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The temples of Andhra Pradesh display an array of architectural styles ranging from the Chola through the Orissan styles.
Tirupati: Tirupati is the most visited pilgrimage center in India. Tirupati is known as the abode of the Hindu god Venkateshvara "Lord of Seven Hills".
Srisailam: Srisailam is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. Srisailam is situated in the thick and inaccessible forests of the Nallamalai hills, in the northeastern portion of the Nandikotkur. The presiding deity at the place is Sri MallikarjunaSwami in the form of a lingam.
Thousand Pillar Temple: Thousand Pillar Temple, a fine specimen of Kakatiya architecture and sculpture. The temple is in shape of a star and has three shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Surya.
Lepakshi: Lepakshi consists of three shrines dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and 'Virabhadra'. On one of the hillocks near the place is known as "Kurma Saila" (tortoise shaped hill), are located the temples of 'Papanatheswara', 'Raghunatha', 'Srirama', 'Veerabhadra' and 'Durga', of which the Veerabharadra temple is the most important.
Explore hundreds of temples from Tamilnadu, several, over a 1000 years old. The ancient Cholas, Pandyas, the Vijayanagar rulers and the Nayaks have created over centuries, a collossal collection of monuments that dot the skyline of this state.
Rameshwaram: Rameshwaram is traditionally connected with incidents in the "Ramayana". Rameshwaram is a pilgrimage centre of nationwide importance, as Rama is said to have worshipped Shiva here on his way back from SriLanka. The temple is in the island of Rameshwaram connected to the mainland by a bridge. The deity here constitutes one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of India.
Brihadeeswara Temple: The Brihadeeswara Temple in Thanjavur is an architectural wonder and reflects the artistic skills of the erstwhile Chola rulers who ruled peninsular India in the early medieval period. Built by the Chola king Rajaraja I in the 11th century, it is one of the tallest temples in the world. It was so designed that the Vimana never casts a shadow at noon at any part of the year.
Mahabalipuram: Mahabalipuram There are, or rather were, two low hills in Mahabalipuram, about 400m from the sea. In the larger one, on both sides, there are eleven excavated temples, called Mandapas, two "open air bas reliefs", one of which is unfinished, and a third enclosed one. Out of a big rock standing free nearby there is a "cut out" temple, called a "Ratha". This type is unique to Mahabalipuram.
Kanchipuram: Kanchipuram, where the Goddess Kamakshi is worshipped. The main tower over the sanctum (Vimanam) of the temple is gold plated. Also of significance is the Golden Chariot in this temple.
Architecturally, the temples of Kerala are different from those seen in the other southern states.
Guruvayoor: Guruvayoor, where the famous Sree Krishna Temple is situated, is one of the most sacred and important pilgrim centres of kerala. The walls of the sanctum sanctorum are inlaid with exquisite mural paintings and carvings.
Thiruvalla temple: Thiruvalla temple is one of the largest temples of Kerala and a fine specimen of its traditional style of temple architecture. The temple has many shrines though it is mainly dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Shiva temples at Vaikom & Ettumanur, and the Padmanabhaswamy temple at Tiruvnandapuram are some of the examples of Keralite temples.
The Cholas, the Chalukyas and the Hoysala and the Vijayanagar rulers who have left an indelible mark on the state of Karnataka with hundreds of temples with ornate sculptural work - have made immenese contributions to the temple heritage of Karnataka.
Ugra Narasimha Temple: The gigantic 8/9 metres tall image of Ugra Narasimha is located in the south of the Hemakuta group of temples that includes the Virupaksha Temple.
Badami Caves: The capital of the Early Chalukyas, Badami is picturesquely situated at the mouth of a ravine between two rocky hills, Badami is famous for its cave temples - all hewn out of sand stone on the precipice of a hill.
The Golden triangle of Orissa comprising Bhubaneswar, Puri and Konark attracts tourists from around the world. There are hundreds of lesser known temples in Orissa.
Konark: Konark, also known as "Arka-Tirtha", is known for its temple of Lord Surya, the sun god. This impressive temple resembles a huge chariot with 24 huge wheels being pulled by seven horses.
Jagannath Temple: The name Jagannatha or Jagannath literally means "Lord of the Universe". Lord Jagannatha is another name for Lord Krishna. 30 different smaller temples surround the main temple.
Lingaraja Temple: Lingaraja Temple is one of the most finished and refined manifestations of the temple-architecture in India.
The Bhavani temple at Tuljapur, Mahalakshmi temple Kolhapur, the Jyotirlinga temples at Tryambakeshwar, Bhimashankar, the Vitthoba temple at Pandharpur & the Ashtavinayak temples are some of the pilgrimage centers of Maharashtra.
Ajanta Caves: They were hidden in the midst of a lonely glen with a streamlet flowing down below. They were scooped out into the heart of the rock so that the pious Buddhist monk could dwell and pray.
Kailash Temple: This temple is the world's largest monolithic structure carved from one piece of rock and the most extensive rock-cut projects ever undertaken.
Ujjain and Omkareshwarar are 2 of the 12 Jyotirlingas in MP. The exquisite Khajuraho temples are known for the erotic sculpture that adorns part of the exterior. Gwalior and Indore also form part of the temple map of this region.
The Kali temple at Kalighat - Calcutta is revered as one of the Shakti Peeths in India. Kenduli is the birth place of the poet Jaydev associated with Geet Govind. Tarakeshwar is a renowned Saivite pilgrimage center.
Popular Hindu faith considers the mighty Himalayas to be the home of the Gods. Abounding in natural beauty, the Himalayan region in India is full of places of worship, dating back to ancient times. Numerous legends associated with the great epics of India are associated with these shrines.
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