Famous Vishnu temples in India (With deity images / pics)
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India (Bharat) is full of divine temples, starting from Jammu & Kashmir up to Kanyakumari and from Gujarat up to Arunachal Pradesh.
A Devalaya or Mandir or Hindu temple is not just a religious place, but a scientific significance for every human and living being on this earth.
Hindu temple is a structure designed to bring human beings and Devatas (Demigods) together, using symbolism to express the ideas and beliefs of Hinduism.
This divine Hindu symbolism and structure of the Hindu temples are rooted way back to Vedic traditions.
A Hindu temple incorporates all elements of the Hindu cosmos, that is, presenting the good, the evil and the human and as well as the elements of the Hindu sense of cyclic time and the essence of life. These are symbolically presenting Dharma, Kama, Artha, Moksha, and finally Karma.
Today let us know a long list of “Vishnu temple names and deities images”.
List of Famous Vishnu temple names (with deities images / pics) are as given below:
Badri Narayan : Lord Badri Narayana at Badrinath at Uttarakhand, (Badrikashram). Here Lord Narayana along with his another avatar Sri Veda Vyasa Ji is still physically present even today.
Srinivasa (Venkatesha) : Lord Srinivasa or Venkatesha at Tirupati, in Telangana. Lord Vishnu directly manifested here.
Panduranga (Vittala) : Lord Panduranga or Vittala at Pandarpur in Maharashtra along with his consort Sri Rukmini Devi. Panduranga = Pandu + Ranga = Neela Megha Shyama (clouds just before rain) + color.
Udupi Krishna : Sri Udupi Krishna at Udupi, Karnataka. Sri Rukmini Devi was doing Pooja for the same deity during the Dwapara Yuga at Dwaraka.
Sri Ranganathaswamy (Srirangam) : Sri Ranganathaswamy at Srirangam, Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu. This temple is present since the Treta Yuga period.
Jagannath : Sri Jagannath, Puri, Odisha. These deities of Sri Jagannath, Sri Balabhadra and Sri Subhadra Devi is made of wood.
Dwarkadhish : Sri Dwarkadhish, at Dwarka, Gujarat. This temple is one of the ‘Char Dham’ of Lord Vishnu (Krishna).
Sri Krishna (Mathura) : Sri Krishna of Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. The original Sri Krishna Janmasthan Temple was built nearly 5000 years ago by Vajranabha, Lord Krishna’s great-grandson.
Guruvayurappan : Sri Guruvayurappan (Krishna), at Guruvayur, Kerala. Here Guruvayurappan = Guru (Brihaspati) + Vayu (Lord Vayu) + Appan (Father). Lord Krishna is the father of Brihaspati and Lord Vayu.
Padmanabhaswamy (Thiruvananthapuram) : Sri Padmanabhaswamy, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Here Padmanabhaswamy = Padma + Nabha + Swamy = Lotus + Navel + God = Lord Brahma takes birth from Lord Vishnu navel and thus Lord Vishnu is called as Padmanabha.
Sri Sita Ramachandraswamy (Bhadrachalam) : Sri Sita Ramachandraswamy temple is located on the banks of the Godavari River in the town of Bhadrachalam in east Telangana. Here Lord Rama, Sri Sita Deva and Sri Lakshman deities can be seen.
Sri Koodal Azhagar : Sri Koodal Azhagar (Lord Vishnu) with Sri Mathuravalli Thayar (Lakshmi – Left of Vishnu) and Sri Bhudevi (Right of Vishnu), at Madurai, Tamil Nadu.
Sri Lakshmi Narasimhar (Thiruvallur) : Sri Lakshmi Narasimhar Temple, in Narasingapuram, Thiruvallur, Tamil Nadu. Here both Lord Sri Narasimha and Goddess Sri Laskhmi Devi deities are present.
Sri AdiKesava Perumal (Kanyakumari) : Sri AdiKesava Perumal (Vishnu), Maragathavalli Thayar (Lakshmi) at Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu.
Sri Ulagalantha Perumal (Trivikraman) : Sri Ulagalantha Perumal (Trivikraman) (Vishnu), Sri Amudhavalli (Lakshmi) at Kanchipuran, Tamil Nadu.
Sri Sarangapani (Thanjavur) : Sri Sarangapani (Vishnu), Komalavalli Thayar (Lakshmi), Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu.
Sri BhuVaraha Swamy (Srimushnam) : Sri BhuVaraha Swamy temple at Srimushnam, in Tamil Nadu. Temple is dedicated to Sri Varaha Swamy (Vishnu) and his consort Sri Ambujavalli Thayar (Lakshmi).
Thiruvallam Sri Parasurama Swami (Thiruvallam) : Thiruvallam Sri Parasurama Swami Temple is situated on the banks of Karamana River near Thiruvallam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. It is the only temple in Kerala dedicated to Lord Parasurama.
Sri Ranganatha Swamy (Chickpet, Bengaluru) : Sri Ranganatha Swamy, and his consorts Sri Bhudevi and Sri Neela Devi. The temple is located in the Chikkapete (Chickpet) area of central Bengaluru, Karnataka on Rangaswamy Temple (RT) Street. The road is named after the famous Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple.
Sri Ranganatha Swamy (Rajajinagar, Bengaluru) : Sri Ranganatha Swamy (Vishnu) along with Sri Sridevi and Sri Bhudevi, near Rajajinagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka.
