Temples and Spiritual Places
Madhya Pradesh represents an exotic mixture of rich history, pious shrines and spectacular scenic beauty. Bhopal is the capital and Indore is the largest city of Madhya Pradesh, with Jabalpur, Gwalior, Ujjain and Sagar being the other major cities. It is the second largest state by area and the fifth largest state by population in India.
As its name suggests – Madhya means “center,” and Pradesh means “state or region.” Madhya Pradesh is a state in the center of India. Known as heart of India, Madhya Pradesh is home to rich culture and heritage of India. The state got this name because of its geographical location and its rich culture and history. It has a wide range of ancient temples, hill forts, and palaces with historical significance. Madhya Pradesh is an ornate with India’s priceless historical and religious gems (architectural monuments) that enrich the country’s cultural heritage.
Madhya Pradesh has one of the most ancient temples and historical places for the tourists and spiritual seekers. Known for their holy ambiance, temples in Madhya Pradesh have been enchanting the pilgrims, offering a religious escape into the abode of Gods. Temple in Madhya Pradesh, like Chitrakoot, has the power to soothe the minds of visitors. It is believed that when Lord Rama and Devi Sita went for exile for 14 years, they have spent 11 years in Chitrakoot. Since then, it became one of the most important pilgrimage places for Hindus, which leaves you with awe and positivity to empower your mind to conquer all your life troubles.
Madhya Pradesh has a historic and religious significance for everyone. Every year thousands of visitors visit Ujjain, famously called the ‘city of temples’ to witness Mahakaleshwar Temple and offer prayers to one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines of Lord Shiva.
Sanchi Stupa is a pilgrimage place for Buddhists. It is a symbol of Lord Gautam Buddha and his presence. This great stupa is also part of UNESCO world heritage sites, which is believed to be one of India’s oldest stone structures. Not only Sanchi Stupa, but there are many other unique Buddhist sites to explore. Some of them are Satdhara, Murelkhurd, and Deorkothar.
Khajuraho is a popular tourist place in Madhya Pradesh to explore a group of Hindu, Buddhists, and Jain temples. Parshvanatha Temple is a famous and the largest Jain temple in Khajuraho, dedicated to Lord Parshvanatha, the 23rd Tirthankara of Jainism.
Fairs and Festivals
Fairs and festivals are another attraction of Madhya Pradesh. Here people celebrate major religious festivals like Holi, Diwali, and other Hindu, Jain, Buddhist and Sikh festivals of India. However, some festivals are observed only in Madhya Pradesh, like the world famous Kumbh Mela happens four times every twelve years, organized in only four cities of India, and Ujjain is one of them. The mela(fair) is a symbol of the victory of good over evil. It has a paramount significance for Hindu people. During Kumbh mela in Ujjain, devotees supposedly dips in the sacred Kshipra (also known as Shipra) River to wash away their sins.
Khajuraho is not only famous for its temples but also for its festivals. A dance festival gets celebrated in Khajuraho every year, which lasts for 7-days, to celebrate the richness of Indian culture. Artists participate in this festival from across India to perform classical dance such as Kathak, Odissi, and Bharatnatyam.