10 Most Stunning Temples In South India

Waquar Habib

Virupaksha Temple, Hampi

Virupaksha Temple is a stunning example of the Vijayanagara Empire's architecture. It's on the Tungabhadra River's banks, dedicated to Lord Shiva, famous for its grand architecture and intricate carvings.

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Meenakshi Amman, Madurai

The Meenakshi Temple is a famous South Indian temple believed to have been constructed in the 7th century AD. It is considered the most artistic of all the temples in the region.

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Shore Temple, Mamallapuram

Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu has one of the oldest temples, built in the 7th century. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site with three main shrines dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Shiva, and Brahma.

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Venkateswara Temple, Tirupati

The Tirupati's Venkateswara Temple is the most popular temple in the region. It attracts millions of worshipers every year who come to pray to Lord Vishnu and donate money and human hair.

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Ramanathaswamy Temple, Rameswaram

Ramanathaswamy temple is a famous 17th century temple containing one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva.

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Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Thiruvananthapuram

The Padmanabhaswamy Temple is a fusion of Kerala and Dravidian architecture. Built in the 16th century, it has housed many royal families, including the Travancore Royal Family.

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Vitthala Temple, Hampi

Vithhala Temple is a remarkable monument dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is famous for its musical pillars and giant stone chariot.

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Brihadeeswarar Temple, Thanjavur

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Brihadeeswarar Temple in Thanjavur completed 1000 years of existence. It is one of the famous temples built by the Chola Dynasty in South India.

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Ranganathaswamy Temple, Trichy

The Ranganathaswamy Temple was built in the 6th century AD to honour Lord Ranganatha, a form of Lord Vishnu. The temple showcases traditional Dravidian architecture and is celebrated in early Tamil literature.

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Chennakeshava Temple, Belur

The Chennakeshava Swamy temple complex in Karnataka is a 12th-century Hindu temple commissioned by King Vishnuvardhana. It is located on the banks of the Yagachi River.

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