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These Are The Must Visit Ancient Hindu Temples In India

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7. Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram -Tamil Nadu

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Varadharaja Perumal Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located in the holy city of Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India. It is located in a suburb of Kanchipuram known as the Vishnu Kanchi that is a home for many famous Vishnu temples. One of the greatest Hindu scholars of Vaishnava Vishishtadvaita philosophy, Ramanuja is believed to have resided in this temple. The temple along with Ekambareswarar Temple and Kamakshi Amman Temple in Kanchipuram is popularly known as Mumurtivasam.

 

8. Konark Sun Temple, Konark – Odisha

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The Konark or Konarak Sun temple is dedicated to the Hindu sun god Surya, and, conceived as a giant stone chariot with 12 wheels, it is the most famous of the few sun temples built in India. It is located about 35 km northeast of the city of Puri on the coastline in the state of Odisha (earlier Orissa). It was built c. 1250 CE by King Narasimhadeva I (r. 1238-1264 CE) of the Eastern Ganga dynasty (8th century CE – 15th century CE). The temple in its present state was declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site in 1984 CE.

 

9. Pancha Ratna Hindu Temple, Bankura – West Bengal

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The Pancha Ratna Govinda Temple in Puthia village, Rajshahi district in(present: Bangladesh). The temple is a striking monument, which was built in the 19th century. It has the architectural feature of five ratnas or spires. It is located within the inner precincts of the Puthia Rajbari or palace.

 

10. Badami Cave Temples, Badami – Karnataka

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The Badami cave temples are a complex of Hindu and Jain cave temples located in Badami, a town in the Bagalkot district in the northern part of Karnataka, India. The caves are considered an example of Indian rock-cut architecture, especially Badami Chalukya architecture, which dates from the 6th century. Badami is situated on the west bank of a man-made lake ringed by an earthen wall with stone steps; it is surrounded on the north and south by forts built in later times.

 

11. Vittala Temple, Hampi – Karnataka

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The Vittala Hindu temple is an ancient monument that is well-known for its exceptional architecture and unmatched craftsmanship. It is considered to be one of the largest and the most famous structures in Hampi. The temple is located in the northeastern part of Hampi, near the banks of the Tungabhadra River.

 

12. Chaturbhuj Temple, Orchha – Madhya Pradesh

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Chaturbhuj Hindu Temple, dedicated to Vishnu, is situated at Orchha in Madhya Pradesh, India. The name Chaturbhuj is a combination of ‘chatur’ meaning “four” and ‘bhuj’ meaning “arms” which literally translates to “one who has four arms” and refers to Rama an Avatar of Vishnu. The temple has a complex multi-storied structural view which is a blend of the temple, fort, and palace architectural features.

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