14 Amazing Temples of India

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Many of India's temples are stunning feats of architectural ambition, and most are adorned with intricate carvings and symbols. They're a feast for the eyes, so scroll on, click, and drag to explore...

Airavatesvara Temple, Darasuram

Airavatesvara Temple is a Hindu temple of Dravidian architecture, dedicated to Shiva, in the town of Darasuram. The stone temple incorporates a chariot structure, and includes major Vedic and Puranic deities such as Indra, Agni, Varuna, Brahma, Surya, Vishnu.

Brihadeeswarar Temple, Thanjavur

Brihadeeswarar Temple is a Hindu temple, dedicated to Shiva, located in Thanjavur in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Also known as RajaRajeswara Temple, it is one of the largest temples in India and is an example of Tamil architecture during the Chola period.

Kirti Stambh, Chittorgarh

Stambha are towers that are believed to have a spiritual function, bonding heaven and earth. They are found throughout India, often near temples. Kirti Stambha was built at Chittor Fort in the 12th Century to celebrate the glory of, and the strong local belief in, Jainism.

Ekattarso Mahadeva Temple, Morena

Also known as the Chausath Yogini Temple, this Hindu temple dates to the 11th Century. 64 chambers face the centre of the circular structure, each containing an image of Shiva. It is believed that the building, sited on top of a hill, was used to teach astronomy.

Bateshwar Temples, Morena

The 200 small temples in this group, found in the north of the country, near Madhya Pradesh, are dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Shakti, representing the three major traditions within Hinduism. They were destroyed in the 13th Century, but since then many have been rebuilt.

Keshava Temple, Somanathapura

Also known as Chennakesava Temple, this building perfectly represents Hoysala architecture, with the main temple built on a star shaped platform. Bands of intricately-carved decorative friezes depict deities and fables.

Krishna Cave Temple, Mahabalipuram

The cave temples at Mahabalipuram, in Tamil Nadu, use rich decoration, carved directly into the rocks, to tell the myths and legends of Hinduism. The Krishna Cave tells of how Krishna lifted Mount Govardhana to protect a herd of sacred cows from a flood.

Kiramchi Temples, Udhampur

The Kiramchi temples are a group of seven ancient temples near the city of Udhampur. The temples are believed to be over a thousand years old. Local belief holds that they were built during the legendary Mahabharata War.

Kandariya Mahadev Temple, Khajuraho

The Kandariya Mahadeva Temple, meaning 'The Great God of the Cave', is the largest and most ornate Hindu temple in the group found at Khajuraho. It is considered one of the best examples of temples preserved from the medieval period in India.

Achyutaraya Temple, Hampi

The Achyutaraya Temple was built at Hampi by Vijayanagara, and is thought to represent the height of Vijayanagara architecture. It was one of the last major buildings constructed in Hampi before the fall of the Vijayanagara empire.

Kadale Kalu Ganesha, Hampi

The temple of Kadale Kalu Ganesha (The Ganesh Chickpea) contains an enormous statue of the elephant-form god Ganesh, carved from a single stone. The resemblance of the large stone to a chickpea led to the temple's unusual name.

Vitthala Temple, Hampi

The Vitthala Temple is amongst the most ornate buildings in Hampi, and one of the complex's most popular attractions. Legend has it that the god Vitthala, to whom it is dedicated, found it too grand even for himself.

Hazara Rama Temple, Hampi

The temple's outer walls portray the Hindu festivals of Mahanavami (also known as Dasara or Vijayadashami) and Holi, while the inner walls of the temple are decorated with friezes that illustrate the most extensive narration of the Hindu epic Ramayana.

Virupaksha Temple, Hampi

The Virupaksha Temple is the main point of pilgrimage in the whole of Hampi. Dedicated to Virupaksha, one of Vishnu's forms, it has been considered by many over the centuries to be the most sacred temple of the complex.

The Holi Festival, Choodi Bazar, Hyderabad, Telangana by Rajesh PamnaniFondazione Gianfranco Ferré

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