Nature calms us down like no other. Quietude and peace of mind is what we get when we visit a place of natural beauty. Hence, it doesn’t come as a surprise that several places of worship are built in such awe-inspiring locations. However, we tend to overlook several smaller places of worship that are equally marvelous. Just that, they had never got the kind of attention other bigger religious sites got. Hence, here are a few lesser known spiritual places for you to explore.
We all know about the spectacular beauty of the Lahaul and Spiti Valley, but few know about the secret temple on the way to Udaipur, Triloknath Temple. What makes the temple even more unique is the fact that it has both the idols of Shiva and Buddha. Buddhist priests are in charge of the temple. Perched on the top of a hill, the place gives a bird’s eye view of the valley including the beautiful river Chenab flowing below. There is a small village around, and you can even buy china ware from the localites selling it nearby. The 8thcentury temple is often considered as the 5th dham in Uttarakhand.
About 100 km from Mussoorie, lies Lakha Mandal, a complex of temples that are dedicated to Lord Shiva. The popular belief here is that if you visit this shrine, your bad luck will end. A lot of excavations have been done by ASI, here. The temples are beside the Yamuna river. Garhwali and Himachali architecture have definitely influenced the structure here. Give this ancient temple complex at least 2 hours for exploration.
Mahavira Temple And Sachiya Mata Temple, Osian
Osian is an ancient and sleepy town close to Jodhpur and is an oasis in Thar desert. There are several ancient temples around here but the Sun temple, Sachiya Mata Temple and the Mahavira Temple are the most popular ones here. The architecture is splendid. The Jains were here for thousands of years and it was a center for Jainism. The various stories about the temples and the people living here, will surely keep you occupied and intrigued during your visit.
Jamali And Kamali Mosque And Tomb
The Archaeological Village Complex in Mehrauli is a great place to find out some of the less visited structures that are equally captivating. The mosque and tomb is dedicated to a Sufi saint, Shaikh Jamali Kamboh. Kamali is supposed to be his follower and was always associated with him. The decorations and the carvings are outstanding here and is definitely not known to many tourists who visit this complex. The monument is free to visit.
Lohaghat in Uttarakhand is a secret hideout. The unspoiled nature here is something tourists would give anything to see. On top of that, Lohaghat also happens to have three very important religious and spiritual places. Come during the spring or summer, and see the rhododendrons here in full bloom. The Mayawati Ashram here was established on the ideals of Swami Vivekananda. The temple of Devidhura about 45 km from Lohaghat is another ancient temple that most people do not know much about and yet it happens to be great place to be in touch with your inner soul. Reetha Sahib happens to be a holy shrine of the Sikhs. It is believed that Guru Nanak had sat under a Reetha tree here. About time you put this place in your holiday planner!
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