About Ishta Devata

Ishta Devata is the world’s largest Spiritual destination that brings faith closer to hundreds of millions across the world. Launched in 2013, Ishta Devata organizes information about Hindu temples, practices and rituals that make up the rich Hindu pantheon.

With worldwide support of hundreds of volunteers, and a listing of over 100,000+ Temples, Ishta Devata exists to serve as a destination for over a billion on a secure digital interface.

Ishta Devata works under the auspices and guidance of prestigious institutions like Sri Kanchi Mutt, and Arsha Vidya Gurukulam which have accorded us a privilege patron status. Read more about our association here:-

-Ishta Devata Association With Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham

Ishta Devata Association With Arsha Vidya Gurukulam

Our vision is to organize and present information about every Hindu shrine across the globe and enable transactions on a single interface.

We believe that temples bind us to spirituality and are at the core of Hindusim, hence our endeavor at Ishta Devata is to:-
a. Provide you with authentic information about every temple
b. Help you with your temple visit – Pilgrimage
c. Enable temple poojas and contributions – Poojas
d. Facilitate devotion – Prarthana

Founded by seasoned Professionals with over 2 decades of experience in eBusiness, Marketing, Analytics and Technology and backed by Xerago, Team Ishta Devata has an enviable team that has helped large consumer and internet brands succeed. Powered by 100+ member multi-disciplinary team comprising of cutting edge Coders, Big Data Professionals, Immersive Experience Experts, New Age Marketers, Hands on Operations staff, Avid Writers, Support team and a growing volunteer base of over 600 passionate people.

With an established team, that has delivered remarkable value to Citibank, Intel, PayPal, Cellcom, HDFC Bank, ICICI, Consim and several consumer brands, Ishta Devata has the right amalgam of talent that is so critical to succeed.

The Ishta Devata network also includes distinguished historians, several spiritual practitioners and research scholars in Hinduism who constantly provide wealth of information about temples, and other interesting aspects of Hinduism.

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1. What is Ishta Devata?

Ishta Devata is the world’s largest Spiritual destination that brings faith closer to millions of Hindus across the world. Temples hold a scared place in our hearts; built, nurtured and worshiped by our forefathers they are integral part of our everyday lives. Hence Ishta Devata strives to make your connection with your Devata more fulfilling.

We are NOT affiliated to any Political Party and don’t endorse any political views.

2. How does it work?
Simple. Type in either your wish, or preferred deity or temple name or place and find information about shrines that meet your requirement. Go ahead and browse or just bookmark Ishta Devata.
3. Why Ishta Devata?
There are millions of temples with billions of pilgrims visiting every year, YET there’s no single source of authentic information that people can use reliably. Every time a pilgrim completes a visit, over 100 parameters of information is used at an explicit and implicit level. Most of these information and guidance needs are unmet.

At Ishta Devata, our pursuit is to empower you, the pilgrim / enthusiast with all these nuggets of information and guide you in your spiritual pursuit.
4. What is Ishta Devata’s agenda?
Our mission is to enhance your spiritual experience by making it meaningful and fulfilling.

5. Why now?
Born out of an epiphany moment to help people find authentic information on temples, poojas, and prarthana, Ishta Devata was born. We believe that we are responding to a higher calling. All information in Ishta Devata is written collaboratively by professional volunteers and passionate people. Anyone passionate about temples may contribute, (except in certain cases where it is restricted to prevent religious extremism, disruption or vandalism).
6. What promise does the future hold?

We have currently listed over 100,000+ Temples and are continuously adding more. While we are currently limited by contributions and information collected so far, we are hoping to reach a milestone 1 Million Temples soon…

Our Research and Development team is also actively engaged in collecting, curating and enriching data on the listed temples. Please join in and contribute, we look forward to hearing from you on any temples or associated experiences and stories.

We’d love to hear from you. Please feel free to reach out to us at yourfriends@ishtadevata.com

7. How do you classify temples by wish?

All listings in Ishta Devata are thoroughly verified and referenced by our professional volunteers and eventually the research team. In our experience we have witnessed that every temple helps fulfill some human wish or want. And every time information on a new temple listing is collected this aspect is captured as well.

Based on the account and faith of several devotees, priests, yore and proponents, the research team at Ishta Devata establishes the wish for the specific temple or shrine.

We’d love to hear from you. Please feel free to reach out to us at yourfriends@ishtadevata.com