14 Largest Hindu Temples Which You Should Visit

Angkor Wat
Area (m2) : 820,000       Location : Angkor, Cambodia

Angkor Wat

 

Angkor Wat is a temple complex at Angkor, Cambodia, built for the king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation — first Hindu, dedicated to the god Vishnu, then Buddhist. It is the world’s largest religious building.

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
Area (m2) : 631,000       Location : Trichy, Tamil Nadu, India

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Srirangam temple is often listed as the largest functioning Hindu temple in the world (the still larger Angkor Wat being the largest existing temple). The temple occupies an area of 156 acres (631,000 m²) with a perimeter of 4,116m (10,710 feet) making it the largest temple in India and one of the largest religious complexes in the world. The temple is enclosed by seven concentric walls (termed prakarams (outer courtyard) or mathil suvar) with a total length of 32,592 feet or over six miles. These walls are enclosed by 21 Gopurams. The Ranganathanswamy Temple complex with 49 shrines, all dedicated to Lord Vishnu, is so huge that it is like a city within itself. However, the entire temple is not used for the religious purpose, the first three out of seven concentric walls are used by private commercial establishments such as restaurants, hotels, flower market, and residential homes. Taking this detail into account, still the temple ranks third in the list of large Hindu temples after Thillai Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram and Tiruvannamalai Annamalaiyar Temple.

Akshardham
Area (m2) : 240,000       Location : Delhi, India

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Akshardham is a Hindu temple complex in Delhi, India. Also referred to as Delhi Akshardham or Swaminarayan Akshardham, the complex displays millennia of traditional Indian and Hindu culture, spirituality, and architecture. The building was inspired and moderated by Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the spiritual head of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, whose 3,000 volunteers helped 7,000 artisans construct Akshardham.

Thillai Nataraja Temple
Area (m2) : 160,000       Location : Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India

Thillai Nataraja Temple

Belur Math
Area (m2) : 160,000       Location : Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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Belūr Maṭh or Belur Mutt is the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission, founded by Swami Vivekananda, a chief disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. It is located on the west bank of Hooghly River, Belur, West Bengal, India and is one of the significant institutions in Calcutta. This temple is the heart of the Ramakrishna Movement. The temple is notable for its architecture that fuses Hindu, Christian and Islamic motifs as a symbol of unity of all religions.

Annamalaiyar Temple
Area (m2) : 101,171       Location : Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Annamalaiyar Temple is a noted Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, and it is the second largest temple (by the area used completely for religious purpose). It has got four stately towers on all the four sides and four high stone walls just like the rampart walls of a fort. The 11-tiered highest (217 feet (66 m)) Eastern Tower is called the Rajagopuram. The fortified walls pierced with four gopura entrances offer a formidable look to this vast complex.

Ekambareswarar Temple
Area (m2) : 92,860       Location : Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India

Ekambareswarar Temple

Ekambareswarar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, located in Kanchipuram in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It is one of the five major Shiva temples or Pancha Bootha Sthalams (each representing a natural element) representing the element Earth.

Jambukeswarar Temple (Thiruvanaikaval)
Area (m2) : 72,843       Location : Trichy, Tamil Nadu, India

Tiruvannaikkaval

Thiruvanaikaval (also Thiruvanaikal) is a famous Shiva temple in Tiruchirapalli (Trichy), in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. The temple was built by Kocengannan (Kochenga Chola), one of the Early Cholas, around 1,800 years ago.

Meenakshi Amman Temple
Area (m2) : 70,050       Location : Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple or Meenakshi Amman Temple is a historic Hindu temple in the holy city of Madurai in India. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva — who is known here as Sundareswarar or Beautiful Lord — and his consort, Parvati who is known as Meenakshi. The temple forms the heart and lifeline of the 2500-year-old city of Madurai. The complex houses 14 magnificent Gopurams or towers including two golden Gopurams for the main deities, that are elaborately sculptured and painted showing the architectural and sculpting skills of the ancient Indian sthapathis.

Vaitheeswaran Koil
Area (m2) : 60,780       Location : Vaitheeswaran Koil, Tamil Nadu, India

Vaitheeswaran_temple

Vaitheeswaran Temple is a Hindu temple located in Tamil Nadu, India, dedicated to the god Shiva. In this temple, Lord Shiva is worshiped as “Vaitheeswaran” or the “God of medicine”; worshipers believe that prayers to Lord Vaitheeswaran can cure diseases.

