year.