5 Amazing Skyscraper Temples in South India
South India is an idle location to be at peace; not only does it encourage calm and serene environment by its clean and beautiful beaches but it also showcases the path to spiritual enlightenment for a person. There’s a distinct architecture which differentiates the temples of the entire India from that of South India. They are inspired by the Dravidian architecture, which primarily has pyramid-shaped towers and are made from sandstone, soapstone or granite. The various rulers of South India have contributed immensely in building this religious heritage over several centuries. Here goes the list of 5 temples in South India that are higher than the sky.
The temple is located on the banks of Vaigai River and is devoted to the Hindu Godess Parvati (also named Meenakshi) and her husband, Lord Shiva (also named Sundareswarar). It has 14 gopurams (gateway towers) and two golden sculptured vimana (tower above Sanctum sanctorum), with the highest tower length recorded as 170 ft. Not only it witnesses devotees coming from all across the globe, but also attracts those amused by stupendous architecture. Each of the fourteen gopurams is covered with brightly colored figures of animals, gods and demons. It is indeed a piece of art!
2.Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Srirangam, Tamil Nadu
This temple is dedicated to Lord Ranganatha, one of the forms of the Hindu God Vishnu. It is the largest temple in Asia and reaches up to an unbelievable height of 239.5 ft. The temple also carries with it a great legend and heroic history. Due to its location on the Cauvery River, it has seen many natural disasters and enemy attacks by invaders but despite all situations, acted as an encampment to protect the lives of people. The temple also has 21 gopurams, 39 pavilions and 50 shrines. The temple authorities organise an annual festival which lasts over 250 days and is one of the most magnificent moments to watch!
Also identified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as ‘Great Living Chola Temples’, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is a reason to be proud for all Indians. The temple was built in 1010 AD by Raja Raja Chola 1 and has the great height of 216 ft. It is a fine example of Dravidian architecture and is made solely from granite. The innumerable pillar and the unique structure and entry through the gopurams can’t just be described in words. To make things simpler, go and visit this beautiful temple!
The temple is dedicated to God Murudeshwar (another name for Shiva) and lies on the coast of Arabian Sea. It is 237 ft. tall however, that is not what attracts people to this temple. The world’s second largest statue of Shiva, the first one being in Nepal, is located here. Also, the construction of this temple dates back to the time of the great Hindu epic, Ramayana. There are several elaborately decorated gopurams and idols in the temple.
5.Thillai Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu
Another master piece of Dravidian architecture, this temple has an astonishing height of 130 ft. It is also dedicated to Lord Shiva and is known as the foremost of all temples. In the temple, there is a big statue of Natraja which depicts Shiva as the Lord of Dance. Also there were five temples built to represent the elements of life in South India, and the Chidambaram Temple showcases the element of ‘space’. One interesting characteristic of this temple is that the main deity is an empty space to celebrate the idea of yoga and other means of spiritual enlightenment.
A true symbol of great architecture and even greater devotion, these temples are standing examples of being in the sky and on the ground at the same time. Beauty seems a lesser word to describe the experience of visiting these temples.
Rohit is an architect by profession and his love for travel has taken him to many tourist places in India. On visiting the grand temples, he has realised that these temples were much more than a inference of a great history. He also contributes regularly to his travel blog – Transindiatravels.com.