I know I know, temples? We all have annoyed our parents as kids when they dragged us to many temples and groaned as each hour passed by in the waiting line, but as grown ups we learn to be proud of the same places of worship. India is famous for its cultural roots with history, and temples are branches of the tree that’s called god. Let’s take a look at a few of the many temples people from all around the world come to visit.
1. Tirupati Balaji temple, Tirupati, Andhra pradesh.
This is one of the most visited pilgrimage centers of India. People come to the temple to worship Venkateswara, or Srinivasa or Balaji, incarnation of Vishnu, one of the trinities of Indian mythology. The shrine is located on the Seven Hills of the Eastern Ghats in Tirupati, in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh
2. Ranganathaswamy temple, Tirichy, Tamil Nadu.
The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple or Tiruvarangam is a Hindu temple dedicated to Ranganatha, a reclining form of Lord Vishnu. Constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture, this temple is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, the early medieval Tamil literature canon of the Alvar saints from the 6th–9th centuries CE and is counted as the first and foremost among the 108 Divya Desams dedicated to Vishnu. Covering about 156 acres, this is regarded as one of the largest hindu temples in the world.
3. Meenakshi temple, Madurai, Tamil Nadu.
The Meenakshi Amman Temple is a historic Hindu temple located on the southern bank of the Vaigai River in the temple city of Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India.
4. Sree Padmanabhasamy temple,Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
Padmanabhaswamy temple is located in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India . The temple is built in Dravidian style of architecture associated with the temples located in the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu. It is said to be the richest hindu temple in the world, in terms of precious stones and ornaments.
5. Kanaka durga temple, Vijayawada.
Godess kanaka Durga self-manifested on a hillock known as indrakeeladri on the left banl of the river Krishna at Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh. Thee shrine is also called sri durga malleswara swami temple which dates back to the 8th century.
6. Brihadeeshwara temple, thanjavur, tamil nadu.
Rajaraja chola 1, a tamil emperor laid the foundations of the temple during 1002 CE. Brihadeeshwarar temple is the first amongst all thee buildings which make use of granite fully. Records maintain that the construction of the temple was completed In 5 years.
7. Kalabhairaveshwara temple.
The Kalabhairaveshwara temple is one the most ancient temples in Karnataka, and is dedicated to lord shiva. If you’re a lover of architecture, this is one place you must visit.
8. Sri Krishna temple, guruvayur, Kerala.
Located in a small town called Guruvayur, the lord Krishna temple is the the most famous attraction in and around trichur. There is separate dress code which men have to follow in order to pay their respects, they must only wear a ‘mundu’ and a scarf.
9. Sri Madhur Madananteshwara Siddivinayaka Temple, Kerala.
Dedicated to lord Ganesh, this is another visual treat architecture lovers should not miss.
10. Sri Krishna Mutt temple, Udupi, Karnataka.
Dedicated to Lord Krishna, this temple was built in the 13th century and is a holy place for daily devotion and living.
11. Ayappan temple, Kerala.
Sabiri mala is a hindu pilgrimage centre. It is one of the largest annual pilgrimages in the world with an estimated 50 million devotees visiting every year. The ayyapan temple is loacated admist 18 hills.
12. Thousand pillar temple, Warangal, Andhra Pradesh.
Dedicated to lords Vishnu, shiva and surya, the thousand pillar temple is a historic hindu temple built in the year 1163 AD. It follows the architectural signs of the Kakatiya and Chalukya dynasties.
13. Mallikarjuna swamy temple, Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh.
This shrine, dedicated to Lord Mallikarjuna is situated on a flat top of Nallamalai Hills in Srisailam. It is reputed to be one of the most ancient kshetras in India.
14. Jain temple, Kolanupaka, Telangana.
Kulpakji, also known as the Kolanupaka temple is a jain shrine in the Nalgonda district of Telangana. This temple houses three idols, Lord Neminath, Lord Rishaba, and Lord mahaveer.
15. Cave temples of Mahabalipuram.
The cave temples of Mahabalipuram are located on the hillock of the town, overlooking the coramandel coast of the Bay of Bengal. The earliest use of these caves was dated back to the jain and Buddhist periods.
16. Ramanathaswamy temple, Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu.
Dedicated to lord Shiva, and located on an island off the Sethu coast of Rameshwaram, Ramanathaswamy mandir can be reached via the pamban bridge across the sea. It is believed that a visit to this temple washes away one’s sins and brings moksha (salvation).
17. Birla mandir, Hyderabad, Telangana.
The Birla Mandir in Hyderabad, dedicated to lord Venkateshwara is constructed out of 2000 tonnes of white Rajasthani marble. This magnificent structure is situated near the Hussain sagar lake and provides a breath-taking view of the city and the lake.
18. Kanchi Kailasanthar temple.
Dedicated to lord shiva, the kailasanthar temple lies far away from the commotion of kanchipuram, in a rustic suburb.
19. Kapaaleeshwarar temple, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
The peaceful kapaleeshwarar temple of Chennai which serves as a holy shrine to lord shiva is said to be one of the oldest temples in the city. With a Dravidian style of architecture, this temple dates back to around 1250 AD.
20. Arunachaleeshwar temple, Tiruvanamalai, Tamil nadu.
Dedicated to Lord shiva, this is one of the holiest temples In the country. It is situated on a hill which itself looks like a shiva linga. It is said that the very thought of this temple ensures salvation to the soul.
21. Simhachalam Simhadri Temple, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
Dedicated to Narasimha Swamy, the architectural style of the temple takes its influence from the Kalinga architecture. This temple fills you up with a feeling of bliss as you arrive there. Highly recommended.
Southie: Akshay Kolli.