The Most Famous Temples in South India

famous temples in south india

Famous temples in South India are Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Tirumala Venkateswara Temple, Sabarimala Sastha Temple etc. South India is known for spiritual and beautifully built temples. South Indian temple style is an architectural idiom that emerged in the southern part of the Indian subcontinent.

Brihadeeswarar Temple

Brihadeeswarar Temple is one of the largest South Indian temples and an exemplary example of a fully realized Dravidian architecture.

Brihadeeswarar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in bank of River Kaveri in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu. This temple is one of the ancient temples in South India.

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Bhadrachalam Temple

Bhadrachalam Temple is located on the shores of the Godavari River in the town of Bhadrachalam.
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Bhadradri Sita Ramachandraswamy Devasthanam. Sri Sita Ramachandraswamy temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Rama, the seventh incarnation of the God Vishnu.

Chennakeshava Temple

Chennakeshava Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu known as Chennakesava, which means beautiful (Chenna) Vishnu (Keshava).
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Chennakeshava Temple also known as Vijayanarayana Temple located at Belur, Karnataka. The temple was built over three generations and took 103 years to finish.

Udupi Srikrishna Temple

Udupi Sri Krishna Matha temple is dedicated to god Krishna located in the city of Udupi in Karnataka
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Udupi Sri Krishna Temple is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Krishna and Dvaita Matha located in the beautiful city of Udupi in Karnataka.

Murudeshwara Temple

Murudeshwara Temple famous for the world's second-tallest Shiva statue, the town lies on the coast of the Arabian Sea.

Murudeshwar Temple is one of the most popular and is the second largest idol of Lord Shiva. This beautiful temple is famous for its 20 story Rajagopuram. This temple located in the Bhatkal Taluk of the North Kannada district, Karnataka.

Sabarimala Sastha Temple

Sabarimala Sastha Temple, dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, is the most famous and prominent among all the Sastha temples in Kerala.
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Sabarimala Sastha Temple is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, is the most famous and prominent among all the Sastha Temples in Kerala. Sabarimala Temple is one of the most famous Ayyappa temple in South India.

Tirumala Venkateswara Temple

Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanam is the richest and one of the most revered shrines in India.
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Venkateswara Temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateswara, a form of Lord Vishnu. This Hindu temple located in the hill town of Tirumala at Tirupati in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh.

Vadakkunnathan Temple

The creator of the Vadakkunnathan Temple was Parashurama.
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Vadakkumnathan Temple is an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva at Thrissur, Kerala. Vadakkunnathan Temple is famous for its magnificent architecture, murals, ancient paintings, wood carving etc.

Arunachaleswar Temple

Arunachalesvara Temple, is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva
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Arunachalesvara Temple also called Annamalaiyar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the Lord Shiva, located at the base of Arunachala Hill in the town of Thiruvannamalai in the state of Tamil Nadu. This temple is one of the famous Shiva Temples in South India.

Ekambareswarar Temple

Ekambareswarar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, located in the town of Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu
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Ekambareswarar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and one of the the famous temples in South India, located in the town of Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu. The present stonework structure was built during the Chola dynasty in the 9th century, while later expansions are attributed to Vijayanagar rulers.

Guruvayur Temple

Guruvayur Temple is dedicated to Lord Guruvayurappan located in the town of Guruvayur in the state of Kerala.
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Guruvayur Srikrishna Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to God Guruvayurappan located in the town of Guruvayur in the state of Kerala. This temple is one of the
famous Krishna Temples in South India and is often referred to as Bhuloka Vaikunta.

Meenakshi Amman Temple

Meenakshi Amman Temple, located on the southern bank of the Vaigai River in the temple city of Madurai,

Meenakshi Amman Temple, one the the oldest temple in South India also known as Meenakshi Sundareshwarar Temple, located on the southern bank of the Vaigai River in the temple city of Madurai, Tamil Nadu. This beautiful temple was built by the Pandyan King, Kulashekarar, in the 6th century B.C.

Padmanabhaswamy Temple

Padmanabhaswamy Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, located in Thiruvananthapuram.
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Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple is one of the beautiful temples in South India, is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, located in Thiruvananthapuram, the state capital of Kerala. Padmanabhaswamy Temple is credited with the title ‘The richest Temple in India‘ and in the world as well.

Ramanathaswamy Temple

Ramanathaswamy Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the Lord Shiva situated on Rameswaram Island.
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Ramanathaswamy Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the Lord Shiva situated on Rameswaram Island in Tamil Nadu. This temple is one of the Twelve Jyotirlinga Temples.

Sringeri Sharada Temple

Sharadamba Temple is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to goddess Saraswati
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Sri Sharadamba Temple is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to goddess Saraswati in the holy town of Sringeri in the state of Karnataka. Sharadamba Temple at Sringeri is an 8th-century temple, founded by Sri Adi Shankaracharya.

Srikalahasti Temple

Srikalahasti Temple, one of the most famous Shiva temples in South India.
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Srikalahasti Temple, one of the most famous Shiva Temples in South India. This temple was constructed in the year 1516 by Krishnadevraya, the King of the Vijayanagara Empire.

Sree Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple

Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple, located at the banks of the Valapattanam River in Kannur district
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Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple, located at the banks of the Valapattanam River in Kannur district in the state Kerala. One of the interesting facts is that, here dogs are considered to be sacred as it’s the vehicle of Lord Muthappan.

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