The Most Beautiful Temples to See in India
The landscape of India is dotted with temples and sacred places, which stand out towards the sky with their ancient decorations. Needless to say, here religion, especially the Hindu religion, has great importance and can be breathed in almost every corner.
To fully immerse yourself in this spiritual atmosphere and find yourself there is nothing better than to be confused in the crowd of pilgrims and visit, strictly barefoot, the most beautiful temples of India.
- The Temples of Karnataka
In the south of the country, and in particular in the state of Karnataka, there are some of the most beautiful temples in India and probably the entire planet, set in a frame of fields, hills and tropical forests. The temple of Hanamkonda in Warangal is for example dedicated to Shiva, that of Sri Chamundeswari to the Kali gods, while in the rocky sanctuaries of Badami , entirely excavated in the rock, Vishnu is honored. To reach the jain temple of Sravanabelgola , finally, you have to walk a staircase of 500 steps barefoot, but the show will repay you for every effort!
- Deshnok, the Temple of Mice
Deshnok is located near Bikaner in Rajasthan and is a pilgrimage destination for devotees in Karni Mata, a wise Hindu who lived in the 15th century. This imposing building is entirely in marble, with golden and silver domes and large silver-colored gates.
The temple has a peculiarity: here in fact a large number of mice are at home, free to wander among its rooms and considered sacred, then fed with delicacies and treated with respect. According to legend, spotting a white mouse in the middle of the most common brown mice would bring good luck.
- The Temples of Virupaksha and Vittala of Hampi
In the state of Karnataka, in the village of Hampi , there is also the temple of Virupaksha , listed among the UNESCO heritage sites and certainly among the most beautiful temples to see in India . The village, and therefore the temple, is located on the ruins of the ancient city of Vijayanagara and is visited every year by tourists from all over the world, attracted by the fame of this site which includes over five hundred buildings – including temples, monuments and even the stables for the elephants – beautifully preserved.
Among these the most famous is certainly the temple of Virupaksha , which at its entrance has an imposing tower, called gopura, over 50 meters high and with a pyramidal shape that ends with one shala and two golden pinnacles.
Another important religious construction of this complex is the Vittala temple , dedicated to the incarnation of Vishnu.
- The Meenakshi temple – Sundareswarar
In the heart of the city of Madurai stands this place of spirituality, one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage centers and one of the largest temple complexes in Tamil Nadu. The temple is surrounded by 14 towers, called gopuram, the highest of which measures 51 meters! Each of these majestic pyramidal towers is decorated with thousands of monstrous divinity figures, demons and animals, painted in bright colors in only apparent disorder.
- The Temples of Khajuraho
Besides being among the most beautiful temples in India, they are also among the most famous and visited by the faithful and tourists. It is actually a complex of numerous Hindu and Jain temples built over a period of 200 years from 950 to 1150 and which have been included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1986. Their main peculiarity is that of being decorated by erotic sculptures depicting different positions of the kamasutra, which actually describe how all earthly desires should be abandoned before appearing before gods.
- Harmandir Sahib, the Golden Temple
This Indian temple is the most important religious place for the faithful of the Sikh religion, who come to Amritsar, in Punjab, from all over India for a pilgrimage they must make at least once in their life. The construction of this temple was begun by the guru of Sikhism Guru Ram Das and ended in the 19th century by the maharaja Ranjit Singh. In addition to being faithful and pilgrims, this sacred place is constantly crowded with tourists, attracted by its extraordinary beauty.