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Guruvayoor Ambalam Temple - Guruvayoor

A temple, famous all over India as a pilgrim centre, dedicated to Lord Krishna popularly known as Guruvayoorappan. The Sreekrishna idol of this temple is believed to have been worshipped by Vasudevar and Devaki at Dwaraka. This shrine popularly known as ‘Dakshina Dwaraka’ (Dwaraka of south) is in the form of a rectangle. There are a lot of mural paintings around the ‘Shrikovil’ (Shrine).

 
Sabarimala temple - Sabarimalai

Sabarimala is a renowned pilgrim centre atop the rugged hills of the Western Ghats. This holy shrine is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa. The sanctum sanctoram nestles 914 m above sea level, amidst the virgin forest wilderness of the Western Ghats.
 
Vadukkumnnatha Temple - Thrissur

Vadukkumnnatha is a prominent Shiva temple, in downtown Thrissur, Kerala. This is one of Kerala's most ancient shrines, which also houses a museum of ancient wall paintings, wood carvings and art pieces of immense historical value.
 
Pazhayangadi Mosque - Kondotti

On the way to Malappuram, 18 km east of Manjeri, is Kondotti a prominent pilgrim centre for Muslims. The Valia Nercha festival at the 500 year old Pazhayangadi Mosque, celebrated for three days in February-march, draw large number of devotees.
 
St. George Church - kochi

St. George Church, Edappally, Kochi has a past that touches 593 AD. This is one of the major pilgrim centres in Kerala where even non-Christians crowd for veneration. Even during the week- days devotees throng the church to genuflect before the statue of St. George to express their gratitude for favours received through the saint.
 
Birla Mandir - Hyderabad

his is a modern temple (consecrated in 1976) built of white marble on top of a hill, dominating the skyline of Hyderabad. The Birlas (industrialists who have also built several temples in India in this century) built this temple. The presiding deity here is Venkateswara (Vishnu).
 
Sri Kalahasthi Temple - Srikalahasthi

Sri Kalahasthi Temple is in fact considered as the Kailash of the south or Dakshin Kailash. The protector of devotees, the granter of boons, the merciful Lord Siva, the Three-eyed, manifested in the form of Vayu linga in the Bilwaka grove on the banks of river Suvarnamukhi. Lord Siva, manifest in the form of Vayu linga, is known to the devotees as Sri Kalahastheeswara.

 
Thousand Pillar temple - Warangal

The Hanumakonda temple or Thousand Pillar temple consists of three separate shrines to Rudreswara, Vasudeva and Surya, a narrow platform in the middle, and the thousand pillared hall in front. At the entrance to the temple is the nandi mandapa with a typical Kakatiya nandi.
 

Mecca Masjid - Hyderabad

The Mecca Masjid is the largest mosque in Hyderabad and one of the biggest mosques in India; it can accommodate around 10,000 people at one time. The beautiful mosque is situated in close vicinity of the Charminar. The name of the mosque is derived from the Grand Mosque at Mecca on which it is patterned. A room in the courtyard is said to house the sacred hair of the Prophet Mohammed.

   
The Veerbhadra Temple - Lepakshi

The Veerbhadra Temple at Lepakshi is divided into three parts. They are the Mukha Mandapa, the Artha Mandapa and the Garbha Griha. But what is sure to attract your attention immediately after your entry to the Veerbhadra Temple are the Mandapams. All the Mandapams are intricately carved with beautiful sculptures. The exquisite sculptures enhance the beauty of this magnificent shrine.
   

Meenakshi Amman - Madurai

The Meenakshi temple is dedicated to Meenakshi, the consort of Lord Shiva.The Meenakshi-Sundareshwar temple has long been the focus of both Indian and international tourist attraction as well as one of the most important places of Hindu pilgrimage. People of the city wake up to the chant of hymns at the temple, which is the very centre of their cultural and religious life.

   

The Nataraja Temple - Chidambaram

The dance of bliss, or the Ananda Tandavam of Shiva is said to symbolize the five divine acts (pancha krityas) of creation, sustenance, dissolution, concealment and bestowment of grace. The dance of Shiva has been frozen in metal and held in worships in Nataraja Sabhas, in virtually all of the Saivite temples in Tamilnadu.

   

Kailasanathar Temple - Kanchipuram

The architecture of Kailasanathar Temple is almost akin to the Shore Temple of Mahabalipuram. The temple has a very attractive panel that depicts Lord Shiva and Parvati in a dance sequence.

   

Nagoor Mosque - Thanjavur

IT IS A SECOND LARGEST DARGHA IN INDIA .

