Pilgrimage Centers Of Karnataka
The State of Karnataka consists of many famous temples and other sacred places which attract people from all over India. Hinduism and Jainism are the two major religions which have influenced Karnataka the most. The Vijayanagara dynasty and Hoysala dynasty built most of the temples which are the pride of Karnataka. These temples are examples of ultimate beauty, in terms of architecture and splendor. Barely can one find any temples as magnificent as the ones in Sravanbelagola, Sringeri, Dharmasthala and Moodbidri etc. Sravanbelagola is famous for the Gomateshwar monument, one of the most sacred Jain pilgrimage centers. Venoor, Humcha, Karkala, Moodbidri and Narasimharajapura are renowned for their rich Jain tradition in Karnataka. Many Jain temples and monuments have sprung over a period of time. All these places have gained immense reputation and remain thronged with visitors for most part of the time. The Hindus, on the other hand, visit Sringeri and Dharmasthala to offers prayers to their Gods. Mookambika Temple in Kollur is located far away from the city, in quaint landscapes. The Cave temples of Badami, dedicated to Vishnu, are of prominence to the Hindus. The other places of interest comprise of some ancient Hindu and Jain temples, mosques and churches. One such place is Gokarna, which literally means “the ear of the cow”, and is said to have been named such after the convergence of two rivers which forms a cow-ear appearance. However, according to popular legend, Lord Shiva emerged here from a cow’s ear and hence the name.
Most of the churches of Karnataka are located in Bangalore. St. Mary’s Church, United Pentecostal Church, St. Marks’ Cathedral and the Trinity Church are some of the well-known ones. The Anglican Church in Madikeri in Kodagu district and Saint Philomina Church in Mysore are the distinguished ones while the Jamma Masjid is renowned all over India and is one of the most consecrated mosques. It is situated in the Gulbarga Fort. Karnataka is a land of beautiful and remarkable ancient temples, mosques and churches that have stood the test of time. Today, hundreds of visitors swarm these places for their magnificence and religious significance. Not only the religious import, but also the intriguing history surrounding them pulls the thousands of tourists. On the whole, the State of Karnataka is a prime religious destination because of its affluent religious heritage and the outstanding architecture it entails.