India is defined by its rich history and culture, of which temples form a huge part of its heritage. Carved beautifully out of rock, stone, and mortar, in a time when ‘precise architectural planning’ was a thing of the future, ancient temples with beautiful carvings and unimaginable grandeur were built with precision and expertise, and we’re in awe of how these have stood the test of time, even today. So, if you’re game for a spiritual and cultural walk down history, we’ve got a list of 5 of the most ancient temples to exist in India today. Scroll on!
Lingaraja Temple, Odisha
The shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva and was built by King Jajati Keshari in the 10th century. The temple is the epitome of Kalinga architecture and features Redstone construction. Covering huge areas of land, the temple has 150 smaller shrines within the premises. The main structure stands at a height of 54.86 metres.
Kailasa Temple, Maharashtra
The Kailasa temple is considered to be one of the most shocking structural marvels since the entire temple is carved out of a single rock. The temple is a part of the Ellora Caves and is mind-boggling in terms of the architectural elements that the place fosters. The temple is more than a thousand years old.
Sree Virupaksha Temple, Karnataka
Sree Virupaksha Temple is a UNESCO-recognised temple, located in the Hampi district of Karnataka. The temple originated way before the establishment of the Vijaynagar empire. It started off as a small shrine but went on to become a sprawling complex of worship and is one of the most sacred sanctuaries.
Brahmaji Temple, Rajasthan
Located in Pushkar, this temple is the only one in the world dedicated to Lord Brahma. The temple’s foundation is believed to go back roughly 2000 years ago. The temple features a unique red-coloured pinnacle with a swan edifice at the top.
Meenakshi Temple, Tamil Nadu
Believed to be older than 2,500 years, the Meenakshi temple is a massive 14-acre large structure that has an abundance of stone-carved shrines and deities in its premise. The temple is named after Goddess Parvati, whose other name is Meenakshi, and is believed to be the spot where she got married to Lord Shiva.
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