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Top 10 Largest and Famous Hindu Temples in India

India is known as the Land of temples. People who visit India from across the Globe cannot go without visiting or crossing over a Temple. The entire Nation is filled with supreme religious structures created 1000s of years before. These Temples not only preserve the Nation’s religious beliefs, but also demonstrate the engineering and architecture wonder of the people.

Here is the list of Top Ten Largest and Famous Hindu Temples in India.

Rank – 1               

  • Name of the temple – Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
  • Area (m²) – 631,000
  • Place – Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu
  • Architecture – Dravidian
  • Built – 1st century AD

Often called as Thiruvarangam, Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is the first and foremost of the eight self-manifested shrines of Great Lord Vishnu. There are more than 21 magnificent towers. This Temple is located in a islet created by two rivers. The area in which this temple is built is enormous.

Rank – 2

  • Name of the temple – Akshardham
  • Area (m²) – 240,000
  • Place – Delhi
  • Architecture – Aryan
  • Timeline – 2005

70% of all the foreign and domestic Tourists of Delhi visit this temple without fail. Akshardham or Swaminarayan Akshardham complex is a Hindu mandir, and a spiritual-cultural campus in New Delhi, India. Also referred to as Akshardham Temple or Swaminarayan Akshardham, the complex displays millennia of traditional Hindu and Indian culture, spirituality, and architecture.

Rank- 3

  • Name of the temple – Belur Math, Ramakrishna temple
  • Area (m²) – 160,000
  • Place – Howrah, West Bengal
  • Architecture – Aryan
  • Timeline – 1938

Beluṛ Maṭh is the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission, founded by Swami Vivekananda, a chief disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission are worldwide, non-political, non-sectarian spiritual organizations which have been engaged in various forms of humanitarian, social service activities for more than a century.

Rank- 4

  • Name of the temple – Thillai Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram
  • Area (m²) – 160, 000
  • Place- Chithambaram, Tamil Nadu
  • Architecture – Dravidian
  • Timeline – 300 BC

Nataraja Temple, also referred to as the Chidambaram Nataraja temple or Thillai Nataraja temple, is a Hindu temple dedicated to Nataraja – Shiva as the lord of dance – in Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India. The temple has mythical roots and a Shiva shrine existed at the site when the town was known as Thillai.

Rank – 5

  • Name of the temple – Brihadeeswarar Temple
  • Area (m²) – 102,400
  • Place – Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu
  • Architecture- Dravidian
  • Timeline – 1010 AD

Brihadeshwara Temple (Tamil:Peruvudaiyar Kovil) is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva. It is located in Thanjavur in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is also known as Periya Kovil, RajaRajeswara Temple and Rajarajeswaram. It is one of the largest temples in India. Brihadeshwara is an example of Tamizhan architecture.

Rank- 6

  • Name of the temple – Annamalaiyar Temple
  • Area (m²) – 101,171
  • Place – Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu
  • Architecture – Dravidian
  • Timeline – 9th century AD

Annamalaiyar Temple is a Tamil Hindu temple dedicated to the deity Shiva, located at the base of Annamalai hills in the town of Thiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu, India. It is significant to the Hindu sect of Saivism as one of the temples associated with the five elements, the Pancha Bhoota Stalas, and specifically the element of fire, or Agni. Shiva is worshiped as Annamalaiyar or Arunachaleswarar, and is represented by the lingam, with his idol referred to as Agni lingam. His consort Parvati is depicted as Unnamalai Amman.

Rank- 7

  • Name of the temple – Rajagopalaswamy temple
  • Area (m²) – 93,000
  • Place – Mannargudi, Tamil Nadu
  • Architecture – Dravidian
  • Timeline – 1070 AD

Rajagopalaswamy temple is a Vaishnavite shrine located in the town of Mannargudi, Tamil Nadu, India. The presiding deity is Rajagopalaswamy, a form of Lord Krishna. The temple is spread over an area of 23 acres (93,000 m2) and is one of the important Vaishnavite shrines in India. The temple is called Champakaranya Sthalam , Dakshina Dwarka (Southern Dwarka) along with Guruvayoor by Hindus.

Rank – 8

  • Name of the temple – Ekambareswarar Temple
  • Area (m²) – 92,860
  • Place – Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu
  • Architecture – Dravidian
  • Timeline – 600 AD

Ekambareswarar Temple, Kanchipuram. Ekambareswarar Temple, also known as Ekambaranathar temple is one of the most popular temples of Kanchipuram, the ‘City of Temples’. Also one of the Panch Bootha Sthalangal of God Shiva, this city is also one of the seven great holy centers of ancient India.

Rank – 9

  • Name of the temple – Varadharaja Perumal Temple
  • Area (m²) – 82,000
  • Place – Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu
  • Architecture – Dravidian
  • Timeline – 1053 AD

Varadharaja Perumal Temple or Hastagiri or Attiyuran is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located in the holy city of Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India. It is one of the Divya Desams, the 108 temples of Vishnu believed to have been visited by the 12 poet saints, or Alwars. It is located in a suburb of Kanchipuram known as the Vishnu Kanchi that is a home for many famous Vishnu temples.

Rank  – 10

  • Name of the temple – Thyagaraja Temple
  • Area (m²) -81,000
  • Place – Tiruvarur
  • Architecture -Dravidain
  • Timeline – 1012–1044 AD

Thyagarajar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Hindu god Shiva. It is located in Tiruvottiyur in the northern part of Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. The temple is revered by the Tevaram hymns of Saiva nayanars, the 7th century Tamil saint poets and classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam. The temple is closely associated with the saint poet Sundarar and Pattinathar. The temple has been in vogue from the Pallava times of the 7th century and widely expanded by Chola kings during the 11th century.

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