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10 Ancient Temples In South India

India is a land of different religions. Talking about Southern part of India, the land has been richly funded with some of the most pioused temples of the country. Every part of South India will surprise you with the beauty of its magnificent pilgrimage spots that are not only wonderful with their architectures but also holds the great mythological values. These are the 10 best places of South India to seek the blessings of different gods.

1. Tirupati Balaji , Chittor, Andra Pradesh

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Located in the hill town of Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, Tirupati Balaji temple is considered as one of the richest temples of India. The temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateswara, a form of Lord Shiva and attracts a number of pilgrims from all around the country. Situated on seven magnificent hills and spread over an area of 2.2 acres, the temple holds a great mythological importance for every Hindu devotee.

2.Rameshwaram Temple, Rameshwaram

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Island city of Tamil Nadu, Rameshwaram holds a great significance in the Hindu mythology and hence it caters a number of temples which are a great escape for Hindu devotees. Rameshwaram temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is one of the temples of the pious Char Dham Yatra. It is believed that Lord Rama worshiped Shiva in Rameshwaram before he went to Lanka to rescue Sita. You will find the mysterious floating stones that Lord Rama used to build the bridge to Lanka.

3.Sthanumalayan temple, Kanyakumari

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Located on the banks of river Pazhayar, 13 km away from Kanyakumari the temple speaks of the great mythological and architectural significance. The Sthanumalayan temple is one of the very few temples in India where the trinity of Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Brahma is worshiped in one idol. Another attraction of the temple is  'Alankara mandapam' of the temple is known for its 18 feet high musical pillars which were carved out of single rock.  

4.Brihadeshwara temple, Tamil Nadu

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Located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu, Brihadeshwara temple is the world’s first granite structure. Listed in the UNESCO world heritage sites, this 1000 year old temple is a must visit for its architectural splendor. Built by the rulers of Chola dynasty, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is considered amongst the most ancient temples of India.

 

5. Srirangam Vishnu Temple, Tamil Nadu

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Located in the city of Tiruchirappalli, stands the majestic Srirangam Temple which is not only known for its mythological significance but also for its mesmerizing architectural beauty. The whole temple is carved with thousands of inscriptions and beautiful sculptors which look stunning in different colors. The temple is dedicated to the shrine of Lord Vishnu it is admired with the 108 shrines of Lord Vishnu and holds the pride of the largest temple complex in India.

6. Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai, Tamil Nadu

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Located in Madurai which is known as the Athens of the East for its architectural wonders, Meenakshi Amman temple is one of the architectural pride of Madurai. The whole temple is adorned with the exquisite carvings and sculptors cherished with the gold plated vimanams. The temple is dedicated to Meenakshi Amman, a form of Parvati and Sundareswarar a form of Shiva. The main attraction of the temple remains Aayiram Kaal Mandapam or “Hall of thousands pillars” which interestingly caters 985 pillars.

7.Veerabhadra Temple, Lipakshi, Andhra Pradesh

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Located in the Lipakshi district of Andhra Pradesh, Veerabhadra temple is truly an architectural wonder.The main attraction of the temple is its pillars. There are about 70 pillars around the temple but what catches hold of every visitor is one hanging pillar which lies unattached to the earth’s  surface. Another attraction of the temple is the huge Nandi(bull) which is carved out of one stone and it grows in size each year.

8.Velankanni Church, Nagapattinam , Tamil Nadu

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India being a diversity of different cultures, rounding off this list without some of the important pilgrimage spots of other religions would have been unfair. Fairly so, South India also houses the oldest and some of the sacred churches of India. Velankanni Church in Tamil Nadu is dedicated to “Lady of Health”. It is believed that offering candles to this church cures the illness of its devotees. The church offers the great architectural beauty and a state of peace to the mind.

9. St. Francis Church, Kochi, Kerala

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St, Francis Church in Fort Kochi, build in 1503 is the oldest European church in India. The church has seen various Europeans and Dutch invasion. But, what lies most interesting about this Church is its connection with Vasco Da Gama, the first Portuguese sailor to visit Kerala. On his third visit to Cochin, he died and his body was kept in this church for 14 years before it was finally taken back to Portugal. This very fact, attracts a number of visitors to St, Francis Church.

10. Santa Cruz Basilica, Kochi, Kerala

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Santa Cruz Basilica in Kochi is one of the eight Basilicas of India. Build by Portuguese in 1505 the church was elevated to Cathedral by then Pope, Pope Paul IV and was titled to  Basilica by Pope John Paul II in 1984. The interesting fact about the Church is that it was spared by the Dutch while they were demolishing all the other Catholic edifices in India. Church has remained a beautiful attraction of the town ever since.

 

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