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Temples in South India

South India is dotted with more than 3000 temples, some of them being more than a thousand years old and accorded the status of World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Some of the most visited Temples in South India are Tirupati Balaji Temple, Meenakshi Temple, Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Tanjore Brihadeeshwara Temple, Kanchipuram Temple, Palani Murugan Temple, ISKCON Temple, Chennai Kapaleeswara Temple, Srirangam Temple Trichy, Sabarimala Temple and Nataraja Temple.

Festivities at grand scales are organized in these temples which attract thousands and millions of visitors to them year after year. These South India Temples are living testimony to the architectural grandeur and rich heritage of South India. Capture the very essence of devotion, spiritual attainment, art and culture of India by visiting Temples in South India.

  • Padmanabhaswamy
  • Brihadeeswara
  • Meenakshi
  • Kanchipuram
  • Murugan
  • Kapaleeswarar
  • Balaji
  • Trichy
Padmanabhaswamy Temple Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple

Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple is situated in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), the capital city of Kerala. It is one of the 108 Divya Desams of Lord Vishnu that are located all over India.

Lord Vishnu is enshrined in the temple in Ananathasayanam posture, i.e. having eternal sleep on a hooded snake named Anantha. The idol of Lord Vishnu is made of 12008 salagramams, which were brought to the temple from the banks of river Gandhaki in Nepal on elephant top with full pomp and gaiety.

The temple has 6 secret cellars which house a virtual treasure trove of precious emerald, golden coconut shells, diamonds, golden idols, golden ropes, bangles and antique silver platters. Counted among the richest shrines of the world, Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple is thronged by devotees all year round in huge numbers.

Some Facts about The Temple

Temple Name : Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple

Location :Thiruvananthapuram

State : Kerala

Main Deity : Shree Anantha Padmanabhaswamy (Vishnu)

Main offerings : Muzhukkappu, Valiyalangaram, Panchamrutham, Ksheerabhishekam, Neivilakku, Aravana, Unniyappam, Pongal, Ponnum seeveli, One day pooja, Thulabharam.

Architectural Style : Dravadian Architecture (Kovil)

Important Festivals :

  • Alpashy Festival during the Month of October/November
  • Painkuni Festival during the month of March/April
  • Most famous festival is Onam

Significance of Temple : The idol of Sri Padmanabhaswamy is made up of 12008 salagramams. This temple is one of the seven Parasurama kshetras in Kerala

Opening Time :

  • 4.15 A.M to 5.15 A.M
  • 6.30 A.M to 7.15 A.M
  • 8.20 A.M to 11.15 A.M
  • 11.45 A.M to 12.30 P.M
  • 5.15 P.M to 6.15 P.M
  • 6.40 P.M to 7.30 P.M

Temple Dress Code : Only Hindis are allowed inside the temple premises. Men should wear Men should 'Mundu' or 'Dhoti' while visiting the temple. Women should wear Sari (Saree), Mundum Neriyathum (set-mundu), Skirt and Blouse, or Half Sari

Shopping Center : Plaza Centers, Paradise Shopping Centre, Rajakumari Total Shopping, etc

How to Reach : Bus Stand at Thampanoor in Trivandrum and if you choose conveyance then get off Central Railway Station in Thampanoor, Trivandrum. From there it’s just one Km for the temple. By air you can get down at Trivandrum Airport and from there you can take any auto and bus to reach the temple

Brihadeeswara temple Tanjore Brihadeeswara Temple

Tanjore Brihadeeswara Temple is Chola dynasty’s greatest contribution to the Dravidian art and architecture. Built by the great Chola Emperor Raja Raja in tenth – eleventh century, Brihadeeshwara temple has a unique construction with a soaring 216 ft tall, 14 storey pyramid shaped “vimanam” which is topped with monolithic cupola weighing 81.3 ton. Tanjore Brihadeeswara Temple has an 8.7 m high lingam and a massive Nandi bull sculpture at its portals.

The temple houses several sculptures of Lord Shiva and other gods and goddesses besides important paintings about Chola Empire. This tallest South India Temple took 12 years to complete and kumbhabhishekam (deity installation ceremony) was done on it in the year 1011 AD.

