Famous Temples In India

Famous Temples In India: India being part of one of the world’s oldest civilizations is a land of rich history, countless beliefs, traditions, and legends surrounding the religions. India is a country that has a rich cultural and religious history as it is the birth land of the rules of Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. India is where people of different religious beliefs live in harmony and brotherhood with having secular character.

Hinduism is considered to be the world’s oldest religion. Hinduism does not have one specific founder but is a fusion of religions. An act of worship is a common characteristic of Hinduism. Hindus usually worship in either home or temples(Commonly called ‘Mandir’) to attain purity in life and to integrate body, mind, and spirit. A temple is a place that is meant to encourage reflection, facilitate purification of one's mind, and trigger the process of inner realization within the devotee. So in this article, we will discuss the Top 25 Famous temples in India.

Top 25 Famous Temples In India Names

Here is a list of the Top 25 Famous Temples in India. In the following table, you will find the list of Famous Temples in India in detail. These Famous Temples in India are located in various states across the country. They are built in different timelines by different empires and individuals.

Temple NameState Name
Lord Venkateswara   TempleAndhra Pradesh
Mahabodhi TempleBihar
Somnath TempleGujarat
Dwarkadhish TempleGujarat
Vaishno Devi TempleJammu & Kashmir
Amarnath TempleJammu & Kashmir
Virupaksha TempleKarnataka
Gomateshwara TempleKarnataka
Padmanabhaswamy TempleKerala
Khajuraho TempleMadhya Pradesh
Siddhivinayak TempleMaharashtra
Konark Sun TempleOdisha
Golden TemplePunjab
Ramanathaswamy TempleTamil Nadu
Meenakshi TempleTamil Nadu
Ranganathaswamy TempleTamil Nadu
Brihadeeswara TempleTamil Nadu
Rajagopalaswamy TempleTamil Nadu
Nataraja TempleTamil Nadu
Kashi Vishwanath TempleUttar Pradesh
Badrinath TempleUttarakhand
Yamunotri TempleUttarakhand
Gangotri TempleUttarakhand 
Shri Jagnatha TempleOdisha
Kamakhya TempleAssam

Top 25 Famous Temples In India

Lord Venkateswara  Temple

The temple on Tirumala hills is also called Tirupathi Balaji temple. It is also referred to as the temple of the seven hills. The style of the temple is in Dravidian Architecture style.

Mahabodhi Temple

It is one of the Buddhist temples. The Central Tower Of Mahabodhi temple is 180 feet tall i.e. 54 meters. Also, It is one of the oldest brick structures. The brickwork in the structure depicts the life of Buddha. It is one of the  UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Somnath Temple

It is also called Deo Patan. It is among one of the 12 jyotirlinga shrines of Lord Shiva. It was Constructed in Chalukya’s times. In 1947 – Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel ordered the reconstruction of the temple completed in 1951.

Dwarkadhish Temple

 It is called  as Jagat Mandir. It is one of the four Hindu pilgrimage sites (Char Dham). In 1472, Mahmud Brgada destroyed the original structure of this temple. Presently, it is in the Chalukya architecture style.

Vaishno Devi Temple

It is 5200 feet above sea level at the top of Trikuta Hills. It is one of the Cave temples.

Amarnath Temple

A cave temple situated at an altitude of 3888 meters. It is among the 51 Shakti Peeths. Bhrigu Muni (A great sage) was believed to be one of the first discoverers of  Amarnath.

Virupaksha Temple

Built by Lakkana Dandesha, a chief under the ruler Deva Raya II of the Vijayanagara Empire. It forms a part of the Group of Monuments located at  Hampi which is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Gomateshwara Temple

 It is also called as Bahubali temple. The tallest monolithic statue (Of Gomateshwara) in the world was carved out of a single rock of granite. It is a Jain temple whose height is 57 feet high. The Bahubali statue is one of the largest free-standing statues in the world depicting the never-ending meditation of Bahubali.

Padmanabhaswamy Temple

The architecture is the fusion of styles of Chera and Dravidian. Located in the capital city of the state, Thiruvananthapuram or earlier known as Trivandrum. The temple has a magnificent idol of lord Vishnu.

Khajuraho Temple   

They are a  group of temples built by the rulers of the Chandela Dynasty. Of 85 temples currently, 25 temples only exist which are scattered throughout. Famous for its nagara-style architecture and is known for extensive erotic sculptures.

