Religious Spots in Haryana
Haryana is said to be the land of God, as the name itself indicates (In Sanskrit, Hari - Lord Vishnu, Ayana - Home); so, 'Haryana' means a 'Home of Lord Vishnu'. Also, it is a place of several Mosques, Churches, and Gurudwaras as well. Thus, it has become the home town of many Piligrims, who visit this state throughout the year.
The place is fully crowded during the major fairs and festivals of Haryana
. Apart from the pilgrims, other tourists do visit these religious places to watch and capture the architectural beauty of all temples, mosques, churches and gurudwaras. You can find some of the most important pilgrimages in the entire state of Haryana.
Temples in Haryana
The state of Haryana
is a land of several beautiful ancient temples,
which have become one among the ideal tourist spots of India. These
important temples are the best architectural masterpieces which are
treasuries of learning and ethnicity.
There are plethora of
temples in Haryana
; out of which, the Bhawani Amba Temple, as well as
the Kali Mata Temple (Ambala), the Shiv Temple (Gurgaon), the Bishnoi
Mandir as well as the Sheetala Devi Temple are some of the most famous
temples of Haryana
The Sheetla Devi Temple situated in Haryana
is a main pilgrimage point; and this place is popular as the Shakti
Peeth, as Sheetla Devi (the Goddess Shakti) is the main deity here.
While, the Bhawani Amba Temple is established in Ambala
city, and the
entire history of Ambala
is highlighted through this ancient temple,
since the birth of Ambala
All the temples located at Haryana
are very unique in their own ways, and all these temples have distinct,
interesting and informative background.
Below are some of the famous Temples located in Haryana
Kaleshwar Teerth in Haryana
Teerth is established in Kurukshetra
district, where demon Ravana (a
character in Ramayana epics - killed by Lord Rama), installed the idol
of Lord Shiva at this spot. Since then, Kaleshwar Teerth that is devoted
to Lord Shiva, has become the holy place, and has been filled with
local as well as many tourists of India and abroad.
Markandeya Temple in Haryana
shrine of Markandeya is situated over the bank of River Saraswati,
right on the road to Pipli of Kurukshetra
. The place has become popular
and holy, due to the divine Markandeya. Markandeya, a young boy who had
pursued Tapa (meditation) at this location, and Lord Shiva appeared to
him, and gave him the boon to be 'Chiranjeevi' (deathless). Since then,
people arrive this place to get some peace of mind, and the temple has
been built here naming it as Markandeya Temple.
Radheshyam Temple in Haryana
temples has been established in the town of Pundarik in Haryana
. And as
the name indicates, there are two idols, one is of Radha, and another
one is Lord Krishna (also known as Shayam, meaning black color).
visit this temple of Radheshayam, you can also view some other temples
nearby, which are namely the Lord Shiva Temple and Gauri
Shankar Temple. One can also attend the fair conducted at these temples
during the occasion of Krishna Janamastami.
Geeta Mandir in Haryana
Mandir is established close to Mardane Ghat (on the way to Pundarik),
and many religious scriptures including Ramayana were written on the
walls of the Mandir. People who visit this temple can read the hymns to
get the spiritual knowledge. This temple best suits for the spiritual
researchers, but other people can also visit this place if they love to
make spiritual tourism.
Shiva Mandir of Badhot in Haryana
Mandir is situated with a distance of 40 kms from the Mahendragarh of
Badhot. This Shiva Mandir was constructed by the King Dilip (a Ruler of
Ikshawaku dynasty), who named it as 'Bagheshwar'. However, the name was
shortened by people as 'Badhot'. Since many years, people from all over
the village gather together especially during the occasions of the
'Shravana Shiva Ratri', and 'Phalguna Maha Shiva Ratri'.
