Eight Beautiful Temples to Visit in India

While Hinduism is the most practiced religion, India is home to a multitude of faiths. This diversity is reflected in the stunning places of worship you’ll find across the country. There are hundreds of temples to visit in India, but here we’ve taken a look at eight of the most spectacular.

 

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Golden Temple

The main attraction in the city of Amritsar, Sri Harmandir Sahib is more commonly known as the Golden Temple. One of the most revered sites in Sikhism, this temple draws a similar number of visitors to the Taj Mahal. Both pilgrims and tourists alike come to admire its golden beauty.

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Brahma Temple

Home to around 500 temples, the town of Pushkar is one of the most sacred places in India to Hindus. Alongside its ancient lake, the biggest attraction is the colourful Brahma Temple. Although Brahma is one of three main gods in Hinduism, this is the only temple in the country to be dedicated to him.

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Kandariya Temple

Located in the state of Madhya Pradesh, the heritage city of Khajuraho is famous for its UNESCO-listed temples. The most spectacular is the Kandariya Temple, which is embellished with hundreds of intricate carvings and sculptures. It’s thought to be one of the greatest masterpieces of Indian art.

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Jain Temple

Built in the 15th century, the Jain temple is the most famous attraction in the village of Ranakpur. Spread across an area of 48,000 square feet, it’s a vast complex with 29 huge halls and over 1,400 pillars. Allow plenty of time to explore this white masterpiece.

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Rock Fort Temple

Perched 83 metres above the city of Trichy, the Rock Fort Temple actually consists of three separate temples. Dedicated to Lord Ganesha, Manikka Vinayakar Temple is at the foot of the hill. The Thayumanavar Temple is close to the base and at the top you’ll find the 7th century Ucchi Pillayar Temple. It may be a 400-step climb up there, but the views are definitely worth it.

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Sri Ranganathaswamy

One of the most famous temples in South India, Sri Ranganathaswamy is not just a temple but a temple-town. Covering some 156 acres on Srirangam Island in Trichy, this colourful complex features seven enclosures with a total of 21 spectacular towers. In fact, it’s one of the largest religious complexes in the world, alongside Angkor Wat in Cambodia and the Karnak temple complex in Egypt.

 

 

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Shore Temple

Found in the town of Mahabalipuram, the Shore Temple overlooks the beautiful Bay of Bengal. Part of a number of UNESCO-listed Hindu monuments, this temple is distinctive for being built out of cut stones rather than carved from caves like most of its neighbours. It’s also the earliest example of a free-standing stone temple in the state of Tamil Nadu.

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Brihadishwara Temple

Built between 1003 and 1010 in Tanjore, Brihadishwara Temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. It features 13 tiers, with its main tower reaching a height of 60 metres. Time your visit with the sunrise or sunset for the best photos of this architectural gem in the changing light.

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