Navratri is celebrated in dedication to Goddess of Power called Shakti and her different forms. It is one of the most celebrated festivals of India that also involves pandal hopping, dancing and offering prayers to Maa Durga. It is a general belief that worshipping Durga means being blessed for wealth and prosperity. The nine days are celebrated by dancing, fasting, rituals and offering prayers. Bhakt visits different temples during the Navratri. So we are sharing the top 10 temples to visit on this Navratri 2018.

Here’s the list of Famous temples:

#1. Vaishno Devi

One of the most divine and holiest pilgrim spot in India, Situated in Jammu, the adventurous ones will love the route that leads to the temple.

You will be required to trek for at least 12 km to the temple from Katra i.e. a base camp (also there are helicopters services and pony ride for the traveller so that they can reach the temple comfortably).

The temple was built for Mahalakshmi whose form is Vaishno Devi is that you see in the temple. The interesting part about this temple is that they have naturally formed rock structures that are called as pindi. The pindies represent the 3 forms, Maha Kai, Maha Saraswati and also Maha Lakshmi.

The temple is usually open throughout the year but it is advised to go after you have done a weather check.

Vaishno Devi Temple Navratri

How to Reach

Many options are available like:

By Bus: There are direct buses that ply from any north Indian city to Jammu or even Katra.

By Train: You can also take the train and nearest railway station is Katra, also called the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra railway station.

By Flight: The nearest airport is Satwari Airport that is located in Jammu and is 50 km away from Katra if you go by road.

#2. Naina Devi Temple

Situated in Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh. According to legend, it is said that Sati had jumped into a ‘Yagna’ and killed herself. It is believed that enraged by her death, Lord Shiva performed the ‘Tandava’ that is said to be alarmed all gods that something had to be done, Lord Vishnu released a Chakra that went and cut Sati’s body in 51 pieces and parts which is now popularly called as the Shakti Peethas. And of all the parts that fell, the Naina Devi temple stands a spot where Sati’s eye fell.

Temple has 3 idols – Maha Kali (idol of the eye of Sati and Ganesha). The temple is located at the top of a hill that overlooks the beautiful and alluring Gobind Sagar Lake. There is also a cable car that will take you to the temple from the base of this hill.

Naina Devi Temple Navratri
Photo: instagram.com/p/BnIzylTne2Q/?tagged=nainadevi

How to Reach

The town where the temple is located is well connected to NH21 and is situated at 350 km from Delhi and 100 km from Chandigarh.

By Train: The nearest railway station is Anandpur Sahib that is just 30km away from the temple.

By Flight: The nearest airport is situated at Chandigarh.

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#3. Kamakhya Temple

Situated in Guwahati at Nilachal hills is one of the best Durga temples of the country that celebrates the festival with much pomp and joy and in a grand manner. It is said to be the oldest temples that have 10 deities within the complex. According to the mythical tale, this temple stands on that very spot where once the Sati’s genital was fallen, also it is one of the oldest Shakti Peethas. Apart from Navratri and Durga Pooja, the Ambubachi Mela is also celebrated here. It is an annual festival where menstruation of the goddess is observed.

Kamakhya Temple Navratri

How to Reach

By Bus: Buses available from Guwahati to Dispur. You can go to the temple directly via buses, as the temple is very famous.

By Train: Nearest railway station is Kamakhya Railway Junction, trains are frequent as it is the second biggest railway station in India.

By Flight: The nearest airport is Gopinath Bordoli Airport which is located at 14 km from the main city. Delhi and Kolkata have daily flights for this airport.

#4. Dakshineswar Temple

Situated in Kolkata, West Bengal; stands beautifully on the eastern banks of Hooghly river. It is one of the famous Kali temples of Kolkata and it houses the deity of Bhavaratrini who is another form of Kali. The literal meaning of Bhavratarini is the one who liberates her devotees from the ocean Samsara that also means existence. This temple was built by Rani Rashmoni and she used to a hardcore devotee of Kali. There are 12 quaint temples that were built in dedication to Shiva and it also has a bathing ghat situated right on the river, there is a shrine that is in dedication to Rani Rashmoni. It is also said that Ramakrishna had spent a good amount of time and the spot where he spends time now stands as the Nahavar khana which is a small yet beautiful chamber.

Dakshineswar Temple Navratri

How to Reach

By Road: You can reach the temple easily by road as Kolkata and Howrah being closely situated to the temple.

By Train: Nearest railway station is Dakshineshwar.

By Flight: Kolkata Airport is the nearest airport to this temple.

