There are numerous Durga Mata temples in India. Visiting one or more of these temples during Navaratri is highly auspicious.
Durga is the true manifestation of the cosmic energy that pervades the universe. She is the Supreme Power. Of course, she has numerous names and forms and Hinduism believes that there can be only one Power. All these Gods and Goddesses whether they belong to the Hindu pantheon or other religions are different names of this Supreme Power.
The Rig Veda declares: ‘Ekam sat vipra bahudha vadanti’ – The Truth is one but sages call it various names. For millions of Hindus Durga is that Truth. Of course, you are free to call her any other name. The beauty of the Hindu religion is that it can coexist in perfect harmony with other religions. Hindus don’t consider their religion superior or inferior to other religions. For them, Mary, Christ and Allah are all manifestations of what they call Durga or Brahma (the Supreme Being).
The Durga Temples located in various parts of the country have played a huge role in promoting Hindu culture, philosophy and religion. These temples like other temples in the country have been instrumental in keeping India together as one whole.
Most famous Durga Temples in India
Keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list and there are numerous Durga temples in the country. These are some of the most famous.
Kamakhya Temple, Guwahati, Assam
Vaishno Devi Temple, Jammu and Kashmir
Karni Mata Temple, Deshnoke, Rajasthan.
Mansa Devi Temple, Churu, Rajasthan
Kalkaji Mandir, Delhi
Chamunda Devi Temple, Himachal Pradesh
Amba Mata Temple, Junagadh, Gujarat
Durgiana Temple, Amritsar, Punjab
Jwalamukhi Temple, Himachal Pradesh
Chartarpur Temples, Delhi
Mookambika Devi Temple, Kollur, Karnataka
Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple, Kochi, Kerala
Naina Devi Temple, Nainital, Uttarakhand
Vidyashankara Temple at Sringere, Karnataka
Chamundeswari Temple, Chamundi Hill, Mysore
Dakshineswar Kali Temple, Kolkata, West Bengal
Marikamba Temple, Sirsi, Karnataka
Mangalagauri Temple, Gaya, Bihar
Devi Kanaka Durga, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
The Durga Temple, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Shree Durga Parameshwari Temple, Kateel, Karnataka.
Chandi Devi, Haridwar, Uttarakhand
Bhagavathi Temple, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu
Bhadrakali Temple at Hanamkonda, Warangal, Andhra Pradesh
Annapoorneshwari Temple of Horanadu, Karnataka
Banashankari Temple near Badami, Karnataka