In the land of Gods and Goddesses, a Temple is not just the house of God, it is actually a sanctum of tranquility. Apart from being highly respectable and revered, many people may visit a temple just because of its history and architecture. Here is a a look at some of the best temples in the country. Tell us which more temples are worth seeing and we will compile another list of the best and outstanding temples of India rated by you!
The Sun Temple, Konark
Also commonly called the Black Pagoda, this temple at Konark is an architectural wonder. It has been built as a gigantic Solar Chariot with the twelve ornamented Wheels being dragged by the divine horses. Everything about this temple is exemplary. Not just the intricately carved walls, but also the roofs of each segment of the temple are specially inscribed and imprinted in their own ways. The temple in totality presents a glorious dance of sun and shade casting meaning full and mystic shadows on the different parts of the temple itself. Knowledge rests within the inscriptions of the temple and legends claim the divine intervention of the Hindu Trilogy itself while it was being constructed.
A must visit for those who enjoy historical sites . This temple has also been granted the status of a world heritage site.
Dakshineshwar Kali Temple , Kolkatta
Rani Rashmoni was a silent patriot who actively contributed to the freedom struggle of India and is considered to be the founder of this magnificent temple dedicated to the Goddess Kali. It all started with a dream that she saw when she was about to start her pilgrimage to Banaras after her husband’s death. This was the reason that prompted her to take control of the humongous estate and start building this temple, which was also her late husband’s wish. After an extensive search, a suitable plot was found in the village of Dakshineshwar where half the land was a Muslim Burial ground and the other half was owned by a Christian. The sheer construction of the Temple brought together different faiths and religions.
It was built on a piece of land that resembled the hump of a tortoise in its shape. Beautiful and elegant, this old temple is a life line now!
Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple, Madurai
Also known as Meenakshi Amman Temple to the locals it is devoted to Parvathi (known as Meenakshi) and Shiva. Situated on the banks of river Vaigai it has 14 Gopurams which are basically the gateway towers. The height varies from 45 to 50 Meters for each. Drawing approximately 15,000 visitors a day, while some people believe that all prayers made in this temple are answered , the others come here just to see how beautiful this structure is. Friday happens to be the most important day for this temple. The 33,000 sculptures placed in the temple helped it make in to the listing for the “New Seven Wonders of the World” .
The Meenakshi Tirukalyanam Festival attracts a minimum of 1 million visitors in the months of April and May ; when it is held!
Akshardhaam Temple, New Delhi
A beautiful combination of Tradition, Spirituality and Architecture, the Akshardhaam temple is one of the most important spots for those visiting the city. Huge and magnificent, this temple was made by the non-failing efforts of 3000 volunteers and 7000 artisans who have actually made this temple what it is today. Officially opened in 2005, this temple is the biggest platform for spirituality in northern India.
Apart from the Boat ride and the musical fountain, the “light and sound show” here just cannot be missed.
Lingaraja Temple, Orissa
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this Hindu Temple in Orissa is one of the oldest temples in the state. Not just the biggest tourist attraction, but is the quintessential mark of the Kalinga Architecture and was built by the Somavasi Dynasty. Built in the traditional Deula Style, this temple has the four components clearly segregated . The portion containing the Sanctum is a sight to see. Called the Vimana, this portion is the most peaceful and the best ppart of the temple. Coming to the Jagmohana or the Assembly hall, the grandeur and the magnificent constructions will make you wonder in awe of the craftsmanship of the workers, present at that time. The Festival hall called the Natamandira is again a stupendous piece of architecture. And the Hall of the Offerings or the Bhog Mandapa is the huge hall which makes even a foot step echo.
Considered to be one of the best example or Architecture in India, this temple puts Orissa on the World Archaeological map!
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is often listed as the busiest temple in India which is fully functional. Located in Tiruchirapalli(Tamil Nadu), and firmly seated on the island in Cauvery River, this temple has the worlds second largest Gopuram. A 21 day annual festival sees the devotees and the followers visit this place in huge numbers often exceeding 100,000 in attendance. What do you call a temple that’s huge, beautiful and completely religious? A chunk of heaven? Well, this brilliance of a construction is nothing less than that!
The second Largest temple in the world and the Best abode of Lord Vishnu, nothing can beat this Temple in its beauty and divinity!
Annamalaiyar Temple, Tamil Nadu
Atop the base of Annamalai Hill in the town of Thiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu, this huge temple is dedicated to the Lord Shiva and is associated with the supreme five elements also called the Pancha Bhoota Stalas. Major attention has been portrayed to the presence of fire or Agni . This is why in the annual celebration here, a huge fire is lit atop the hill between the months of November and December on a full moon night and nearly 3 million pilgrims visit this temple to witness the pride and charm of the festival.
If you have to see Fire dancing to it’s glory, then this is where you should be!
Lotus Temple, New Delhi
Built in the shape of a Temple, this is the last of the seven Bahai temples in the world. A cult that respects religion to new levels, this temple is amazing. Beautifully shaped like a live lotus, a birds eye view of the temple makes you feel alive. The pristine white colour was drafted keeping in mind the cultural harmony between the Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists and the followers of Jaininsm. This is why a person from any faith can some and pray here. There are nine pools of water which light up in the evening to give a natural illuminated look !
No one visiting Delhi goes back without paying homage to this wonderful collection of Art and secular Faiths!
Thought these may be temples meant to be prayed at; and are of supreme religious importance, but the fact remains that Temples have ever been beautiful and crisp! The temples In India are symbolic of humanity and Love!