Hundreds of people visit this beautiful state to experience the power of religion and spiritualism. The people in Meghalaya give equal importance to each and every religion.
The people of this region are quite religious minded.
Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians, Gurudwaras, temples and mosques located all over the state of Meghalaya. Some of the religious tourist places located across the state of Meghalaya are.
Nartiang Durga Temple
According to legend, during the immolation of Sati, when Lord Shiva took the corpse of Sati and performed Tandava dance, Lord Vishnu then cut the body into 51 pieces.
In the process, Goddess Durga’s left thigh fell in Nartiang and due to this in Jaintia hills the goddess is known here as Jainteshwari. Jaintia king Jaso Manik (1606-1641) married Hindu Koch king Narayana’s daughter. Lakshmi Narayana persuaded the king to embrace Hinduism.
King Dham Manik made Nartiang the summer capital. It is said that one night the Goddess appeared to him and asked him to make a temple in the place. The temple was thus built in honour of the goddess.
The temple was earlier constructed like a typical Khasi house.
According to tradition, the Jaintia Kings used to offer sacrifices in this temple. The dome of the temple which is shaped like a cupola made of hard stone fell off during the earthquake and now rests on the side court of the temple.
Mahadev Khola Dham
Mahadev Khola Dham is located in Shillong is another very popular temple in Meghalaya. Lord Shiva worshipped in this temple. This temple is set inside a cave. It is believed that the temple is built at the very spot where Lakhiya Baba, sage decided to meditate and stay.
Another legend claims that a Subedar Major of the 8th Gurkha Rifles was instructed to excavate this spot in a dream.
While excavating the spot, he came across the Shiva Lingam and hence, the temple was constructed at this spot.
Whatever may be the truth, this temple is very famous with the devotees who come here in large numbers to pray.
During shivratri, the temple and its surroundings are packed with visitors and devotees reveling in the festivities. The festival of Shivratri is celebrated with great religious fervor.
It is one of the oldest of the 51 Shakti Pithas.
Situated on the Nilachal Hill in western part of Guwahati city in Assam, India, it is the main temple in a complex of individual temples dedicated to the ten Mahavidyas: Kali, Tara, Sodashi, Bhuvaneshwari, Bhairavi, Chhinnamasta, Dhumavati, Bagalamukhi, Matangi and Kamalatmika.
Among these, Tripurasundari, Matangi and Kamala reside inside the main temple whereas the other seven reside in individual temples.
It is an important pilgrimage destination for general Hindu and especially for Tantric worshipers. A scholarly study of the Kamakhya Temple was authored by Kali Prasad Goswami,Adari Surendra.
It is another temple that was constructed by the them Marwari Panchayat during British period. The biggest event celebrated here is Janamastmi every year.
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