Tallest Temple Towers Of India

Tallest temple Gopuram

Gopuram refers to the tower built at temple entrance. Gopurams originally belong to Dravidian architecture style that comes from Southern India. These Gopurams form a prominent feature of Hindu Temples of South India. It is an ornamented gateway to the main temple. This Temple architecture style is native to Southern India specifically Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

The South Indian Temple architecture is different from that of North India. In North India the main temple building is the highest of all other monuments inside the temple premise. Whereas in South India the entrance is the tallest of all the other monuments including the main temple.

These Gopurams feature the outer appearance of the temple. They used to be of average height till medieval era, But soon became the main attraction of the temple. People began to emphasize more on constructing huge Gopurams. These Gopurams are actually multi-storied monumental structure decorated with Hindu mythological carvings. Some depict the stories associated with the residing deity or the place where temple is located.

Tallest Gopurams in India are as follows :

Rajagopalaswamy Temple

Rajagopalaswamy Temple Gopuramhttp://upload.wikimedia.org

Year – 1523 – 1575 AD
Height – 154 ft
Location – Mannargudi, Tamil Nadu
The main gopuram at Rajagopalaswamy Temple was built by Raja Vijayaragava Naik in between 1523 to 1575 AD. The main attraction of this temple are the thousand pillar hall and a big compound that surround the main temple.

Sarangapani Temple

Sarangapani Temple Gopuramhttp://upload.wikimedia.org

Year – 13th Century
Height – 164 ft
Location – Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Sarangapani Temple of Madurai is the biggest Vishnu temple in Kumbakonam and it belongs to 13th century. The temple sanctum is designed like a chariot with wheels and is drawn by horses and elephants.

Meenakshi Amman Temple

Meenakshi Amman Temple Gopuramhttp://upload.wikimedia.org

Year – 1623 to 1655 AD
Height – 170 ft
Location – Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Th Meenakshi Amman Temple is dedicated to goddess Parvati. The temple premise comprises of 14 Gopurams of varied heights. The shortest of them heights approximately 45 – 50 mtrs whereas the tallest measures 51.9 mtrs. The main attraction of the temple are the four decorated Gopurams that can be seen from a distance.

Alagar Koyil

Alagar Koyil Gopuramhttp://upload.wikimedia.org

Year – 1251- 1270 AD
Height – 187 ft
Location – Madurai, Tamil Nadu
The Alagar Koyil temple is located about 21 kms away from Madurai, one of the major tourist spot in Tamil Nadu. The main idol at the temple is called Alagar and is made of pure gold. The temple is believed to be build some where around 1251- 1270 AD. by Pandya Kingdom.

Ekambareswarar Temple

Ekambareswarar Temple Gopuramhttp://upload.wikimedia.org

Year – 600 AD
Height – 190 ft
Location – Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu
It is one of the largest temples in the state of Tamil Nadu. The temple premise if spread over a massive area of 10 hectare that include 4 courtyards. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and wife Parvati. It is one of the five major Shiva temples or Pancha Bootha Sthalams representing five elements i.e Earth, Sky, Water, Wind and Fire.

Srivilliputhur Andal Temple

Srivilliputhur Andal Temple Gopuramhttp://upload.wikimedia.org

Year – Before 1 B.C
Height – 193.5 ft
Location – Srivilliputhur Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu
Also known as Thiruvilliputhoor Divya Desam is a 2000 year old Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is the most important abodes of Lord Vishnu. One of the popular tourist destination in Tamil Nadu, the Srivilliputhur Andal Temple temple holds an important religious value as well.

Annamalaiyar Temple

Annamalaiyar Temple Gopuramhttp://upload.wikimedia.org

Year – 9th Century A.D (approximately)
Height – 216.5 ft
Location – Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu
Annamalaiyar Temple is another very popular temple in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is a Hindu temple dedicated to the Lord Shiva and is spread over an area of10 hectares. It is also one of the largest temples in India.

Murudeshwara Temple

Murdeshwar temple gopuramhttp://upload.wikimedia.org

Year – 2008 AD
Height – 236 ft.
Location – Bhatkal, Karnataka
The Murudeshwara Temple’s Gopuram is the 2nd tallest in the world. Since, 2008 it has become one of the most popular temple that attracts tourists from all parts of the world. The temple also houses a huge 40m height idol of the deity i.e. Lord Shiva

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple

Srirangam Temple Gopuramhttp://upload.wikimedia.org

Year – 1987 AD
Height – 243 ft
Location – Srirangam, Tamil Nadu
The temple that has the tallest Gopuram is Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple located at Srirangam. The temple occupies an area of 156 acres. It is one of the most picturesque temples in India. The scenic location makes it the most popular temple in South India. The temple is located on an island in Cauvery river.