You find countless temples spread across in every direction in India. But when it comes to temples of southern India, you realize that these are more than just a place of worship. Two common aspects of South Indian temples are their artwork and their layout. The artwork of each temple showcases the cultural heritage and diversity of that era. Some of the temple complexes are quite extravagant which is a true testimony to the richness of the wealth. Here’s a list of some of the lesser-known temples in South India.
1. VEDAGIRISWARAR TEMPLE, Tirukazhukundram, TAMIL NADU
This temple complex has to be the one that tests the true spirit of a devotee. The area of the temple complex spans from the foot-hill to the top hill. Only a true devotee will have the courage of paying a visit to both the shrines to seek divine benedictions. The panoramic views from the peak are the additional perks.
2. MANAKULA VINAYAGAR TEMPLE, PONDICHERRY
This is Lakshmi whose blessings have brought good fortune, success, and wisdom to the devotees of the temple for the last 20 years. One can easily sense that the jumbo loves to socialize when one sees how happily she showers blessings on every passer-by.
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3. Sree Krishna Swamy Temple, ALLEPPEY, KERALA
The temple is very uniquely designed and is believed to be 400 – 500 years old. It is dedicated to Lord Krishna and is famous for its palpayasam – a religious offering. The temple receives relatively fewer footfalls in the morning hours hence better to visit as early as possible.
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4. CHENNAKESAVA TEMPLE, BELUR, KARNATAKA
The Hoysala Kingdom is remembered for its rich heritage of art, architecture, and literature. The inscription and workmanship on the stone walls have been educating every generation that followed after the completion of this sculptural extravaganza.
5. Talakaveri, Madikeri, Karnataka
One of the most sacred and revered temples of South India, Talakaveri is the source of the river Kaveri. The temple sits on the top of the Brahmagiri Hills amidst the coffee forests and spice gardens.
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6. Sri Durga Malleswara Swamy Varla Devasthanam, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
The temple is known as Kanaka Durga Temple located at the top of Indrakeeladri Hill on the banks of the River Krishna. It is believed that Arjuna from Mahabharata had built this temple for Goddess Durga.
7. Sri Vadakkunnathan Temple, Thrissur, KERALA
The architecture of this temple complex consists of wood and stone and keeps the legacy of the traditional architecture of Kerala alive.