Uttar Pradesh is recognized as one of the most culturally effervescent states in India owing to its hoary past. The temples in Uttar Pradesh stand huge amidst other Hindu temples across the nation. Many of the Uttar Pradesh temples are built in commemoration of the Hindu Gods, the Lord Rama and Krishna; because legend holds that the Lord Rama and Lord Krishna were born in Ayodhya and Mathura, respectively. Each of these towns exists today, properly supported by rich religious and cultural traditions, in testimony of the fact. Also the town of Varanasi on the banks of the river Ganga owns the famous temples UP, the Kashi Viswanath Temple, which is visited by thousands of devotees from all parts of the country. Most of the Uttar Pradesh Temples are ancient and renowned for healing powers, as many devotees visit with ailments of all sorts in blind hope find a cure in Uttar Pradesh Temples.
Of the most famous temples UP, the Krishna Janam bhoomi temple at Mathura is recognized as the birth place of the Lord Krishna—people believe that the Janam Bhoomi temple is built at exactly at the same place where Lord Krishna was born. The temples in Uttar Pradesh at Vrindavan and Nandgaon are also recommended places of worship, besides the Kashi Viswanath Temple, the Sankat Mochan Temple dedicated to the famous Hindu deity, the Hanuman, the Bharat Mata Mandir at Varnasi.
Uttar Pradesh is the most populous states in the Indian Territory, with more than 190 million people in an area of around 93, 933 square kilometers. The state apart from being prominent place for the Hindu mythology also is important for Buddism. Because it is here that Budha has met his first disciples and the spot is popularly called as the Chaukhandi Stupa; it is also from the Dhamek Stupa at Sarnath, that Buddha gave his first sermon and the town of Kushinagar is where Buddha has left abode.
Agra is where the most famous monument the Taj Mahal is located. Recognized as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, this monument is also a world heritage site. This magnificent monument ever built, casts a spell on its visitors. People from all walks of life visit Taj Mahal and those yet to visit would long for one in near future. Taj Mahal is open from 6.00 AM to 7.00 PM on week days except on Friday, which is the day of prayers at the mosque between 12.00 PM to 2.00 PM. Night viewing is a special sight to watch and it is allowed a couple of days before and after the full moon day, except on Fridays and during the month of Ramzan.