Following are the main temples of Lucknow and other religious places in Lucknow. A noticeable fact is that some temples have been got constructed by Muslims while some Mosques have been constructed by Hindus.They all have become symbol of Unity and devotion in Lucknow City. Below is description of famous temples in Lucknow:
Around 21 Kilometers away from Lucknow Charbagh Railway Station, you can view a new grand temple constructed quite similar to famous Tirupati Balaji temple in Tirumala.
Constructed by artisans and experts called from south India, on a plot of about 27K square feet at Banthara area on Lucknow-Kanpur road, this temple is now most valuable gift to devotees of Lord Venkateswara. It was opened on November 23, 2012.
Chandrika Devi Temple - This 300 years old temple is well known for the deity Chandrika Devi - a form of Goddess Durga.
This place and nearby areas have relevance and religious significance since the time of the Ramayana. It is also called Mahi Sagar Teerth.
Built by Janabe Alia – A symbol of Unity in Lucknow city. This temple is very old and the site was first noticed by a famous saint of Ayodhya sometime in 1585 AD.
An old well can also be seen near the temple which was earlier called well for strangers. A moon –emblem of Awadh Empire can be seen at the top of the dome of temple which is significant and shows the Hindu Muslim unity. Location - Aliganj, near the Aliganj Hanuman Temple -well connected through Kursi Road. The temple is nearest to Aliganj Housing and about 1 km. away from famous Kapoorthala crossing, Mahanagar
Famous ‘Bara Mangal’ festival of Lucknow is held in Lucknow each year in Jeystha month (near June) and is associated mainly with this ancient temple. In addition 'bhadara' is also held. The Lucknow Nawabs had great faith in Lord Hanuman and they always supported worship and the Bara Mangal mela. A beautiful large Kund (water pond) with stairs in the compound of the temple adds to its antiquity. It is said that whenever a new temple in established in nearby area, 'chola' is always obtained from this temple.
This temple was established by Baba Neeb Karauri near the old bridge. It is said that during the floods of 1960 the temple was swept away but the statue of Lord remained there intact. Later on, a new temple was got constructed near the new bridge on January 26, 1967.
4. Sheetla Devi Temple, Mehadiganj Mohalla, (Near Rajajipuram) Lucknow
This temple is also one of the most ancient Devi temples. It is said that the magnificent temple was destroyed by the intruders and it was only after centuries that a businessman first located the idol of Devi in the water of a nearby pond. The temple was got reconstructed and the ancient style of the temple is still retained. The then Diwan of Nawab , Raja Tikait Rai , got reconstructed the Shitla Temple and also a very large pond with a number of down stairs and ghats on both side, which is at present called “Tikait Rai ka Talab’.
The temple has been a site of thousand years’ old Aathon Ka Mela of Lucknow which is held on the Holi festival each year near the temple and Pond. The main attraction of this temple is this that this is visited by newly weds during/after their marriage. More information
5. Surya Temple - Situated near Daliganj bridge and adjacent to Planetarium in Lucknow, is said to be an ancient sacred water pond comprising of 5 wells. Nawab Asafudduaula of Lucknow rebuilt and renovated the ghats. It is said that the water of the Kund had medicinal value. The kund was initially made of Lakhaori bricks.
Do not forget to have 'Durshan' of an ancient Hanuman Ji temple behind Surya Temple. You can view a tree - a strange one - three trees in one!
- Bakshi Ka Talab, Sitapur Road, Lucknow
One of the historical temples - Bakshi Ka Talab: Nageshwar Shiv Temple in Lucknow-
300 years old, Nageshwar Shiv Temple was got constructed by Munshi Tripur Chand Bakshi during Nawab Amajad Ali Shah. It is Situated on the north of Bakshi Ka Talab on Sitapur Road ( a road moving towards Chandrika Devi Temple, Neemsaar, Mishrikh Tirth and Sitapur).
7. Sangat Temple (constructed in Moghul period). It is situated in the open fields in trans Gomti area on the right flank of the Pakka Bridge. (Khadra)
8. Kabir Temple : beside the stretch of narrow gauge railway line between Mausambagh and Iradatnagar.
9 Jagannath Temple, 15 Kms. Away (Sarai Shekh)- built by Nawab Asafuddaula about two centuries ago. (Near Chinhat Masjid)
There is a Shani Temple also in temple premises.
