Famous Hindu Temples of South India

1. Tirupati Balaji Temple, Andhra Pradesh

In the present blog, you will read about the famous Hindu temples of South India. This temple considers as one of the richest temples of the world. The annual income of Tirupati Balaji temple is around 30 billion. This temple is also known as ‘Venkateshwara’ Temple dedicated to lord Vishnu. An average 50000 devotees coming everyday to visit this holy place from all around the world. The main deity of this temple is Lord Vishnu which is present in the form of black stone idle.

According to the mythology this is the “kali’ avtar of Lord Vishnu which remains until the kalyug is over. Lots of people donate Jewelry; precious things and thousand of devotees are also shaving their head to donate their hairs to Lord. This temple is easily reachable by train, by air and by road. The nearest airport is Chennai.

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2. Ramanathaswamy Temple, Rameswaram

This temple come among the 12 sacred Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva and one of the main shrines which comes under the Char Dham yatra which is consider as the main pilgrimage sites of Hindu religion. According to the epic Ramayan when Lord Rama would like to reach Lanka in search of her wife Sita which is kidnapped by Ravana he needs to build a bridge on the ocean to reach Lanka. So he made a shivlinga by his own hand and prey to lord Shiva to complete this task.

Rameshwaram is a small island located in the state of Tamil nadu. This temple is also famous for ist huge corrdirs, beautiful pillars decorated by sculptures and holy water tanks. This Place is always surrounded by thousands of pilgrims. The nearest airport is Madurai which is only 148 km far from Rameshwaram.

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3.Virupaksha Temple, Hampi

Virupaksha Temple coming in on number 3 in the list of famous Hindu temples of South India. This temple is located in Hampi In the state of Karnataka. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva situated on the bank of river Tungabhadra, This temple is also comes in the list of world heritage sites by UNESCO. It is believed the sanctum the (Shiva Linga) changes it colors three times in a day and to offer one rupee coin to the elephant is an auspicious thing.

According to the legends this temple was constructed in 7th century and later reconstructed by the time with many kings. This temple is famous for its Gopuram decorated with grand architecture, decorated pillars and intricate carving. Bellary is the nearest airport to reach this temple and it is also connected with Bangalore which is located on the distance of 350 km.

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4. Meenakshi Temple, Madurai

The Meenakshi temple is one of the most famous Hindu temples of south India and its always in the bucket list of south India tourists. This temple is located in the temple city of Madurai on the bank of river Vaigai. This temple attracts more than one million tourist every year and in this temple, Lord Shiva is in the form of Sundareswarar and married Goddes Parvati. This temple is definitely comes under the wonders of India.

This temple is spread over the area of 14 acres and enclosed with huge walls. This temple is constructed as a ‘Mandapa’ style having numerous halls. This temple is fuly decorated with thousand of colored sculptures of gods and goddess and the architecture of this temple is unmatched and world famous. Madurai is the nearest airport to reach on to this temple and Madurai railway station is also just 2 km far from the main temple.

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5. Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangapatna

This temple is located in the state of Karnataka on an island of Kaveri River. This temple is dedicated to Lord Ranganatha by which its name Ranganathaswamy Temple the manifestation of Lord Vishnu. This temple is built in Dravidian style architecture. According to the legends this temple was built under the 9th and 10th century. This temple is considered among one of the five sacred sites of Lord Vishnu (Ranganatha Swamy).

In this sanctum Lord Vishnu idle is reclines on the coils of Sheshnaag with his consort sitting near his feet Lakshmi. It is believed that this temple is built by a dancer “Hambi” a dancer in 817 AD. The nearest airport is Mysore which is only 19 km from Ranganathaswamy Temple and you will easily reach up to temple by hiring a taxi.

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6. Ayyappa Temple, Sabrimala

The Sabrimala temple is located in the state of of Kerala. This temple is located inside the periyar tiger reserve in the perinad village. It is one of biggest pilgrimage centre where around 50 million devotees come to visit this temple every year. This temple is situated on a top of a hill and surrounded by dense forest. The main deity of this temple is Ayappan also known as Dharma Shahstha. According to the mythology Ayappan is the son of Lord Vishnu female incarnation Mohini and Lord Shiva.

Recently this temple was highlighted all around the world due to its rules as the entry of women’s between the age of (10 to 50 years)are strictly banned here. So some women’s group fighting against this rule and take this matter in to the court. Tne nearest railway station to reach this place is Thiruvalla which is only 30 km far from sabrimala. Some people will also book trains up to Ernakulam and then complete remaining journey by bus. Cochin is the nearest airport which is only 100 km.

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7. Airavateswara Temple, Kumbakonam

Airavatesvara temple is a famous Hindu temple located in darasuram in thanjavur district in the state of tamilnadu.This temple is bult by Raja chola II in 12th century. This temple is the masterpiece of chola dynasty and it also famous for its stone carving and frescoes. This temple of Lord shiva is a world heritage site of UNESCO. The main deity of this temple is lord shiva present in a form of big lingam where the white elephant Airavat of Indra worshipping the Lord shiva. To reach on to darasuram the nearest airport is tiruchapalli and you will also reach to kumbakonam which is only 4 km from Darasurram.

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8. Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Thiruvananthapuram

The Padmanabhaswamy Temple is located in Thiruvananathpuram in the state of Kerala. It is believed that the great warrior and saint Parsuram consecrated the idol of Padmanabhaswamy in Dwapar yug. The main deity of this temple is lord Vishnu reclined on a serpent in a sleeping posture. This temple is one of the best examples of older Dravidian style architecture. Only those people are allowed in this which believes in Hindu religions and also they need to follow a dress code.

This mysterious temple has 6 secret vaults in which few are open by the Indian government in 2011 and they found a collection of gold, jewelry, diamonds, necklace, ruby, sapphire, gems, crowns etc. This treasure will estimated is around $ 22 billion.

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9. Brihadeshwara Temple, Thanjavur

This temple is located on the bank of river kaveri in the state of Tamilnadu and consider as one of the biggest and famous temple of south India. This is nearly 1000 years old temple constructed by Raja Chola I in 1010 AD. This temple is a world heritage site dedicated to Lord Shiva by UNESCO. This is a best example of Tamil architecture during chola period.The main deity of this temple is Lord shiva standing in the dancing posture of nataraj.

The main attraction of this temple is the tower situated on the top of the sanctum which is around 216 feet high and can be seen from a long distance.. This temple was built by using 130000 tons of granite and consider as one of the best granite temple of the world. This is the best example of south kings affections towards the God. This temple is situated in Thanjavur and the nearest airport is Tiruchapally which is only 60 km.

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10. Suchindram Temple, Kanyakumari

The Suchindram temple is also known as the Thanumalayan Temple, This temple is located in Suchindram in the state of Tamilnadu in Kanyakumari district. The main deity of this temple is the trinity god Lord Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh in a single form Sthanumalyam.  This temple was built in the 17th century and famous for its grand architecture.

People believed Lord Indra still come to visit this temple for performing worship in midnight every day. The main attraction of this temple is are the music pillars and the hanging pillars. This temple is visited by thousands of visitors every day and consider as one of the main Hindu temples of South India. This temple is easily reachable by Trivendrum and Kanyakumari which is widely connected with air and rail network.

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