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Followers of the tantra path of Hinduism as well as people of the 'bhakti" tradition attach great significance to the Hindu shrines that are linked to tantrism. In some of these temples 'bali' or ceremonial sacrifice of animals is carried out even today, while in others, like the Mahakaal temple of Ujjain, ashes of the dead are used in the 'aarti' rituals. Here's a quick guide to the top ten tantrik shrines or Shakti Peethas of India.

  1. Kamakhya Temple, Assam
  2. Kali Temple, Kalighat, West Bengal
  3. Vaital temple, Bhubaneswar, Orissa
  4. Shiva Temple, Ekling, Rajasthan
  5. Balaji temple, Mehendipur, Rajasthan
  6. Khajuraho temples, Madhya Pradesh
  7. Kaal Bhairon Temple, Ujjain, MP
  8. Mahakaleswar Temple, Ujjain, MP
  9. Jwalamukhi Temple, Himachal Pradesh
  10. Baijnath, Himachal Pradesh

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