Famous Temples to Visit in India
When we think of temples in India, its variety of styles, colors and symbolism make our visit to the culture of the subcontinent in a vast architectural collage. What are the best temples in India? Here we have 10 Famous Temples to Visit in India for you.
It is estimated that in India there are more than 600,000 temples, the states of Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra being those that comprise the largest number of buildings. We are left with these 10 Famous Temples to Visit in India to include in that future cultural route by the subcontinent:
10 Famous Temples to Visit in India
Golden Temple of Amritsar
The most charismatic temple in India is even more visited than the Taj Mahal itself. A place of pilgrimage for the Sikh religion, the Golden Temple was erected in 1577 on Lake Amritsar, or “lake of nectar.”
Sree Padmanabhaswamy (Kerala)
In spite of its discreet position between the colonial houses and palm trees of Kerala, this temple dedicated to Vishnu is considered like richest of the world to have been in its interior jewels and vessels of gold valued in 18 trillion dollars.
The Great God of the Cave (Khajuraho)
The Kandariya Mahadeva, located in Madhya Pradesh and completed in 1030 is one of the best preserved temples of medieval times in India. The temple The Great God of the Cave belongs to the most famous set of temples of Khajuraho.
Temple of Seven Mountains (Tirumala)
Dedicated to one of the incarnations of Vishnu, Lord Ventakeswara, this temple stands on one of the seven hills of Tirumala. In turn, the site receives more than 60 thousand visits daily, especially by its pilgrims.
Golden Temple of Varanasi
The also known as Kashi Vishwanath is the most famous temple of the holy city of Varanasi. More than 800 kilos of gold cover this monument erected in honor to the god Shiva and finalized in 1777. Although the entrance is prohibited for the foreigners, to approach as much as possible to this temple and to lire by the narrow streets of Varanasi already by itself is a great experience.
Akshardham (New Delhi)
The most visited temple in the capital of India is also one of the most recent (2005). The monument, erected in honor of the master of Visnuism Swaminarayam, required the work of more than 7,000 artisans.
Riding among Greek and Hindu influences, Vittala is Hampi’s most treasured jewel. A show that dates back to the fifteenth century and consists of chariots, lions and buddhas carved in the stone of the glorious city that enchants Unesco.
Temple of Kanchipuram
Located in Tamil Nadu, this temple is famous for the presence of an exotic mango tree that dates back more than 3,500 years and whose fruits offer four flavors that represent the four sacred vedas.
Meenakshi Temple (Madurai)
One of the most important monuments of southern India is an oasis of colorful gopurah erected in honor of the goddess of fortune, consort of Shiva and one of the few female Hindu deities with their own temple.
Temple of Mahabalipuram
The last temple of our route was carved south of Chennai during the 7th century, becoming, in turn, the main port for the West during its later conquest of Southeast Asia.
These 10 Famous Temples to Visit in India will make up the best route through the roots, colors, and cultures of a subcontinent that finds in its architecture the best of its exponents. Do you miss any of the temples?
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