Temple construction in India started nearly 2000 years ago. The oldest temples that were built of brick and wood no longer exist. Stone later became the preferred material. Temples marked the transition of Hinduism. Temples in India have different architectural style. You can see the the list of pictures of temples here. There are many temples spread across India. The temples listed here are the most popular temple in India based on the crowd of visitors.
1. Venkataswara Tirupati Balaji Temple
Venkateswara temple is a Hindu temple located in Tirumala, near Thirupati, India. The temple is the reportedly the richest and most visited place of work ship in the world. The temple is visited by 50,000 to 100,000 piligrims daily. The temple has Lord Venkateswara. Laddu is the world famous prasadam given at Thirumala temple. This temple is also considered as the most popular temple in India.
2. Brihadeeswarar Temple, Thanjavur, Tamilnadu
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The Brihadeeswarar Temple also know as Rajarajeswara temple at Thanjavur , India is the worlds first complete granite temple.The temple is part of UNESCO Word heritage site.The temple is built in 1010AD by Raja Raja Chola.The temple is made up of 130,000 tons of granite.
3. Khajuraho Temple , Madhya Pradesh
Khajuraho, situated in the central India in the state of Madhya Pradesh , is known all over due to erotic sculpture. The temples are grouped into three geographical divisions of west , east and south. The Khajuraho temples are made of sand stone. The temple complex offers a well made light and sound show every evening. The have both English and Hindi shows. The show covers the history , philosophy and the art of sculpture of these temples.
4. Ramanathaswamy Temple, Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu
Ramnathaswamy temple is a famous Hindu temple located in Rameswaram, Tamilnadu. The temple is one of the holy place that has to be visited in one’s lifetime. It is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, the holy abodes of Lord Shiva.
5. Somnath Temple, Gujarat
The Somnath temple is located on the western cost of Gujarat , India is one of the twelve Shrines of God siva. The present temple is built in the Chalukya style of temple architecture and reflects the skill of the Sompura salats.
6. Kasi Vishwanath Temple,Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Kasi vishwanath temple is one of the most famous Hindu temples dedicated to Lordshiva. The temple stands on the western bank of the holy river Ganges. The main deity is known by the name Vishwanatha. The temple town is the oldest living city in the world. The temple has been destroyed and rebuilt number of times. The temple complex consists of series of small shrines. The temple is considered as one of the most important and popular places of worship in Hindu religion. A visit to the temple and bath in the river Ganges is on of the many methods believed to lead one on a path to Moksha. Thus people from all over the nation , try to visit the place at least once in their life time.
7. Lord Jagganath Temple, Puri, Orissa
Lord Jagganath Temple, Puri, Orissa is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to Jagannath and located in the coast town of Puri,India. The temple is famous for its annual Ratha Yathra or Chariot festival. The temple complex covers an area of 400,000 Square feet and is surrounded by a high fortified wall. The main temple is a curvilinear temple and crowning the top is the Srichakra of Vishnu.
8. Meenakshi Temple, Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Meenakshi Amman temple is a historic Hindu temple located in the holy city of Madurai, India. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Meenakshi. The temple forms the heart and life line of 2500 year old city of Madurai. The temple complex houses 14 magnificent towers including two golden towers for the main deities.Thousand piller hall of Meenakshi temple was built with 985 carved pillars. The most important festival associated with the temple is Meenakshi thirukalyanam that is celebrated every year.
9. Siddhivinayak Temple, Maharashtra
Siddhivinayak Temple, Maharashtra is a Hindu temple dedicated to lord Ganesh. It is located in Mumbai.
10. Baba Amarnath, Jammu & Kashmir
Baba Amarnath, Jammu & Kashmir is situated on Mount Amarnath caves. The temple is dedicated to lord Shiva and the shrine is said to be more than 5000 years old. Inside the cave lies an ice resembling the Shiva linga.