Top 5 Largest Temple in India
( 1 ) Sri Ranganathaswami Temple, Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India – Area Occupied 158 Acres.
Sri Ranganathaswamy temple is the largest Hindu temple in India. The vast temple complex was built across 156 acres of land in Srirangam of Tamil Nadu, India. The temple is dedicated for declining form of Lord Vishnu known as Ranganatha. The temple is also known as Bhoologa Vaikundam and Bhogamandalam. This magnificent Vishnu temple is also one of the finest Dravidian religious structures in India.
Sri Ranganathaswami Temple
Srirangam temple Sri Raganatha swami is blessing in three different islands of the holy river Cauvery. It flows from Karnataka to Tamilnadu. The first island is Sriranga Patinam and it is called Aathirnagam (Origin of Rangam), located in Mysore (125 km distance from Bangalore to Mysore route). The second island is Sivanasha Samuthiram and it is called Mathiyarnagam (Middle of Rangam), situated 70 km distance from Srirangapatinam. The third island is Thiru navalantheevu and it is called Srirangam and also called Antharngam (last part of Rangam – meaning of heaven) is situated in Tamilandu, Trichirappalli district, India. Sriranagm temple is 7 km away from the Trichirappalli Junction (in the south 321 km from Chennai and in the north east 200 km from Madurai
A shrine over the main sanctum of the Sri Ranganathaswamy temple is known as ‘Ranga Vimana’ made in the shape of ‘om’,mythical sound of Hindu religion. There is also a hall with thousand pillars and decorated with sculptures.
( 2 ) Akshardham Temple in Delhi – Area Occupied 100 Acres.
Counted among the world’s wondrous houses of worship, Akshardham Temple in New Delhi showcases the blend of technical modernity with traditional architectural styles. Covering an area of over 8,000 square meters, the grandeur and wisdom behind the temple is best when experienced. temple Made of pink stones and white marble, the main temple was built without the use of steel. Decorated with domes, carved pillars and 20,000 murtis (statues), it is simply divine.
( 3 ) Thillai Nadaraja Temple, Tamil Nadu, India- Area Occupied 48 Acres.
The Nadaraja temple in Chidambaram town of Tamil Nadu dedicated to Lord Shiva in in Anada Tandava pose (Nadaraja). Chidambaram temple is one of panchabhootha sthalams. This temple represents ‘Akasha’, the sky. This historic Hindu temple spread across an area of 50 acres. The Shiva linga in the innermost sanctum of Nadaraja temple is known as ‘Aakasha linga’. The sanctum also contains images of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathy.
Chidambaram is also known as Thillai. The name Chidambaram comes from the Tamil word Chitrambalam which means the small hall or stage of wisdom. According to legend, it was once a forest of thillai, a mangrove species of trees. There was once a small shrine on the banks of a tank. The saints Vyagrapada and Patanjali are said to have worshipped at this shrine, now called Thirumoolanathar. It is believed that their penance attained perfection with the revelation of Shiva’s cosmic dance by Lord Nataraja on the auspicious Thai Poosam day.
Thillai Nadaraja Temple
( 4 ) Belur Math, Kolkatta , India- Area Occupied 40 Acres.
Belur Mutt is the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission, founded by Swami Vivekananda, a chief disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa . The Belur math is a magnificent temple and international headquarters of Ramakrishna mission founded by Swami Vivekananda in 1897. The most interesting feature of Belur math is it look like a temple, church or a mosque from every angle. The temple reflects a fusion of Hindu, Islamic, Buddhist, Rajput and Christian architectural styles. Belur math is also considered as a symbol of unity of all religions in the world.
Located on the banks of the serene Ganges, the 40 acre campus includes temples dedicated to the great Ramakrishna, Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. The campus also has a museum containing artifacts related to the history of Ramakrishna Mission, the samadhi mandir of Swami Vivekananda and his brother disciples and the house facing the Ganges where Swami Ji spent his last few days. Adjoining the Math there are many educational Institutions affiliated with Ramakrishna Mission. The place is a prime center of pilgrimage and a heritage site of national importance.