Temples are places that you would love to go, especially if you are looking for some mental peace and relaxation. Historic temples that were constructed many centuries ago, have the ability to rub off their positive energy on you, giving you hope to carry on in your routine commercial lives. Apart from this philosophical point of view, the temples in Karnataka are great places to visit if you are an architecture lover.

The wonderful inscriptions and statues in these temples are great examples of the lifestyles and the rich heritage that were evident in different periods of monarchical rule in the state. This place is one of the spiritual hubs in the country, as there are countless temples in the state that offer great entertainment and impart good knowledge to the guests coming in here in large number from different parts of the world. There are so many temples here that it would not be possible to cover all of them, even if you tour the state for a week.  Some of the major architectural styles followed in these temples of Karnataka are Hoysala, Badami Chalukya, Vijayanagara, Dravidian, Western Chalukya and Badami Cave temples.

Some of the major temples in the state are – Najundeshwara Temple, Shri Kadri Manjunatha Temple, Shri Manjunatheshwara temple, Marikamba Temple, Mahalingheshwara Temple, Shri Siddi Vinayak Temple, Shri Maha Ganapathi Temple, Shri Mangaladevi Temple, Shri Subramanyeshwara Temple, Shri Raja Rajeshwari Temple, Shri Annapurneshwari Temple, Shri Mukambika Temple, Shri Brahmi Durgaparameshwari Temple, Shri Durga Parameshwari Temple, Shri Vinayaka Temple, Shri Chamundeshwari Temple, Shri Dharmarayaswamy Temple, Gokarnanatheshwara Temple, ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness), Sidhaganga Math, Sidharudha Math, Paduthirupathi Venkatramana Temple, Renuka Yellamma Temple, Shri Narasimha Saraswati Swami Temple, Marikamba Temple, Chandragiri Hill Temple, Mahadev Temple, Mahabaleshwar Temple, Mrudeshwara Temple, Udipi Krishna temple, Kudalasangama, Kanaga Guru Peetha, Navagraha Kshetra Temple, Sringeri Sharadha Peetham, Doddabasaveshwara Temple, Vripaksheshwara Temple, Guru Kottureshwara Temple and Shri Kanaga Durgamma Temple.

Some Famous Temple in Karnataka

Udipi Krishna Temple

The Krishna temple in Udipi is one of the most famous temples in the state. The Sri Krishna Mutt temple here dates back to the 13th century. This was the birthplace of the famous saint, Shri Madhavacharya.  This Udipi temple is an important pilgrimage destination for Vaishnavaites from all over the world. It is believed that the main deity of Lord Krishna here has been self-manifested, which adds to the beauty of the place.

Murudeshwara Temple

This temple is an important religious and tourist destination. Located across the Arabian Sea, this temple is famous for the big statue of Lord Shiva, the second largest statue in the world, at its entrance. The huge Raja Gopura of this temple is of 20 stories height and provides a majestic view to the onlookers. Many people from around the world come here to check for this Gopuram and Lord Shiva Statue.


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