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Ranchi has a number of beautiful and famous temples. Some have been constructed in the modern era while others are very ancient temples. The belief and devotion of people attracts them to these temples. Few of such spiritual destinations in and around Ranchi have been furnished below :
Angrabadi Temple Complex (Amreshwar Dham):
It is a temple complex in Khunti, around 40 kms. from Ranchi. It contains idols of Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha, Ram-Sita and Hanuman. Devotees come to this temple to offer prayers. Sage Shankaracharya Swami Swarupananda Saraswathi renamed it Amreshwar Dham.
Jagannathpur Temple is located 10 kms from Ranchi and was built by Barkagarh Jagannathpur Thakur Ani Nath Shahdeo in 1691. The architecture of this temple resembles the architecture of famous Jagannath temple in Puri. Rath yatra and an annual fair is held here. It is built on top of a hill and you will have to climb many steps to reach the temple. However, if you travel the distance in your vehicle, you can comfortably reach the temple.
Sun Temple (Surya Mandir):
Sun Temple looks magnificent as it is in the shape of a chariot having 9 wheels on each side and life-size horses. It is situated on Tata-Ranchi Highway and was constructed by Sanskrit Vihar (a charitable trust). The 'dharamshala' belonging to the trust offers rooms and food at subsidized rates. The sacred pond is used during ''chhath puja'' for offering prayers to Sun God and also for taking a holy dip.
Ranchi Hill and Pahari Mandir:
Ranchi hill is about 2140 ft. above sea level. It was called ''phansi tongri'' as freedom fighters were hanged here. National flag is hoisted on the temple to pay them homage.On top of Ranchi hill is a Shiva temple. Devotees offer 'jal' to the deity. One has to climb 300 steps to reach the temple. A bird's eye view of Ranchi from the top of the hill is really enthralling.
Dewri Mandir is located 60 kms. from Ranchi on Tata-Ranchi Highway. It is an old temple of Goddess Durga. The idol here comprises of 8 hands on each side (solah bhujhi). Normally, only 4 hands are seen on each side in the idols of Goddess Durga. Prayers are performed by 'pahans' (tribal priests) and Brahmins together. The temple is constructed with big rocks put together. Dassam falls is not very far from here. So, spiritual and nature tourism can be clubbed together to make the journey more fruitful.
Rajrappa Mandir (Maa Chinnamastika Temple):
Rajrappa Mandir is an ancient temple of Goddess Kali. It is also known as Maa Chinnamasta or Maa Chinnamastika temple. There is a headless idol of Goddess Chinnamastika which stands on the body of Kamdeo and Rati on the lotus bed. The architecture of this temple resembles that of other temples designed in the tantric style. Apart from the main temple, there are around 10 more temples of Sun God, Lord Shiva etc. Animal sacrifice is still practiced in the temple on Tuesdays, Saturdays and during Kali puja.Tribal people come in groups known as 'yatri' to immerse ashes of their loved ones in Damodar river. Rajrappa is located at the confluence of rivers Damodar and Bhairvi (or Bhera). Boating and bathing facilities have been provided. People throng here for prayers, 'janaeu ceremony', worship of newly bought vehicles and 'mundan'.
Digambar Jain Mandir:
Digambar Jain Temple is situated in the heart of Ranchi. It has a peaceful ambiance with a hall and stage housed in this elegant building. The temple has standing images of Lord Adinath, Lord Bahubali and samosarn of Lord Mahavir along with other deities. The atmosphere here is ideal to connect with Lord and also with oneself.
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