Hindu temples were not meant for large congregational worship. Pillared Mandapas with elaborate sculptures, sadas for dancing & wide circumbulating passages with other deities placed around the main deity constitute a temple complex.

The prominent forms of temple designs are the North Indian Temples & Southern Indian Temples. There were changes in styles, but certain basic rules fundamental to Hinduism were followed regarding the position of the garba griha, directions of the other deities, etc.

Classification of Hindu Temples
North Indian Style
Western Indian & the Deccan Style
South Indian Style
Temple listing regionwise
Temples in Tamilnadu
Temples in Karnataka
Temples in Kerala



Siva Temples
Jyotir Linga Sthalams
Somanath - Somanathar, Gujarat
Sri Sailam - Mallikarjuna, Andhra Pradesh
Ujjain Mahaakaaleshwar, Madhya Pradesh
Omkareshwar - Omkaareshwar, Madhya Pradesh
Vaidyanatham - Vaidyanathar, Bihar
Bhimashankaram - Bhimashankar, Maharashtra
Rameswaram - Ramalingeswarar, Tamilnadu
Nagesam - Nageshwar, Gujarat
Viswanatham - Viswanathar, Uttar Pradesh
Triyambagam - Triyambageshwar, Maharashtra
Kedaram - Kedareswar, Uttar Pradesh
Kusmesam - Kusmeswara, Maharashtra

Pancha Bootha Sthalangal, Tamilnadu
Aadi Kumbeshwara temple - Kumbakonam, Tamilnadu
Mahaamaham festival in Kumbakonam
Airavateshwara Temple - Darasuram near Kumbakonam,Tamilnadu
Annamalaiyar temple - Thiruvannamalai, Tamilnadu
Ardhanaareeswarar Koil - Thiruchengodu, Tamilnadu
Brihadeeswarar Koil - Thanjavur, Tamilnadu
Brihadeeswarar Koil - Gangaikonda Cholapuram, Tamilnadu
Photographs of the Gangaikonda Cholapuram Brihadeeswarar Temple
For details on the temple visit
http://tamilartsacademy.com/books/gcpuram/chapter01.html
Dhaathreeswarar Koil, Thirumanam village, Sidharkadu, Tamilnadu
Jambukeswar temple - Thiruvaanaikaaval, Tamilnadu
Kadambavaneswarar temple - Kulithalai, Tamilnadu
Kampahareswarar temple - Tribhuvanam, Tamilnadu
Kapaleeswarar temple - Chennai, Tamilnadu
Kowpeeneswara Swamy Temple - Thane, Maharashtra
Mahalingam temple - Thiruvidaimarudur, Tamilnadu
Jan 2012
Mahendeshwar Mahadev temple - Hisar, Haryana
Malleeswarar Koil - Chennai, Tamilnadu
Nageswara temple - Kumbakonam, Tamilnadu
Natarajar temple - Chidambaram, Tamilnadu
Images carved on the temple chariot, Chidambaram .....1...2...3...4
Panchalingams - Talakadu, Karnataka - Pathaleshwara, Maruleshwara, Arkeshwara, Vaidyanatheeshwara and Mallikarjuna temples
Sahasralingam, Skandhashramam - Chennai, Tamilnadu
Sattanathaswamy temple - Sirkali, Tamilnadu
Swarnapureeswarar (Padikaasunaadar Koil) - Azhagaaputhur, Tamilnadu
Thirukannaar Koil - near Mylaaduthurai, Tamilnadu
Vaanchinaathar temple - Sri Vaanchiyam, Tamilnadu
Vaideeswaran temple - Vaideeswaran Koil, Tamilnadu
Vedagiriswarar temple - Thirukazhukundram, Tamilnadu
Related Links - Web site on Temples
http://www.shaivam.org/



Vishnu Temples
108 Vaishnava Divya Desangal
Chakrapani temple - Kumbakonam, Tamilnadu
Jaganmohini Kesavaswami temple - Ryali, Andhra Pradesh
Naachiyaarkovil - Thirunaraiyur, 10 km from Kumbakonam, Tamilnadu
(also listed under 108 Vaishnava Divya Desangal - Thiru Naraiyur in Chola Naadu)
Parthasarathy Swamy Temple - Chennai, Tamilnadu
(also listed under 108 Vaishnava Divya Desangal - Thiruvallikeni in Thondai Naadu)
Ramaswamy temple - Kumbakonam, Tamilnadu
Sarangapani temple - Kumbakonam, Tamilnadu
Feb 2012
Sri Boomi Neela Devi sametha Sri Sundaraja Perumal kovil - Pachapperumalpatti, Thuraiyur taluk, Trichy, Tamilnadu
Tirupati - Chitoor district, Andhra Pradesh
Ulagalanda Perumal temple - Tirukkoilur, Tamilnadu
(also listed under 108 Vaishnava Divya Desangal - Thirukkovalur in Nadu Naadu)
Uppiliyappan Koil - Thiruvinnagaram, 6 kms from Kumbakonam, Tamilnadu
(also listed under 108 Vaishnava Divya Desangal - Thiru Vinnagar)



