INDIA, October 8, 2021 (Times of India): Navratri is one of the most prominent Hindu festivals in India, celebrated with much fervor and enthusiasm. During this time, ardent devotees observe a nine-day fast and visit revered Durga temples to offer their prayers to Maa Shakti (a form of Durga). This is also the time when prominent Shakti Peethas in the country are flocked to by religious travelers.

The Vaishno Devi Temple (above) is one of the holiest temples in India, visited by Hindu devotees from across the globe. Situated in the Katra district of Jammu and Kashmir, the temple remains crowded with pilgrims year round. It is believed that Goddess Durga resides inside a cave here in the form of rocks. The temple is an eight-mile uphill trek from Katra. As per Hindu mythology, Tripura Sundari Temple is built on the spot where Sati’s right foot fell. The temple is situated in the city of Udaipur (formerly known as Rangamati) in the northeast Indian state of Tripura. Devotees pray to Maa Kali, who is worshiped in the temple in the form of Soroshi.

Several more prominent Durga temples are featured in this travel slideshow: