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The temples of South India are not restricted to some pilgrimages only; they carry some ancient Indian heritage, culture, unique rituals, historical facts and unique artifacts. Through the tallest towers situated at the entrance of almost every temple, you can find different ritualistic options and you can find the rich history behind these south Indian temples.

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19 amazing south indian temples that will blow

19 Amazing South Indian Temples

That Will Blow Your Mind With Their

Architectural Excellence

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index 19 famous south indian temple

Index - 19 Famous South Indian Temple

Meenakshi Temple,



Temple, Thanjavur

Natraja Temple,


Annamalaiyar Temple,


Shore Temple,




Cave Temple,



Cholapuram, Thanjavur


Temple, Chennai




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Index - 19 Famous South Indian Temple

UcchiPillayar Temple,




Murugan Temple,















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meenakshi temple madurai

Meenakshi Temple, Madurai

Established In: 6th century BC

Established By: Kulasekarer Pandya

Primary deity: Parvati & Shiva

Location: Madurai

Architectural Style: Dravidian architecture

Main Festivals: Chithirai Thiruvizha

Main Attraction: Music Pillars, gateway towers

natraja temple chidambaram

Natraja Temple, Chidambaram

Established By: Pallavas (Tamil Shaivites)

Main Festivals: Maha Shivaratri

Primary deity: Lord Shiva

Location: Chidambaram, Cuddalore District

Architectural Style: Tamil architecture

shore temple mahabalipuram

Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram

Established In: 700–728 AD

Primary deity: Shiva

Location: Mahabalipuram

Established By: Narasimha Varma

Architectural Style: Dravidian architectural style

Main Festivals: Mamallapuram Dance Festival

cave temple mahabalipuram

Cave Temple, Mahabalipuram

Primary deity: Vishnu & Durga

Established In: 650 AD

Established By: Mahendra Varman

Location: Mahabalipuram

Architectural Style: Dravidian architecture

Main Attraction: Varaha Cave Temple, Krishna Cave Temple, Panchapandava

Cave Temple & the Mahishasuramardini mandapa

kapaleshwar temple chennai

Kapaleshwar Temple, Chennai

Established By: Tuluva Dynasty

Established In: 7th century

Primary deity: Shiva

Location: Mylapore (Chennai)

Architectural Style: Dravidian architecture

Main Festivals: Arubathimooval festival or brahmotsavam

brihadeeswarar temple thanjavur

Brihadeeswarar Temple, Thanjavur

Primary deity: Siva Peruman / Shiva

Established By: Raja Raja Chola

Location: Thanjavur

Main Festivals: Car festival

Main Attraction: 108 dance karanas, Nandi

Established In: 1010 CE

Architectural Style: Tamil architecture

annamalaiyar temple tiruvannamalai

Annamalaiyar Temple, Tiruvannamalai

Established By: Chola Kings

Established In: 9th century CE

Architectural Style: Tamil architecture

Location: Tiruvannamalai

Primary Deity: Shiva

Main Festivals: Karthigai Deepam, Tiruvoodal

airavatesvara temple darasuram

Airavatesvara Temple, Darasuram

Established By: Rajaraja Chola II

Established In: 12th century CE

Primary deity: Airavateshvara (Shiva)

Location: Darasuram

Architectural Style: Dravidian architecture

gangaikonda cholapuram thanjavur

Gangaikonda Cholapuram, Thanjavur

Established In: 11th century AD

Established By: Rajendra Chola I

Main Attraction: Royal Palace

Main Attraction: Royal Palace

Primary deity: Shiva

Architectural Style: Dravidian architecture

ramanathaswamy temple rameswaram

Ramanathaswamy Temple, Rameswaram

Primary Deity: Shiva

Established In: 12th century

Established By: Pandya and Jaffna kings

Location: Rameswaram

Main Attraction: Char Dham

Main Festivals: Vasanthotsavam

Architectural Style: Dravidian architecture

ucchipillayar temple rockfort

UcchiPillayar Temple, Rockfort

Established By: Pallavas

Main Attraction: Rock Hills, Rock Fort

Location: Tiruchi

Primary deity: Lord Ganesha & Shiva

Architectural Style: Dravidian architecture

Established In: 7th century

murugan temple tiruchendur

Murugan Temple, Tiruchendur

Primary deity: Senthilanathar (Murugan)

Established In: 875 AD

Architectural Style: Dravidian architecture

Location: Tiruchendur

Main Festivals: Aavani festival, Maasi festival

ranganathaswamy temple trichy

Ranganathaswamy Temple, Trichy

Location: Trichy

Established In: 6th to 9th centuries AD

Main Attraction: 21 Gateway towers

Location: Tiruchendur

Primary deity: Ranganatha (Vishnu), Aranganayagi (Laxmi)

Main Festivals: Brahmotsavam, Ra Pathu, Pagal Pathu, Jyestabisheka

Architectural Style: Tamil architecture

jambukeswarar temple thiruvanaikaval

Jambukeswarar Temple, Thiruvanaikaval

Established By: Kochenga Chola

Established In: 1,800 years ago

Primary deity: Shiva

Location: Tiruchirapalli (Trichy)

Architectural Style: Dravidian architecture

Main Festivals: festival of classical Indian dance

uppiliappan temple thirunageswaram

Uppiliappan Temple, Thirunageswaram

Established By: Rajendra Chola

Established In: 1014 CE

Main Festivals: chariot festival

Location: Thirunageswaram

Primary deity: Vishnu

Main Attraction: five-tiered rajagopuram

Architectural Style: Dravidian architecture

ekambareswarar temple kanchipuram

Ekambareswarar Temple, Kanchipuram

Primary deity: Ekambaranathar (Shiva)

Established By: Chola Kings

Location: Kanchipuram

Architectural Style: Dravidian architecture

Main Festivals: Karthigai Deepam

kailasanathar temple kanchipuram

Kailasanathar Temple, Kanchipuram

Established By: Rajasimha (Pallavas ruler)

Established In: 685-705AD

Location: Kanchipuram

Main Festivals: Maha Shivaratri

Primary deity: Shiva

Architectural Style: Dravidian architecture

ramaswamy temple kumbakonam

Ramaswamy Temple, Kumbakonam

Established By: Nayakkar kings

Established In: 16th century

Architectural Style: Dravidian architecture

Main Festivals: Mahamaham

Location: Ramaswamy Temple, Kumbakonam

Primary deity: Rama & Shiva

murugan temple swamimalai

Murugan Temple, Swamimalai

Established By: Parantaka Chola I

Established In: 2nd century BC

Location: Swamimalai, Tamil Nadu

Main Festivals: Vaikasi Visagam

Architectural Style: Dravidian architecture

Primary deity: Murugan( Arupadaiveedu) / Skanda-Murukan also known as


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