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
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.