Karnataka is a home to some of the most prominent pilgrim destinations in India that are visited by the devotees from all over the world. The pilgrim destinations in Karnataka represent the rich cultural heritage of the state. Most of the sacred Hindu and Jain temples are clustered in Karnataka. Renowned religious scholars like Basaveshwara and Shankaracharya had established many sacred matts (religious centers) in this state. Shravanabelagola, Karkala and Dharmasthala are the significant Jain pilgrimage destinations in Karnataka. The itinerary of the religious tours of Karnataka offer you an excellent opportunity to explore the holy temples, matts, mosques and churches, which will cleanse your being with spiritual colours.
While on religious tours to Karnataka, you can visit many holy religious centers in the state. Situated on the border of Shimoga and Uttara Kannada districts, Banavasi is a temple city which is a religious hub. It is considered as the second most ancient city in India after Varanasi.
Dharmasthala and Mudabidri are some of the holiest places of Jains, which is one of the prominent religious sects in India. Mudabidri is referred as the 'Jain Varanasi' of South India. There are a total of 18 Jain basadis (Jain monasteries) in Mudabidri. Shravanabelagola, situated in Karnataka, is another of the most sacred Jain pilgrimages. The Gomateshwara statue in Shravanabelagola is the largest monolithic figure in the world. Plenty of tourists from all over world visit this place on the occasion of Mahamastakabhisekha.
Besides having renowned Jain pilgrimage sites, Karnataka is also well known for its temples. Being a home to great religious leaders such as Saint Basaveshwara and Adi Shnakaracharya, the state of Karnataka is dotted with several holy temples and shrines. Most of the temples have rich paintings and carvings on their walls and reflect the rich legacies of Kannada culture. Make sure that your itinerary of religious tours of Karnataka includes the sacred temples like Vithala Temple, Virupaksha Temple, Cave Temples in Badami, Channakeshava Temple, Chamundi Hill Temple, Biligiri Ranganna Temple, Hazara Rama Temple, etc.
Chennakeshava Temple in Belur is a unique example of Hoysala temple architecture. It was built by the Hoysala king Vishnuvardhan for celebrating his victory over the Cholas, in the battle of Talikad. The Virupaksha Temple is located among the ruins of Hampi. Constructed during the rule of the Chola dynasty, Someshwara Temple is one of the most prominent temples in Bangalore. Mahabaleshwar Temple in Gokarna is a sacred pilgrimage center in Uttara Kannada district. It is one of the seven Mukti Sthalas of Karnataka.
Karnataka houses some of the finest mosques. The mosque in Gulbarga Fort is one of the oldest mosques in the state. Other prominent mosques in the state are the Jumma Masjid, the Zeenath Baksh Masjid in Mangalore, Jamiya in Bijapur, Ekminar in Raichur, Bunder mosque in Mangalore and Solaha-khamb mosque in Bidar.
Most of the churches in Karnataka are positioned in Bangalore including St. Mary's Church, St. Marks Cathedral, United Pentecostal Church and the Trinity Church. These churches feature magnificent exteriors and beautiful interiors. Other remarkable churches are Saint Rozario Cathedral, Shanti Cathedral and Milagres Church in Mangalore, Saint Philomina Church in Mysore and the Anglican Church in Madikeri. One can find a lot of diversity in the elements of religiousity spearheading through the culture of Karnataka.
Last Updated On: 2011/07/11