There is MOST popular muslim pilgrim centre in South India- Dargah of Hazrat SYED SHAHUL HAMEED QADIRI ( QADIRI ) QADIR WALI.THE DARGHA is located 78 km from Thanjavur. The tomb is almost MORE THAN 500 years old and is topped by a golden dome and flanked by 5 minarets.

   

Ramanathaswamy Temple - Rameshwaram

A fine example of late Dravidian architecture, this temple is most renowned for its magnificent corridors lined with massive sculptured pillars, noted for their elaborate design, style and rich carving. Legend has it that Rama sanctified this place by worshipping Siva here after the battle of Sri Lanka.

   
Sri Bragadeeswarar Temple - Thanjavur

Built by the great Chola King, Rajaraja.1 in the 10th century AD is an outstanding example of Chola architecture

   

Tirupati - Chittoor

The Tirumala Hill is 3200 ft above sea level, and is about 10.33 sq miles in area. It comprises seven peaks, representing the seven hoods of Adisesha, thus earning the name, Seshachalam. The seven peaks are called Seshadri, Neeladri, Garudadri, Anjanadri, Vrishabhadri, Narayanadri and Venkatadri.

The sacred temple of Sri Venkateswara is located on the seventh peak, Venkatadri (Venkata Hill), and lies on the southern banks of Sri Swami Pushkarini. There are several legends associated with the manifestation of the Lord in Tirumala.

   

Rockfort Temple - Trichy

The most famous land mark of this bustling town is the Rockfort Temple, a spectacular monument perched on a massive rocky out crop which rises abruptly from the plain to tower over the old city.

   

Velankanni - Nagapattinam

The shrine here is devoted to Our Lady of Health, the Madonna of Velankanni and is universally known as 'Sacred Arogya Matha Church'. Virgin Mary is believed to have phenomenal healing powers. Thousands of pilgrims belonging to various castes and communities flock daily to this 'Lourdes of the East'. The church has an impressive facade with tall spires and the wings present the shape of a cross. In a niche in alter is enshrined the statue of Our Lady of Health.

   

The Balakrishna temple - Udupi

The Balakrishna temple at Udupi enshrines an image of Krishna believed to have been made by the divine architect Viswakarma.Legend has it that Krishna's mother Devaki and his wife Rukmini wished to enjoy his childhood pranks, at the end of the Dwapara yuga.

   

Sri Gokarnatheshwara temple - Gokarnam

This west facing temple enshrines Mahabaleshwar, in a square Saligrama Peetham. A golden rekha on the peetham, and a small hole in its middle permits devotees to have a glimpse of the top of the Aatma Lingam.

   

Sravanabelagola - Jain temples - Indragiri hills

One of the most important of Jain pilgrim centers in India is located in the small town of Sravanabelagola, a top the Indragiri hills about 84 kms from Mysore. There are 14 basadis or temples and several monasteries here.

   

The Somnathpur temple - Somnathpur

The Somnathpur temple built in AD 1268 is considered an example of the fully evolved style of Hoysala architecture. The Hoysalas were a mighty martial race who ruled large parts of present day Karnataka between 1100 and 1320 AD.

   

Mookambika Temple - Kollur

Kollur is known for its association with Aadi Sankara. Mookambika is said to have appeared before Aadi Sankara here, and he is said to have installed her image at this shrine.

   

St Philomena’s Church - Mysore

Located about 3 kms from the city center is the imposing St. Philomena's church, a miniature replica of the Cologne cathedral in Italy.Colorful stained glass panels depict the birth, the last supper, the Crucifixion, Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus Christ. Light filtering in through these panels imparts an ethereal ambience to the inside of the church. The catacomb houses the statue and relics of the 3rd century saint Philomena. Twin spires rise up about 175 mts to the skies and can be seen for miles around.

   

Ram Mandir - Dharmasthala

Dharmasthala, a sacred place, as the name suggests is a place of Truth, Faith, Communal harmony, Cultural Tolerance and spiritual experience in the Holy Land. Here, everyone enjoys the generous hospitality without any distinction of caste, creed or class whatsoever.

   

Nandi Temples At Nandi Hills - Bangalore


The Nandi Temple perched on the foothills of Nandi Hills dates back to the period of the Banas, Cholas, Hoysalas and the Vijayanagar Kings. The temple is dedicated to deities Bhoganandiswara, Yoganandiswara (Shiva). The temple received extensive patronage from the Vijayanagar Kings. The pillars and metalwork deserve special mention.

   

Chamundeshwari Temple - Mysore

The temple is a fine quadrangular structure of Dravidian style with a splendid 40 mt high gopura or tower at the entrance. The silver-plated doorway has the images of the Goddess in different forms. In the sanctum sanctorum is the solid gold idol of the goddess Chamundeshwari, the tutelary deity of the Mysore maharajas and has been held in reverence for centuries.