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#5. Danteshwari Temple

Another temple among the 51 Shakti Peethas is the Danteshwari temple, situated in Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh. This temple got its name by the fact that Shakti’s teeth fell at this very spot and name of the town is called Dantewada and this name is derived from the deity of the temple Danteshwari. Dussehra is the best time to visit this temple. The idol of the Danteshwari is taken out from the temple and carried around the city which is a grand procession that takes place here. During Navratri, Jyoti Kalash is also lit up and that is the sight worth watching.

Danteshwari Temple Navratri

How to Reach

By Road: You can reach by bus, you will get buses easily from Durg, Raipur, and Dhamtri. Best and less time-consuming route is by road.

By Train: Trains are also connected from Durg and Raipur.

By Flight: Raipur airport is about 350 km away and from here you can board by bus or train. Also, the newly opened Jagdalpur Airport is the nearest one.

#6. Chamunda Devi Temple

Chamunda avatar of Kali is worshipped in this temple – Goddess Chamunda is known for defeating the demons, Chand and Mund. It is located at the banks of Ban Ganga river in Kangra valley of Himachal Pradesh. During Navratri, this place is crowded by a large number of people and the main deity of the temple is kept under cover and is not accessible by the visitors, because of its sacred importance.

How to Reach

By Bus: You can reach by road through the major cities of Himachal Pradesh i.e. Dharamshala, Palampur, Kangra. By road, Chamunda Devi temple is 15 km from Dharamshala.

By Train: Nearest railway station is Moranda near Palampur.

By Fight:  Kangra Airport is nearest airport to temple and the distance from the airport to temple is approx. 28kms.

#7. Bamleshwari Devi Temple, Dongargad, Chhattisgarh

The temple is located at the top of a hill which is considered to be the most beautiful views of the state. One can either walk up to the top or take a ropeway up to 1600 feet high peak. As the name itself suggest the temple is dedicated to Maa Bamleshwari, an avatar of goddess Durga and another prominent shrine in the vicinity is Chhoti Bamleshwari Temple. During Navratri, the temple is well decorated by lights and the night view is awesome. You can do Jyoti darshan at the time of Navratri and you can enjoy shopping from the stalls as the whole route has so many mini shops.

Navratri Dongargad

How to Reach

By Road: You can easily reach by road by car and taxis.

By Train: Nearest railway station is at Rajnandgao, Durg, and Raipur.

By Flight: The nearest airport is Raipur.

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#8. Tripura Sundari Temple, Udaipur (Tripura)

This temple is constructed on the site where Sati’s right foot fell during Lord Shiva’s dance of demolition. Devotees here pray to Maa kali, who is worshipped in the form of Soroshi.

Tripura Sundari Temple Navratri

How to Reach

By Road: You can easily reach to temple as it is in the city and easily accessible by local transport.

By Train: You can go directly to Udaipur by rail.

By Flight: City has its own airport i.e. Udaipur airport.

#9. Karni Mata Temple

This temple is situated 30 km from Bikaner in Deshnok and was built in dedication to Karni Mata. This temple is known as the temple of rats, is also popular for the same. There are 2000 black rats here. This temple has a story and will describe it in short:

Karni Mata was once married off to Depa when she was already spending a lot of time in the service of the poor. After the marriage, she wants celibacy, so she requested Depa to marry Gulab, her younger sister. They gave birth to 4 children called Naga, Lakhan, Puna, and Sititha. But, one day, unfortunately, Lakhan fell into a tank, while trying to drink water, and drowned to death. Grieved by his death, Karni Mata requested off Yama (god of death) to give his life back. Since Lakhan has already taken rebirth as a rat, Yama declined her request, yet promised her that all her future descendant would be born as rats in her very own temple and also once they gave up the lives in the form of rat they will later take rebirth as humans.”

It is also believed that if you fed the rats with your own hands it is very auspicious.

Karni Mata Temple Navratri
Photo: instagram.com/p/BnnloHcHtyb/?tagged=karnimatatemple

How to Reach

By Bus: There are many buses from Bikaner for you to reach the temple of rats.

By Train: Nearest rail head is Deshnok station.

By Flight: Nearest Airport is Jodhpur and is 140 km away from this temple.

#10. Kalighat Kali Temple, Kolkata

Known for the possession of a unique form of Durga idol. Early accounts of Shakti Peethas cite Kalighat as the dwelling place of Dakshina Kalika, as a fierce manifestation of the goddess. Temple is a classic example of Bengali- styled architecture, a structural emulation of the mud and thatch-roofed huts of the villages.

Kalighat Kali Temple Navratri

How to Reach

By Train: Kolkata Junction is the nearest railway station.

By flight: Kolkata has its own airport.

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