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South India Temples Well-Preserve the Rich Indian Heritage
South India is aptly known as the Land of Temples. Approximately 30000 ancient temples dot this part of India. Some of these constructions are as old as 1000 years.
By: Caper Travel
The architecture of the South India temples is exemplary. Every temple follows a similar style of architecture, which arose in the Dravida Desam. The two most prominent characteristics of this style are - The Vimana and the Gopurams .The Vimana refers to a high pyramidal tower containing many progressively smaller storeys. This structure stands over a square base. The Gopuram refers to two storeys that are split by a parallel molding. The Prakara, popularly called the outer wall, encircles the chief shrine along with other smaller shrines. The Pallavas, the Nayaks, the Pandyas, the Vijayanagar rulers, the Cholas, all have their own significant contributions to the Southern approach of temples.
Here is a list of some of the most famous temples in South India.
Murugan Temple - Palani
Murugan temple is the home of Lord Murga. The temple nestles on a hill of Palani. It is a beautiful and peaceful temple.
Meenakshi Temple - Madurai
Meenakshi koil is one amongst the largest temples of India. Its structure is a maze-like palace, where the Goddess Meenakshi presides. The nucleus of this temple is a great example of architectural excellence. This is the primary reason of attracting tourists from all pockets of the world.
Iskon Temple, Bangalore
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness constructed the Iskon temple recently. It is a huge temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. While you climb its granite stairs, you will come across three miniature shrines before you reach the main temple. The main shrine has three splendid idols of Lord Krishna, which are made out of brass.
Nagore Dargah - Nagore
The Nagore Dargah place of pilgrimage is sited at three locations, including Nagore, Silladi and Vanjur. The main campus of the dargah is at Nagore, which extends over an area of nearly five acres. A compound wall encircles this campus. It has four remarkable entrances, one in each direction.
Nataraja Temple - Chidambaram
The popular Nataraja temple is located at Chidambaram. This temple is home to a sculpture of Lord Siva in the dancing stance of Ananda Tandavam. It was the 10th century, when the Chola king Parantaka I not only endowed Karuvarai with a glistening golden roof, but offered rich gifts to the temple. Krishnadeva Raya created the north Gopuram of this temple, while Sundra Pandyan constructed its east Gopuram.
South India temple tours never fail to delight the tourists. These temples remained almost unharmed by invasions throughout the history. South India temples have successfully preserved the Indian heritage graciously through years.
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