If you are spiritual or you want to visit the religious places, then vicinity of South India is welcoming you with its arms stretched. This is the region, where you may enjoy the divine surroundings in the lush green lap of nature. The legendary and religious icons will surely mesmerize you with their superb architecture and environment.
Architecture of South Indian Temples:
Temples of South India are great examples of craftsmanship and creative ideas of the artisans. Most of which reflect the Dravidian and Vesala styles of architecture. With their delicate as well as exquisite carving patterns, beautiful frescoes and murals these temples exhibit the great sense of creativeness and visions with religious bent of then rulers. The Pallavas and Cholas are known for promoting extraordinary Dravidian architecture. Besides Pandyas, Vijaynagar rulers, the Chalukyas, the Cheras and the Rashtrakutas also contributed in gracing South Indian region with a number of temples.
Some of the Most Famous Temples of South India:
Kanchipuram Temples: Kanchipuram or Kanchi is renowned as the ‘temple city’. This religious capital of South India is situated along the Palar river. There are more than thousand temples in the city, most of them are devoted to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. Some of the most famous temples of Kaanchipuram are Kamakshi Amman, Kailashanthar, Ekambareshwar, Kumara Kottam and Devarajaswami temple.
Madurai Temples: Madurai is counted amongst the oldest city of India and it is also the second largest city of Tamil Nadu state. This ancient city is 2600 years old and it was then the capital of Pandya. Madurai is a progressive city with a lot of temples and cultural heritages in its lap. It is renowned all over India for Meenakshi temple, which is one of the best Shiva temples in Tamil Nadu. Some other famous temples in Madurai are Koodal Alagar, Perumal, ISKCON and Tirupparankundram Murugan temple.
Rameshwaram Temple: Rameshwaram Temple is also known as Ramanathaswamy temple, built in 17th century. It is spread over an area of 15 acres, whose surroundings are pretty awesome as it is situated close to the sea and to the eastern side of beautiful island. Rameshwaram is also called the ”Kashi (Varanasi) of South”. Rameshwaram temple is counted amongst 12 Jyotirlingams and it is also one of the holy ‘Char Dhams.’
Mahabalipuram: Mahabalipuram is a small town in Tamilnadu. During the 7th century it was the empire of Pallavas. A number of historic monuments and temples enriched this town during 7th to 9th centuries. It has been declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The temples of Mahabalipuram portray the events described in holy Mahabharata. The must visit temples in Mahabalipuram are Thirukadalmallai, Arjuna’s Penance, Varaha Cave temple and the Shore temple.