Temples, Shrines And Spiritual Places Across Haryana
Haryana is famous for rich history, religious diversity and spiritual culture. The Vedic state of Brahmavarta is claimed to be located in south Haryana, where the initial Vedic scriptures were composed after the great floods, some ten-thousand years ago. The Vamana Purana states that King Kuru ploughed the field of Kurukshetra with a golden ploughshare drawn by the Nandi of Lord Shiva and reclaimed an area of seven Kosas. It was on this soil that great saint Veda Vyasa wrote Mahabharata.
The Shri Siddhi Ganesh Mandir at Gurugram(Gurgaon)is deemed as one of the most important temples by the devotees. Dedicated to Lord Ganesha, this temple also worships a pantheon of other Hindu deities. But what makes the temple unique is the sculpture of the statues in a South-Indian style, amidst Northern style temple design. The temple has been the breeding ground for ancient Indian cultural learning in the form of Vedas, Sanskrit, classical dance, music, retelling folklores, and art. Community services are also open for the welfare of the people.
Shri Geeta Birla Mandir, located in Dev Bhumi Kurukshetra, is worshipped as the most important temple of Kurukshetra. The Bhagavad Gita, inscribed on each of the walls adorns the glory of the place and the temple.
Banbhori Mandir, located at Banbhori village is designated as a historical Shaktipeeth. This 400-year-old temple houses a 24-hour Akhand Jyoti, continually burning. Legends suggest that the idol of the Mata Bhramari Devi was self-imposed and hurled from beneath the earth. Several other temples like the Sakeri Shiv Mandir at Panchkula, Mansa Devi Temple, Bhima Temple, etc. brings in spirituality among the crowded holy lanes of Haryana.
A strong grasp of Jainism is inculcated in the cities of Haryana, which is quite revealed by the presence of important temples like the Shri Digambar Rohtak Haryana(Atishay Kshetra). The main temple enshrines 8 alters of the Jain deities and pillars of sacrilege carrying beautifully sculptured statues. A monastery and museum are located nearby, carrying statues and relics of Jainism.
Shri 1008 Bhagwan Parshwant Digambar Jain Atishay Kshetra Punyoday Teerth Hansi Haryana alludes to historical and mythical significance. History narrates that about 57 Jain idols were buried for protection against the Turkey invaders. Excavations made in the 9th, 10th, and 11th centuries reveal that among them 19 idols were dedicated to Lord Parshwanatha.
Owing to the spread of Buddhism by Emperor Ashoka, the Buddha Stupa Chaneti establishment unraveled its presence. The mentions of this stupa are even found in the accounts of the Chinese pilgrim, Yuan Chwang, who describes the stupa as a layered concentric brick stupa. New architectural changes such as the addition of four shrines in different directions and a new pathway were added in the Kushan period. Remains of the stupas and monasteries, found at Adi Badri, the foothills of the Sivalik Ranges imbibe piousness of spirit among the devotees. Other Buddhist pilgrim sites include Kurukshetra Stupas and the stupas and monastery at Agroha in Hisar.
Sikh pilgrim sites are perhaps the most commonly visited sites in Haryana. Some of these include the Gurdwara Lakhnaur Sahib. Originally, Lakhnaur was the place where Guru Govind Singh had accompanied his mother and stayed in his childhood. Later, the devotees commemorated it into a grand gurudwara, realizing its importance.
The Manji Sahib Gurudwara, located at Ambala is initially the ground in which the sixth Sikh Guru, Guru Hargovind stayed on his visit at Ambala. Devotees claim to seek a blessing on taking a dip at the tank nearby and carrying Amrit with them from the Baoli, constructed by the Guru. Other Sikh pilgrim sites like the Panjokra Sahib, Sisganj Sahib Ambala, Gurudwara Govindpura mark the importance of the region.
Spirituality is the emphasizing relic in the minds of devotees, which is widely propelled by the piousness of Haryana. The Indus Valley Civilization sites at Rakhigarhi village in Hisar district and Bhirrana in Fatehabad district are said to be about nine-thousand years old, and amongst the world’s oldest and largest ancient civilizations. Replete with myths, legends and Vedic references, Haryana’s past is steeped in glory.