Indore is not only known for historical monuments, but also for its numerous religious places. The city is home to many famous temples which attract pilgrims from within the country and abroad.
Temples in Indore are however not merely places of worship, they are also monuments of architecture. Whether you are a resident of the city or have come as a tourist, visiting the Indore temples are a must in your tour itinerary. Many of them are situated at a convenient place away from the bustle of city life and will provide your mind and soul with relief and inner peace.
Famous Temples in Indore are:
Annapurna Temple- This is one of the oldest Indore temples. A beautiful temple dedicated to the Hindu goddess Annapurna, thousands of pilgrims as well as tourists throng this place every year. Structurally it is closely similar to the Meenakshi temple of Madurai. Besides the idol of Annapurna, there are shrines dedicated to Kalbhairava, Shiva and Hanuman.
The temple is also an architectural wonder with statues of four elephants seen embracing the temple’s highly ornamented gate. This temple with its beautiful decorations of legendary characters along its walls makes it a much sought after religious place in Indore.
Bada Ganpati-This temple has a spectacular idol of Lord Ganesha measuring 25 feet and is reputed to be the largest Ganesha idol worldwide.
Bada Ganpati in Indore
This record makes it the centre of attraction in Indore. Built in 1875, the statue is believed to be the outcome of a dream by an Avantika or Ujjain local, Shri Dadhich. It is situated in the centre of Rajwada, or Holkar Palace.
Gomatgiri- This is a small hillock near the city of Indore. Gomatgiri is sacred to Jain devotees. A 21 feet statue of Gomateshwar is built here, a close replica of the statue of Bahubali in Shrawanbegola.
There are 24 marble temples in Gomatgiri, respectively dedicated to the 24 tirthankars in Jainism. Gomatgiri was given by the Madhya Pradesh in 1981 to the Jain samaj.All tourists who come to Indore must visit this place, which is maintained with a restaurant, dharamshala and a guest house for everyone’s convenience.
Khajrana Ganesh Temple- The Khajrana temple in Indore has a huge number of Hindu devotees through the year. It was built by the courageous Maratha queen, Ahilyabai Holkar, who was also instrumental in raising Indore from a village to a beautiful and prosperous city.
Khajrana Ganesh Temple ( Source: Flickr)
According to tradition, it is believed that all the wishes made by a person in this temple are granted here. There is a nearby dargah, in honour of Nahar Sayed. It is revered by the Muslims who come to pray here.
Digambar Jain Kanch Mandir- This is a Jain temple in Indore which is considered as an architectural marvel, since it is wholly inlaid in glass. It was constructed in the early 20th century by Sir Seth Hukum Chand Jain (Kasliwal). He was a famous trader and an industrial pioneer in India. The doors, windows, walls and ceilings of the Kanch Madir are exquisitely detailed and covered by mosaics and glass panels.
Bijasen Mata Temple- This temple is situated in a small hillock called Bijasen Tekri. It was constructed in 1920, and is situated at a distance of 9 km (approx.) from the railway station and is just a two minutes drive from the nearby airport.
Bijasen Mata Temple
The temple and its alluring surrounding area (since it is built on a height) makes it a must for Indore sightseeing. There is also a small lake with a garden in the adjoining area. Get poised to see breathtaking Indore sunsets and a great night-time view of the entire city on this hillock.
Shri Ridhhi Sidhhi Chintaman Gabesh Temple Kumhar Mohalla Juni Indore
Apart from this, the Omkareshwar temples are a must see for all visitors to Indore. It is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated in a picturesque location, the entire place resembles the shape of the sacred Hindu word, “Om”. Crowned with a white shikhar towering the city skyline, the Omkareshwar temples in Indore are an imposing presence of faith and grandeur.