Many people wonder why in India there are so many gods. There is a god of rain (Lord Indra), the goddess of wealth (Goddess Lakshmi), the goddess of knowledge (Goddess Saraswati), the god of wind (Lord Vayu)... The list could go on and on. There are thousands of gods in Hinduism which confounds people, especially from the West, who come from a background where they are told that there is only 1 god. But thats where the beauty of India lies: unity in diversity.
We are all different in this world. We have our own likings, inclinations, desires, our minds have different colors, we see the world through our own world... were all so similar yet so different. The reason there are so many gods in Hinduism to make it easier for us to identify ourselves with a deity. Such a fascinating, obvious and simple idea.
Traveling through India passing by through the several temples is an absolutely fascinating thing to do. With temples of all sizes and historical backgrounds, the experience is not only in visiting the temple and admiring the architecture but observing in observing the calmness of people and the contrast between the noisy and crowded streets of India and the serenity inside the temple. The experience is in admiring peoples devotion and faith and how their life revolves around a higher purpose.
Here is a list of some of the most famous temples in India:
Somnath Temple in Gujrat
Kashi Vishwanathan Temple, Varanasi
Venkateshwara Balaji, Tirupati
Meenakshi Temple, Madurai
Golden Temple, Amrtisar
Brihadeshwar Temple, Tamil Nadu
Amarnath Cave Temple, Jammu & Kashmir
So home exchange in India and not only learn how to live like a local but become a local yourself in the country that roofs 1 billion people!