Situated in Thanjavur (Tanjore) district of Tamil Nadu, Tanjore Brihadeeshwara Temple is one of the most revered shrines for Hindus in India.

Some Facts about The Temple

Temple Name : Tanjore Brihadeeswara Temple

Other Name : Bragadeeswarar Temple

Proper Name : Peruvudaiyaar Temple

Location : Tanjore

State : Tamilnadu

Main Deity : Lord Shiva

Architectural Style : Dravidian Architecture

Date Built : 11th century AD

Creator : Raja Raja Chola

Important Festivals : Annual festival is celebrated for 9 days of Visaka or May according to the English calendar, Krittika day.

Significance of Temple : Temple is dedicated to Nandi, the Bull. The temple is unique that has tallest tower (216ft) over the sanctum sanctorum

Opening Time : The temple remains open from 5:30 am to 12:00 pm. At evening it kept open from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Other Places to Visit near the Temple : Palace Building, The Saraswathi Mahal, Art Gallery, Sangitha Mahal etc.

Shopping Center : Singapore Shopping Mall, Grand Shopping, Pinky Shopping, Art Fashion and Shopping Centre, Pick and Pack, Mega Mart etc

How to Reach : Choose nearest airport that is situated at Trichy just 65 km from Tanjore. Nearest Railway Station is Tanjore that is well-connected with Trichy, Chennai and Madurai. All major cities are like Tamilnadu, Kochi, Ernakulum, Bangalore well connected with roadways

Meenakshi Temple Meenakshi Temple

Meenakshi Temple (Sundareswarar) has a rambling maze like palace where goddess Meeenakshi (Consort of Lord Shiva) presides with her full grandeur. Madurai – the “Athens of the East” is second to none in its cultural legacy, and Meenakshi Temple is one of its pride possessions.

The sprawling temple complex is spread over an area of 6 hectares and its most striking features are 12 gopurams (temple towers) that soar to a height of 50 m. The brilliant gopurams have myriads of colors and are crowded with sculptures of various deities. Built originally by Pandya rulers and magnified further by the Nayak dynasty, Meenakshi Temple is an excellent example of the rich Dravidian architecture.

Thousand Pillar Hall, Potramaraikulam (Golden Lotus Tank), Vasantha Mandapam and Oonjal Mandapam are the main attractions of Meenakshi Temple.

Some Facts about Meenakshi Temple

Temple Name : Meenakshi Sundereswarar Temple

Pre-Historic Name : Aalavai, Naanmada Koodal, Kadambavanam

Location : Madurai

State : Tamilnadu

Main Deity : Meenakshi

Consort : Sudareswarar or Lord Shiva

Architectural Style : Dravadian Architecture

Important Festivals :

  • Chithirai Thiruvizha (float festival)
  • Navarathri, Saivas (those who worship Shiva)
  • Shivratri

Places of Interests : India complex is built within a high-walled enclosure in Madurai. The South Tower has a height of 170'6". This has 1511 sudhai figures. The West Tower’s height is 163'3". This tower has 1124 figures. The North Tower has a height of 160'6.

Opening Time : 5.00 A.M. to 12.30 P.M. and 4.00 P.M. to 10.00 P.M

Pooja Schedule :

  • Vizha Pooja - 6.30 A.M. to 7.00 A.M.
  • Kalasandhi Puja - 7.30 A.M. to 8.30 A.M.
  • Thrikalasandhi Pooja - 10.30 A.M. to 11.30 A.M.
  • Uchikkala Puja - 11.30 A.M. to 12.30 P.M.
  • Maalai Pooja - 4.30 P.M. to 5.00 P.M.
  • Ardhajama Puja - 7.30 P.M. to 8.30 P.M.
  • Palliarai Pooja - 9.15 P.M. to 10.00 P.M.

Shopping Center : Prithu Mandapam Market

How to Reach: Reach by Southern Railway network from anywhere of India.

Temple Phone: +91-452-2344360

Kanchipuram Temple Kanchipuram Temple

Kanchipuram was the ancient capital of Pallava rulers. Kamakshi Amman Temple, also known as Kanchipuram Temple is the main attraction of this pilgrimage site. Kanchipuram Temple complex is spread over an area of 5 acres with its sanctum sanctorum having gold plated vimanam.

