Many of the East India temples are very ancient. They
mirror the Nagara style of architecture, and are located
in the states of West Bengal, Orissa, Jharkhand and
Bihar. Of all the Pilgrimage centers across the country,
well known pilgrimage centers are infact situated in
eastern India. According to many Hindu devotees, the
Puri Jagannath Temple and the Konark Temple are the
most significant pilgrimage centers for them and many
visit these temples without fail every year. The most
famous of the east India temples are in the state of
Jagannath Temple: Located in the town of Puri in Orissa
this temple is dedicated to the Lord Jagannath and was
stated to be built by Chodaganga Deva in the 12th century
A.D. The Rath Yatra at this temple is hugely popular
and is celebrated with zest and gaiety by lakhs of devotees
visiting the temple during the months of June and July
every year for 10 days. Apart from this many other festival
like Snan Yatra, Ganesh Puja or the Chandan Yatra are
also celebrated amidst much fanfare, making this temple
one of the best in all the east India temples.
Konark or Sun Temple: This glorious temple was constructed
by Narasinha Deva of Ganga dynasty during the 13th century.
It is considered as one of the seven wonders of India
and recognized as a world heritage site by the UNESCO.
The temple is in the form of a chariot with twenty four
elegantly decorated wheels, and seven horses that showcases
immaculate stone carving art. The chariot belongs to
the Sun God and the temple is dedicated to him.
Dakshineshwar Kali Temple: Located at Dakshineshwar
in Calcutta on the banks of the most sacred river Ganga,
this temple was built around 1885 and is dedicated to
the Goddess Kali. Lakhs of devotees throng this temple
on `amabasya` held every month or on Kali Puja held
Bodhi Temple: This is the most sacred Budhist temple
located in the state of Bihar about 100 kms from Patna.
It is believed that the Lord Buddha has received enlightenment
exactly at this place and a descendent of the Banyan
Tree under which he supposedly attained the enlightenment
is present at the site even today.
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