Lord Shiva is one of the most influential and powerful Hindu deities and one of the three Hindu Trinity gods. Lord Shiva is the most important deity who is famous for several names like Kailash, Rudra, Shiv, Shambhu, Bholenath, and Mahadev. South India has a lot of popular temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Here are some of the must-visit Lord Shiva temples.
The Mallikarjuna Swamy Shrine is located atop Nallamalai Hills in Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh. It is the temple which has one of 12 Jyotirlingas in India. It was earlier known as Srigiri. The temple played vital role cultural, social and religious history of India. It is located on the banks of River Krishna and around 179 km from Kurnool and 212km from Hyderabad. It is one of the 18 Shakti Peethas in the country.
It is a Lord Shiva temple located on the island of Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu. It is another temple which has one of 12 Jyotirlingas. It is among 274 Paadal Petra Sthalams where Tirunana Sambandar, Appar Sundarar and Naranars saints have glorified this shrine with their songs. In 12th century, the temple was expanded by Pandya Dynasty and Jeyaveera Cinkaiariyan renovated its principal sanctum. It has longest corridor of other Hindu temples in the country.
Also famous as Tanjai Periya Kovil, Brihadeshwara Temple is a Hindu temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva in Tamil Nadu. It is also called as Brihadeshwara Temple, Rajarajeswaram and Raja Rajeswara Temple. It is among the largest Hindu temples in the country and is the living epitome of Tamil architecture of the Chola era. The temple was built by Raja Chola and the construction was finished in 1010 CE. As of 2010, it is around 1000 years old.
It is one of the historical structure temples of Southern India. The Shore Temple of Mahabalipuram is among the group of Mahabalipuram’s monuments. The temple is construction with granite blocks and it is among the oldest temples made of structural stones in India.
It is one of the most popular Shiva temples located in South India. It is among the most impressive and spectacular Shiva temples located in south India. The Shrikalasteeswara temple is among the most-visited and ancient holy places in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
It is one of the most leading landmarks in Madurai. Meenakshi Sundareswarar is one of the most frequented attractions here. It is the historic temple which is nominated among the Seven Wonders of the World.
It is the holiest temple of Lord Shiva in the country which is located the city of Chidambaram. This temple is one of the superior temple complexes in Tamil Nadu stretched over 40 acres of landscapes.
It is the ancient Shiva temple located in the heart of city of Thrissur. Vadakkunnathan Temple is the classic epitome of the architecture of Kerala style and it has always been proposed to be the world heritage site.
Mahabaleshwar Temple is one of the most sacred places in Gokarna, India. It is located at Uttar Kannada district of the state of Karnataka. This temple is well positioned on the Karvar shores and it is well developed and designed in ancient Dravidian architecture using granite stones.
It is located at the foothills of Annamalai hills, Tamil Nadu. The compound of the temple is large. It is one of the largest Hindu temples in India and is one of five Lord Shiva Temples formed with five elements of nature.