The sanctum sanctorum is enshrined with the statue of goddess Kamakshi in seated posture along with other deities.One has to enter a four pillared hall and then an inner prakaram, thereafter scaling a series of steps one would reach the sanctum sanctorum.

Imposing view of the golden vimanam could be had from the outer prakaram. Annual festival is celebrated in the temple in the Tamil month of Massi. Other important festivals of Kanchipuram Temple include Silver Chariot Festival, Navaratri, Aadi and Sankara Jayanthi. Some of the highly revered Kanchipuram Temples are Ekambreswarar Temple, Kumara Kottam Temple and Ulagalanda Perumaal Temple.

Some Facts about The Temple

Temple Name : Kamakshi Amman Temple

Location : Kanchipuram

State : Tamilnadu

Main Deity : Kamakshi (Parvati)

Architectural Style : Dravadian Architecture

Creator : Pallava Kings

Important Festivals :

  • Chariot Festival (Ther)
  • Lake Festival, Navaratri
  • Aadi and Aippasi Pooram
  • Sankara Jayanthi and Vasanta Utsavam in the Tamil month of Vaikasi

Significance of Temple : Goddess Kamakshi or Parvati is worshipped in the form of Chakra. The golden tomb can be seen in the centre of shrine. This temple has close relation with the Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam and also its successive Sankarcharyas

Opening Time :

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday - 6.00A.M to 1.30P.M & 3.00P.M to 9.30P.M
  • Sunday,Tuesday and Friday – 5.00A.M to 10.00P.M

Pooja Schedule : Abhishekam is done 3 times a day. Starts at 5:30 am in morning. In the Afternoon - at 10:30 am and in the Evening at 4:30 a.m. There are special darshan called Santhana Kappu (Sandal Darshan) which is on every Wednesday and Saturday evenings

  • Pournami Pooja / Navavarna Pooja (Full Moon day) is held at Night 9:30 p.m. onwards every month
  • Saharsranamam Archana (Daily) is done daily in the Morning - 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and in the Evening - 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Ashtothram Archana is done in the Morning - 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and in the Evening - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Shopping Center : Alsa Mall, Chennai City Centre, Viveks, Big Bazaar, Ispahani Centre, Abirami Complex etc.

How to Reach : Chennai Airport is the nearest to Kanchipuram. Trains are available from Chennai, Chengalpattu, Tirupati, and Bangalore. Roadways services are well connected from Chennai, Bangalore and other places.

Palani Murugan Temple Palani Murugan Temple

Palani Murugan Temple is situated at an elevation of 1500 ft in Palani, Tamil Nadu. The temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan, also known as Dandayudhapani Swami, which means the lord with Staff in hands. The main statue of Lord Murugan in the sanctum sanctorum is made with Navabashana, which is a rare amalgam of nine poisonous minerals.

The statue of Lord Murugan is in standing position with only a baton in hand and loincloth on the body which signifies that the deity has renounced all worldly pomp. Lord Murugan of Kurunji is also revered by devotees as the God of Beauty and Youth.

Siddha Bhogar is credited to have created the Navabashana amalgam which is unique in the world. Chitra Pournami, Agni Nakshatram and Vaikasi are the main festivals of Palani Murugan Temple.

Some Facts about The Temple

Temple Name : Palani Murugan Temple

Location : Palani

State : Tamilnadu

Main Deity : Dandayudhapani Swami (Murugan)

Architectural Style : Dravadian Architecture

Important Festivals :

  • Thai-Poosam
  • The Pankuni-Uththiram
  • The Vaikhashi-Vishakham
  • The Soora-Samharam

Significance of Temple : The temple is dedicated to Lord Muruga and it was constructed during the period of Chera Kings Rule of south Kongu Nadu.

Opening Time : Darshan timing at Palani temple is from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm and especially on the festival day the temple opens at 4:00 am.

Pooja Schedule :

  • Vilaa Pooja (6.30 a.m.)
  • Siru Kall Pooja (8.00 a.m.)
  • Kaala Santhi (9.00 a.m.)
  • Utchikkala Pooja (12.00 noon)
  • Raja Alankaram (5.30 p.m.)
  • Iraakkaala Puja (8.00 p.m.)
  • Golden Car Darshan (6.30 p.m.)

