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Famous South Indian Temples: Tirupati, Meenakshi and Sun Konark Temple

BY: Deena David | Category: Travel | Post Date: 2009-10-30

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India is a mystic country with a lot of different places to visit. There are a few must visit places in India with temples that abound in intricate architecture. When you realize that these temples were build hundreds of years ago, it makes one wonder about the architectural wonders of that age. These temples are the places of worship of Hindus and are sacred for most Indians.

These temples are also places of interest for domestic and international tourists though they may not be followers of Hinduism. There are many such temples all over India. In fact there are temples based on Indian architecture even in Cambodia. The temples that are very famous in India are listed in this article.

Sun Temple, Konark:

This is one of the most famous temples of India. It is a beautiful temple shaped in the form of chariots. The temple is situated in a place called Konark in the state of Orissa. Each year, there is a festival in this place for the deity of this temple where the people gather and a chariot like object is pulled by thousands of people and egged on by millions around them. The festival is full of color and gaiety. The deity is taken in the chariot. Orissa can be reached by international and domestic flights to Bhubaneshwar that is the capital of the state.

Meenakshi Temple, Madurai :

It is another important temple in India.
This is situated in the state of Tamil Nadu in the Southern part of India. This was the land of three kingdoms of the Dravidians. These kingdoms used to compete with each other in building the best temples. One of the biggest temples of India, the Madurai Meenakshi temple as it is known is very famous for the 1000 pillars in the temple that makes different sounds when tapped. This part of the temple is also known as the Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal. Madurai is a bustling city that has an airport and people can directly come there.

The temple at Tirupati is another famous temple.

This is the richest temple in India. In fact the believers give offerings to the deity of the temple who is Lord Venkateshwara in crores of cash and kind. There are instances of people offering gold swords, gold buckets and hundreds of gold chains and other gold ornaments. The temple is situated among the seven hills of Tirupati. This small town also situated in the Southern part of India is also connected mainly by rail and road. The nearest airport for international tourists is the Chennai airport. The temple is actually situated in Andhra Pradesh that is on the border with Tamil Nadu.

These are only three of the many famous temples of India. In fact these three temples listed in this article are all Hindu temple. There are also other temples belonging to various other religions like the Buddhist temples and the Jain temples. Each of these temples have an unique architectural style and is a must see for any tourist visiting India.

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About Author / Additional Info: I have completed my Masters Degree in Paediatric Nursing. I am a writer with a passion for writing. I have been writing for some blogs and other sites. Comments are welcome at the following e mail address: deenaanddavid@gmail.com

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