Temples in GorakhpurWhile it is well known to be a city of many faiths, Gorakhpur city boasts of some of the country’s most renowned temples that draw tourists and pilgrims to it each year. On a visit to Gorakhpur you cannot fail to see the Hindu cultural influence at almost every nook and corner. Apart from time-honoured temples, many smaller shrines have also sprung up over the years. There are, however, some temples in the city that draw crowds to them throughout the year, and these are elaborated below.
Gorakhnath Temple in GorakhpurKnown to be the city’s landmark, the Gorakhnath Temple adorns Gorakhpur with its grandeur and splendour. It symbolises the city itself, standing majestic on 52 acres of land at the spot where Guru Gorakhnath did tapasya. Apart from the temple’s magnificent proportions, the intricate religious sculptures that adorn its walls are certainly breath-taking. Over the years, there have been many additions and modifications to the overall structure of the Gorakhnath Temple. Each year, thousands of devotees gather together on the premises of this temple for the Kichari Mela, held from January 14 onwards. Apart from this festival, the gates are always open to devotees and visitors throughout the year. Read More
Vishnu Mandir in GorakhpurThe Vishnu Mandir is especially famous for its idol of Lord Vishnu, in Black Stone, dating back to the 12th Century. The idol came under dispute during the British Era, but it was retained in the Vishnu Mandir. Read More
Suraj Kund in GorakhpurThis Sun Temple is located to the north western part of Gorakhpur city, on an area of around 10 acres of land. There is a tank, at the middle of which is the main temple, and it is surrounded on all sides by water. There are a total of 26 sun temples in India, and Gorakhpur has the privilege of being home to one of them. The Suraj Kund is said to be the resting place of Lord Ram, and drawn many Ram devotees to it each year. Apart from this, the Ram Sita Temple, the Kali Temple and the Annapurna Temple are also located here.
Sun TempleLocated a little distance away from Gorakhpur city, on the Kasia-Tamkuhi road, is the Sun Temple. There are magnificent statues of the Sun God, intricately sculpted in Black Stone. These statues are said to date back between the 4th and 9th centuries, according to excavators.
Mahaparinirvana TempleSaid to represent the “Dying Buddha”, the Mahaparinirvana Temple has a massive statue of Lord Buddha reclining on his right side, and facing the North, with his leg to the South. There is a main Nirvana Stupa on the same plinth as the temple in front of it. The 6.10 meter long Nirvana Statue of Lord Buddha, placed on a brick pedestal, draws a number of visitors to this temple each year.
Nirvana ChaityaLocated just behind the Mahaparinirvana Temple, the Nirvana Chaitya owes its present existence to the excavation of Carlleyle in 1876. Originally, only a copper plate with the “Nidana Sutra” was found, which indicated the existence of the Nirvana Chaitya. Further excavations revealed this place, along with other religious and archaeological treasures.
PawapuriLocated around 22 kilometers east of Kushinagar, Pawapuri is said to be the place of Nirvana of Lord Mahavir. Each year, on the day after the festival Diwali, another festival is organized here to celebrate Lord Mahavir’s attaining of Salvation.
Lehra Devi TempleThe Lehra Devi temple has its history dating back to the time of the Pandavas, who in disguise, visited the Lehra town and Lehra Devi offered them shelter. It is said that when she disappeared along with the boat, when a boatman tried to make improper advances toward her, and it is at this spot that the temple is built. People are seen here primarily on Tuesdays, because it is believed that after visits to the temple on five consecutive Tuesdays, a person’s wishes are fulfilled.
Budhia Mai TempleThis temple is located amidst the Kushmi Jungle, and draws a number of devotees to it throughout the year. During Navratri, especially, thousands of devotees throng to offer up prayers.
Hanuman Temple in GorakhpurThis is one of Gorakhpur’s oldest temples and is devoted to the worship if Lord Hanuman. It is located in the Betiahata locality of Gorakhpur, on the Hanuman Mandir Road. Tuesday is considered to be an auspicious day for the temple despite the fact that it is open on all days from 4:00 am to 9:00 pm. Navratri, Hanuman Jayanti and Dusshera are celebrated with great pomp and splendour at this temple.
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