Shopping Center : : Spencer Plaza, Abirami Mega Mall, Big Bazaar, City Centre, Hameedia Shopping Mall, Raahat Plaza etc.

How to Reach : Palani Railway Station is the nearest railway station (5 km) to reach Palani Murugan Temple. Other Railway Stations are Kodaikanal Road Railway (KQN) and Dindigul Junction Railway Station. Reach Palani Murugan Temple by nearest Coimbatore Airport, Madurai Airport, Bengaluru and Chennai International Airports

Kapaleeswarar Temple Chennai Kapaleeswarar Temple Chennai

Kapaleeswarar Temple Chennai is a remarkable example of 8th century Pallavan architecture. Kapaleeswarar Temple Chennai is one of the oldest temples in Chennai and is believed to be situated at the sport where Lord Brahma installed a Shiva Lingam. Kapaleeswarar Temple Chennai is dedicated to Lord Shiva and his consort Parvathi.

There are 63 bronze statues of Saivaite saints called Nayanmars at the outer courtyard of the temple complex. Ten days long Moovar –Vilzha festival is celebrated in Kapaleeswarar Temple Chennai in the month of March-April when the statues of deities are taken out of temple complex in a massive procession. Traditional dances, puppet shows and musical performances are held on the occasion.

Nine days long Therotsavam festival also draws huge crowd of devotees. Towering gopurams (temple towers) are the most striking feature of Kapaleeswarar Temple Chennai.

Some Facts about The Temple

Temple Name : Kapaleeswarar Temple Chennai

Proper Name : Mayilappur Kapalisvarar Kovil

Location : Mylapore, Chennai

State : Tamilnadu

Main Deity : Goddess Parvati

Consort : Lord Shiva

Architectural Style : Dravadian Architecture

Important Festivals :

  • Pradosha kaala puja
  • Panguni Peruvizha (Spring festival)
  • Arupathimoovar festival
  • Tirukkalyanam Festival (Marriage of Kapaleeswarar & Karpagambal)
  • Arupathimoovar festival

Significance of Temple : The Vahanas is at the temple that includes the Bull Adhikaranandi, elephant, bandicoot, peacock, goat and parrot, while a golden chariot is a recent addition. The statues of the God and Goddess are seated on Vahana that means in Sankrit word is Vehicles.

Opening Time : Morning Darshan time is from 6:00 am to 1:00 pm and Evening Darshan time is from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Shopping Center : : Raahat Plaza, Hameedia Shopping Mall, City Center, Chennai, Big Bazaar, Chennai, Abirami Mega Mall, Spencer Plaza, Chennai etc.

How to Reach : To reach by air the Kamaraj Domestic Airport and the Anna International Airport are located at Tirusulam. Chennai Railway Junction is well connected from Kapaleeswarar temple and other major cities nearby connect the major railway networks. The excellent roadways services from Chennai are also connected that will drop you at the main destination of the temple.

Balaji

Tirupati Balaji temple Tirupati Balaji temple

Tirupati Balaji Temple is situated in the hilltop town of Tirumalai in Andhra Pradesh. Also known as Sri Venkateswara Temple, the hill shrine is acclaimed to be one of the 108 Tirupatis or Divya Desams of Lord Vishnu.

The site where the temple is situated is considered to be Swayamvyakta Kshetra or self manifested. The idol of Balaji is said to have attributes of both Shiva and Vishnu who have preserving and destroying powers for the universe. Tirupati Balaji temple is situated on the seventh peak of Venkata Hills. You will have to scale 3600 steps on an 8 km long stretch to reach the sanctum sanctorum of Tirupati Balaji temple.

Nine days long Brahmotsavam festival is held in Tirupati Balaji Temple in September on a grand scale which attracts pilgrims and tourists from all parts of India and abroad.

Some Facts about Tirupati Temple

Temple Name : Tirumala Venkateswara Devasthanam

Known as : Balaji Temple

Location : Tirupati

State : Andhra Pradesh

Main Deity : Lord Venkateshwara or 'Srinivasa' or 'Balaji', Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva

Architectural Style : Dravidian Architecture

Number of temples : 2

Inscriptions : Dravidian Language

Important Festivals

  • Brahmotsavam
  • Vaikunta Ekadasi
  • Ratha Saptami
  • Rama Navami
  • Janmashtami

Highlights of the Temple : Three enclosures of this temple are called Prakarams' as well as a dome on the main shrine is called as ''Vimana'. Main attractions of the temple are the huge statue of Vijayanagara King Krishnadevaraya and his spouse.