Sri BhuVaraha Swami (Kallahalli, Mandya) : Sri BhuVaraha Swami (Vishnu) along with Sri Bhudevi, Kallahalli, Mandya, Karnataka.
Sri CheluvaNarayana Swamy (Thirunarayana – Melkote) : Sri CheluvaNarayana Swamy (Thirunarayana) at Melkote, Mandya, Karnataka. Here Cheluva means very beautiful.
Sri Venugopalaswamy (Devanahalli) : Sri Venugopalaswamy Temple is located inside the Devanahalli Fort in the town of Devanahalli (also called Devanapura) near Bengaluru Rural district, Karnataka.
Sri Kodandaramaswami (Cikkamagaluru) : Sri Kodandaramaswami Temple located at Hiremagalur in Chikkamagaluru district, Karnataka. Here Kodandaramaswami = Kodanda + Rama + Swami = Bow + Lord Rama + God. Lord Rama is holding a bow called Kodanda.
Sri Harihareshwara Temple (Harihar) : The Sri Harihareshwara Temple at Harihar in Karnataka, was built in 1223–1224 CE by Polalva, a commander and minister of the Hoysala Empire King Vira Narasimha II.
The temple houses the deity Harihara, that is, a fusion of the Hindu Gods Mohini and Shiva. Right side is Lord Shiva and in the left hand is Lord Vishnu.
Sri Vasanthavallabha Swamy (Vasanthapura, Bengaluru) : Sri Vasanthavallabha Swamy (Vishnu) along with Sri Sridevi (Lakshmi) and Sri Bhudevi, in Vasanthapura, in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
Sri Santana Venugopalaswamy (Hemmaragala) : Sri Santana Venugopalaswamy Temple at Hemmaragala village, Karnataka is 1,800 year old and also known as Dakshina Govardhana Kshetra and Kaundinya Govardhana Kshetra, enjoys a rich traditional history.
This temple is situated in a land where Koundinya Maharshi, a saint from the pre-Buddhist era who lived in the Dwapara Yuga, worshipped Lord Venugopala. Here Venugopalaswamy = Venu + Gopala + Swamy = Lord Krishna’s slute (Venu) + Gopala (Saviou of Gopikas, Cows etc.) + God.
Ambegalu Navaneeta Krishna (Ramanagar) : Ambegalu Navaneeta Krishna (crawling Krishna), in Ramanagar, Karnataka.
Sri Govardhana Kshetra (Basavanagudi, Bengaluru) : Sri Govardhana Kshetra temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna’s leela of lifting the Govardhana hill. This is located in Basavanagudi, Bengaluru, Karnataka.
Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha (Simhachalam) : Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha temple is in Simhachalam in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. It is dedicated to Vishnu, who is worshipped there as Varaha Narasimha.
As per the temple’s legend, Vishnu manifested in this form (lion’s head and human body) after saving his devotee Prahlada from his own father Hiranyakashipu. Except on Akshaya Tritiya, the idol of Sri Varaha Narasimha is covered with sandalwood paste throughout the year, which makes it resemble a Linga.
Sri Ananthapadmanabhaswamy Temple or Anantha Lake Temple (Kasaragod, Kerala) : Sri Ananthapadmanabhaswamy Temple or Anantha Lake Temple is in the little village of Ananthapura of Kasaragod District in Kerala.
This is the only lake temple in Kerala and is believed to be the original seat (Moolasthanam) of Ananthapadmanabha Swami (Padmanabhaswamy temple) Thiruvananthapuram. Legend has it that this is the original site where Ananthapadmanabha settled down.
Sri Janardana Swami (Varkala, Thiruvanantapuram) : Sri Janardana Swami Temple is a 2000-year-old temple situated in Varkala city in Thiruvanantapuram, Kerala.
It is also known as Varkala Temple. In Srimad Bhagavatam it is mentioned that Balarama, the elder brother of Sri Krishna, visited this shrine during this pilgrimage to the Kanyakumari temple and a few other temples in the south.
Sri Ranganthaswamy (Srirangapatna, Mandya) : Sri Ranganthaswamy is in Srirangapatna, at Mandya, in Karnataka. Here Lord Vishnu is there along with Sri Ranganayaki (Lakshmi) and Sri Bhudevi. It is located near river Kaveri.
Since Srirangapatna is the first temple starting from upstream, the deity is known as Adi Ranga. The town of Srirangapatna, which derives its name from the temple, is located on an island in the river Kaveri.
Sri Yoga Narasimha Swamy (Melkote) : On the top of the hill in Melkote is an attractive Sri Narasimha temple called Sri Yoga Narasimha Swamy. It is believed that the image of Yoga Narasimha temple at Melkote, Karnataka was installed by Prahlada himself.
Here Lord Sri Narasimha Swamy is in Yoga Mudra and thus the name Sri Yoga Narasimha Swamy. Krishnaraja Wodeyar III presented a gold crown to Lord Yoga Narasimha.
Sri Ananteshwara Parashurama (Udupi) : Sri Ananteshwara Parashurama (Vishnu). The Anantheshwara temple is located in Udupi, Karnataka. The temple is a unique temple where Parashurama is worshipped in the form of Linga.
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