10 Ancient Temples In India You Should Visit

Jageshwar Temple

Travelling across Uttarakhand on the way from Pithoragarh to Almora, you’ll come across the bode of 8th jyotirling known as Jageshwar temple or Nagesh Jyotirlinga is one of Ancient Temples in India. Hidden away like a treasure in between lush Deodar trees, the Shiva temple is a sight to behold. The dark green Deodar leaves are in perfect sync with the black temple stone, blue rivulet, and grey sky, almost like nature wants you to enjoy the natural filter.Situated at elevation of 1870 metres above the sea level , Lord Shiva selected this place to mediate during his childhood.

Jageshwar Temple Ancient Temple

Jageshwar temple is located at one end of the Jageshwar temple complex, facing the west direction. Two life sizes idols of Dwarpalas stand on either side of the main entrance – they are called Nandi and Skandi. Inside the temple, you pass through a Mandapa to reach the Garbhagriha or sanctum Santorum. It is believed that Guru Adi Shankaracharya visited Jageshwar and renovated many temples before he left for Kedarnath.

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Dwarapalas at the entrance of Jageshwar Jyotirlinga

Mundeshwari Temple

Considered as the Ancient functional Hindu temple in the world , built in Saka era Mundeshwari Devi Temple (also spelled as Mundesvari) is located in Bihar near the Mundeshwari Hills. Specially ,this temple is the earliest specimen of Nagara style.Every year thousands of visitors come to worship especially on Rama Navami .One of the Ancient Temples ,this  temple boasts of the second highest statue of Lord Shiva in the world, and the sheer magnanimity of the statue will fill you with a sense of awe.

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Kukke Subramanya Temple

Shrine dedicated to Hindu deity Murgan, Subrahmanya Temple is one of ancient temples situated Tamil Nadu(Saluvankuppam).Archaeologists believe that the shrine, unearthed in 2005, consists of two layers: a brick temple constructed during the Sangam Period (the 3rd century BC to the 3rd century AD) and a granite Pallava temple dating from the 8th century AD and constructed on top of the brick shrine.

Kukke Subramanya Temple

Lad Khan Temple

Lad Khan is one of hindu ancient temples , dedicated to Lord Shiva located in Aihole in the state of Karnataka. It was built in the 5th century by the kings of the Chalukya dynasty. It is located to the south of the Durga temple, Aihole. The temple is named after a person named Lad khan, who turned this temple into his residence for a short period and this is the oldest temple of Aihole. The style of architecture is Panchayatana . It has 12 pillars and a central area containing the shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva.

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Mahabalipuram  Ancient Temples

The group of monuments at Mahabalipuram is a collection of 7th- and 8th-century CE religious  ancient monuments in the coastal resort town of Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu, India and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.It is on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal, about 60 kilometres (37 mi) south of Chennai.There a total number of 8 monolithic ancient temples found in Mamallapuram.

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Kailash Temple

The Kailash or Kailasanatha temple (Kailāsanātha) is one of the largest rock-cut Hindu ancient temples located in Ellora, Maharashtra, India. A megalith carved out of one single rock, it is considered one of the most remarkable cave temples in India because of its size, architecture and sculptural treatment. This majestic temple is built in the Pallava style.

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Tungnath Temple

Located in Uttarakhand , Tungnath Temple stands at 3,680 meters (12,073 feet) and is the one of  highest  Shiva ancient temples in the world. The exact dates of the origin of the temple are obscure, but if the legend is to be believed, it was the Indian mythological heroes Pandava who built the temple to venerate Lord Shiva and seek his pardon. The temple is extremely small in size and can barely accommodate ten people. It is made of black rock, and the construction style is similar to the temple in Kedarnath.

 

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Adi Kumbeswarar Temple

The majestic Adi Kumbeswara Temple was build in the 7th century by the Chola dynasty, with later additions and modifications by subsequent kings. The complex is spread over an area of 30,181 square feet, and the eastern tower is the tallest, which stands at 128 feet (11 stories high). During the months of February and March, the festival of Masi Magam is ceremoniously celebrated.

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Jagatpita Brahma Mandir

Situated in Puskar Rajasthan , the temple itself is believed to have been built some 2000 years ago by sage Vishwamitra. One of the few  ancient temples dedicated to Lord Brahma, the Jagatpita Brahma Temple is built of marble and stone with motifs of the hamsa , or a swan .

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Konark Sun Temple

Konarak Sun Temple and Surya Devalaya, is a 13th-century CE Sun ancient temple at Konark about 35 kilometres (22 mi) northeast from Puri on the coastline of Odisha, India. The temple is attributed to king Narasimhadeva I of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty about 1250 CE.Dedicated to the Hindu god Surya, what remains of the temple complex has the appearance of a 100-foot (30 m) high chariot with immense wheels and horses, all carved from stone. Once over 200 feet (61 m) high, much of the temple is now in ruins, in particular the large shikara tower over the sanctuary.

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