India is a land of spirituality and it is a multicultural country that has accepted various religions for centuries. Being a spiritual country, India has a lot of places of worship which can be found in every state of India. Thus being said, India has the largest concentration of Hindu Population and we can find some of the greatest and famous temples being built by rulers/kings who once ruled the land and have worshipped those temples.
It is said that the deity that has been worshipped for centuries hold a lot of power and as a result, some of the temples here have more power and are visited by many tourists, worshippers who believe in the deity and hence they are now some of the most visited temples in India.
Below are the lists of some of the famous temples in South India which one can visit to experience the religious presence of India.
Venkateshwara Temple, TirupatiOne of the most famous temples in South India is the Venkateshwara Temple, situated in the hill town of Tirumala, Andhra Pradesh. It is said that the temple is constructed around 300 AD and the main deity here Lord Vishnu who is named as Lord Venkateshwara here. The temple is also known as Tirupati Balaji Temple.
Every day lakhs of visitors visit this temple and is one of the most crowded temples with many people offering their prayers to Lord Venkateshwara. Also, some people offer a token of worship which makes the temple as one of the richest temples in South India.
There are many travel companies that offer complete tour package of Tirupathi tour which one can avail while they visit South India.
Meenakshi Temple, MaduraiA name synonymous with the city of Madurai is Meenakshi temple. Located on the banks of Vaigai River, Meenakshi temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and her consort, Lord Shiva. It is set to be constructed around 1623 – 1655 and is a cultural, architectural marvel in itself.
Meenakshi Temple has grand halls, gopurams and shrines of this temple are grand and ornate. Also, the deities being worshipped for a long time they say that it is powerful. One can visit this temple and explore the architecture which will leave you spellbound.
Virupaksha Temple, Hampi
Hampi Virupaksha temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is famous for its grand gopuram, architecture and intricate carvings. Situated in the banks of River Tungabhadra, Virupaksha Temple was built during the Vijayanagara Empire. In the 7th Century, Virupaksha Temple underwent a lot of additions and changes which was significant than where rulers displayed their power. One of the major places to visit and witness is the Ranga mandapa which was constructed during Raja Krishnadevaraya which is beautifully decorated and it is a place for many marriages.
This south Indian temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a must-visit, also the town of Hampi is well known for its backpacking community and adventure sports which one can do on their visit her.
Guruvayoor Temple, KeralaLocated in the town of Guruvayoor, Guruvayoor temple is one of the most revered temples in South India. The main deity of worship is Lord Vishnu in his Balakrishna Avatar. The idol of Lord Vishnu is adorned with 4 hands where each of the hand carries an item such as a conch, a mace, a discus and a lotus.
One of the most sacred pilgrimage destinations in Kerala, Guruvayoor temple can be easily visited and the temple follows strict dress code.
Airavatesvara Temple, Kumbakonam
Airavatesvara Temple in Kumbakonam is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is said to be built around 12th Century. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is said to be one of best Dravidian architecture built temple.
The temple is named after Airavata, the white elephant of Lord Indra who worshipped Lord Shiva here. This temple is famous for its stone carvings.
All temples mentioned here follow strict dress code, timings. Please be advised and follow the temple rules strictly as they are part of culture where not following the rules and regulations means you are disrespecting the culture.