Thakurdwara of Kutani in Haryana
of Kutani which is 50 ft in height has been established with a distance
of 23 kms from the 'Jhajjar', which was built by Shauji Singh in the
year 1901. The temple is devoted to Goddess Radha and Lord Krishna, and
the statues were made using 8-metal alloy which is also called as 'Ashta
dhatu'; while, jeweleries weighing 50 Tolas have been put to decorate
these idols of Radha and Krishna.
Panchmukhi Hanuman Temple in Haryana
Hanuman Temple has been established with a distance of 5 kms from the
place of Chhachhrauli; and just 23 kms far from the location of
'. It is said that, the statue installed in this temple is
about 350 years old; while, devotees drive to the temple every week
(especially on Tuesday and Saturday).
Birla Mandir in Haryana
of Haryana is situated very close to the 'Thanesar Railway
Station' (over the Kurukshetra- Pehova road). During the year 1955,
Jugal Kishore Birla has built this Mandir and named it as 'Bhagwadgeeta
Mandir'. This Mandir can be seen on the banks of the 'Brahma Sarovar
One can witness the marble chariot of Lord Krishna
(preaching Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna). If you visit these temples, you
can find the preachings of the sages and other religious legends carved
on the marble walls of this temples, along with the holy shlokas (hymns)
of Bhagavad Gita. Also, the idols of Lord Hanuman, as well as the Lord
Krishna and Arjuna are found at the premises (temple).
Chilta Temple of Yamunanagar in Haryana
Temple of Yamunanagar
has been around 60 years ago till now. While,
there is a praying land of 'Mahant Shri Ganga Nand Giri Ji' established
at this spot. Also, this is the resting spot of Pandavas (Mahabharata
epics), who halted here for sometime, before they moved towards Kurukshetra
to war against the Kauravas. The picture of Lord Hanuman was
placed on top of the Arjuna's chariot, and when the Pandavas halted at
this place, Lord Hanuman ji appeared Himself at this spot, as a white
person. After few days, Hanuman (white statue) was established here.
This is the reason, the temple is called as 'Chitta Mandir', meaning
'white temple', where a fair is held every Tuesday at this spot.
Salveshwar Mahadev Temple in Haryana
Mandir, but also Salveshwar Mahadev temple is established in
the heart of 'Brahma Sarovar of Kurukshetra. One can also find a small bridge to reach this
temple, and was said to be built by 'Baba Shravan Nath'.
Also, the idols of Lord Garuda, as well as Lord Narayan, Lord Shiva and
Lord Ganesha, are installed at this temple.
Besides, there are also idols of Goddess Parvati, and Lord Shiva (Shiva
Lingam) with Nandi can be seen. Apart from these idols, you can see the
idols of Lord Krishna and Balrama, as well as Lord Hanuman at this
temple. These are found to be the main attractions of the temple.
Salveshwar Mahadev Temple is also a place, where Mata Kunti (character
in Mahabharata epics, Mother of Pandavas (Yudhistra, Bhima, Arjuna,
Nakula and Sahadeva) prayed to Lord Shivalingam.
Mosques in Haryana
There are many Muslim Shrines or Mosques in Haryana which impacts the
ancient rulers of Punjab, as well as represents the Rich heritage of the
Muslim Rulers. These mosques of Haryana, creates a great tourist charm
and thereby welcomes plethora of travelers from all over the world.
shrines like the Lakhi Shah as well as the Taqwal Shah looks slightly
different from other shrines and are established in the Ambala district,
and majestically portrays the taste of the Muslim rulers. The
ancient structures (Muslim Shrines) lets the tourists to move several
years back (ancient periods), when the entire state of Haryana was
supposed to be the blooming state with wide range of religious
communities. Below are some of the most popular Muslim Shrines or mosques in Haryana.
of Haryana is filled with a great Sufi saints and scholars. While, the
most popular one is the 'Bu-Ali-Shah-Qalandar', whose Dargah has been
treated as a holy pilgrimage that belongs to the 13th century. Bu Ali
Shah Qalandar is a great spiritualists who was famous for making
miracles, had been surrounded by many people to seek his blessings. Bu
Ali Shah Qalandar, a 112 years old sufi, was even honored by Anguish
Aliwardi Masjid in Haryana
Masjid is presumed to be 200 years old mosque, that is established just
2 kms North from the Old Tehsil office of Gurgaon in Haryana. While,
the mosque known as 'Aliwardi Masjid' was constructed by the Nawab
Aliwardi Khan (the founder of Aliwardi village).
Kabuli Bagh Mosque in HaryanaKabuli
was built during the year 1526 AD, by Babur in the memory
of his victory against his first Battle of Panipat against 'Sultan
Ibrahim Lodi'. This mosque is located inside the natural enclosure and
is surrounded by octagonal towers at all the corners, with the entrance
on the north. While, there is also a gateway that is constructed using
bricks with red sandstone, that consists of a lintel bracket-type
opening in a large arch, that is decorated with arched corners with
can also enter the main prayer hall, that has a square on plan which
has annexes on all the sides and its high facade that is separated in
panels are plastered with lime. And every annexe has nine bays, crowned
with hemispherical domes over the low drums.
Lat-ki-Masjid in Haryana
ki Masjid located in Haryana
has been built by 'Feroz Shah Tughluq',
and the mosque seems to be the best example of Tughluq architecture.
While, the mosque is a mixture of buildings, L-shaped sacred tank and a
pillar known as Lat. This mosque has been constructed partially using
Red and Buff sandstone, and another half has been constructed with
rubble masonry with thick plaster. There are even stone pillars which
displays the floral and geometrical designs, acquired from the destroyed
Hindu temples, which support the main arched openings.
prayer-hall has nine bays that comprises many arches which are supported
by pillars. The prayer hall has a carved 'Qibla', as well as a pulpit
over the wall at the west side. Overall, it is a great
architectural mosque of Haryana
Pathar Masjid in Haryana
noted for its fluted minarets are constructed with red
sandstone. While, the ceiling of the mosque that stands as a support on
pillars is adorned with floral designs that highlights the Rich
architectural heritage of Haryana
The 'Qibla' situated at the
center of the western wall, can be found on either side of the wall by
two arched niches engraved with different Quran verses (hymns). While,
there is a masonry terrace that builds the front court, and has been
modified at a later date. Wherein, these pillars are also profusely
decorated with attractive floral designs, and the bases above the
moldings display as 'Chaitya', which means window motifs.
Lakhi Shah and Taqwal Shah Mosques Haryana
Shah and Taqwal Shah Mosques are the very well-known Islamic shrines
established at Ambala
. The origin of this small mosque is
connected with Tej-Ud-Din Chisti, and conveys a message (peace and
culture). The Mosque has a hall with a dome-shaped roof (high). Wherein,
Islamic festivals are celebrated at this shrine, where a many devotees
gather together, and offer their prayers. While, there are Saints of
Islam known as 'Pir', explain the stories behind the holy shrine.
shrine attracts several tourists for different purposes such as
architecture, ancient history, as well as for the pious religious
Dini Mosque or Adina Mosque HaryanaRohtak
has several mosques that represents rich Muslim
architecture as well as their culture. One of the great historical
mosque is known as the 'Dini Mosque', also known as the 'Adina Mosque'.
There is also an underground basement in the 'Tehkhana' (Mosque) which
is not open to public.
Chandpur Masjid in Haryana
Masjid, one of the great Religious places in Haryana
, has become a
famous Muslim tourists attraction located in Yamuna Nagar.
The mosque is
so beautifully built that, it attracts not only the people from India,
but also the International tourists.
Lal Masjid in Haryana
Lal Masjid or the Red Mosque is situated very close to the Old Tehsil
Office in Rewari
city, and there are two memorials called 'makbaras'
located too close to the mosque, and devotees force themselves to offer
their regular prayers at this mosque.
