Thursday, 30 July 2015

Top 6 Holy South Indian Temples

The Southern states of India, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, are primarily known for two things, logic-defying movie stunts and breathtaking temples. For those of you who do not know, temples are the holy places where you can worship God and see him in all his beauty and feel his presence in the very air you breathe.

There are many temples all over South India, but some of them are very famous based on their history, architecture, power of God, and its existence. Although this article is about some of the best temples, there are yet many temples to be seen in South India when one goes on pilgrimage. Below is a list of such temples one should not miss visiting them, and the top 6 south Indian temples are.

Padmanabhaswamy Temple

Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, situated in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala, is dedicated to the protector of the Universe, Lord Vishnu. It is one of the 108 Divya Desams, which can be found all around India. Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple gave the city of Thiruvananthapuram its name, as the city’s name translates to “the Holy Abode of Anantha Padmanabha”.      

Meenakshi Temple

One of the ancient temples and an ancient place of south India Madurai is a place famous for its historical temples. Madurai is famous for its Goddess temple Meenakshi and Lord Sundareshwar. There are many big and small towers (gopurams) in this temple and it is a common practice of this temple where the Goddess is worshiped before worshiping the Lord, hence the devotees visit the Ashta Sakthi Mandapam.

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.

Tirumala Venkateswara Temple

Tirumala Venkateswara Temple is located on the Tirumala hills near Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh and is one of the most sacred temples for vaishnavites. According to legends, Lord Vishnu came down to Earth as Venkateswara to woo back his consort Goddess Lakshmi after a feud.

Jambukeswarar Temple

ambukeswarar Temple is one of the most revered temples in Tamil Nadu. The temple was built 1800 years ago by the Kocengannan, who was one of the Early Chola Kings. The temple is one of the five major Shiva Temples, Panchabhoota Sthalams which represents the element of water.

Thanjavur Temple

Thanjavur emerged as the stronghold of Tamil culture in the eleventh century, with Chola King Raja Raja I at the helm. The Cholas built more than 70 temples in Thanjavur, with the most outstanding one being the Brihadeswara Temple (known as the Big Temple).

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