Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
Location : Srirangam, Tamil Nadu
Also Known as : Thiruvaranga Tirupati, Periyakoil, Bhoologa Vaikundam, Bhogamandabam
Srirangam is the foremost of the eight self-manifested shrines of Lord Vishnu situated on the banks of the river Cauvery.
Srirangam is home to a significant population of Vaishnavites (followers of Lord Vishnu)
The Srirangam temple complex is composed of 7 concentric walled sections and 21 gopurams.
Srirangam claims to be the biggest functioning temple.
The gopuram of the temple is called the Rajagopuram and is 236 feet (72 m) tall, the tallest in Asia.
The number of tourists to the town increases greatly during the festivals like Vaikunda Ekadesi which falls on the Tamil month of Margazhi.
Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Location : Thiruvananthapuram , Kerala
Also Known as : Sri Anantha Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Padmanabhaswamy temple is a famous Hindu temple of Lord Vishnu
The temple has very ancient architecture and it has stood testimony to the times.
The main deity, Padmanabhaswamy, is a form of Vishnu in Anananthasayanam posture (in eternal sleep). The idol is viewed through three different doors. The massive idol of the deity measures 18 feet in length and is covered with gold and other precious stones.
The temple is famous for its Arattu festival, which is headed by the royal family of Travancore.
This is one of the oldest temples in kerala that is not under the rule of the Devaswom board.
Location : Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu
Also Known as : Rameshwaram Temple
Ramanathaswamy Temple is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to god Shiva.
The temple along with Kashi Vishwanath Temple is one of the holiest Hindu shrines that has to be visited in one's lifetime and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, the holy abodes of Shiva. A major pilgrimage centre both for Saivites and Vaishnavites.
The outer set of corridors of the temple is reputed to be the longest in the world being about 400 feet in each in the east and west and about 640 feet in north and south and inner corridors are about 224 feet in east and west and about 352 feet each in north and south. The sea near the temple has no waves which is a scenic beauty.
Rameswaram is known for its 22 theerthas (wells) in and around the main temple. The temple can be reached through The Pamban Bridge, the longest sea bridge in India at a length of about 2.3 km on the Palk Strait connecting Rameswaram to mainland India.
Velankanni Shore Temples
Location : Velankanni(Vailankanni), Tamil Nadu
Also Known as : Our Lady of Vailankanni, Our lady of Good Health
Velankanni temple is located on the shores of the Bay of Bengal. Our lady chose this place to dispense her miracles to mankind.Vailankanni festival is celebrated every year from August 29 to September 8. September 8 is considered auspicious because it was the day the Portuguese sailors first landed in these parts and they built the first actual church.Throughout the year a chariot procession takes place every Saturday. The chariot procession is also conducted on special occasions such as Independence Day. The procession involves a candle-lit parade, with hymns
Location : Suchindram, Tamil Nadu
Also Known as : Thanumalayan Temple
Suchindram is a temple dedicated to Trinities - Brahma, Vishnu and Siva.
The representation of the three central gods of Hinduism in one Linga makes it one of the unique temple in India. It is one of the few temples in the country where the Trinities are worshipped. The temple is noted for its 22ft Hanuman Statue which is carved of a single granite block and is one of the tallest statues in India.
The temple has many musical pillars of the height of 18 feet that are carved out of single granite blocks.
The Nandi statue, made of mortar and lime and which is 13 feet tall is one of the biggest nandi statue in India.
The brilliant workmanship of the temple in stone is noteworthy.