Must visit aesthetic temples in South India

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South India has no dearth of destinations that draw a large number of visitors all over the year. Southern part of India is popular for its elegantly designed holy places which are dotted in every nook and corner of this zone. If you want to find the magnificent and spectacular architectural designs of South India temples then you should go for this divine journey.

The zone is well known for its spirituality and serenity. Here, you can search lots of tourist attractions which are scattered everywhere. Some of the prominent allures are azure beaches, wonderful lagoons, splendid hill stations, enchanting rivers, exotic wildlife, beautiful shrines, amazing backwaters, magnificent churches, traditional ayurvedic centers, steamy mountains and so on. Among them, we will focus your attention on the well designed temples in south india like Meenakshi temple, Chidambaram (Nataraja) temple, Kalikambal temple, Guruvayur temple and many more.

Below, we will discuss about few tremendous sacred place of southern part of India which are must to visit by visitors.

Guruvayur Temple
Guruvayur Temple is in Guruvayur town of Thrissur district of Kerala. It is supposed that this holy place is 5,000 years old. The shrine is devoted to Hindu Lord Krishna, also known as Guruvayoorappan. At this sacred place, you will be able to see lots of statues and sculptures of Lord Krishna. Most of the icons of Lord Krishna have been engraved with precious stone which is known as “Patala Anjana”.

Architectural style:

The architectural design of this shrine is really spectacular. The holy architect Vishwakarma is considered to have designed this shrine elegantly. There are a myriad of painting and images carved on the pillars of sanctum sanctorum which look very wonderful. The images and paintings represent lots of Krishnaleelaka (childhood of Krishna) in a different manner.

Meenakshi Temple
Meenakshi Temple is situated on the banks of Vaigai River in Madurai city of Tamil Nadu. The sacred place is consecrated to the Hindu Lord Shiva, who is also known as Sundareswara and his consort Goddess Parvati, who is also known as Meenakshi. At this religious place, you would be able to look for a number of icons and images which have been engraved from “Green Stone”.

Architectural style:

The shrine is the brilliant model of the Dravidian style of temple architecture. This place of pilgrimage has 5 main entrances, 14 splendid Gopurams (towers), a number of holy tanks, immense pillars and two golden towers for the main gods.

Kanchipuram Temples
Kanchipuram lies in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. This city is prominent for temples. It is also known as “The Golden City of 1,000 Temples” or “City of Temples”. This temple city is one of the seven holiest cities of India. Kanchipuram is grouped into two sects of Vishnu Kanchi and Shivan Kanchi. Here, you can find some beautiful kanchipuram temples such as Kamakshi Amman Temple, Devarajaswami Temple, Vaikuntha Perumal Temple, Kailasanatha temple etc.

Architectural style:

The temples in Kanchipuram belong to the South Indian style of temple architecture like Pallava and Dravidian. You can also explore some features of shrines like large gopurams (towers), high roofs surmounting the sanctum sanctorum and holy place gateways which are carved out tremendously.

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This article was published on 2012/02/11