Religious Places in Surat
India is a country which believes in the principle of unity in diversity. India houses many religions, cultures, traditions and customs. Some of the religions practiced in India are Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism. Surat is the second largest city of Gujarat which houses many of the sacred religious places. Some of the religious places of Surat are:
Shree Agam Mandir
Agam Mandir is located in the Gopipura village of Surat. The temple is dedicated to Lord Mahavir and also includes the idols of Shri Adeshwar Bhagwan and Shri Parshwanath Bhagwan. The walls of the temple are inscribed with the copper sheets comprising of Dharm Agams.
Ambika Niketan Temple
The temple is dedicated to Mother Goddess Ashtabhuja Ambika. The said temple is built during the year 1969 on the banks of River Tapti and Navrathri celebrations for the goddess is considered to be the most auspicious occasion in this temple. Further,the temple also has shrines of Lord Ram- Sita, Lakshmi Narayan and Lord Shiva.
Ambaji temple is considered to be the major Shakthi peeth of India.The temple is situated at a distance of 185 kilometres from Ahmedabad. The sacred “ Shree Visa Yantra” is worshipped as the main deity of the temple instead of idol worship. The temple authorities have restricted the view of Yantra with common eyes due to its sacred worship. Celebrations at the temple are at peak during full moon days. A number of devotees will come by walk to visit the temple and shows their devotion to Maa Ambe.
Khwaja Didar Dargah
One of the religious places for the Muslims in Surat is Khwaja Didar Dargah. Here the pilgrims gives their respect to the grave of a Hindu King named as Tan Singh. the King converts himself into Islam and serves the Saint who converted him.
Chantamani Jain Temple
One of the Jain temples located at Surat is Chantamani Jain temple which comprises of the rare paintings and carvings of Jain monk Acharya hemachandra and Kumarpal. The temple was constructed during 15 th century and pilgrims belonging to Jain community frequently visit the temple to get blessings from the Monk.
There are many Iskcon temples located in and around India. Iskcon temple is located in the Jahangir Pura area of Surat. The temple is solely dedicated to Lord Krishna. ISKCON is part of Gaudiya Vaishnava Sampradaya and the principle of unbroken disciplic succession is the main Hall mark of ISKCON temple. Here the devotees chants “Krishna Bhajans and slogans” on daily basis.
Parsin Agiari is a sacred temple for Parsis as the sacred flame keeps burning and hence non-Parsis are not allowed to enter the temples.
Mughalsarai is the pilgrimage en route to Mecca which was constructed during 17th century by Mughal King Shah Jahan. Hence Mughalsarai is visited by all the pilgrims who visit Mecca.
Jama MasjidJama Masjid otherwise known as Friday Mosque constructed during 16th century is one of the oldest masjids located at Surat. Jama Masjid due to its ancient history is frequently visited by pilgrims and often crowded.
Bhimnath Mahadev Temple
This temple is located at a distance of 130 kilometres from Ahmedabad. Bhimnath Mahadev Temple is a five thousand years old temple and the temple relates to Pandavas of Mahabhrath era. Till date, the temple is visited by many tourists as a place of historical importance.
Shree Kal Bhairavnath Mahadev Temple
One of the sacred Hindu temples at Surat is Shri Kal BhairavNath Mahadev Temple which is dedicated to Lord Bhairavnath. The temple is located at Kamrej area of Surat.
Surat also houses many other religious places like Vir Narmad Saraswati Mandir, Tulsiwadi Karna Temple, Steneshwar Mahadev Temple, Khodiyar mata katargam and so on.