How to reach : A new wide road connecting Daliganj to Lucknow University Road parallel on the bank of river Gomti, is most useful to reach at this Historical Temple. If you are coming from Lucknow University (Opposite Hanuman Temple Side), take a left hand turn and after few minutes drive, you may take a right hand turn slope road (Opposite Zenith Hospital) connecting to the Temple. If you are from Daliganj, Roomi Darwaja etc. just after 2 munites you will see the same left hand turn slope road connecting the temple. If there is no rush, there should not be problem of parking.
This is also one of the old temples in Lucknow. It is situated on main Faizabad Road and around 5 Kms. away from Lucknow main Hazratganj. The temple is surrounded by many shops. The whole area has developed as 'Bhooth Nath Market' in Lucknow. Main temple is of Lord Hanuman Ji. You can also view beautiful statue of Lord Shiva and Parvati on Nandi in addition to many others. Nearby Bhooth Nath Market is now emerging as most important and busy market in trans-Gomti area of Lucknow.
There are several other Jain temples in Lucknow. Some prominent among them are the Lord Shantinath and Lord Padma Prabhu temples in Chrivali Gali locality, the Lord Parshwanath Temple in Sondhitola, Lord Sambhawanath Temple in Phulwali Gali (Chowk) five temples in Dadabari premises at Thakurganj and a Jain Temple in Daliganj.
List of Jain Temples in Lucknow-Ten Jain Temples in Lucknow - complete information
Shiv Mandir in Mohanlal Ganj, Lucknow - around 20 kms. from Lucknow-
Also known as Kashishwar Mahadev Temple, this grand Shiv Temple was built by Shri Kashi Persad, Talluqedar, Sassendi in 1860. Later on, it was given a new look by Rani Subhadra Kunvar in 1926 as is evident from the stone fixed on the gate of the temple. Situated at around 19 kms. away from Lucknow, Mohanlalganj is a block of Lucknow. Mohanlalganj is named on the name of Raja Mohan Lal, who was son-in-law of Raja Jeevan Lal. This temple has historical value and is the witness of Hindu traditional Vastu [construction] art. You can view below a 'How to reach Mohanlalganj' map to know the location of temple.
This most beautiful looking temple has eight number of Shivalas (Small temples around the Main). The main temple is in Centre. Top of the temple is decorated with eleven rudras. You can see attractive art work on the inner as well as outer walls of the temple. There is also big brass 'Ghanta' on the entrance of the temple.
Temple can be better maintained if provided with little care. A number of shops have cropped up in the vicinity. This more than a century old temple, is one of the precious heritage buildings of the Lucknow. During Shiv Ratri festival, devotees from far off places throng to this temple to offer prayers. More information, Images
14. Kalyan Giri Temples, Near Chowk, Kakori Road, Lucknow- On the western side of Lucknow, a number of temples can be seen near Chiowk, Lucknow, on the road leading to Hardoi. These are Shiv temples called Kalyan Giri temples. Around two Hundred years back Baba Kalyan Giri, who came to Lucknow in the regime of Nawab Asafuddaula, laid the foundation of the main temple. It is said that the then Nawab got constructed the temple through his officer, Raja Bhawani. On the eve of first Monday of Sawan, a fair is organised each year. A number of devotees visit these temples on Maha Shiv Ratri each year from the city as well as nearby areas. Vishambhar Mahadev Temple are oldest one and Samadhi (sanctuary or tomb of a saint ) of Baba Kalyangiri is also here. A Shani Dev temple is also here:
Shani Dev temple in Kalyan Giri Temple complex. Probably the biggest one, Shani Dev Temple in Kalyan Giri Temple premises is thronged by devotees on each Saturday to offer prayers and pooja.
