Famous Temples in Karnataka

Karnataka temples represents the typical Dravidian style of architectural designs that illustrates the variety of architecture structures of various periods. Karnataka state is a distinct state of India with its ancient literature and scholars and poets. Karnataka is known for its large number of tourist attractions and temples. The Hindu Temples in Karnataka gives radiance of peace and tranquility to its devotees. Karnataka is justly called the cradle of stone architecture, as its peerless stone wonders are eloquent reminders of a fertile heritage.

Some of the famous temples in Karnataka are:

Shri Omkareshwara Temple
Shri Veeranjaneya Swamy Temple
Shrikanteshwara Temple
Shri Virupaksha Temple
Shri Gokarnanatha Kshethra
Nandi Temple
Shri Chamundeswari Temple
Shri Anjaneya Temple
Shri Banashankari Temple
Hazara Temple Of Hampi
Hidimbeshwar Temple In Chitradurga
Vithala Temple In Hampi
Cave Temples In Badami
Hoysaleswara Temple
Bull Temple
Virupaksha Temple/ Pampapathi Temple In Hampi
Mysore Chamundeswari Temple
Channakeshava Temple In Belur
Gavi Gangadhareswara Temple
Shri Vittala Temple, Hampi
Shri Narasimha Temple, near Bangalore
Shri Maha Ganapathi Temple,  Uttara Kannada
Shri Durga Parameshwari Temple, Dakshina Kannada
Shri Keshava Temple, Somnathapura, Mysore
Sravanabelagola at Sravanabelagola in Mysore
Gavi Gangadhareshvara Temple
Narada Temple At Naradagadde Near Raichur
Somnathpur Temple

Bull Temple :

Karnataka Bull Temple is located in Bangalore with its main attraction of Lord Shiva’s bull Nandi. This image is 4.57-m high and 6.10-m long. The bull temple is carved out of rock is the charm of the Bull temple in Karnataka constructed by Kempe Gowda in the 16th century. Bull statue is also carved with a single granite rock.

Badami Cave Temples :

Badami is famous for its cave temples shrines with deities lord Vishnu and Shiva. The Badami Cave Temples in Karnataka area is decorated with pure blue lake. There is also a Bhutanath temples that lend their name to the lake beneath the cave temples.

Markandeshwara Temple :  

Another famous Karnataka temple is Markandeshwara Temple at Kallur with Lord Markandeshwara (Shiva) shrines. The Vijayanagar Empire Shri Krishnadevaraya along with his family has worshipped in this temple. The oldest Markandeshwara temple has an elegant and polished carved pillars.

Mookambika Temple :

Mookambika Temple in Karnataka is situated in Kollur near Mangalore. The deity Devi Mookambika shrines in this Mookambika Temple. There is a Jyotirlingam in front of the statue of the Goddess Mookambika devi with a golden line that divides lingam into two unequal parts and is visible only in the sun light that is reflected at the lingam. Bhrama, Vishnu and Shiva are represented at the right portion of this lingam and the left part represents the Lakshmi, Godess Kali and Saraswathi.  The great religious leader Adi Sankara had installed the metal image of the Goddess behind the lingam.

Nandi Temples :

Nandi temples in Karnataka are located at Nandi Hills Near Bangalore on the foothills of Nandi Hills dates back to the period of the Hoysalas Banas, Vijayanagar and the Cholas Kings. The Nandi temple shrines with deities Bhoganandiswara, Yoganandiswara (Shiva). The pillars and metalwork of this Nandi temple are special attraction.

Narada Temple:

Narada Temple in Karnataka is located in Raichur at Naradagadde Shrines with the Narada a Divine Sage. Narada Temple was constructed on Naradagadde the most scenic islands on the Krishna River. This Narada temple is an exquisite location for devotees and also to the tourists.

Pattabhirama Temple:

Pattabhirama Temple in Karnataka is located in the city of Hampi Near Hospet. The holy deity Lord Rama shrines in this Pattabhirama Temple who is worshipped with great dedication. The Pattabhirama Temple is known for its marvelous architecture.

Gavi Gangadhareshvara Temple :

The Gavi Gangadhareshvara temple in Karnataka was built by Kemoe Gowda in the 16th century which is located inside a rock cave in Gavipuram. Gavi Gangadhareshvara temple is one of the oldest temple in Banglore. The granite pillars that supports colossal discs which symbolizes the sun and the moon with a special feature as the evening sun’s rays passes between Nandhi’s horns and falls directly on the linga inside the cave is the main attraction of the Gavi Gangadhareshvara temple.

Somnathpur Temple:

Somnathpur temple in Karnataka is located in a small village Somnathpur on the banks of river Kaveri in south-west of Bangalore. The Somnathpur temple built in AD 1268 in the style of Hoysala architecture. The Hoysala temple at Somnathpur is very unique in design and the stone carvings.