Temples for Goddesses
Aadi Parasakthi temple - Melmaruvathur, Tamilnadu
Annapoorneshwari temple - Horanadu, Karnataka
Ashta Lakshmi temple - Chennai, Tamilnadu
Bramaraambigai, Durga Parameswari temple - Kateel, Karnataka
Kamakshi Amman Temple Utsavam, Kancheepuram, Tamilnadu
Kamakshi Temple near North Street, Tiruvannamalai, Tamilnadu
http://arunachalagrace.blogspot.in/2013/02/goddess-kamakshi-at-arunachala.html
Mahalakshmi Temple, Kolhapur, Maharashtra
Meenakshi Amman Temple - Madurai, Tamilnadu
Photographs of sculptures in 1000 pillared Hall, Meenakshi Temple
Nemili Sri Bala Peetam, Vellore, Tamilnadu
Shree Baleshwari Devi temple, New Delhi
Sri Lakshmi Narayani Temple near Vellore, Tamilnadu
The three Sakthi Temples - Chennai, Tamilnadu
Ichchaa Sakthi - Thiruvudai Naayagi
Gnana Sakthi - Vadivudai Naayagi
Kriyaa Sakthi - Kodiyidai Naayagi
Vaishno Devi temple, Katra, Jammu & Kashmir
Related Links - Shri Naina Devi Ji Temple situated on hill top in Bilaspur Distt. of Himachal Pradesh
http://www.nainadevi.com



Murugar Temples
Aru Padai Veedu - Chennai, Tamilnadu
Balasubramania Swami temple, Siruvapuri, Tamilnadu
Sri Kumara Subramanyar temple, Odimalai, near Kovai, Tamilnadu
Murals in the Swamimalai temple near Kumbakonam, Tamilnadu
Information about Palani temples, siddhas, siddhi, Hindu culture, famous temples in Tamilnadu, & Kerala, Kodaikanal and Online pooja in Palani temple.
http://www.palanitemples.com



Temples for other deities
Navagraham Temples - Tamilnadu
Thirukollikaadu Agneeswarar temple (Pongu Sani sthalam) - Tamilnadu
Basavangudi Nandi temple - Karnataka
Char Dham is referred to the four Hindu religious sites in Uttarakhand state of India. These are Yamunotri, Gangotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath, nestled in the lap of majestic Himalayas.
Amongst the four Char Dhams, Yamunotri and Gangotri are dedicated to goddesses Yamuna and Ganga respectively. On the other hand, Kedarnath is dedicated to Lord Shiva while Badrinath is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
http://www.char-dham.com/
Saidham Sola - Ahmedabad
http://www.saidhamsola.org
(The temple is maintained in the same manner as in Shirdi)
Viswaroopa Panchamukha Hanuman - Tiruvallur, near Chennai
http://www.panchamukha.org
The face towards the East is Sri Hanuman Mukha,Sri Karala Ugravira Narasimha Swami, facing the South,the face facing the west is that of Lord Sri Mahavira Garuda, Sri Lakshmi Varahamurthy facing the North, the Urdhva Mukha Facing upwards of Sri Hayagriva Swami.



Temple Murals

Temple drawings - pen & ink drawings by S.Kanthan

Sketches of temple idols, sculptures by Sumathi



Links
Information on temples, particularly Tamilnadu temples at dinamalar.com
http://temple.dinamalar.com/

Dhivya Dharsanam
Information on interesting temples, their history, facts and importance posted by Saravanan in his blog.
http://dharsanam.blogspot.com

Sri. Lakshmi Narayanan of Nanmangalam, Chennai has been meticulously arranging to light the lamps in many Shiva temples which are in the state of neglect, without even the funds to light a lamp.
You can also get involved. Visit http://lightingdeepamattemples.blogspot.com/

Renovation of temples
http://vagraharam.blogspot.com

Temples in India
http://www.bharatonline.com/temples.html

Rural Education and Conservation of Heritage Foundation
The fundamental objective of R.E.A.C.H. is increasing the awareness about our villages and the rich heritage. R.E.A.C.H visualizes that the built heritage at present is fast threatened by the sheer negligence about heritage and symbolic value. R.E.A.C.H will canalize its resources in this area.
http://conserveheritage.org
http://templesrevival.blogspot.com
http://reachhistory.blogspot.com




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