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West India Temples

West India Temples are within the states of Gujarat, Goa and Maharashtra and regarded as most beautiful from point of view of architecture and decoration. Of the most famous temples in Gujarat, the Dwarkdhish temple in Dwaraka town is a very important pilgrimage site for Hindu devotees. Dedicated to the Lord Krishna, this famous town is said to be ruled by the Lord Krishna during his time. As the legend goes, it was here in Dwaraka, that the Lord Vishnu severed the demon Shankhasura. The Dwarakadhish temple has its sanctum as Jagat Mandir or Nij Mandir, which is recorded to be more than 2500 years old. Other notable temples in Gujarat are the Somanth temple, Parsi Fire Temples, Rukmini Temple, Akshardham temple, Bhrigu Rishi temple and Gangeshwar temple.

Adding to the collection of west India temples, are the temples from the state of Maharashtra. Aligning with the opulent tradition of art and culture of the state, its temples also reflect rich culture and architecture. The state infact is considered to be a 'landmark in the evolution of Indian temple architecture'. One can find two of the existing Rock-cut temples here-the Elephanta Cave Temple and Kailasanatha Temple-in Maharashtra, which are tremendously famous and most visited of the west India temples in the country. The Kailasanatha temple located in Ellora, near Aurangabad is famous of the west India temples, carved entirely from rock during the 6th and 8th century CE. It is believed that more than 400 000 tonnes of rock were excavated before this magnificent temple was created and that is called absolute brilliancy on part of the architects of the time. The Elephanta Cave Temples are just 10 kms away by sea, from the Gate Way of India in Mumbai and date back to 5th century CE. These west India temples are dedicated to the Lord Shiva and are visited by many foreigners including regular devotees from the country. Other important and famous west India temples of Maharashtra include: Vitthala temple, Asta Vinayak temples, Mumbadevi temple, Mahalaxmi Temple, Balaji temple, Dattatreya temple, Gharishneshwar temple and Babulnath temple.

West India temples also include the temples of Goa. The most popular is the Sri Bhagavati Temple, located at 7 kms from Pemem in Pemem Taluka. This temple is a complex of five temples of which the main temple is the Shri Bhagavati temple. Other four temples are Shri Sateri, Shri Dev Ravalnath, Shri Dev Bhivangi Panchakshari & Brahma (Shri Vishnu, Shri Ganapath, Shri Shankar). Dussehra and the annual Zatra are celebrated with much pomp and dignity here, and attract many devotees. Other famous west India temples of Goa include: Sri Mahalakshmi Temple, Sri Chandeswar Temple and Manquesh Temple.

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