India is also known to be the country of temples. It is known for its cultural and religious diversity, mythology and folklore. The cut-off and obscure land of northeast is still included in it and Northeast India also has some of the most ancient temples. You can get the roots of Hinduism also in this region and you can see several rich religious traditions. The Shaivate traditions in Tripura and Vaishnav traditions in Manipur are world famous. Northeast also has three leading Shakti Peethas of India. This way, northeast is also a well known religious hub in the pilgrimage circuit of India. In Northeast India, religious tourism has special appearance for the tourists visiting northeast.
It is one of the most significant Hindu pilgrimage destinations in the world. It is located over the Nilachal Hills in Guwahati, Assam. It is known to be the sitting place of Goddess Kamakhya and among the 51 Shakti Peethas of India. It was built in seventh century according to historical records. The pilgrims pay worship as per Tantric rules.
It is the popular temple in Assam which is devoted to Lord Shiva and it is located besides Brahmaputra River. It is located over a small island known as Peacock Island. It was built on 17th century by the King Gadadhar Singha. You have to take ferry to cross the river and reach the temple. It has some of the amazing rock cut figures.
Also known as Matabari Sundari Temple, Sundari Temple is another major Shakti Peetha in India. It is located in Udaipur of Tripura and around 55 km from Agartala. It is devoted to two similar deities – Chhotima up to 2 feet and Goddess Tripura Sundari up to 5 feet tall. According to the legends, Goddess Sati’s right foot fell here and it became Shakti Peetha.
It is another most popular and auspicious Shakti Peetha in the country, of Goddess Durga. It is located over Jayantia Hills in Meghalaya. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Jainteshwari or Jaintiya, a Goddess Durga’s manifestation. Legends believe that the left thigh of Sati fell on this part and Shakti Peeth was erected.
It is devoted to Goddess Kali and it is one of the most popular Hindu temples in India. Located in Dimapur of Nagaland, the Kalibari was built in 1956 and attracts large number of foreign and Indian tourists.
Also known as Aakash Ganga temple, Malinithan Temple is located in West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh. It is one of the most prominent pilgrimage destinations in Arunachal Pradesh and it is closely related to several mythological stories. Currently, the temple is in ruins. It is believed to be the place where Lord Krishna and Rukmani, his consort, were greeted by Goddess Parvati with garlands. Parvati is also known as Malini and the temple is named after her. It is a most significant archeological point as it has an excavation site.
The temple is located at Legship region of West Sikkim on the bank of Rangit River. The legends believe that Arjuna undertook the rigorous penance to please Lord Shiva and he appeared before Arjuna at this place and blessed him with boon to succeed the epic battle of Mahabharata. It is a sitting place of Lord Shiva. Thousands of devotees visit this temple every year on the festive season of Bala Chaturdashi and Maha Shivratri. This temple has huge importance for devotees across India.