Navratri celebrates the existence of the most powerful Goddesses – NavDurga. The success of good over evil is the reason behind the celebration of Navratri. Goddess Durga had established happiness and peace in the world by killing the demon Mahiasura. To celebrate this day people observe Navratri with a lot of pomp and show.
We have come up with the most auspicious Durga temples in different locations of India. You can check the one nearest to you.
Jammu and Kashmir – Vaishno Devi
The shrine of Vaishno Devi is neither an idol nor a picture, rather is a aapprakat (naturally formed) rock inside the cave. It is considered to be miraculously powerful and devotees believe that if you worship the Goddess with complete dedication then all the wishes are fulfilled.
Himachal Pradesh – Chamunda Devi Temple
This is located in the very famous Kangra valley of Himachal Pradesh and lies at an altitude of about 3,300 feet. Goddess Chamunda id worshiped here.
Himachal Pradesh – Jwalaji Temple
The famous Jwalamukhi Devi temple is situated in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. The one Jwalamukhi temple is among the 51 Shakti Peethas and also one of the most renowned temples of Goddess Durga in India. The Goddess is known as Jwala Ji, as always a set of flames burning off from the place. This place is considered to be magical and extremely unique. People come from quite distant places to worship her and fulfill their hardest wishes.
Bilaspur – Naina Devi Temple
Naina Devi temple is a hill top temple situated in the Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh. The hill top temple is dedicated to Maa Naina Devi, and is said to be one of the 51 shakti pe eths. Naina Devi temple is built where the eyes of Mata Sati’s fell.
Guwahati – Kamakhya Devi Temple
This is again one of the very auspicious places among the Devi temples. It is situated on the hills of Nilachal in the Guwahati city of Assam. It is said to be a very miraculous place in terms of Tantric Vidhya and Satis genitals fell here. Ambubachi Mela is the major festival celebrated during the monsoon season along with Durga Puja in Navaratri.
Kolkata – Dakshineswar Kali Temple
The Dakshineswar Kali Temple is the most famous temple of Goddess Kali situated on the bank of Hooghly River in Dakshineswar near Kolkata, West Bengal. The deity worshiped here is Maa Bhavatarini. Durga festival of this place is world famous and people in huge numbers come here to seek the blessings of the Goddess.
Chattisgarh – Bamleshwari Devi Temple
The Bamleshwari Devi Temple is located at the top of a hill in the Dongargarh district of Chhattisgarh, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful viewpoints of the state. Here Mata Bamleshwari Devi is worshiped – a very divine form of Goddess Durga.
Bikaner – Karni Mata temple
This temple is quite popular because of a unique reason. Here about 20,000 rats reside and are said to be the helpers of the Goddess. The history of the temple is also very interesting. Karni Mata was once married off to Depa when she was already spending a lot of time in the service of the poor. And after her marriage, she chose celibacy and requested Depa to marry her younger sister Gulab. They got married and gave birth to four children called Naga Lakhan Puna and Sititha.
However, in an unfortunate incident, Lakhan fell into a tank and drowned to his death when he was trying to drink water. Grieved by his death, Kari Mata requested for his life back from Yama, who is called the God of Death. Since Lakhan had also already taken rebirth as a rat, Yama declined her request, yet promised her that all her future descendants would be born as rats in her very own temple.
Jagdalpur – Danteshwari Temple
This temple is located in Chattisgarh and is again one of the 51 Shakti peeths. The teeth of the Goddess had fallen here. Every year, during this time, several tribes from nearby villages and jungles visit this temple to worship the Goddes. 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. This procession is also one of the most popular tourist attractions. During Navratri, the Jyoti Kalashas is also lit up and that is a sight worth watching. The quaint and simple village of Bastar comes alive during this festival and you will see thousands of devotees visiting.
Maharashtra – Mahalaxmi Temple
This temple is located in the city Kolhapur of Maharashtra. Mahalaxmi Temple idol is made of precious black stone with 3 feet in height and weighing about 40 Kgs. Kirnotsav festival is one of the most famous celebrations, when the sun rays touch the feet of the deity at the time of sunset on 31 January & 9 November.
Gujarat – Ambaji Temple
The Ambaji Mata Temple is situated in Banaskantha district of Gujarat near to famous hill station Mount Abu. Ambaji Temple is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas and one of the important Hindu temple. The temple is dedicated to the mother Goddess Amba mata and famous religious place in Gujarat. Ambaji maa temple is one of holiest shrines and a major Shakti peeth of India.
Kerala – Chakkulathukavu Temple
Chakkulathukavu Temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga, situated in Alappuzha District, Kerala.The famous Chakkulathukavu Temple is one of the 108 Durga temples created by Lord Parasurama and one of the most popular temples in the state. Goddess Bhagawathi is popular deities over all South Indian states and Kerala is most popular pilgrim center of the region.