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12 Must-See Temples in South India

  1. Meenakshi Temple

Located in Madurai, Tamil Nadu this is one of the most famous temples in India. Most of the buildings were built in 17th century, but the temple can track it’s roots back to 6th century BC. The temple has 14 towers (gopuramas) ranging from 45–50m in height and, among many others, the Hall of thousand pillars. It is One of the sacred abodes of Goddess Parvati. Here you can find all the details how to visit the temple.

Photo by © Jorge Royan / http://www.royan.com.ar
  1. Virupaksha Temple

Located in Hampi, Karnatka It is part of the Group of Monuments at Hampi, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple was the important site to the Vijayanagara Empire that existed 14th-17th century. It’s tallest gopurama (tower) is 50 meters high. Here you can find all the details how to visit the temple.

Photo by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra
  1. Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple

This Hindu Temple is designed in Dravidian architectural style typical of South India. It was built in 8th century by Pallava Dynasty and dedicated to Lord Shiva. In the courtyards you will find numerous and exuisite sculptures, like the ones of erected lions.

Photo by Keshav Mukund Kandhadai

 

  1. Annamalaiyar Temple

The temple is located in Thiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu and it is one of the largest in India. It covers 10 hectares and it’s gopuramas (towers) reach up to 60 metres. Just like Meenakshi Temple it has the Hall of thousand pillars and in extensive religious life.

Here you can find all the details how to visit the temple.

Photo by Adam Jones – Adam63

 

  1. Brihadishwara Temple

Known as the „Big temple“ it was built during Chola period in 10th century in the Dravidian style. Interestengly, the inscription at the temple say the name of the architect: Kunjara Mallan Raja Raja Rama Perunthachan. The temple is protected by UNESCO and it is featured on 1000 rupee coin.

Photo by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra

 

  1. Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple 

It is said to be the larges functioning Hindu temple in the world as opposed to Angkor Wat that is out of function today. It covers more than 60 hectares and one of it’s gopuram reaches up to 73 metres which makes it a temple-town. It is located in  SrirangamTiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu and it dates back to 1st century AD.

Photo by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra

 

  1. Airavateshwara Temple

Darasuram, Tamil Nadu, India. Dating from 12th century and protected by UNESCO.

Photo by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra

 

  1. Chennakesava Temple

Belur, Karnataka, India. Protected by UNESCO.

Photo by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra

 

  1. Durga Temple

Aihole, Karnataka, India. Dating from 8th century and protected by UNESCO.

Photo by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra

 

  1. Ishavara Tmple

 Arasikere, Karnataka, India. Dates back to 13th century of the Hoysala Empire.

Photo by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra

 

  1. The Temples of Pattadakal

Located in Karnataka State these 8th century Hindu and Jain temples are part of UNESCO World Heritage.

Photo by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra

 

  1. Gangaikondacholapuram Temple (Pragatishwara)
Photo by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra

If you would like to visit more temples, please visit veludharan.blogspot.hr where you can find an exhaustive list of temples and visiting information. Another interesting source is this Facebook group.

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