Famous Temples In Karnataka

Karnataka is home to numerous famous temples in Karnataka that attract pilgrims and tourists from all over the world. Here are some of the notable temples in Karnataka:

Can anyone resist the splendour of Karnataka’s architecture and culture?

Known for its ancient temples and rich cultural heritage, this state in South India cannot be denied.

These temples not only show the rich culture and history of our country but also show architectural marvels, spiritual significance, and cultural heritage. Karnataka’s famous temple attracts tourists, devotees from far and wide. In this modern time, these architectural marvels offer a way to immerse oneself in the rich cultural heritage of the state.

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Each of these famous temples in Karnataka has a unique architectural style and spiritual significance.

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The 5 Most famous temples in Karnataka

Temple NamesLocationDiety
Shri Virupaksha TempleHampiLord Virupaksha (a form of Lord Shiva)
Kedareshvara TempleBalligavi  Lord Shiva
Somnathpur TempleSomnathpurLord Vishnu (in his form as Keshava)
Murudeshwar TempleMurudeshwarLord Shiva
Kukke Subramanya TempleSubramanyaLord Subramanya (Kartikeya)

1.   Shri Virupaksha Temple, Hampi

  • This temple is located in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hampi near the Tungabhadra River.
  • It is one of the finest illustrations of architectural masterpieces as it has pillared halls and intricate carvings and it is located amongst Hampi monuments.
  • Lord Virupaksaha was a form of Shiva and also this temple is one of the oldest temples in Karnataka as its construction was completed around the 14th century
  • Many devotees visit this temple in December to celebrate the marriage of  Lord Virupaksha and Goddess Pampa.
  • Timings: Morning 9 AM TO 1:30 PM

                Evening: 5 PM TO 9:30 PM

2. Kedareshvara Temple, Balligavi

  • The Kedareshvara Temple is an exquisite example of Kalyani Chalukyan-style architecture as it illustrates various scenes from Hindu mythology on its outer walls.
  • It has a six pillared hall called Mahamantapa the main attraction of this hall is the three shrines that are located in the north, south, and east direction. [Lord Shiva (South);Lord Vishnu( North)]
  • Built-in trikuta style it is one of the most famous temples in Karnataka that attracts tourists, history enthusiasts, and devotees from far and wide.
  • Besides being an architectural and sculptural brilliance, this temple also possesses a Shiva linga which is adorned with elaborate ornamentation.
  • Timings: 6 AM to 9 AM

3. Somnathpur Temple (Keshava Temple), Somnathpur

  • Built around 1268 AD, this temple is situated in Somnathpur of Mysore and is a stunning example of Hoysala architecture.
  • This temple has intricate sculptures that depict scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata.
  • Somnath temple is dedicated to Keshava (a form of lord Vishnu), this temple is believed to be one of the finest examples of the craftsmanship of the Hoysala artisans.
  • Keshava temple is famous for its sculptures that have been preserved since the Hoysala empire which dates back to the 13th century.
  • Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM.

4. Murudeshwar Temple, Murudeshwar

  • The Murudeshwar Temple is located in the Bhatkal district and it is nestled along the Arabian Sea.
  • One of the major attractions of this temple is the massive Lord Shiva statue and its picturesque location with a beautiful beach that adds to its charm.
  • This temple is built onKanduka Hill, and it provides a serene and pleasant atmosphere to do meditation or worship Lord Shiva
  • It also has a shrine dedicated to Lord Rama, because this temple has its mention and spiritual significance in Hindu mythology furthermore this temple also has a great legend associated with it.
  • Timings: Morning: 3 AM – 1 PM

              Evening: 3 PM – 8 PM

5. Kukke Subramanya Temple (Village Subramanya)

  • Kukke Subramanya Temple is a renowned Hindu temple in Dakshina Kannada dedicated to Lord Subramanya (the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati).
  • One can witness the beauty of western ghats surrounded by lush greenery and rivers, hills, and forests.
  • This temple possesses Dravidian-style architecture along with intricate carvings and sculptures.
  • The temple’s charm has attracted devotees and tourists interested in Hindu mythology and spirituality from far and wide.
  • Timings:   Morning 6:30 AM to 1:30 PM

             Evening 3:30 PM to 8:30 PM

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