Spiritual Places of Punjab

The land of Punjab is rinsed by five rivers, and from this very fact the ancient land derives its name. Temples of Punjab unveil the splendid architectural skills of the artists of the bygone era. Surrounded with serenity, these temples provide eternal peace of mind and soul for the devotees who come here. Captivating the spirit of human beings, the temples cast a spell on its devotees to experience the divine presence of the Almighty.

Durgiana Mandir

Location: Amritsar, Punjab.
Dedicated to: Goddess Durga
Built In: 16th century
Build By: Guru Harsai Mal Kapoor
Best time to visit: December
Festival: Dussehra, Janmashtami, Ram Navami and Diwali
Get there: You can reach Amritsar by air via the international airport of Amritsar, Raja Sansi International Airport. The railway station of Amritsar is just a few yards away from Durgiana Mandir. You can reach road also to Amritsar. Various taxis run from different cities towards Amritsar. The Bus stand of Amritsar is just 1.5 kms away from Durgiana Mandir.

This temple is a premier Hindu temple of Punjab situated in the city of Amritsar. This temple derives its name from the Goddess Durga. It is sometimes called Silver temple for its carved silver doors like the Golden Temple it is also situated in the middle of a pool of water, also connected to the dry land by a long causeway and it also has a golden dome. This temple holds a prominent place in the Hindu history as it is believed that Lord Rama visited this place during one Ashwamedh Yagya when he was the king of Ayodhya. This temple was the worshipping place for Saint Valmiki, who wrote the epic Ramayan.

Fatehgarh Sahib

Location: Sirhind-Morinda Road, Punjab
Built In: 1952
Build By: Maharaja Yadvindra Singh
Best time to visit: March to October
Get there: The nearest Airport is Delhi. The District has Sir Hind Junction Railway Station on the Delhi-Amritsar section. This junction links the country with the Ropar and Nangal Dam. On the Sir hind-Nangal railway line, there is a railway station at Fatehgarh Sahib. Fatehgarh Sahib is 250 Kms from National Capital Delhi. The National Highway No.1 (Sher Shah Suri Marg) passes through it at Sir Hind and Mandi Gobindgarh situated in the district.

Gurudwara Fatehgarh Sahib is a complex consisting of several important Gurudwaras linked to the younger sahibzadas (younger sons) of Guru Gobind Singh. After the heroic death of two elder sons of Guru Gobind Singh, in the battle of Chamkaur, his two younger sons, namely, Zorawar Singh and Fateh Singh were done to death, by being bricked alive in the fort of Sirhind by the order of the tyrant Nawab Wazir Khan. That is why it was named Fatehgarh Sahib. The historical wall where the younger sons of Guru Gobind Singh were bricked has been preserved in this Gurudwara. The sanctuary contains the historic wall in known as Gurudwara Bhora Sahib.

Goindwal Sahib

Location: old town of Machiwara in Ludhiana District,Punjab.
Built In: 1616 AD
Build By: Guru Amar Das Ji
Best time to visit: October to March
Get there: National Highways link Amritsar to the rest of the country. Amritsar is well connected by bus to most major cities and the northern areas. State run public buses and private buses are available to move in and out from Amritsar. Amritsar is an important railway station and is well connected to major cities in India through daily trains Guru Ram Das Ji International Airport in Amritsar provides regular service to major cities in the country.

This is the birth place of Guru Arjun Dev, the fifth Guru. Guru Amar Das and Guru Ram Das both breathed their last in this very place at the age of 105 and 47 years respectively. The Goindwal Sahib Gurudwara in Punjab is the pride of the state and it is a major pilgrimage and tourist’s attraction. The Goindwal Sahib Gurudwara in Punjab is the pride of the state and it is a major pilgrimage and tourist’s attraction.Guru Sri Amar Das constructed a Baoli or a well with eighty four steps. It is said someone who takes a bath in the well and recites the Japji Sahib, ttains Moksh.

