India is the origin of religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism. Temples in India carry over thousands of rich heritage, culture, and traditions. Temples in India are amazing with many interesting facts.
Listed are a few of them which would make you surprised.
1. First granite temple of the world – Brihadeswara
Brihadeswara Temple in Tamil Nadu is the first granite temple in the world which is built in just five years during the 11th century by Chola dynasty. Because of this, it is part of the “Great Living Chola Temples” UNESCO World Heritage site group.
2. Golden Temple in Amritsar India
The Golden Temple located in Amritsar India has its entire top made of pure gold. It is also famous because of its generosity to feed up to 100,000 people free every day. Moreover irrespective of caste, status, wealth or creed, symbolizing the central Sikh faith to equality, all people need to dine together on the floor.
3. Temple in India with rats – Karni Mata
Karni Mata Temple in Rajasthan, India is known as the Temple of Rats. There are thousands of rats which are called kabbas, the pilgrims consider the holy rats to be their ancestors and worship them. Because of this temple attracts many visitors.
4. Richest temple in the world – Padmanabhaswamy temple
Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Kerala is the richest temple in the world. It is richest because of its treasure which lies in 6 vault chambers. The worth of these chambers is estimated to a whopping $700 Billion and more.
5. Tirupati the most visited temple in India
Tirupati balaji temple is the most visited temple in India. The temple gets nearly 50,000 daily visitors and moreover 40 million visitors come here annually.
6. Sundial temple in India – Konark
Konark Sun Temple built in the 13th-century designed in the form of a chariot mounted on 24 wheels representing a sundial. Most importantly Konark Sun Temple is part of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site.
7. The largest temple at India – Sri Ranganathaswamy
Sri Ranganathaswamy(Srirangam) Temple located in Trichy, India is the largest temple since it occupies an area of 156 acres. In addition, to be the largest temple, it is the largest functioning Hindu temple in the world.
8. The largest single rock-cut ancient temple
Kailasa is the Largest single rock-cut ancient temple. Because of this, it is considered as the world’s largest monolithic structure. In 18 years the construction of the temple was completed. It was built so strong thus was not able to be destroyed.
9. Temple famous for famous erotic sculptures
Khajuraho has the largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples, famous because of their erotic sculptures. Thus Archaeological Survey in India has ranked Khajuraho monuments as the best-preserved monuments of antiquity.
10. Hanging pillars temple in Lepakshi
The Veerabhadra temple in Lepakshi is famous because of its hanging pillars and a huge footprint on the temple floor. Moreover, the devotees believes the footprint is of Goddess Sita’s.