Temples of Karnataka
Karnataka Tourism is not only known for Heritage, Beaches, Hill Station, and Wildlife but also popular for the Temple Tourism. The temples of Karnataka forms an inevitable part of Karnataka tourism.
Karnataka is blessed with 35000 temples and devotees from different corners of the world come to visit Temples of Karnataka to pay their homage to their titular deities. The temples of Karnataka provide the devotees with a lot of peace and tranquility because the temples are situated amidst picturesque location, hilltops and on the banks of rivers.
The temples of Karnataka have some features in common like Nandi (Bull) statue in Shiva Temples, Pushkarani (a stepped bathing area), Gopura (Entrance Tower) and Garbhagudi (inner sanctum) but each and every temple has its own legend.
The temples of Karnataka also provide good hospitality to the devotees without any distinction of caste, creed or class whatsoever. Most of the temples provide mid day meals and dinner at night (except few temples).
Temples in Sringeri represent the Advaita Vedanta philosophy of Adi Shankara. Many temples in Udupi represent the Dvaita philosophy, and are mostly run by priests of the Ashta Matha monasteries.
The following are few important temples of Karnataka.
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