Shiva Temples in South India

Top 10 Most Famous Lord Shiva Temples in South India - These famous Shiva temples located in South India are very special for Shiva devotees.


The festival of Mahashivaratri is a very special and holy day for Shiva devotees. On this day, Shiva devotees start queuing up in their favorite Shiva temple in the morning for Shiva darshan and worship. There are many ancient and famous Shiva temples in North-India where lakhs of devotees chant worship and chant in the temple courtyard from dawn to couplet on the day of Mahashivaratri. However, it is not that only North and India have a famous and ancient and Shiva temple.



Some such famous and ancient Shiva temples are also located in South India, which is a very sacred and popular temple. Millions of Shiva devotees visit these Shiva temples on the day of Mahashivratri to worship Shiva and offer prayers in a formal manner. Today we will try to get you to know about some ancient and famous Shiva temples of South India where you too can visit or go on the day of Mahashivratri.


Arulmigu Ramanathaswamy Temple


The city of Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu is very popular and famous as a religious place in South-India. There are many such holy Hindu temples in Rameswaram where there are always crowds of devotees. Arulmigu Ramanathaswamy Temple is one of the most beautiful and popular temples in South India. Arulmigu Ramanathaswamy Temple is also included in the holy Char Dham of Hindus. According to the Puranas, Lord Rama prayed here after killing Ravana. If you are a history lover and a lover of ancient architecture and a true Shiva devotee, then you must visit this famous Shiva Hindu temple once.


Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple

Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple situated on the banks of Krishna River in Andhra Pradesh and Srisailam mountain is a special temple for Shiva devotees. Many Shiva devotees also call this temple the Kailash of the South. According to some beliefs and Mahabharata, worshiping Lord Shiva on Mount Srisailam had resulted in the Ashwamedha Yagna. Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple, one of the 12 major Jyotirlingas of India, is also included. In the Mallikarjuna Swamy temple, Shiva devotees worship Lord Shiva as Mallikarjuna and Goddess Parvati as Bhadrakali in very ritualistic manner. The main festival held in this temple is crowded with devotees from morning to night on the day of Mahashivratri.


Sri Kotalingeshwara Swamy Temple

The Sri Kotilingeshwara Swamy Temple, located in Karnataka, is one of the most famous Shiva temples in the world, along with India. The length of Shivling located in this temple is about 33 meters and about 1 crore Shivling is installed in the premises of this temple. The marriage of Lord Shiva is also organized by Shiva devotees on the day of Mahashivaratri at the Sri Kotalingeshwara Swamy temple. This Shiva temple located in Kolar district of Karnataka is also known as Kotilingeshwar Dham.


Sri Vadaakkunnathan Temple


Sri Vadakakkunathan Temple is one of the most ancient and popular Shiva temples in Kerala, the architecture of this temple is very amazing. The Sri Vadakakkunnathan temple located in Thrissur city of Kerala is said to have been built by Lord Parashurama. This temple is surrounded on all sides by a huge stone wall. Many people also know this temple by the name of 'Tenkailasham' or 'Rishabhachalam'. Here lamps are lit in ghee day and night and the same ghee is also offered to the devotees in the form of prasad.



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