Travelers from all over the world visit Andaman mainly for its pristine beaches and heritage structures. Apart from this, the islands also receive a steady influx of pilgrims wishing to visit the many places of worship here. Home to people of various religions apart from aboriginal tribes, the island is replete with sacred sites for various religions. When you look for Andaman tour packages, you will find that many of them cover the most important religious places to visit there. Here’s our list to help you along the way. Below are the sacred sites that bring out the spiritual side of Andaman
Sacred sites that bring out the spiritual side of Andaman
Sri Karpaga Vinayakar Temple
Of great spiritual importance, Shri Karpaga Vinayak Temple is at Golghar in Port Blair. The most important festival held here is the celebration of Ganesh Puja celebrated on ‘Chaturthi Tithi’ – the birthday of Lord Ganesha. It usually falls sometime in September or October. The idol of Lord Ganesha is carved out of the black clay of the region and is decorated with glittering embellishments.
Celebrated for three days, take an Andaman package during this period that will bring you here to take part in the festivities. The temple is beautifully decorated and it is said that if you pray here – the presiding deity will fulfill your wish.
How to reach – Shri Karpaga Vinayak Temple is on RGT Road in Golghar. It is at a distance of two kilometers from Port Blair Airport. Visit anytime between 5 am to 12 am or 4 pm to 9 pm any day of the week.
Vetrimalai Murugan Temple
Vetrimalai Murugan Temple is ancient and revered by locals and visitors alike. Lord Murugan is the presiding deity here. Also, you will find temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, and Lord Ganesha here. Following the Dravidian style of architecture, the temple’s ‘gopuram’ or pyramidal tower-gate is decorated with intricate paintings. There is a beautiful garden in the outer premises of the temple.
How to reach – The temple is located on RGT Road near Gandhi Park in Port Blair and is at a distance of six and a half kilometers from Central Port Blair. Open from 5 am to 12 noon and then from 4 to 9 pm, visit the temple at any time as per your convenience.
The Roman Catholic Church
The Roman Catholic Church of Andaman is located in Phoenix Bay. A specimen of period architecture, the interiors of this church are fascinating. The corridor of the church is designed to resemble a Victorian structure with elaborate design. Pilgrims from all over the islands come to see the grand architecture of this church and see its surroundings.
How To Reach – You can reach Phoenix Bay in less than 20 minutes by car from the city center of Port Blair as it is at a distance of about nine kilometers. Turn up between 7 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on weekdays. It is open on Sundays from 8 am to 6:30 pm.
Maranatha Full Gospel Church
This is another heritage church in Andaman and a place for solitude seekers. There are carved designs inside the church which are absolutely stunning.
How To Reach – Maranatha Full Gospel Church is also in Phoenix Bay, which is nine kilometers from Central Port Blair. Visit any day of the week between 7 am to 6:30 pm to offer prayers.
It is one of the oldest Gurdwaras in Andaman in the middle of the Aberdeen market. Built by Shaheed Dr. Diwan Singh Kalapani, who sacrificed his life during India’s struggle for independence, it dates back to 1937. This Sikh temple is built of wood on an iron foundation and is a must-visit for those who wish to build it. Spiritual Connection in Andaman
How To Reach – Located on Mahatma Gandhi Road in Aberdeen Market, you can reach here in 15 minutes by car via RGT Road. It is about seven kilometers from Port Blair.
Jama Masjid is also known as Delanipur Masjid located in the Delanipur area of Port Blair. Festivals like Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Zuha are celebrated with great pomp at this site. The beautiful dome and two minarets of this mosque can be seen from a distance.
How To Reach – You can reach the mosque in 20 minutes, as it is about eight and a half kilometers from Central Port Blair.