In these days life has become very complex. The different spheres of human activity have been multiplied. Practically speaking, there is hardly any time, nor the mood, even to think of God.An ideal temple serves the purpose well to make one entertain the divine thoughts, at least duringthe time he is in the temple. The sanctity of the place soothes and revitalizes his worn-out nerveswith a unique spiritual aura. His entire being is sanctified by the divine vibrations, springing forthspontaneously.Heenjoysthedivineecstasy.Onlywiththisviewourancientshavebuilttemplesallover this country.Pilgrimage is indeed a religious, nay, a spiritual act, enjoined upon all sincere devotees of the Lord. It gives us a great scope for periodical drastic flushing of the worldliness and impuretendencies that are being accumulated in our day-to-day life through constantly living in thematerial atmosphere, filled with worldliness, greed, passion, malice and delusion. Our nature becomes regenerated, re-vitalized and ultimately spiritualized.In this little volume, Sri Swami Sivanandaji, in his usual supra-poetic style, gives shortdescriptions of the prominent temples in India. They are in the first part of the book. Obviously,they are not merely an informative list of the various temples in India, but they are actually agarland of elevating hymns to the different deities, representing the Almighty Lord.In the second part of the book, brief descriptions of the prominent places of pilgrimage inIndia, their location and the important spiritual legends that are connected with them, are given.They will be indeed a valuable guide to those who are interested in pilgrimage.We sincerely hope that this volume will inspire more and more people of this great countryto undertake pilgrimages and form the temple-going habit. Thus would the spirit of BharatavarshaliveforeverintheheartoftheIndia;andthuswouldthecultureofthelandenshrinedintheTemples be revived.Shivananda Nagar,llthJuly,1957. ThePublishers.Holy Guru Purnima.