Babur Mosque in Haryana
Babur Mosque is an ancient masterpiece of Mughal architecture, which
has a beautiful garden along with a well in the mosque. This mosque is
presumed to be constructed with the burnt bricks, and this mosque has
arched entrances. Also, there are some local Islamic devotees who offer
prayers in the mosque.
Mosque of Abdullah Nasir-Ud-Din Haryana
mosque of Abdullah Nasir-Ud-Din has been established on the outskirts
of the city. While, the mosque is one among the ancient Muslim shrines
that has a best piece of Mughal architecture that is represented to the
great scholar 'Abdullah Nasir-Ud-Din', who was the successor of Mushid
Chuches in Haryana
is famous for the architectural style of buildings, and one
among such style is the Gothic style used especially to build churches.
Wherein, the churches of the Haryana
is filled with lush green gardens,
with a a pleasant and peaceful atmosphere, that lets visitors to offer
prayers without any outside disturbance and feel that eternal happiness
of the divine blessings.
Such amazing churches will be very
well-decorated especially during the festival occasions such as Easter
and Christmas. Even, the gardens which are wrapped around the religious
monuments are fully decorated with colorful lights, and creates
heavenly atmosphere, by dragging attention of several tourists. This
makes the entire state sparkle with lights, and makes all the viewers of
the decorated church, to appreciate the amazing architecture of the
Below are the some of the churches situated in Haryana
Saint Pauls Church in Haryana
Paul's Church is one of the most famous churches of Haryana
, and is
established in the 'Ambala
town'. This seems to be the most beautiful
and attractive Cathedral church that has the capacity to occupy thousand
people in the single Hall. It is also noticed that, the inauguration of
the holy Diocese of Amritsar has been celebrated in this church, and is
said that, the church will soon be the Mother Church of the Diocese,
and the building architecture seems to be really majestic and reflects
the rich culture. The one who visits this church would surely have the
Cantonment Church Tower in Haryana
Cantonment Church Tower located in Haryana
is said to be the
historical as well as the religious shrine of the Karnal city. This
tower is said to be a large ancient monument that can be seen from a
long distance of 7 kms; this tower is an extraordinary British
Architecture, wrapped by a huge decorated Cross, and it is
about 35 meters in height.
Holy Redeemer Church in Haryana
Holy Redeemer Church in Haryana
is found to be a historical Church
(constructed by the British) that holds about 800 people at a single
time. While, this Church has been constructed in the Gothic style of
architecture that includes a big tower, large roof and very strong
pillars. Also, this church is wrapped by fresh green garden all around,
and is very well-maintained. One can attend the Sunday prayers at this
Methodist Mission Church Haryana
Mission Church is one of the best Religious places, that has been
established in the place of Sonipat
), that drags attention of
many people towards the church, and has become a great tourist spot.
St. Mary Orthodox Church in Haryana
The church called
'St. Mary’s Orthodox Church' is a most attractive church which is
surrounded by many trees, and lies in a very peaceful place. And it is
said that, this tall church belongs to the 'Malankara Orthodox
Syrian Church', where a sacred mass is conducted on every Sunday at
sharp 8:15 am, and many devotees gather in the church to attend this
sacred mass. While, every Friday between 6.30 P.M to 7.30 P.M, there is
an Intercessory prayer conducted at the church hall, and is represented
to Parumala Thirumeni.
Gurudwaras in Haryana
Gurudwaras expand the inner meaning of the Sikhism, which
dominates the land of Punjab since long years ago. The sacred belief of
the Sikhs known as the 'Khalsa' is assumed to be the initial reason
behind the operation of several Gurudwaras in Haryana
Badshahi Bag Gurudwara is located at the 'Ambala
district' in Haryana
and the Gurudwara takes you back to the period of the Master of Sikhs
known as 'Guru Gobind Singh'. With the intention to objurgate his
followers with the sacred discourses of 'Shri Guru Granth Sahib', Gobind
Singh used to instruct his students to set-up a Gurudwara in Ambala
a result to his instruction, Gurudwara is formed in Ambala
many Gurudwaras have been established due to different reasons.
