Holy places in India

The religious places of India reflects the diversity of region, rituals, people and religions. India is home to many religions of different faiths and considered as the most religiously diverse nations in the world.

Important Temples and Deities
Each region has one or two favorite incarnations of Lord Vishnu, Lord Siva, or some other god. From Uttar Pradesh to Bihar they worship Lord Rama, in Western India Lord Krishna, in Maharashtra and northern Karnataka Lord Vitthala, in Tamil Nadu Lord Vishnu, and in Andhra Pradesh Narasimha.
Each region has one or two important religious shrines. There are the Guruvayur and Padmanabha temples in Kerala; Sri Meenakshi (Madurai) and Srirangam in Tamil Nadu; Chamundeswari and Udupi in Karnataka; Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh; Pandharpur in Maharashtra, Dwarka in Gujarat; and Nathdwar in Rajasthan.

Temple Design
The principles of temple design culminate in the vast and rich knowledge laid down by religious scriptures, such as Silpa-sastra and Sthapana-veda.
In India we can see Dravidian style which is typical for South India.
In Andhra Pradesh the main deity is generally found in the center of the temple. The accessory buildings are usually inside a rectangular wall with high gopurams (towers) that can be seen from a distance.

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