Opening Time : Sarva Darsanam (Open to all)

Pooja Schedule :

From Monday To Wednesday

6:00a.m - 11:00a.m, 12:00p.m - 7:00p.m, 8:00p.m - 10:00p.m

Thursday - 8:00a.m - 11:00a.m, 12:00p.m - 7:00p.m, 8:00p.m-10:00p.m

Friday - 9:00a.m - 11:00a.m, 12:00p.m - 7:00p.m, 9:30p.m - 10:00p.m

Saturday To Sunday - 6:00a.m - 11:00a.m, 12:00p.m - 7:00p.m, 8:00p.m - 10:00p.m

Shopping Center : Chandana Ramesh Shopping Mall, Lepakshi Emporium, Pasuparthy SuperMarket, Central park etc.

How to Reach : To reach Tirupati by air the nearest airport is Renigunta and the railway stations are well-connected from Chennai and Bangalore also

Srirangam Temple Trichy SriRangam Temple Trichy

Srirangam Temple Trichy is spread over an area of 156 acres on Srirangam island town in Trichy, Tamil Nadu. The temple has many firsts to its credit. It is first of 108 Divya Desams of Lord Vishnu and is considered to be Boologa Vaikuntam (heaven on earth). The latest first of the temple is 240 ft high, 13 tiered Rajagopuram, which weighs 25000 ton and was constructed just 04 decades back.

There are twenty more gopurams in the temple. 20 days long Vaikunda Yekaadesi festival is celebrated in Srirangam Temple Trichy which is attended by devotees from near and the far. Thousand Pillar Hall of the temple has statues of gods, goddesses, alwars and acharyas.

Vijaynagar rulers and other dynasties notably the Nayaks, Cholas, Cheras, Pandyas and Hoysalas lavished their riches for 400 years on Srirangam Temple Trichy to make it the biggest temple complex in India.

Some Facts about The Temple

Temple Name : Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple

Proper Name : Srirangam Temple Gopuram

Location : Tiruchirapalli

State : Tamilnadu

Main Deity : Ranganthar (Vishnu)

Consort : Ranganayagi (Lakshmi)

Architectural Style : Dravadian Architecture

Appeared For : Ramanujar

Important Festivals :

  • Vaikunda Ekadesi
  • Uriyadi
  • Jeeyapuram

Significance of Temple : The temple is with this by 7 concentric walls (termed Prakarmas(outer courtyard) or mathil suvar) and its with a total length of 32,592 feet or over six miles. e temple has 21 gopurams (towers), 39 pavilions, fifty shrines, Ayiram kaal mandapam (a hall of 1000 pillars). The Hall of 1000 pillars (actually 953) and this1000-pillared hall made of granite was constructed in the vijayanagara period.

Opening Time :

  • Viswaroobam seva 06.15 to 07.30
  • Pooja time – No seva 07.30 to 08.45 Seva 08.45 to 13.00
  • Pooja time – No seva 13.00 to 14.00 Seva 14.00 to 18.00
  • Pooja time – No seva 18.00 to 18.45 Seva 18.45 to 21.00 free seva 20.00 to 21.00

No seva after 21.00

General Entrance – Free in all Seva time

Special Entrance – Rs.20/- per head

Shopping Center : : Khadi Kraft, Poompuhar Sales Emporium, Saraswathi Stores, Sri Lenga Living Art, Sri Lakshmi Carving, Heritage Art Emporium etc.

How to Reach : Tiruchirapalli city is well connected to the major cities of Chennai, Bangalore, Madurai, and Colombo. The Trichy airport is about 7 km from the city. Tiruchirapalli Railway Junction connects many important cities and towns of South India such as Chennai, Thanjavur, Madurai and Chidambaram. If you want to choose roadway service then Tiruchirapalli roadways service is connected by road to Madurai, Chennai, Pondicherry and Thanjavur/Tanjore.

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