Below mentioned are the some of the popular Gurudwaras located in Haryana
Gurudwara Badshahi Baag Sahib and Gurudwara Gobindpura Sahib
Shri Badshahi Baag of Ambala
City is established on the Hisar Road,
where Guru Kirpal Chand Sahib (at the age of eight), arrived to the Bagh
(that belongs to the Peer Amir Deen),with a white hawk. Wherein, Amir
Deen planned to capture that hawk, though he already had another hawk
with him. So, challenged Guru ji for the fight between two hawks. But,
knowing his intentions, Guru Sahib said fight will be between Peer
Amir’s hawk and two sparrows, which made Peer Amir laugh at his words.
However, sparrows killed Peer’s Hawk (a kilometre away) with Guru's
blessings, and Gurudwara Shri Gobindpura was built.
Gurudwara Shri Gendsar Sahib
Gurudwara Shri Gendsar Sahib
of Bhanokheri is established on the way to Anandpur sahib, where Guru
Gobind Sahib visited Nanke Lakhnaor Sahib (stayed 7 months). During the
stay, Bala Pritam Gobind Rai ji played several games including Hockey.
This is the place where Guru Sahib killed an evil Snake. Watching this
incidence, many people (having skin disease as well as the communicable
diseases) since a long time, came to the Guru to seek his blessings.
While, Guru Sahib asked them to take bath in the sarovar nearby to get
rid of their physical and mental health problems.
Gurudwara Shri Manji Sahib
Gurudwara Shri Manji Sahib
established in the Ambala
City, over the Ludhiana National Highway is
that holy place, where Shri Guru Hargobind Sahib and Guru Gobind Singh
ji arrived to this place, while travelling to and returning back from
Gawalior. One can also find Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji’s Baoli at this
Gurudwara Shri Mardoun Sahib
Gurudwara Shri Mardoun Sahib is
located in the Bhanokheri village of Ambala
, where Shri Guru Teg
Bahadur halted here for two nights, and preached Sikhism to the people
during his stay. Also, when king of the village requested him to bless
him with a son, and Guru ji blessed him, as per the king’s request.
Wherein, king transferred large part of his land to the Guru Sahib’s
name, and Guru blessed the land that people who visit this place with
full of devotion, would get all their wishes fulfilled.
Shri Guru TegBahadur
There are mainly four Gurudwaras with the name Shri Guru TegBahadur
Sahib, established in Jind
, such as Gurudwara Shri Guru TegBahadur Sahib
, Gurudwara Shri Guru TegBahadur Sahib of Dhamtaan, Gurudwara
Shri Guru TegBahadur Sahib of Kharakbhura, and Gurudwara Shri Guru
TegBahadur Sahib of Khatkar Kalan. These are the places where Shri Guru
TegBahadur Sahib halted with his family for few months.
Gurudwara Shri Garhi Sahib of Garhi Nazeer
Gurudwara Shri Garhi
Sahib is located in a village known as the ‘Garhi Nazeer’, and has
become popular due to the visit of Shri Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib, during
his journey to Delhi.
Gurudwara Shri Manji Sahib and Gurudwara Shri Nim Sahib of Kaithal
Shri Manji Sahib is located in the Kaithal district, where Shri Guru
TegBahadur Sahib stayed here during his Malwa tour. And when Guru Sahib
was on the way to Kaithal, Bhai Mala Ji approached him and requested him
to stay in Bhai Jugat Tarkhans house. Bhai Jugat welcomed Guru Sahib
with great devotion and served him till his stay.
In the morning, Guru
Sahib had his bath and took rest under the Nim Tree. When the news
spread about the Guru Sahib’s arrival, people from all over the village,
as well as from the surrounding villages gather to seek his blessings.
Then, a Gurudwara was built and named as ‘Gurudwara Shri Nim Sahib’.
Gurudwara Shri Patshahi Chevin Ate Nauvin Sahib of Cheeka
Shri Patshahi Shevin Ate Nauvin has been located in the Cheeka Village
of Kaithal, where ‘Shri Hargobind Sahib’ as well as ‘Shri Guru Teg
Bahadur Sahib’ arrived here. Shri Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji visited this
place, when he was travelling to Shri Nanak Mata Sahib, and met Baba
Guditta ji and his disciples who captured Gurudwara Shri Nanak Mata and
renamed it as ‘Gorakh Mata. While, Shri Guru Tegbahadur Ji comes here
during his trip to Delhi, and Kashmiri Pandits welcomed Guru Sahib in
Anandpur Sahib, and requested Guru ji to protect them from Aurangzeb,
and blessed people that, whoever visits the place, will get his or her
There are many Gurudwaras in Karnal (Haryana
), which are devoted
to Shri Guru TegBahadur. These Gurudwaras are launched wherever Shri
Guru TegBahadur ji halted while he was traveling to Delhi via Agra.
Gurudwara Shri Damdama Sahib and Gurudwara Shri Jora Sahib
Shri Damdama Sahib has been established in the 'Siana-Sayadaan'; while,
one of the sikh of Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, used to reside in this
village, who had a keen interest to meet that Shri Guru Sahib. Guruji,
upon his request, stayed for few days in his house, where Guruji saw
'Gurudwara Shri Jora Sahib', and gifted a pair of wooden footwear to
the Guru, who gave his leather footwear to the sikh, that is found till
Other Places of Worship in Haryana
Apart from these, there are several other places of worship which are established in different regions of the Haryana State. They are:
The Bohar Monastery is a Buddhist shrine and also a historic
masterpiece. The architecture of the Monastery is worth watching and the
peace and serenity of the shrine pleases every visitor. Idols of the
Buddha Gods are worshipped with great devotion. Peace and tranquility
are the essence of the monastery.
Draupadi was said to be the wife of the mythological heroes – Pandavas
(Yudhishtira, Bheema, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva) from the epic
Mahabharata, who spent a year during their exile. The Draupadi Ghat is
located close to the Panchvati Temple.
Buddhism has always been a part of Indian culture and religion. It
gained great importance during the reign of King Harshavardhana. The
Chinese pilgrim Yuan Chwang has described three Buddhist monasteries in Kurukshetra
. The Stupa was not mentioned by him but it is believed to
have existed for a long time.
The Stupa is in a ruined state now and has
not been maintained for a long time. Bushes and shrubs have grown all
around the Stupa and it is used as open area by locals. The dome has
also been half destroyed due to lack of proper security and maintenance.
Currently it is under the protection of the Department of
Archaeological and Museums, Haryana
Baba Mast Nath Math
The Baba Mast Nath Math is the oldest and most popular place of Nath
Sect belonging to Kanphada Yogis, located in the Asthal Bohar village.
There is a huge statue of Baba Mast Nath placed outside the Math. The
Math is a place of peace, spiritual learning and serenity.
The Dhooni (a
flame burnt with wood that leaves ashes) is believed to be very pious
and is believed to give a lot of peace to the visitor. The morning and
evening Aarti are done with great devotion and drums are played during
In addition to showing the distressed the way to peace, the center aims
at providing Spiritual, Yogic, Ayurvedic, Sanskrit, Techno-Management,
Medical and Paramedical education to people.
The Math has several
divisions and charitable units. A Gaushala (a shed that runs on
donations and charitable trusts that takes care of cattle), Yoga Center,
Ayurvedic education, hospital, Laboratory for Research and Analysis,
Engineering Colleges, Pharmaceutical Colleges, Schools, Nursing College,
Sanskrit College etc. are the servicing units of the Math. In addition
to its earnings, the Math also receives huge donations from top
industrialists and reputed organizations.
Here were the religious spots of Haryana
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