India's holy places under attack

Militants don't even spare places of worship.

Amarnath temple

Amarnath temple located in Jammu & Kashmir is famous for its ice Shiva-linga that changes size with all the seasons of the year. Amarnath attracts pilgrims in large number from all over India. Yesterday, 7 pilgrims got killed as the bus in which they were traveling was caught in an exchange of fire between military and the terrorists. (Others)

Akshardham, Gujarat

The Akshardham attack was a terror attack at the Akshardham Temple in Gandhinagar, Gujarat in 2002. Murtuza Hafiz Yasin and Ashraf Ali Mohammed Farooq were behind these attacks. Around 33 people were killed and 80 were wounded of automatic weapons and hand grenades used by the attackers. (Twitter)

Mecca Masjid, Hyderabad

Mecca Masjid, Hyderabad is one of India's largest masjid, built in 1694. One afternoon in 2007, bomb blasts occurred inside the masjid, when pilgrims were performing namaz at the heritage building in the old city of Hyderabad. (Pinterest)

The dargah of Moinuddin Chishti, Ajmer

The dargah of Moinuddin Chishti, Ajmer, Rajasthan was attacked at the time of roza-iftaar in 2007 (Facebook)

Raghunath temple

Built by Maharaja Ranbir Singh in 1860, Raghunath temple, Jammu was attacked not once but twice by Fidayeen attackers in 2002. Causing numerous casualties and leaving the bullet holes on the sacred walls of the temple because of the open firing. India blamed Pakistan-based chief of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed for the attack. (Facebook)

Shri Sankatmochan Mandir

Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba was prima facie behind the attack at Sankatmochan Hanuman mandir, a sacred temple established by Saint Sri Goswami Tulsidas ji at Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. This holy temple was attacked in 2006, tuesday, believed to be a special day for Lord Hanuman. It was a large gathering of the devotees at the time 'aarti' when this explosions took place, killing numerous innocent devotees. (Facebook)

Somnath temple

Somnath temple is believed to be the first among the twelve jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. It is an important pilgrimage and tourist spot of Gujarat. Destroyed and reconstructed several times for its gold. The temple was razed in 1297 when the Sultanate of Delhi conquered Gujarat, and again in 1394 AD. The Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb destroyed the temple again in 1706 AD. The present temple was built in 1995 by Shree Somnath Trust and the Government of India. (Pinterest)

Vaishno Devi temple

Vaishno Devi,a famous goddess temple in Katra, Jammu & Kashmir attracts 50 lakh pilgrims every year. In 2003 this holy place was attacked and the prime accuser in the grenade attack on Vaishno Devi pilgrims was Mohammad Yosuf alias Mitha, who also confessed that he lobbed the grenades that killed six persons and injured 38 pilgrims. (Pinterest)