South India Temples are mostly based on Dravidian architecture.
South India Temples, apart from being spiritual centers
are also popular tourist destinations. A great many
devotees, as well as equal number of foreigners, frequent
these temples, owing to their architectural grandeur.
Out of many famous south India temples, the following
have become popular by virtue of sanctity and rituals
that are held every year. Sabarimala Temple, Kerala
Sabarimala Sri Dharmasastha Temple, in recent years
turned out to be the most famous and most visited temple
in Kerala, dedicated exclusively to the Lord Ayyappa.
Pilgrims throng this temple located on the Sahyadri
Mountains in large numbers every year, during the months
from November to January, and especially on the eve
of Mahakarma or Makara Sankranthi.
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam, Tirupathi, Andhra Pradesh
One of the richest temples, built on the scenic seven
hills on Tirumala, at Tirupathi, this south India temple
is dedicated to the Lord Venkateswara. People from all
over the world visit this temple and many of the devotees
prefer to climb the hill by steps to pay obeisance to
the Lord Venkateswara, though temple runs buses up the
hill. This temple is exclusively built in Dravidian
Guruvayoor Temple, Kerala Guruvayoor Temple in Kerala
is another famous south India temple, also known as
the 'Dwaraka of South' or 'Bhooloka Vaikuntam'. Dedicated
to the Lord Krishna, this temple is said to be around
1000 years old and its deity more than 5000 years old.
The temple conducts record number of marriage ceremonies
and regarded as the most sacred of the Hindu temples
in south India.
Mahabalipuram, Chennai Mahabalipuram got its name from
'Mamallapuram' the town of Kancheepuram district in
Tamil Nadu. The historic place has been classified as
a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and hosts a variety of
historic monuments, said to be constructed between the
7th and the 9th centuries. The place is famous for the
rock-cut and monolithic temple of Dravidian style of
architecture, dedicated to the Lord Vishnu. Many devotees
visit this temple, which is extremely beautiful being
located close to the shore emanating peace and tranquility.
There are many temples in the south India states that
are equally famous and popular. we have categorized temples in South India according to South Indian states below: