It is said that India is a land of rich history. Along with the stories of bravery of the ancient kings, the big palaces and temples they constructed added to the beauty of India.
While the infrastructure is itself a great art, the faith with which people visit these is what has made them more valuable for the country. It is said that all the wishes of the devotees who visit these temples get accepted.
This is a world famous temple situated in the Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, where a Shivlinga made of sand can be seen. The most significant thing about the temple is that it is believed that it was Goddess Parvati under whose supervision the construction was done.
Located in Hampi of Karnataka, it is among the most popular temples of the state. It is said that it was constructed under the king Krishna Dev Raya in the year 1509. It is said that a Puja with exactly the same rituals and in the same manner is done in the temples as it used to happen during the reign of the king.
Dula Dev temple in Khajuraho is a major attraction in Madhya Pradesh. One of the most ancient temples in India, it is also dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple was constructed by Chandel rulers between the 10th and 12th century. It is also known as Kunwar Nath Temple by historians.
It is a world famous temple dedicated to Surya Dev. It attracts lakhs of devotees every year. What is astonishing about the temple is the architecture of the outer walls of the temple. Images of intercourse have been carved on the walls. The temple has been designed in the form of the chariot of Surya Dev.
The Elephanta caves of Maharashtra are also considered to be temples. There are seven caves out of which, five belong to the Hindus and the other two to the Buddhists. The setting up of the temples of two religions together is fascinating. While idols of Lord Shiva are there inside the caves, Mahesh Murti Cave is the most popular.
Shore Temple In Mahabalipuram is located in Tamil Nadu. It is one of the most ancient temples of South India. It is divided into three temples. While there is a temple of Lord Vishnu in the centre, temples of Lord Shiva are there on both sides of it. Inside the temple, there is a smaller temple of Goddess Durga, near which a statue of the lion of the Goddess can also be seen.
The Ellora caves were constructed by Krishna I, in present day Aurangabad of Maharashtra. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is a world-famous site, the most attractive feature of the temple being that the biggest idol here has been carved out of just one stone.
The attraction for the followers of Shaivism tradition of Hinduism, this temple is situated in the Thanjour district of Tamil Nadu. It was constructed by the Chola rulers in the 11th century. This temple is one among the most famous granite temples of the world.
Goddess Minakshi was an incarnation of Goddess Parvati and the sister of Lord Vishnu. Dedicated to mother Goddess Minakshi, the temple is located in Madurai. Known as Minakshi Amman Temple, it is one of the most ancient temples of the country.
Constructed in the 8th century by the great Chalukya rulers, Viruksha temple is located in the Pattadakal village of Karnataka. It is a beautiful example of Southern and Northern architectures of India.