India is a place of religion and temples. The soon to come Navratri season has filled people with joy as they very devotedly worship the various avatars of Goddess Durga. So we bring to you the list of some legendary Durga temples in India:
- Vaishno Devi in Jammu & Kashmir
The list is sure this start with this most auspicious religious destination. Situated at an altitude of over 5,000 feet, 60 km north of Jammu, it sees the maximum number of devotees from all over the world. The shrine is located inside a cave. It has three deities there — Goddess Kali, Goddess Saraswati and Goddess Lakshmi.Legend has it that Vishno Devi ran into the cave when she was chased by the tantric Bhairon Nath. There she assumed the form of Goddess Kali and cut off his head which fell at the spot where the Bhairon Mandir is now located.
- Jwala Ji Temple in Himachal Pradesh
Located 30 km from the Kangra valley, this temple is dedicated to Goddess Jwalamukhi. There are natural flames in the temple which are worshipped here. There are nine such flames and these are considered the nine incarnations of Goddess Durga. Legend has it that when the demons were creating havoc in the Himalayan Mountains, Lord Vishnu created huge flames that gave birth to a girl called Adishakti who destroyed the demons.The flames erupt from one of the rocks and keep burning without any fuel.
- Kalka Devi Temple in Delhi
Located near Nehru Place, it is a very popular temple with some of its portions dating back to 1764 A.D.The Kali Temple however had been built more than 300 years back. Legend says that even the Pandavs worshipped here. The uniqueness of the temple lies in the special evening tantric aarti.
- Mansa Devi Temple in Uttarakhand
This temple is located in Haridwar on the Bilwa Parvat — a part of the Sivalik Hills. Goddess Mansa is said to have emerged from the mind of the sage Kashyap. Mansa, who is the sister of the serpent Vasuki is said to be the fulfiller of wishes.Due to this pilgrims who visit this temple, tie a thread around a tree within the temple premises and come back to untie it once it is fulfilled.
- Devi Patan Temple Uttar Pradesh
Located 70 km. from Gonda, this is the spot where, the right shoulder of Sati had fallen. The temple was constructed by King Vikramaditya anad later renovated by King Suheldeo. During Navratri a huge fair is held near the temple.Interestingly, during this time the deity of Pir Ratan Nath is got from Nepal as well and the two are then worshipped together.