The Biggest Temple in india-: Largest Comprehensive Hindu Temples. There are many Hindu temple in India as well outside India with a large complex area such as angkor wat Cambodia and Swaminarayan Mandir London. Top largest comprehensive Hindu temples in India are listed as below.
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple – Srirangam
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple of Srirangam is second largest temple in India and one of the largest religious complexes in the world. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu God Ranganatha and one of the three major temples that are built on three different islands on the Kaveri river.
Akshardham Temple – New Delhi
Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple of New Delhi is the world’s largest comprehensive Hindu temple, located near the banks of the holi river Yamuna. The monument and complex has carved pillars, nine domes, and 20,000 murtis of Hindu deities, including Sita Ram, Radha Krishna, Shiv Parvati, and Lakshmi Narayan.
Annamalaiyar Temple – Thiruvannamalai
The Annamalaiyar Temple is situated at the base of famous Annamalai hills in Thiruvannamalai of Tamil Nadu. Annamalaiyar Temple is dedicated to the deity Lord Shiva and the temple complex is one of the largest in India.
Thillai Nataraja Temple – Chidambaram
Thillai Natarajah Temple is an ancient and historic temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, located in the town of Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu. The temple is known as the foremost of all temples and Lord Shiva is worshiped in the Nataraja form,the dancing posture of Shiva.
Meenakshi Amman Temple – Madurai
The Meenakshi Amman Temple or Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple is located in the temple city of Madurai, Tamil Nadu at the bank of river Vaigai. Madurai is one of the oldest living city of India and Meenakshi temple is listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Situated close to the Alaknanda River, the abode of Lord Badrinath is located in the Chamoli district, a small town of Badrinath (Uttarakhand). This holy shrine of Lord Vishnu forms a part of the four holiest sites (Char Dhams) in Hindu religion. It is also one of the four Chota Char Dham pilgrimage sites (comparatively minor pilgrimage sites). It is one of the 108 temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Divya Desams), which find mention in the works of Tamil saints who existed from 6th to 9th century.
The ancient abode of Lord Vishnu can be visited only between April to November as in the rest of the months the weather is too harsh for undertaking a pilgrimage journey.
The Konark Sun Temple
The Sun temple is situated in the small town of Konark, which is situated in the Puri district of Odisha. This marvel of architecture is dedicated to Lord Sun. And resembling his carriage, the temple has been built in the shape of a chariot, which has twelve wheels and is shown as being dragged by the seven horses.
The temple is believed to be constructed in the 13th century by a king called Narasimhadeva. Like with most things in India, this temple too has connections with a few legends. As per one of the legends, God Krishna cursed, one of his own sons with leprosy. To seek penance, Samba worshiped Lord Sun (Surya) for a period of twelve years. Pleased with his devotion, Surya healed him. Samba made the Sun temple in return to express his gratitude.
The mesmerizing beauty of the place was best summed up by the Rabindranath Tagore through these words: ‘Here the language of stone surpasses the language of man.’
Also known as Peruvudaiyar Kovil and RajaRajeswaram, this 11th century temple was built by the Chola emperor Raja Raja Chola I. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Brihadeeswara temple is the largest temple in India that is situated at Thanjavur city of Tamil Nadu.
Cholas are known for their majestic and splendid scale of structures. The opulence and artistic proficiency of Cholas is well reflected in the grand and magnificent architecture of the temple. Made entirely of granite stone, it was built as per the principles of Vaastu Shastras and Agamas.
The most remarkable thing related to the architecture of this UNESCO World Heritage Site is that it doesn’t leave any shadow on the ground at the noon time. The millenary celebrations of its construction took place in 2010 amid many enthusiastic and grand cultural events.
Shirdi Sai Baba Temple
The holy temple of Sai baba was built in 1922, in the Shirdi town of Maharashtra. Located about 296 kms from Mumbai, the small town of Shirdi has attained fame due to its association with Shri Sai Baba.
Spread in an area of 200 sq. Km, the shrine was made over the Samadhi of Sai Baba. Each day around 25,000 devotees come for Baba’s darshan and on festivals the figure comes into lakhs. Ramnavmi, Guru Purnima and Vijayadashami are the major festivals that are celebrated with great enthusiasm and passion. The principles of Sai Baba (like love, charity, forgiveness) are spread through the land of Shirdi, which has been made holy by the pure soul.
Situated in the Shravanabelagola town of Karnataka, Gomateshwara temple is dedicated to Lord Bahubali also known as Gomateshwara. Built in the 10th century it is one of the most important pilgrimage places for Jains. The statue inspires awe among people world over because of its unique structure. Standing at an enormous height of 58.8 ft the idol is carved out of a single granite rock. This monolithic structure stands at such a great height without any external support. The base of the Bahubali idol has got inscriptions written in three different languages – Marathi, Kannada and Tamil.
The most important event occurs in the temple after every 12 years. It is called Mahamastakabhisheka and is a very important festival for Jains. In which Lord Bahubali is bathed and smeared with various things like saffron paste, sugarcane, turmeric, milk and vermillion and offered various precious stones and coins (like gold and silver).