The southern part of India is a treasure trove when it comes to culture, tradition, and especially majestic temples. Most of the temples to visit in South India are having hidden vaults or treasures that have huge valuations. The architecture ranges from Dravidian architecture to Vijayanagar style, which consists of giant pillars of Chalukyas to murals or minute stone carvings by Krishnadevaraya, which convey different stories.
If you are planning to explore South India, then check out this article and plan your trip accordingly.
Tirumala Venkateswara Temple, Andhra Pradesh
One of the most famous temples is over 2000 years old. Tirumala Venkateswara Temple is famously known as Tirupati Temple because it is situated in the hill town of Tirumala at Tirupati in the Tirupati district of Andhra Pradesh. They serve a special ladoo as a prasad at the end of the daily holy rituals. The faith of devotees’ millennia in this temple made it serene, calm, and unrealistic. This temple is devoted to Lord Venkateshwara, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Here, people whenever they pray for their wishes to be fulfilled they get their head tonsured as a donation to God. Then a high-quality wig is made, which is exported to Paris as well. If you visit Andhra Pradesh and miss visiting this temple then you will miss one of the best temples to visit in the South.
Meenakshi Temple, Tamil Nadu
If you want to get pleased by the architecture, then Meenakshi temple is one of the most magnificent temples in South India to visit. There is a beautiful hall of Thousand pillars which has various murals describing the story of color, as well as adventures of the gods and goddesses. This temple receives a crowd of devotees to be more than 60 crores per annum, and the daily aarti along with such a big crowd is managed efficiently. Visit Meenakshi Temple in the opening hour of the morning, which makes this place more serene and pious.
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Kerala
It is one of the massive pilgrimages temples in South India to visit for Vishnu devotees. In June 2011, some of the unrevealed and secret vaults were opened and the estimated gold that was revealed was almost 1.2 lakh crores. To date, two out of six vaults are still unopened and it’s hoped it will be massive in valuation. Undoubtedly it is the richest temple in the country with an ancient space, with the deities consecrated more than 5000 years ago (according to the historian). The statue placed in the temple is of Vishnu or Padmanabhaswamy in the sleeping posture over the thousand-headed snake Adisesha. It is largely believed that the snake motifs on the doors of the ancient vaults are some curses and warnings against the opening of the vault.
Ramanathaswamy Temple, Tamil Nadu
This is one of the Best Temples to visit in South India and holds mythological stories with it. It is believed that when Ram came back from Sri Lanka after defeating him, he wanted to absolve the sins of the war. For this, he built a Jyotirlinga temple to seek forgiveness from Shiva. Once the Vishwa lingam was established from that very day it became necessary to worship this place first. Surrounded by the blue water of the island, the beauty of the sight is unsaid.
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Tamil Nadu
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is one of the largest functioning Hindu temples in South India to visit. It is the largest religious site, which is set on 156 acres of land on an Island on the Kaveri River. It is a sacred site of pilgrimage for Vaishnavites, where the deity of Lord Ranganatha is placed in a reclining form of Vishnu.
Sabarimala Temple, Kerala
Ayyappa Temple famously known as ‘Sabarimala Temple’ is the most renowned temple in South India to visit. It is the most prominent temple of all the Sastha temples. It is one of the largest annual pilgrimages in the world, which every year attracts over 100 million devotees.
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