3 Ancient Temples In India With Stunning Locales

These lesser-known temples in India are worth a visit
Jain temples in Junagadh, Gujarat. Photo Credit Shutterstock
Jain temples in Junagadh, Gujarat. Photo Credit Shutterstock

India is home to thousands of temples, and history runs deep in many of these. But there is more to marvel at than the architecture that stood the test of time. If your spirituality comes alive with a breath of fresh air, here is a list of three temples set amidst stunning locations.

Girnar Neminath Temple, Gujarat
Rising 3,000 ft over the otherwise flat plain of Sorath, Girnar Hill houses a big complex of 16 ancient Jain temples. Among these temples, Girnar Neminath is considered the most significant shrine. Neminath is also the biggest temple in the complex, dedicated to the 22nd Tirthankara. With over 3,000 steps (although built in 1889, they remain sturdy) set amidst deciduous forests, the journey to the temple complex is a trek in itself. Built in the 12th century, the temple has stunning architecture with panoramic views of the surrounding plains. If 3,000 steps are child&rsquos play for you, visitors also have the option to climb even higher and visit temples such as Bhairon Jap, with over 7,000 steps

Parvati Temple, Pune
Parvati temple offers a bird&rsquos eye view of Pune city on a day with clear skies. A steep climb of some hundred steps of Parvati Hill will bring you to this temple. As history goes, the third Peshwa, Balaji Bajirao alias Nana Sahib built the temple in 1749. The temple is a great example of the Maratha style of temple architecture. It is also a popular rendezvous spot for Punaikars and has smaller temples dedicated to Ganesha, Bhavani, Vishnu and Surya. There is also a Peshwa Museum in the temple complex. You&rsquoll find many artefacts such as utensils, coins and wooden pillars.

Mahadev Temple (Tambdi Surla), Goa
The 13th-century Mahadev Temple is set amidst the greens of the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary (which comes under the protected Western Ghats area) to the north of Sanguem. It is the only intact shrine from the Kadamba era. It is also known as Tambdi Surla temple because the earth of Surla village is an iron-rich red (tambdi in Konkan). Made of basalt, the temple is dedicated to Shiva. Inside the temple, a mandapa is supported by four pillars. Surrounded by meandering trails and the sound of cicadas, the temple is situated at some of the most picturesque locations in India.

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