India Temple Tours takes you on a fascinating journey
to the land rich in momentous temples. There are several
towns in South India that are specifically known as
the 'Temple Towns' owing to some of the brilliant temples
of the town. The south Indian style of temple architecture
is called Dravida Style of Temple Architecture. The
Vimana and the Gopurams characterize this style. The
Vimana is a tall pyramidal tower consisting of several
diminishing smaller storeys standing on a square base.
The Gopuram is two storeys gateway to the temple separated
by a horizontal molding. The Prakara or the outer wall
encloses the temple. The Pallavas, the Cholas, the Pandyas,
the Vijayanagar rulers and the Nayaks had contributed
to the development of South Indian temples.
The first temple on South India Temple Tours is the
Guruvayoor Temple, one of the most sacred and important
pilgrim centers of Kerala. Located 29 km to the west
of Trichur, the Sri Krishna Temple draws maximum pilgrims
and tourists. According to local legends, Guru, the
Teacher of the Gods and Vayu, the God of Winds, together
build this temple. The square shaped Sri Kovil is the
sacred sanctum of the temple and enshrines the main
deity. The temple also houses the images of Ganapati,
Sri Ayyappa and Edathedathy Kavil Bhagavathy. Only Hindus
can enter the temple.
The second temple on South India Temple Tours is 2000-year-old
Meenakshi Temple is situated in the city of Madurai,
Tamil Nadu. Dedicated to Lord Shiva and his consort
Parvati known here as Sundareswarar and Meenakshi, the
temple s a masterpiece of Dravidian Temple Architecture.
The original temple was built by Kulasekara Pandya but
the real credit for making the temple as grand as it
stands today goes to the Nayaks. The present temple
was conceived in 1560 AD by Vishwanatha Nayak and subsequently
built during the reign of Thirumalai Nayak.
The Brihadeeswara Temple is situated at Thanjavur
in Tamil Nadu. The temple was constructed under the
patronage of the King Rajaraja Chola in the 10th century
AD and designed by Sama Varma, the architect. The most
unique feature of the temple is that no shadow of the
temple is cast on the ground at any time of the year.
The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The inner wall
of the sanctum is embellished with 108 different dancing
postures of Shiva. The temple is one of the finest contributions
of the Chola Dynasty to the Dravidian Temple Architecture.
Kanchipuram is 75 km from Chennai in Tamil Nadu and
is one of the most visited pilgrimage centers in India.
Kanchipuram is famous for magnificent and elegant Dravidian
temples. On the tour of Kanchipuram, one must visit
the Kailashanatha Temple, Kamakshi Amman Temple, Kumara
Kottam, Ekambareshwar Temple and Varadaraja Temple.
Mahabalipuram or Mamallapuram, once the port city
of the Pallava rulers, is located 50 km from the south
of Chennai on the shores of Bay of Bengal in Tamil Nadu.
The temples of Mamallapuram are excellent specimen of
Dravidian temple architecture and Pallava art. There
are 11 temples at Mahabalipuram excavate out of the
rock. The most important temple here is the Shore Temple.
The Shore Temple built during the reign of Rajasimha
in the 7th century AD. Rajasimha constructed the Shore
Temple in the 7th century AD. It was the first Pallava
structure to be built of stone rather than being carved
out of stone like the older temples.
Another temple to visit on South India Temple Tours
is at Somnathpur village located on the banks of river
Kaveri, 140 km from Bangalore in Karnataka. The commander
of the Hoysalas, Somnath built the Keshava Temple almost
740 years ago with permission grants received from the
king. The names of the sculptors can be seen on the
sculptures, as they have inscribed their names on their
works. It was not a common practice during that time.
The most important temple to visit on South India
Temple Tours is at Tirupati, 67 km from Chittor district
in Andhra Pradesh. The town is famous for the holy shrine
of the Shri Venkateshwara. The Balaji Temple with its
gopuram at Tirupati is a classical example of Dravidian
architecture. The temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara
also known as Srinivasa or Balaji, who is believed to
have attributes of both Shiva and Vishnu.
How to Reach
Khajuraho is connected by Indian Airlines
Flights all the major cities of India.
The nearest railhead, Jhansi, is at
a distance of 175 km and is connected with all the important
towns and cities of India.
A well-connected road network connects
Khajuraho to all parts of India.
“ We have suggested here some of the most popular itineraries taken by our clients and we have also incorporated their valuable suggestions. However you can always customised this itineraries as per your requirement.
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