Faith never follows any religious bindings. So how about checking some
religious places and monuments that are not only revered by every
individual in India, they are the most exquisite ensamples of our
country's history. These religious shrines not only carry with them the
differences of architecture according to the ruling dynasties who built
them, but also some peculiar features that show the uniformity of belief
and faiths even if the religious practices differ.
The north focuses the temples, mosques and monasteries of Jammu,
Kashmir and Ladakh. Once having a strong hold of Hindu Dogra kings, the
city of Jammu abounds with popular temples and pilgrimage centers such
as Vaishno Devi. Ladakh is the best place to witness the impact of
Trans-Himalayan Buddhism and do not forget to pay a visit to the hilltop
monasteries situated in the bleak terrain of the barren mountains.
Then there's the traditional Ahmedabad - capital city of Gujarat, which
combines mosques of inspired workmanship, wooden Jain temples, unique
stonewells and houses with ornately carved balconies and window screens.
Stone and marble spires with rich detail carving are the most appealing
feature of the Jain temples in Palitana.
'Stupas', 'Chaityas', temples, monasteries and gateways are embellished
with the most delicate carvings that depict various incidents in Lord
Buddha's life as well as his important teachings. Karnataka, with its
capital Bangalore, is the home to a fascinating legacy of richly carved
temples, imposing mosques and trappings of a royal past. Check out the
contrast in the temple heritage of temple towns Bubaneswar, Puri, Konark
in the east and Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram and Thanjavur in the south.