Top 10 Holy South Indian Temples

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Southern India, the abode of nearly more than 30,000 ancient and beautifully architectured temples, has been a fascination for a large number of devotees and tourists since years. The old magnificent temples here proudly represent the rich South Indian culture and heritage. The southern states namely, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerela are famous all over the world for their massive temple complexes. The unique and minutely carved temples have been holding great historic as well as spiritual significance since the time immemorial. These glorious iconic temples are one of the major centres of worship for the hindu followers. Here is a list of top ten marvellously designed South Indian temples.


1. Konark Sun temple


One of the most worthy example of immensely fine craftsmanship, the Konark Sun temple in Orissa, was putatively built by Narsimhadeva of Eastern Ganga Dynasty. The temple has been designed in the shape of a very huge chariot of the Sun God with intricately carved 12 pairs of wheels and 7 pairs of horses. Innumerable multifarious images of snakes, elephants, giraffes and efficiently carved figures of Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva and Goddess Shakti, all over the walls of the temple are worth watching. The most spectacular attractive idols of women, engraved on the walls are world-known. The temple is visited by people of all religious groups and belonging to all walks of life as the Sun God bestows his blessings on all.


2. Jagannath temple


The celebrated Jagannath Puri temple is one of the Hindu temples situated on Reddy Kuppam Road, Kannathur, Chennai. The main deities of the temple are Lord Jagannath, Devi Subadra and Lord Balabadra and their idols are made up of neem-wood. The temple is far-famed for its grand religious festival kown as ‘Rath yatra’ and the varied paintings, portraying incarnations of Lord Vishnu on the walls as well as ceiling. The vast landscape and colourful flowers around the temple compound enhance the holiness of the temple.


3. Tirupati Balaji temple


The Tirupati Balaji temple of Andhra Pradesh is known to be the richest shrine of the world. Devotees from all the parts of the world come here to worship Sri Venkateswara (Lord Vishnu) and seek blessings, as it is a faith that the one, who worships Sri Venkateswara, attains Salvation (Moksha) in the ‘kaliyuga’. The main gate, ‘Padi Kavali Maha Dwara’ is very massive and consists of images of Hanuman, Kevale Narasimha and Lakshmi Narasimha. The wonderful architecture and sculpt of the temple is greatly amazing. It is said that all the rulers who ruled the Andhra Pradesh have vastly contributed to the wealth of the temple. The beautifully constructed idol of lord Venketeswara, the dome over the main shrine and enclosures built in the Dravidian architecture is attracting thousands of pilgrims every day.


4. Ekambareswarar temple


The 500 years old temple in Perambalur district of Tamil Nadu. It is one among the most popular temples of Lord ‘Shiva’, which was built by Paranthaka chola. The most notable sculpture of the temple is that of Kubera, the lord of wealth seated on his fish vehicle. A large number of people visit the temple to worship Kubera for wealth and prosperity. The temple’s chief source of attraction is the 10 pillars in the inner passageway, which when struck with the dry sandal stick, produce 10 different musical sounds. The temple is famous as an abode for seeking health, wealth, prosperity in trade and child boon.


5. Veerbhadra temple


According to a mythological religious narrative, Veerbhadra is considered as a creation of Lord ‘Shiva’. It is believed that this creation was a result of Shiva’s immense grief and anger due to Sati Devi’s self-immolation. Veerbhadra is envisioned as a tall, dark figure with three eyes. He wears a garland of skulls and is extremely powerful. The temple was built in vijayanagara style of architecture during the 16th century, in Lepakshi, in Anantpur district of Andhra Pradesh. The temple walls and ceilings have been artistically painted with images of dancers and musicians.These mesmerising images and the huge ‘Nandi’ established in the temple are of great historical and religious significance.


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