India's Largest Temples With Outstanding Architecture

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple

A beautiful construction of the 1987 AD, Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is the largest temple in India and one of the largest religious complexes in the world. Frequently listed as the largest functioning Hindu temple in the world, it has the second tallest Gopuram. The temple is located in Tiruchirapalli(Tamil Nadu), on an island in Cauvery River and the architecture has been inspired by Dravidian style. During the Tamil month of Margazhi (December-January), a 21-day festival is celebrated here, drawing around 1 million visitors.
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, a renowned Vaishnava temple in South India has a total of 21 gopurams (towers), 39 pavilions, fifty shrines, Ayiram kaal mandapam (a hall of 1000 pillars) and numerous small water bodies inside.

There are numerous large and beautiful Hindu temples in the country, from which a selected few are mentioned in the article.
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Reader's comments(3)
1: It is written, "A beautiful construction of the 1987 AD, Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple...".

There is a correction though - Only the towere shown in the picture was constructed in 1987 and NOT the temple.

This temple is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, the early medieval Tamil literature canon of the Alvar saints from the 6th–9th centuries AD, meaning that this temple was built much before that.
Posted by: Dr Y N I Anand - 24 Aug, 2013
2: Harry potter became famous but Vikramaditya story which was in Tamil, earlier, is not known. Mermaid is known but combination of human head to cow,Elephant head to human,Monkey head to human were all sculptured in India is less known. The temples in Tamilnadu has thousands of different sculptures placed in the entire height of it.
Posted by: deva - 27 Jul, 2013
3: Picture shown here is not of Annamalaiyar temple of Thiruvannamalai instead seems to be the famous Brihadeeswarar Temple of thanjavur
ashish replied to: deva post - 26 Oct, 2013