15. Bari Kali Mandir, Chowk Lucknow - One of the ancient temple in Lucknow, Kali mandi in Chowk, Lucknow is said to be got constructed by Aadi Shankaracharya around 2000 years ago. It is also claimed to be
the only temple in India where God Vishnu Ji and Kali Ji statues are placed together. During Navratri a large number of devotees throng to the temple and offer Puja. This temple is of Lakshmi and Narayan. This is probably the most important temple of Lucknow. The main temple is surrounded by many other temples.
How to reach : After reaching Chowk, you can reach temple - go the street behind Khun Khun Ji Ki Kothi. If you are coming from Rumi Darwaja side, take a road just opposite to Clock Tower.. This road connects to a road. Take a right hand turn. After few meters, you can see a road to left hand turn. After around 100 meters walk you can reach temple. There is enough parking space for your car/motorcycle. During Navratra, you can also see a fair (mela). During Navratra there is rush of devotees. It is said that prayers offered during Navratra are always fulfilled.
18. More ancient Temples in Chowk, Lucknow
Shri Kale Ram Temple near King's Unani Hospital Entrance ; Small Shiva Temple ; Ancient Sambhavnathji Jain Temple ; Nepali Temple ; Baba Vishwanath Dham and Temple ; Krishna Temple
- On Mohan Road, a road goes to Mohan from Chowk, Lucknow- This temple is age-old temple. It is said that Lakshmana established this temple while he was going to leave Ma Janki in forests. As he was feeling disturb, he establish Shivlinga and worshiped.After worship he became peaceful. It was Wednesday. The temple have been established by Raja Bakshi during Nawab's time. There is also a legend that Ram Sita and Laxman while going for Banwas, worshiped Lord Shiva at this place on the Day of Wednesday. (बुद्धवार ) hence it is called Budheswar Mahadev Temple. You may also visit this temple through Ring Road of Lucknow.(From Kanpur Road).
20. Sandohan Devi Temple - Chaupatiya Crossing, Lucknow
21. Ma Purvi Devi Temple - This temle is situated in Thakur Ganj area of Lucknow near Tehseenganj crossing. If you proceed to Thakurganj from Chowk on Hardoi Road, this temple is on east side of he road. It is said that few hundred years ago this place was outside the main city. There is an old Neem Tree in the temple premises. A legend - that if a round is taken of this tree, his dreams are fulfilled. You can see Hanuman Ji temple along with Mahakaleshwar Temple in the premises.
22. Buddha Temples:
Most important temples are on Gautam Buddha Marg and at Rishaldar Park. An important pilgrimage for Buddhists is located at Lucknow outskirts. Around 109 Kms. away from Ayodhya ( near Faizabad), it is said that the kingh of Kaushla, Sravasta established his capital here and hence the name Sravasti. Lord Buddha spent 25 rainy seasons here preaching his gospels and displayed his Divine powers by converting a dacoit called Angulimal to Buddhism. Stay at Tourist Bungalow, Balrampur, Sravasti.
23. Kali Bari Temple - a historical temple -more than 150 year old temple in Lucknow -It is said that except the days of fast, fish, bhindi, karela and ghobhi cooked in oil are offered to Maa Kali Ji and thus prayers of the devotees are always fulfilled. A unique thing is that the idol of Maa Kali Ji in this temple is made of clay.
How to reach: After reaching chowk crossing, proceed towards churi vali gali (street) located in the back of Khun Khun Ji ki Kothi. This narrow lane goes to the temple.
More Temples in Lucknow :
a. Balaji Temple - Talkatora Road, Lucknow
p. Panchmukhi Hanuman Temple, Nishatganj,
q. Nageshwar Temple in Rakabganj,
r. Mangaleshwar Temple in Subhash Marg,
s. Siddhanath Mauni Baba Temple,
t. Indreshwar Temple, Tulsi
u. Manas Temple,
v. Gulacheen Temple,
w. Dakshnirmukhi Hanuman temple in main Hazratganj Lucknow
x. Mrityunjay Mahadev Temple,
y. Dakshineshar Hanuman Temple in Udaiganj.
z. Shri Khatu Shyam Temple, New Hyderabad, Lucknow
Shani Dev Temples in Lucknow
A number of Shani Temples in Lucknow attract huge number of devotees from Lucknow and nearby . One temple in Karaunda Ghat is famous : more information