Temples are called Vimana, and are shaped buildings pyramidal tower that protect the most sacred place within a religious complex. But also, are “guarded” by door towers (Gopuram) of similar appearance, marking the boundaries of sacred space. In southern India, some religious complexes acquire monumental proportions, including some of the largest Hindu temples in continuous activity, curious wonders, are hardly known.
1. Temple Sri Ranganathaswamy
Srirangam Located on the island, part of the city of Tiruchirapalli (or Trichy), Sri Ranganathaswamy is part of Hindu religious complex in the world’s largest operation (only surpassed by Angkor Wat). In fact, it rises 72 meters above ground level in a staggered manner. In the photos, we can see the Srirangam temple with its gopuram or tower-gates also adorned with painted sculptures representing gods and divine heavenly beings:
This truly wonderful and least known, was built in the ninth century, and was reinforced and modified to enhance its structure and size during the thirteenth century. Frequented by the Vaishnavites , followers of the deity Vishnu , the temple Sri Ranganathaswamy is the most important of those associated with this deity, and is dedicated to Ranganatha , considered the ultimate form of Vishnu. The temple is a magnificent work of architecture, decorated with colorful reliefs and numerous sculptures that make you look heavy.
2. Virupaksha Temple, Hampi
Located 350 kilometers from Bangalore (Hampi) in southern India, Virupaksha Temple is part of a group of monuments designated as a World Heritage. Dedicated to Shiva, the supreme deity, Brahma and Vishnu together form the Tri-murti, the three gods of Hindu mythology, the temple is the main center of pilgrimage in the region for over 13 centuries.
3. Ammam Meenakshi Temple, Madurai
Located in the south of the River Vaigai in Madurai, Meenakshi Ammam is a monumental complex, adding 14 gorpurams up to 40 or 50 feet high. There are up to 33,000 sculptures in the temple and was included in the list of new Seven Wonders of the World. At its most appealing is a religious festival that attracts for up to 10 days more or less 1 million visitors.