The temple situated on Kanduka Hill in Karnataka, surrounded by Arabian Sea on three sides is the tallest temple in India, standing at a height of 249 feet. The gopuram of the temple holds the record of being the tallest across the globe and the place has been attracting visitors from all over the world, in the last many years. The main deity is Sri Mridesa Linga, which is also known as Murudeswara and one can also find a huge 40m height idol of the deity Lord Shiva in this marvelous shrine. Renowned businessman and philanthropist R. N. Shetty is behind the construction of the entire temple complex.
A beautiful construction of the 1987 AD, Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is the largest temple in India and one of the largest religious complexes in the world. Frequently listed as the largest functioning Hindu temple in the world, it has the second tallest Gopuram. The temple is located in Tiruchirapalli, on an island in Cauvery River and the architecture has been inspired by Dravidian style. During the Tamil month of Margazhi (December-January), a 21-day festival is celebrated here, drawing 1 million visitors.
The shrine is situated at the base of Annamalai Hill in the town of Thiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu. The main deity is Shiva and the temple is associated with the five elements, the Pancha Bhoota Stalas, and specifically the element of fire, or Agni. The Karthigai Deepam is one of the main festivals celebrated here, during the day of the full moon between November and December. An enormous fire is lit at the top of the hill, which denotes the Shiva lingam of fire joining the sky and nearly 3 million pilgrims visit the temple to witness this charm.
The temple, located in Tamil Nadu is also known by several other names such as Vanpudhuvai, Sri Dhanvipuram and Thiruvilliputhur andal kovil. The shrine dedicated to Lord Vishnu is 2000 year old and it serves as a prominent tourist destination, because of its magnificence and vast stature. The tower of this temple is the official symbol of the Government of Tamil Nadu.
Ekambaranathar is the largest temple in the town of Kanchipuram which is spread across a massive area of 10 hectare including 4 courtyards. Lord Shiva and wife Parvati are the mian deities here and it is one of the five major Shiva temples or Pancha Bootha Sthalams. Constructed initially by Pallavas, since 600 AD, this is one of the most ancient temples in the country. Later on, the temple was rebuilt by the Chola kings and in the 10th century Adi Shankara remodelled this temple
Azhagar Kovil, also popular as Thirumaliruncholai or Alagar temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is situated 21 km from the city of Madurai. The building is supposed to be constructed in the 3rd or 4th century and according to certain scholars it was a Jain Temple in the beginning, which got converted to a Vishnu temple later on. The temple is built on a scenic spot, amidst the ruins of a historic fort. On the main tower, one will come across stunning sculptures portraying scenes from the epics.
Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple or Meenakshi Amman Temple, devoted to Parvathi(known as Meenakshi) and Shiva, is situated on the banks of river Vaigai, in Madurai. 14 gateway towers, more popular as gopurams, ranging from 45-50m in height can be found in the temple complex. It is one of the most prominent landmarks in the temple city of Madurai, drawing 15,000 visitors a day and around 25,000 on Fridays. There are 33,000 sculptures in the temple and the shrine also made it to the list of top 30 nominees of the ”New Seven Wonders of the World”.
Sarangapani Temple is located in Tanjore district of Tamil Nadu, along the river Cauvery. The shrine is in the shape of a chariot drawn by horses and elephants with openings on either side – a depiction of excellent architecture by Cholas during the 12th century. But, it is believed that certain parts of the temple were constructed by the renowned Pallava King Mahendra Varma in the 7th century. It is the biggest Vishnu temple in Kumbakonam and one among the three major shrines of Lord Vishnu.
Rajagopalaswamy temple is a well-known Vaishnavite shrine located in the town of Mannargudi in Tamil Nadu and it is devoted to Rajagopalaswamy, a form of Lord Krishna. The temple, spread over an area of 23 acres is surrounded by a thousand pillar hall and a big compound. Raja Vijayaragava Naik built the main gopuram of the shrine in the time period 1523 to 1575 AD and Hindus call the temple by the name Dakshina Dwarka(Southern Dwarka).