10 Most Famous Temples in Nagaland

10 Most Famous Temples in Nagaland

Nagaland, a state in northeastern India, is renowned for its diverse tribal communities and rich cultural heritage, which includes numerous temples that are integral to the state's religious and cultural landscape. The land is home to some 16 different kinds of tribes with distinct and fascinating cultures. More than 80% of the population lives in small, isolated villages and practices their own rituals and traditions which have been existing for centuries. In this article, we will be looking at the list of most famous temples in Nagaland. 

Shiv Temple

The renowned Shiva temple located in the village of Singrijan within Dimapur, Nagaland, is a popular destination for devotees, despite the state's strong Christian presence. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple draws numerous visitors every day, with crowds swelling during the festive occasion of Maha Shivratri. At the heart of the temple lies a Svayambhu Lingam, a naturally formed Shiva Lingam.

Local legends suggest that the temple's construction in 1961 was inspired by a mysterious stone found in the Rangapahar Reserve Forest. As the tale goes, a villager and his wife went to the forest to work and sharpened their tools on the strange stone. To their amazement, liquid began to ooze from the stone, prompting them to flee in fear. The story spread, leading to the eventual establishment of the Shiva temple in the same location.

Despite the dominance of Christianity in Nagaland, the popularity of the Shiva temple at Dimapur endures, standing as a testament to the enduring significance of Hindu traditions and the resilience of cultural diversity.

Dimapur Jain Temple

Situated in Dimapur, Nagaland, Dimapur Jain Temple is the famous temple dedicated to Lord Mahavira. The temple was built by the 8 Sethi families who were the first non-Naga settlers in Nagaland. The temple was built in 1947 and managed and looked after by SD Jain Samaj Dimapur. According to the legends, in 1920, 8 Sethi families, who were the first non-Naga settlers in Nagaland established the first Jain temple in Nagaland. Later, due to the Japanese invasion in 1944 during World War II, these families moved to Dimapur. They built a Jain temple in Dimapur in 1947.

The temple is architecturally very well built and has an impressive structure along with some intricate glasswork. The back portion of the temple was built later in 1989. The statues of Lord Adinath, Lord Bahubali, and Lord Bharat Swami stand tall in the back portion of the temple. The Panch Kalyanak of the temple idols was conducted in 1989 by Shri Suparshmati Mataji. The first level of the temple houses the Chaubisi which involves the idols of all the twenty-four Tirthankaras of the Jain religion and the Samavsaran.

Dimapur Kalibari

In the town of Dimapur in Nagaland, India, stands the revered Dimapur Kalibari, a Hindu temple devoted to the worship of the Goddess Kali. Constructed in 1956, the temple has become an important cultural landmark in the region, known for its well-maintained premises and its celebration of major Hindu festivals, including Durga Puja.

To commemorate the temple's 50th anniversary in 2006, community services such as an ambulance service and library were launched, underscoring the temple's significance in the local community. Built through the generous contributions of local philanthropists J.C. Das, M.M. Mazumder, and other devout followers, Dimapur Kalibari is one of the most famous Hindu temples in North-East India, serving as a revered place of worship for devotees in the region.

Kalibari Temple

Dimapur Kalibari is a Hindu temple dedicated to the Goddess Kali located in the city of Dimapur of Nagaland in India. It is one of the most popular Hindu temples in the Nagaland state. It is a 17th-century temple which is situated 27 km from Agartala. It is located on a hill overlooking Kamalasagar Lake. This is the reason it is also called the Kamalasagar Kali Temple. According to legend, the lake was excavated in the 15th century by Maharaja Dhanya Manikya. The deity in the temple which is made of sandstone is similar to that of Durga but is primarily worshipped in the form of Kali. The temple organizes most of the Hindu festivals like Durga Puja for the residents of the region.

Durgabari Mandir Kohima

The Temple was built in 1956. Its 50th anniversary was celebrated in 2006 with the launch of various community services like an ambulance service and a library. They organize most Hindu festivals like Durga Puja for the residents of the region. The temple is one of the more famous Hindu temples in North-East India and was built with major contributions from local philanthropists J.C. Das, M.M.Mazumder and S.K Dutta(Kaloo Dutta) who was a president for over 30 years, under whose Presidency the beautiful temple and guest house were built along with other devotees. It is well-maintained and a revered place of worship in the region.

Nepali Mandir

Shri Samrajeswar Pashupatinath Mahadev Mandir, also known as the Nepali Mandir, Kanthwala Mandir, and Mini Khajuraho (Kanthwala in Hindi means wooden), is one of the oldest and most famous temples in the holy city of Varanasi. This temple has great religious importance in Hinduism and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Constructed in the 19th century A.D. by the King of Nepal, the temple is made of terracotta, stone, and wood and is a replica of the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. The Mandir is made of terracotta, stone, and wood and took three decades to complete. The wood is termite-proof. It is constructed in the Nepali style of architecture and is surrounded by tamarind and ficus religiosa (peepal) trees. The temple has Pagoda-style architecture, mainly carved out of wood. It has sculptures similar to the ones displayed in the Khajuraho Group of Monuments and hence it is also called "Mini Khajuraho".

10 Most Famous Temples in Nagaland
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