You Should Visit These 12 Ancient Temples in India

You’ll drive through Uttarakhand on your route from Pithoragarh to Almora and come upon the Jageshwar temple complex. The Shiva temple, concealed among gorgeous Deodar trees like a treasure trove, is a sight to behold. The dark green Deodar leaves stand out against the black temple stone, turquoise stream, and grey sky, almost as if nature wants you to notice this natural picture filter.

The Jageshwar temple complex is thought to have been constructed between the ninth and thirteenth centuries AD. The architecture will captivate you, and you’ll soon realise that what now appears to be a remnant was once a grandeur. This is just one illustration of the ancient Indian temples’ power and beauty.

Mundeswari Temple

Mundeshwari Devi Temple, Bihar

This is the world’s oldest operational temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva and his wife Shakti. It is considered to have been erected during the Saka era, according to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). The temple was built in an octagonal shape, which is a distinctive architectural style. It is regarded as an excellent example of Nagara architecture.

Subrahmanya Temple, Saluvankuppam, Tamil Nadu

The temple was discovered in 2005, following the tsunami that ravaged the Tamil Nadu coast in 2004. The shrine, devoted to the deity Murugan, is thought to be the oldest of its sort in the state, according to archaeologists. It is a hybrid of two constructions, one from the Pallava era in the ninth century and the other from the Sangam era in the eighth century.

Mahabalipuram Temples, Tamil Nadu

The monuments of Mahabalipuram depict the rich cultural history of the seventh and eighth centuries. All of the constructions are dedicated to Lord Shiva and include rathas-shaped (Chariot) temples, mandapas (cave) temples, massive open-air rock reliefs, and the Shore temple. The city itself was constructed between the first and second centuries and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tungnath Temple, Uttarakhand

It is the world’s highest Shiva temple, standing at 3,680 metres (12,073 ft). The actual dates of the temple’s construction are unknown, but history has it that the Pandavas, Indian epic heroes, erected the temple to honour Lord Shiva and ask his forgiveness. The temple is quite small, with only enough room for ten people. It’s made of black rock, and it’s built in the same style as the temple in Kedarnath.

Jagatpita Brahma Mandir, Pushkar, Rajasthan

Although the current construction dates from the 14th century, the temple itself is thought to have been established by sage Vishwamitra around 2,000 years ago. The Jagatpita Brahma Temple is one of the few temples dedicated to Lord Brahma, and it is made of marble and stone with themes of the hamsa, or swan.

Konark Sun Temple, Odisha

The Konark Sun Temple, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, was built in the 13th century by the Kings of the Eastern Ganga dynasty. The massive edifice, which is now in ruins, is missing the vimana, or main sanctum, which was 229 feet tall. The temple was designed to seem like a chariot, complete with 12 sets of wheels and seven horses. It was a Kalinga architecture example made of Khondalite rocks.

Dilwara Temples, Mount Abu, Rajasthan

These intricately crafted Jain temples were erected by several persons between the 11th and 13th centuries. These five marble temples are one-of-a-kind in terms of architecture and cultural significance. The ceiling, entrances, and pillars have wonderful workmanship that reminds you of the magnificence of these magnificent temples.

Temples of Hampi, Karnataka

UNESCO has designated the Hampi Group of Monuments as a World Heritage Site. The stone chariot of the Vittala temple is Hampi’s most famous symbol. The Chalukya emperors erected the Virupaksha Temple in Hampi in the seventh century.

Our monuments and architectural wonders are antiquity because we are an ancient nation. Let us conserve it, not for religious or political purposes, but to be able to share it with future generations so that they, too, can wonder at the majesty of these structures.


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