List Of Famous Holy South Indian Temples You Must Visit
The temples of South India are also one of the main tourist attractions in India. Here is the list of the six marvelous Holy Indian Temples of the Southern region.
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 part of India like Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka are mostly famous for their logic-defying movie stunts and breathtaking temples. The unique and minutely carved temples have been holding great historic as well as spiritual significance since the time immemorial.
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:
Atop the beautiful Chamundi Hills in Mysore, Karnataka stands the Popular Chamundeswari Temple which, as the name suggests, is dedicated to the Goddess Chamundeswari, a form of Goddess Shakti. It is one of the Most famous temples in South India and the prime attraction of the city of Mysore. Initially, it was built as a small temple which was built by the Hoysala, but with the generous donations of many Mysore Maharajas, it was made bigger and better. It is believed that human and animal sacrifices were made in this temple a long time back. However many experts dismiss this as pure speculation. The doors to the shrine are said to be made of silver and gold. In 1659, a path consisting of a thousand steps was built leading to the temple on top of the hill which is 3000 feet high.
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.
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.
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.
Ramanathaswamy temple is situated in the holy island town of Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is one of the 12 Jyothirlinga temples. Legend has it that Lord Rama, on returning from Sri Lanka after killing the demon Ravana and rescuing his wife Sita, wanted to pray to Lord Shiva to ask forgiveness for any sins that he may have committed during the war. The temple was expanded and enhanced by the Pandya Dynasty and The Jaffna Dynasty. This temple has the longest corridor among all temples in India. The temple has two lingams: the Ramalingam and the Vishwalingam.
Thillai Nataraja Temple
The Thillai Nataraja Temple is situated in the small town called Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu. It is believed that this temple was Lord Shiva’s home on earth. This place went through a lot of remodeling from various dynasties like the Cholas and the Pallavas. It is said that King Kocengannan Chola was born after his parents prayed passionately to Lord Nataraja and after he grew up, he refined the temple’s structure. Here Lord Shiva is in the form of Lord Nataraja, The God of Dance, in the middle of the Ananda Thandavam (The Dance of Delight). Chidambaram represents aether or akasha, which is the fifth element.