The southern states of India have numerous holy shrines and temples that stand as important pilgrimage destinations even for international tourists. Some of these temples are of 2nd or 3nd century too. There are more than 34,000 temples in the region and most of them are located in Tamil Nadu.
#1. Meenakshi Amman Temple
Location – Madurai, TN
This is a very important temple and it can be found in the state seal too. This temple is dedicated to Lord Parvathi. It was also one of the nominees for the New Seven Wonders of the World. This temple is famous for its interesting sculptures, Hall of Thousand Pillars, carved halls and numerous other attractions. It is an important pilgrim spot.
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#2. Ramanathaswamy Temple
Location – Rameshwaram, TN
This is an important temple of Lord Shiva. This is where Lord Ram did rituals for forgiveness for all crimes and evil that he committed during the war again Raavan. This temple has the country’s longest corridor. One could see the imprints of Hanuman’s tail on one of the lingams in the temple.
#3. Brihadeeswarar Temple
Location – Thanjore, TN
This temple is also called as Big Temple. It is a heritage site that was built 1000 years ago using granite. It is a temple of Lord Shiva. The tower of this temples is the tallest in the world and many interior structures and deities are built with a single stone. There are many mural paintings too.
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#4. Chamundeshwari Temple
Location – Mysore, Karnataka
This temple gets its name from the Chamundi hills on which this temple is located. This temple’s main deity is Shakti or Chamundeswari. It is an important tourist destination in Mysore. The doors of this temples are made with gold and silver. This hill temple is located 3000m above from the ground level.
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#5. Tirumala Venkateswara Temple
Location – Tirupathi, AP
This is the temple with the highest revenue generated and the temple with most number of visitors in a year in the world. This is also called as Tirupathi temple as it is located on the hills of Tirupathi. The delicacy, laddu of this temple is very famous. This temple also has the largest solar powered kitchen in the world. The whole temple runs on solar and wind power. More than a million people visit this temple, every year.
#6. ISKCON Temple
Location – Hyderabad, AP
This temple is famous for its architectural attraction. It is a temple for Lord Krishna. You can also find weekly yoga classes here. This temple is also called as Shri ShriMadanaMohana temple and is the most popular of all ISCKON temples around the country.
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#7. Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Location – Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
This temple is one of the oldest temple and one of the very few temples in which Lord Vishnu is in a sleeping posture. It is said that Lord Balram once visited this temple. There is an Othakalmadapam that is completely built with a single rock. This temple is also famous for a huge treasure that was recovered recently.
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#8. Thillai Natarajar Temple
Location – Chidambaram, TN
This temple is also called as the Kailash of Earth. This is Lord Shiva’s temple in which he is in a dancing posture. You can find many dance performances happening in this temple. This is an important temple for pilgrims. This temple was remodelled during various time periods by different kings of different dynasties.
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#9. Ranganathaswamy Temple
Location – Trichy, TN
This temple is the first of the top 108 temples of Lord Vishnu. This temple is said to be built on 156 acres of land. The tower of this temple is 237 feet high and has eleven tiers. A brick wall was built to protect the temple from Muslim invaders in 13th century. This is the largest functioning temple in the world.
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#10. Sri Krishna Temple
Location – Guruvayur, Kerala
This temple is also called as Guruvayur temple. It is an important temple of Lord Krishna in which he is worshipped as a small child. Though it is not a historically important temple, it is an important pilgrim spot. The temple has a unique structure and is a delight to watch with numerous oil lamps shining.
These are not the only temples in the South India. Starting from Nagaragar Temple to Sabari MalaiIyappan Temple, there are numerous different types of temples for various Gods of Hinduism. Each temple has a speciality and most of them are important tourist destinations.
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