Tiruvarur Thyagarajaswamy Temple
Area (m2) : 55,080       Location : Tiruvarur, Tamil Nadu, India

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The ancient Sri Thyagaraja temple at Tiruvarur is dedicated to the Somaskanda aspect of Shiva. The temple complex has shrines dedicated to Vanmikanathar, Tyagarajar and the Kamalaamba, and covers an area of over 20 acres (81,000 m2). The Kamalalayam temple tank covers around 25 acres (100,000 m2),one of the largest in the country. The temple chariot is the largest of its kind in Tamil Nadu.

Sripuram Golden Temple
Area (m2) : 55,000       Location : Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

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The golden temple of Sripuram is a spiritual park situated at the foot of a small range of green hills in a place known as “Malaikodi” in the city of Vellore in Tamil Nadu, India. The temple is at the southern end of the city of Vellore, at Tirumalaikodi.

The salient feature of Sripuram is the Lakshmi Narayani temple or Mahalakshmi temple whose ‘Vimanam’ and ‘Ardha Mandapam’ have been coated with gold both in the interior and exterior.

Jagannath Temple
Area (m2) : 37,000       Location : Puri, Orissa, India

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The Jagannath Temple in Puri is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to Jagannath (Vishnu) in the coastal town of Puri in the state of Orissa, India. The name Jagannath (Lord of the Universe) is a combination of the Sanskrit words Jagat (Universe) and Nath (Lord of).

Birla Mandir
Area (m2) : 30,000      Location : Delhi, India

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The Laxminarayan Temple (also known as the Birla Mandir) is a Hindu temple dedicated to Laxminarayan in Delhi, India. The temple is built in honour of Lakshmi (Hindu goddess of wealth) and her consort Narayana (Vishnu, Preserver in the Trimurti). The temple was built in 1622 by Vir Singh Deo and renovated by Prithvi Singh in 1793. During 1933-39, Laxmi Narayan Temple was built by Baldeo Das Birla of Birla family. Thus, the temple is also known as Birla Mandir. The famous temple is accredited to have been inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1939. At that time, Gandhi kept a condition that the temple would not be restricted to the Hindus and people from every caste would be allowed inside. Since then, funds for further renovations and support have come from the Birla family.

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Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple

The temple dates back around 1200 years to the late eighth or early ninth century AD. In the centuries gone by, Malayadipatti was also referred to as Thiru Valattur Malai and was known for two rock cut temples – one dedicated to Siva and the other to Vishnu- both hewn out of the same rock.

Anantha Padmanabha Swamy,A deity in Hindu mythology is Lord Vishnu, Perumal, Padmanabhan and so on. He is said to have appeared in by himself in 108 places all over the world, most famous Tirupathi. These 108 places are called Divya Desams Most of them are famous.

Melkote Yoga Narasimha Temple

On the top of the hill is an attractive Melkote Narasimha temple dedicated to Lord Yoga Narasimha. It is believed that the image of Yoga Narasimha temple at melkote was installed by Prahlada himself. Krishnaraja Wodeyar III presented a gold crown to Lord Yoga Narasimha. Aerial view can be viewed from the top of the hill and photography freaks can enjoy taking panoromic pictures of the entire place.

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Height: 3,589 feet from the sea level

Nearby Places:
Kalyani or Pushkarni
Academy of Sanskrit research

Location:
Pandavapura Taluk, Mandya district
51 Km from Mysore, 133 Km from Bangalore

Sahasra linga

Sahasra linga in Sirsi is one of the heritage site preserved from Government of India. Sahasra linga is 15kms from Sirsi, and is situated on the river Shalmala. According to history it is believed that the lingas was carved during 1677 – 1718 under the rule of Raja Sadashivaraya. There are 1000 lingas here and each linga have their own story.

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During rainy season all the lingas gets submerged due to the rise in water level. All the lingas here have Nandi carved in front of it.Also there are carvings describing the story of pandavas during their vanavasa and many other mythology related stories.

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During shivarathri puja will be performed for all the lingas.The native people say that there was a art school here, where training was given for the students for carving on the rocks, thus resulted in thousands of lingas.

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Another story is Arasappa nayaka did not have children. So as per the suggestion of royal priests, the king got thousands of lingas carved and worshiped them, as a result he got children.

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Sahara linga is one the place which has lots of mythological stories and mysteries, to uncover those mysteries travellers diary recommends you to visit the place and explore , also you can enjoy the beauty of western ghats during the journey.