Where on earth will you find sights like this...a place of worship exuberant with millions of devotees, beguiled with mind-blowing temple architecture, it has to be definitely the southern part of India dotted with temple structure displaying some of the finest specimen of ancient Indian architecture. This is the pure devoutness of South Indian temples, where all that glitters is indeed gold.
Temple in South India is one of the major draws that induce tourists to visit southern zone of India. Very distinct from the other parts of the country, this area is dotted with temple and there are many places of religious interest. Built aesthetically and designed lavishly, the architecture of the temples are the major highlight of these temples. A very clear secernment can be seen in the architecture pattern of North and South Indian temples. In fact in south, there are some places that are exclusively known as 'temple towns' owing to the rich heritage deposit. An example of the Dravidian style of architecture Pallavas, Cholas, Pandyas, Vijayanagar rulers and Nayaks are the main contributor for the evolution of South Indian temples. Take a cliquish tour of South Indian temple to excavate the actual plethora of religion and culture. Major pilgrim destinations in South India are Chennai, Kancheepuram, Mamallapuram, Madras, Kodaikanal, Thekkady, Kottayam, Cochin, Trivandrum, Kovalam, Trivandrum. Begin your temple journey from Tirupati temple in Andhra Pradesh, here you should see the holy shrine of Shri Venkateshwara. Another important temple here is Balaji Temple that one should not miss also known as the richest temple in the world. From here head towards Karnataka where the Keshava temple near Bangalore has survived 740 years. Try reading the name of the sculptures engraved on them. From here, the next halt will be the Shore temple at Mahabalipurm in Tamil Nadu. While on your temple tour don’t miss the most pious Kanyakumari temple dotted on the southern most tip of India. Here worth noticing is the magical nose ring of the Goddess as it used to cast a spell on the ships sailing through the Indian oceans.
South India Temple Tour To Energize Your Aesthetic Senses
Just a drive down the road will take you 2,000 years back in time. Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu has the Brihadeeswara Temple one of the finest masterpieces of Dravidian culture. Notice the 108 dancing postures of Shiva in the inner walls of the sanctum. In Madurai, not very far is the 2000 year old Meenakshi temple, that surely is inevitable. Moving towards Kerala is the Guruvayoor Temple, the most sacred pilgrim destination in Kerala. Drawing the maximum number of pilgrims as well as tourists here you can see the images of Ganapati, Sri Ayyappa and Edathedathy Kavil Bhagavathy. Though only Hindus are allowed to enter, do not rue, as the grandeur is equally eloquent from outside.
More you can also pick up a replica of the temple from market just outside the temple premises. Other temples that add magic to the South India tour are the Leepakshi temple in Anantpur and Thousand Pillar temple at Warangal in Andhra Pradesh. Cave and Bull temple in Karnataka cannot be failed to generate awe in you. Kerala is also not lacking in any way when temple splendor is rated, there resides the Sabariwala and Sivagiri temple much know for their architecture and is a must included in your temple itinerary.
The temple tour of South India will not only acquaint you with the cultural and religious aspect of the region but will also give you a chance to explore the heritage of South India. These are the temples that have the capacity to even turn an atheist into a sacrosanct. So what are you waiting for - Come to South of India to purify your soul and fascinate your senses with these architectural splendor of mankind.