India is a vast country that is said to be the center of spirituality with more than two million Hindu temples. There is more than one grand temple across the country which is known for its art and beauty. In ancient times, temples were important sites of social centers which also remind of the fine craftsmanship of the artisans. In terms of architecture, most of the temples are of Nagara or Northern style, Dravidian or Southern style, and Vesara or mixed style. There is a unique confluence of Indian culture, art, and beauty in the carvings of these temples. Today in this episode we are going to tell you about some such temples of the country which become the center of history along with spirituality. Let's know about them..
Brahma Temple, Rajasthan
Located in Pushkar, Rajasthan, the structure of this temple is believed to be from the 14th century. This temple is said to be about 2000 years old. In the center of this temple is the idol of Brahma and his second wife Gayatri. Let us tell you that this temple is the only Brahma temple in India, which lakhs of devotees and tourists visit every year. A fair is also organized here twice a year, in which many pilgrims and tourists from all over the country and abroad participate.
Vitthal Temple, Karnataka
Perhaps this temple is the most popular of all the temples in the Hampi complex. There are famous musical pillars from which amazing sound comes out. The British wanted to know the secret of this sound. For this, he got two pillars cut, but he did not find anything except hollow pillars there. There used to be a market on the road leading to the temple, where horses were traded. Even today we can see the remains of the market on both sides of the road. Statues of Persians selling horses are still present in the temple.
Kedarnath Temple, Uttarakhand
The holy Kedarnath Dham has been an important pilgrimage for thousands of years. The present temple was built by Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century, which is next to an earlier temple built by the Pandavas in the Dwapara period. There is something inscribed in the Pali or Brahmi script on the large gray steps of the temple, which is difficult to know clearly. From the time of Adi Guru Shankaracharya, Rawals and priests of the Jangam community from South India worship the Shiva Linga in the temple, while the worship on behalf of the pilgrims is done by Brahmins from these pilgrimage priests. Kedarnath is known all over the world for its beauty and glory.
Dwarkadhish Temple, Gujarat
Dwarkadhish Temple dedicated to Lord Shri Krishna is also known as Jagat Mandir. This temple present in Gujarat has been included in the Char Dham Yatra. It is believed that this temple is about 2500 years old. It is so old that the discussion of this temple is also seen in the archaeological facts. This temple is five-storeyed, with about 72 pillars. The vastness of this temple is very ancient.
Dilwara Temple, Rajasthan
This temple is located about 2.5 km from Mount Abu and each of these five temples is unique in itself. These were constructed between the 11th and 13th centuries (AD). These temples are famous for their wonderful use of marble. These five temples (Vimal Vasahi, Luna Vasahi, Pittal Har Mandir, Parshvanath Temple, and Mahavir Swami Temple) are considered to be the most beautiful Jain pilgrimage sites in the world.
Laxminarayan Mandir, Delhi
Dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi, this temple is one of the major temples of Delhi. It was constructed in 1938 and was inaugurated by the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi. Built in Odian style, the exterior of this temple is made of white marble and red sandstone. This temple was originally built by Vir Singh Deo in 1622. After that Prithvi Singh got it renovated in 1793. Then in 1938 it was expanded and revitalized by India's largest industrial family, the Birla Group.
Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Tamil Nadu
Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple in Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu is a huge and ancient temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This temple is one of the 108 divine temples. This temple, one of the most beautiful and grand temples of South India, was built between the 6th and 9th centuries. It is spread over about 156 acres and is also considered the largest Hindu temple in the world. Its beauty is worth seeing.
Brihadeshwara Temple, Tamil Nadu
This temple was built by Rajaraja Chola in 1002 AD. The temple is dedicated to Shiva and represents a fine example of Dravidian art. Brihadeshwara Temple is a unique amalgamation of the best tradition of temple building. Including architecture, painting, and other allied arts. It is made up of several interconnected structures, such as the Nandi Mandapa, a pillared portico, and a large hall. The height of its top is 66 meters.
Chennakeshava Temple, Karnataka
The Chennakeshava temple at Bailur, Karnataka is said to have been built during the Hoyalas period. Situated on the banks of the Yagachi River, this temple is based on the Dravidian style. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the walls of this temple are depicted with mythological characters. Its structure is so grand that it has been recognized by the Archaeological Survey of India. Of its three entrances, the eastern entrance is considered the best. This temple was built by the rulers of Vijayanagara to mark their victory over the Cholas.