Karnataka is a state of India that is rich in many pilgrimage and religious sites and Every year lakhs of pilgrims come to visit these places.
There is diversity not only in the history and art of Karnataka but also in the religion and caste. The religious places are attracted pilgrims from every corner of the country.
Here are some of the most famous temples of Karnataka that you cannot miss out on your next trip to the beautiful state.
Murudeshwar Shiva Temple, Bhatkal
Murdeshwar is a town in Bhatkal Taluk of Uttara Kannada district in the state of Karnataka, India. The town is located 13 km from the taluk headquarters of Bhatkal. 'Murudeshwar' is a name of Lord Shiva and This place is famous for the world's second-tallest Shiva statue, the town lies on the coast of the Arabian Sea and is also famous for the Murdeshwar Temple. The height of this huge idol of Lord Shiva is about 123 feet. It is made in such a way that the rays of the sun keep falling on it throughout the day. It took about two years to build it and cost about five crore rupees. A large number of people come from not only the country but also from abroad to see this special temple.
Durga Temple , Aihole
The Durga temple is a medieval Hindu temple located in Aihole in the state of Karnataka, India. It is part of a pending UNESCO world heritage site. The temple was probably built in the late 7th century by the dynasty of the Chalukyas; it is the largest of a group of over 120 temples at Aihole. The Durga temple is not used for regular rituals and worship. In fact, there is no idol of Goddess Durga in this Durga temple nor Durga is worshiped here. It is a fort that was named Durga. Durga here means protector or fort.
Chennakesava or Keshava Temple, Somnathpur
The Chennakesava Temple also referred to as Chennakeshava Temple, Keshava Temple, or Kesava Temple, is a Vaishnava Hindu temple on the banks of River Kaveri at Somanathapura, Karnataka, India. The temple was consecrated in 1258 CE by Somanatha Dandanayaka, a general of the Hoysala King Narasimha III. It is located 38 kilometers (24 mi) east of Mysuru city. The Keshava temple at Somnathpur is another magnificent monument of the Hoysala dynasty. It is a breathtakingly beautiful Trikuta temple dedicated to Lord Krishna in three forms - Janardhana, Keshav, and Venugopal.
Kotilingeshwara Temple, Kolar
Kotilingeshwara Temple a temple in the village of Kammasandra in Kolar district, Karnataka, India. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Shiva. The temple has one of the largest Shiva lingams in the world.
Badami Cave Temple, Bagalkot
The Badami cave temples are a complex of Hindu and Jain cave temples located in Badami, a town in the Bagalkot district in the northern part of Karnataka, India. The caves are considered an example of Indian rock-cut architecture, especially Badami Chalukya architecture, which dates from the 6th century. Badami was previously known as Vataapi Badami, the capital of the early Chalukya dynasty, which ruled much of Karnataka from the 6th to the 8th century. The Badami cave temples represent some of the earliest known examples of Hindu temples in the Deccan region.
Bhootnath Temple, Badami
Bhootnath Temple is one of the two major temples of Bhootnath Group. This sandstone temple is very popular among the devotees of Lord Shiva who is worshiped here in Bhootnath avatar. Bhootnath means "God of Souls". The open pavilion (chamber or veranda) extends to the lake Which reminds the tourists of East South Indian Dravidian or North Indian city style. The credit for the construction of this temple and the inner pavilion goes to the Badami Chalukyas who built it in the 7th century while the Kalyani Chalukyas constructed the outer pavilion in front of the Badami Kunda in the 11th century.
Banashankari Amma Temple, Bagalkot
Banashankari Devi Temple is a Hindu shrine located at Cholachagudd near Badami, in Bagalkot district, Karnataka, India. The temple is popularly called Banashankari or Vanashankari since it is located in the Tilakaaranya forest. The temple deity is also called the Shakambhari, an incarnation of the goddess Parvati. It is said that The Banashankari temple near Badami has been constructed by the Chalukyas of Kalyan in the 7th century. According to Skanda Purana and Padam Purana, the main deity of this temple who killed a demon named Durgamasura in Banashankari is the incarnation of Goddess Parvati who was the Kuldevi of the Chalukyas.
Vidyashankara Temple, Sringeri
Vidyashankar Temple is located in Sringeri, Karnataka. This huge temple is one of the famous tourist destinations of Karnataka. It is believed that a sage named 'Vidyaranya' built this temple. Tourists visiting here can also see many inscriptions here, which show the contribution of the famous 'Vijayanagara Empire' in Indian history.
Vitthala Temple, Hampi
The Vitthal temple is a 16th-century structure dedicated to Lord Vitthal or Lord Vishnu. It is a must-visit destination for all tourists visiting Hampi as its beauty, intricate carvings, and magnificent architecture is not in line with any other structure located here. Situated on the southern bank of the Tungabhadra River, this temple represents the architectural style of the original South Indian Dravidian temples.
Virupaksha Temple, Hampi
Virupaksha Temple is located in Hampi in the Ballari district of Karnataka, India. It is part of the Group of Monuments at Hampi, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple is dedicated to Lord Virupaksha, a form of Shiva. The temple was built by Lakkan Dandesha, a nayaka under the ruler Deva Raya II also known as Prauda Deva Raya of the Vijayanagara Empire.
Kollur Mookambika Temple, Kollur
Kollur Mookambika Temple is located at Kollur, Udupi District in the state of Karnataka, India. It is a Hindu temple dedicated to the Mother Goddess known as Mookambika Devi. The temple is dedicated to Shakti, who is worshiped in the name of Sri Mukambika. The Kollur temple is commonly referred to as 'Mookambika' in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
Mahabaleshwar Temple, Gokarna
The Mahabaleshwar Temple, Gokarna is a 4th-century CE Hindu temple located in Gokarna, Uttara Kannada district, Karnataka state, India which is built in the classical Dravidian architectural style. It is a site of religious pilgrimage. The temple faces the Karwar city beach on the Arabian Sea in which Hindu pilgrims cleanse before visiting the temple for worship. The Shivling located here is also known as Atmalinga. The Shivalinga located in this temple is considered as sacred as Baba Vishwanath of Kashi.
Hoysaleswara Temple, Halebidu
Hoysaleswara temple also referred simply as the Halebidu temple, is a 12th-century Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva. It is the largest monument in Halebidu, a town in the state of Karnataka, India, and the former capital of the Hoysala Empire. The Hoysaleshwara Temple is a star-shaped monument, with two temples that look alike, with different sanctuaries and mandapams located adjacent to each other.
Kedareshvara Temple, Balligavi
The Kedareshvara temple is located in the town of Balligavi near Shikaripura in the Shimoga district of Karnataka state, India. The temple is a symbol of two Hoysalas, thus showcasing a beautiful and magnificent blend of both architectural styles. It is believed that this temple was built in 1319 AD. In addition to the beautifully carved walls and ceilings, the basement in the Kedareshwar temple has several sculpted paintings of Vallari depicting the stories of Mahabharata, Bhagavad Gita, and Ramayana.