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Temples & Monuments of South India

Mahabalipuram TempleAmong the thousands of holy places through out India, some had achieved greater significance than the others as the spiritual followers increase over the times. Each region has one or two incarnation of the Lord Vishnu or other Deities that they especially worship. Lord Rama is worshiped from Uttar Pradesh to Bihar. In the western India is Lord Krishna, In Maharastra is worshiped Vittala, In the southern region of Tamil Nadu is Lord Vishnu and in Andhra Paradesh is Narashimha.

Each region consists of one or two major shrines. There are the Guruvayur and the Padmanabha temples in Kerala, Sri Meenakshi in Madurai and Sri Rangam in Tamil Nadu. The famed Chamundeswari and Udupi in Karnataka and Tirupati in Andhra pradesh. The Pallava rulers, the Cholas, the Pandyas, the Nayaks all have contributed to the Southern style of temple creation.



Architecture of the South Indian Temples
The South Indian temple design is in the typical Dravidian style that is usually made from stones. The shape of the temples may be rectangular, square, star shaped or octagonal. These temples in general have large towers known by gopurams places at the entrances. A vimana is the tower over the sanctum where the deities are placed while the large pillared hall with corridors are common in all the south Indian temple architecture.

Some temples dates back to more that 1700 years displaying a rich heritage of South India. The most sacred place in the architecture of the temples is the pitha, the pedestal, that is placed in the sanctum sanctorum or the inner sanctum. The sanctum santorum is topped by a pyramidal tower having several high storied called the vimana. Many temples have halls such as the ranga mahal intricately carved for occasional sacrifices and dance recitals. The main area to the halls are surrounded by a single wall of many miles in length.


Major South Indian temples :
South Indian Temples
The Sri Krishna Temple is one of the most important and the richest temple in the whole of South India. Dedicated to Lord Krishna...
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Sri Krishna Temple


Rameshwaram Temple
Legends opined that the Siva-Linga in the Ramananthaswami Temple was installed by Lord Rama on his return from the Island of Lanka after killing Ravana...
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South Indian Temples


South Indian Temples
The Ekambareswarar Temple is the 1st of the 32 Tevara Stalam built in the Tondai region of Southern India...
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Ekambareswarar Temple


Meenakshi Amman Temple
The twin Meenakshi Amman Temple is regarded as one of the largest and the biggest temples in India. Built in the 17th century...
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South Indian Temples


South Indian Temples
The first of the Vaishnava temples in south India, the Sri Rangam temple is the premier amongst the 108 Vaishnava divyadesas...
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Sri Rangam Temple


Palani Temple
Dedicated to Lord Thandayuthapani or Lord Murugan the supreme commander of the celestial army, it is one of the six famous abodes known as 'Aarupadai veedu'...
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South Indian Temples


South Indian Temples
This is the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva found in his famous dancing pose with one leg in the air and consisting of four arms...
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Chidambaram Natarajan Temple


Brihadeswara Temple
The Brihadeswara temple lies to the southern part of the city of Tanjavur between the Grand anicut canal and the Vadavar river. Dedicated to Lord Shiva...
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South Indian Temples


South Indian Temples
The temple is at the foot of the Arunachala Hill and is one of the largest temples in India. The Vijayanagara ruler Krishna Deva Raya...
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Arunachaleswara Temple


Thirumalainayak Palace Madurai
Designed by an Italian architect in 1636 AD, the Thirumalainayak Palace was the main palace where the King Thirumalai Nayak lived. ...
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South Indian Temples
The Shore Temple, located at Mamallapuram, was erected during the reign of Rajasimha in the 7th century AD....
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Shore Temple Mamallapuram


Mysore Palace
Blending together Hindu, Muslim, Rajput and Gothic style of architecture, the Mysore Palace is one of the key tourist attractions in the city of Mysore...
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South Indian Temples
Built in 1568 AD, the Jewish Synagogue of Mattancherry is popular as the oldest synagogue in the Common Wealth Countries.....
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Jewish Synagogue Kerala







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