If you want to see the most beautiful Indian temples, then you must visit Karnataka as the state boasts of numerous temples, each one more striking than the other. One among these is the famous Hoysaleswara Temple, located at Halebidu. It was built during the reign of Hoysala rulers who ruled the southern India from the period between 10th century and 14th century. The most peculiar thing about this temple is its incompleteness. It was never finished as every time it would be constructed, the conquerors from outside would come and ruin it. Still, it is a masterpiece with intricately carved pillars.
Beautiful temples dot the eastern part of India as well, like West Bengal. The village of Bishnupur is dotted with many terracotta temples that are rare in style and very different than others. There are many terracotta temples here, but the most spectacular is the Pancha Ratna Temple. Built with three arches, one on each side of the temple, it was constructed by King Raghunath Singha in 1643. The facade of this temple looks very artistic with carvings depicting the life of Lord Krishna. Other features include a pathway and a porch.
The Konark Sun Temple is one of the most magnificent temples in India and is dedicated to the Sun God. The whole temple resembles a chariot driven by the Sun God, with wheels having 24 spokes. It was built during the reign of Eastern Ganga Ruler called Narasimhadeva I in 1250 A.D. The striking features include stone carved wheels, walls with intricate carvings and pillars. There are portions where one can see erotic Indian sculptures too. It is visited by thousands of tourists each year as it is also a World Heritage Site declared by the UNESCO.
Madhya Pradesh is not just the largest state in India but also boasts of many spectacular temples like Khajuraho and the ones in Orchha. The temples of Orchha will spellbind all with their rich ornamental carvings and symbols. Some ancient temples include the Chaturbhuj Temple, Lakshmi Temple and Raja Ram Temple. The Chaturbhuj Temple has an ornate exterior that’s engraved with lotus motifs while, the Raja Ram Temple has been built to resemble a palace. The Lakshmi Temple looks mind blowing with its unique built that resembles a fort.
For experiencing exquisite Dravidian Temple Architecture in its full glory, one must visit Hampi’s Vittala Temple. It is counted among the most beautiful Indian temples and must be seen. The Hampi temple complex is comprised of several temples out of which the Vittala Temple is the most famous. The world famous musical pillars are located in this temple. The architecture and the engineering used in these pillars is worth appreciating.