Siddhivinayak Temple

 This Temple was constructed by Laxman Vithu & Dubai Patil in 1801. It is considered to be one of the richest temples in India.

Konark Sun Temple

 This temple was Built in the 13th century by King Narasimhadeva I (AD 1238-1264) during the Ganga Empire. It is conceived to be a gigantic chariot of the Sun God built in Kalinga architecture (Odisha style of architecture).

Golden Temple

This is a gurudwara that was built in the 15th century. It is also famously known as Harmindar Sahib. Temple was plated with Gold in 1980 from the wealth and material donated by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. It is one of the most sacred places for Sikhs worship.

Ramanathaswamy Temple

One among the twelve Jyotirlinga temples built in the 12th Century. It has the longest corridor among all Hindu temples in India. It is built upon the  Dravidian style of architecture. Their Creators are Pandyas and Jaffna Kings. There are 64 Tīrthas i.e. holy water bodies in and around the island of Rameswaram. It is among the Char Dhams of India

Meenakshi Temple

It has Dravidian Architecture and over 40 inscriptions. There are 985 richly carved pillars that describe scenes from the wedding of Meenakshi (Parvati) and Sundareswarar (Shiva). This temple is famous for its 3 storied Gopuram at the main entrance.

Ranganathaswamy Temple

One of the most important of 108 (Divya Desam )Vishnu Temples. It is built in Dravidian style and constructed in the Vijayanagar Period. It is 1st the temple to be awarded by the UN Body for protecting and conserving cultural heritage. The Gopuram of this temple is the biggest Gopuram in Asia. Also, it is the largest functioning Hindu temple in the world.

Brihadeeswara Temple

Also called Raja Rajeswara Temple is  located at Thanjavur. This Dravidian- temple was built during the Chola emperor Raja Raja Chola I.  This temple is  One of the tallest temples in India and is completely made of Granite.

Rajagopalaswamy Temple

Also called Dakshina Dwaraka. It is constructed in Dravidian style type of architecture. The temple has one of the largest temple tanks in India called Haridra Nadhi.

Nataraja Temple

The wall carvings of the temple exhibit all the 108 karanas from the Natya Shastra by Bharata Muni. These postures are the foundation of Bharatanatyam, a classical Indian dance that is a traditional dance of Tamil Nadu. Built during the 10th century when Chidambaram was the capital of the Chola dynasty. It is one of the oldest surviving active temple complexes in South India.

Kashi Vishwanath Temple

This temple is located in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. Originally, this  Vishwanath temple was destroyed by the army of Qutb-Uddin Aibak in 1194 CE when he defeated the Raja of Kannauj. Lord Shiva is the deity of this temple.

Badrinath Temple

It is located on Garhwal hill along the banks of the Alaknanda River. It is at an elevation of 3,133 meters i.e. 10,279 ft above the mean sea level temple is mentioned in ancient religious texts like Vishnu Purana and Skanda Purana.

Yamunotri Temple

 It is Situated at an altitude of 3,291 meters i.e. 10,797 ft. It is located on the backdrop of Bandarpunch. It is dedicated to the goddess Yamuna.

Gangotri Temple

It is located on the banks of the river Bhagirathi at an altitude of 3,415 m (11,204 ft). This temple is dedicated to the goddess Ganga.

Jagannath Temple

It is also called Yamanika Tirtha. This temple is located in the Puri district of Odisha and is famous for its annual chariot festival, Ratha Yatra. The first Jagannath temple was commissioned by King Indradyumna. Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Subhadra are the three deities worshipped at the temple.

Kamakhya Temple

This temple is situated at Nilacal hills in Guwahati, Assam is one of the  oldest and most revered centers of Tantric practices. Kamakhya Temple denotes the spot where Sati used to retire in secret to satisfy her amour with Shiva, and it was also the place where her yoni (genitals, womb) fell after Shiva tandava (dance of destruction) with the corpse of Sati.

Famous Temples In India: FAQs

Ans. Shiddhivinayaka temple is one of the richest temples which is located in Maharashtra.

Ans. This temple, that is Shri Rangaswamy temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

Ans. Four major Pilgrimage sites, famously called Char Dam are Puri, Rameshwaram, Dwarika, and Badrinath.

Ans. Badrinath Temple is located in the Chamoli district of Uttrakhand.

Ans. Tirupati Balaji Temple is the famous name of Tirumala Venkateswara temple.

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