Gurdwara Keshgarh Sahib

Location: Anandpur Sahib, Punjab
Built In: 1699
Get there: Gurudwara Shri Keshgarh Sahib is located in centre of the town, on Nai Abadi (Anandpur - Keshgarh) Road in Anandpur Sahib. It is located about 3 kms from Anandpur Sahib Railway Station and at a distance of 2.5 kms from Anandpur Sahib Bus Stand.

This place is a birthplace of Khalsa in Anandpur Sahib, Punjab. This is one of only five Takhats or Seats of Authority of the Sikhs, thus also known as Takhat Keshgarh Sahib.Kesgarh Sahib is the central place of Anandpur Sahib. It is also known as Takht Kesgarh Sahib. Revelation of Khalsa and first inititation (Khande Di Pahul) took place here.Gurudwara Shri Keshgarh Sahib is a huge three-storeyed Shrine, magnificently built with white marble stones. It is surrounded with a platform of white marble stones. There is a big Langar hall - which serves langar (food) to the devotees and a Dasmesh Hall (Darbar hall) located in the vicinity of this Gurudwara.

Mata Mandir Temple

Location: Rani ka Bagh,Punjab
Built In: 20th century
Best time to visit: October to March.
Get there: Amritsar is connected by air with Delhi (435kms) and Srinagar.Amritsar is well connected by rail with Delhi, Calcutta, Bombay, Varanasi, Wagah and some other places in India.Amritsar is connected by bus with Ambala, Chandigarh ,Delhi Ferozepur and Jammu etc.

Mata Mandir Temple is one of the most popular Hindu pilgrimage sites of the state of Punjab; this Temple is a prime Amritsar Tourist Attraction. Amritsar's Mata Mandir Temple was built in the model of the famous Vaishno Devi Temple of Katra, Jammu. Women who wish to have children come here to pray. The temple has a series of vivid shrines and grottoes. Festivals are celebrated with great pomp and show. An evening visit to the temple gives an opportunity to the visitors to observe the life Styles of Hindu families.

Ram Tirth

Location: Chogawan Road, Amritsar, Punjab
Best time to visit: October and March
Dedicated to: Lord Ram
Get there: The nearest airport Raja Sani International Airport is well connected to the other parts of the country by regular flights. Through Railways, Amritsar is directly connected to rest of India via rail route. It takes about 6 to 10 hours to reach Amritsar by train from Delhi. By way of Road; regular deluxe and non-deluxe buses are available from I.S.B.T. Delhi to Amritsar.

It is believed that the temple is built on the spot where Ramayana was written by Valmiki. People say that this is also the same place where Ram and Sita's twin sons were born. The Ram Tirath Temple is considered as one the most sacred spots for the Hindus. The temple has statues depicting important scenes from the epic - Ramayana. Another prime attraction of Ram Tirth in Amritsar is its four day long fair which is organized from a long time. Today, a large number of tourists across India come to visit this exotic place. The style and the architecture of the temples attract the tourists such that a constant increase in the incoming of tourists is visible.

Unique Moorish Mosque

Location: Kapurthala,Punjab
Built In: 1930
Built by: Jagatjit Singh
Best time to visit: November to March
Get there: Nearest Civilian Airport is Rajasansi International Airport at Amritsar nearly 75 kms from Kapurthala. This airport is well connected with Indian cities Kapurthala falls on Jalandhar-Firozpur Railway line. It has low frequency of trains from major cities. Jalandhar, 19 Kms. away, is falls on Main Railway line of Jammu-New Delhi and Amritsar-New Delhi and connected to all major cities of India through trains. Kapurthala falls on the Jalandhar-Ferozpur road and there is a vast network of bus services. Both Public and Private bus operators are there.

The Moorish Mosque of the Kapurthala city is an architectural wonder of the golden era. The last King of the city Shri Jagatjit Singh had hired a French architect to construct the lavish building."The Moorish Mosque" is an important landmark of the ancient city of Kapurthala. The Moorish Mosque attracts several tourists from far and near the area. The mosque has a large compound paved with pure Indian Marble. Its inner dome has been beautifully painted by Punjabi artists. The beautiful gardens of giant structure are decorated with colorful lights which add to the beauty of ancient monument.
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