If you believe marriages are made in heaven, getting married in a temple is the most divine thing to do. In today’s day and age, it is an unconventional sight. The soulfulness, calmness and positiveness of a temple make the wedding a very low-key affair. The simplicity that comes along with the spiritual atmosphere is a different experience altogether! If you’re a millennial who doesn’t want the mainstream extravaganza, here’s a list of temples where you could say your vows to your significant other:
1. Bhoga Nandishwara Temple, Karnataka
Want to get married amidst the hills? Bhoga Nandishwara Temple is situated at the bottom of Nandi Hills, 54km from Bangalore. Devoted to Lord Shiva, it is said to be the oldest temple in Karnataka. The Uma Maheshwari shrine at the temple depicts Lord Shiva’s marriage to the goddess Parvati. This is the reason why this shrine is popular among newly weds who come to seek blessing.
2. Konark Sun Temple, Odisha
Along the coastline of Odisha, 35km from Puri remain the ruins of the Konark Sun Temple Known for its exquisite stone carvings, it appears to be a 100 foot high chariot with immense wheels and horses. The Europeans called it Black Pagoda due to its dark colour and its magnetic power (hopefully you’re not getting married to Iron Man, so this shouldn’t cause any dilemma) that drew ships into the shore.
3. Brihadishwara Temple, Tamil Nadu
More than a millennium old, Brihadishwara temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is situated in the city of Thanjavur. A part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, this temple is full of mysteries and spellbinding architecture. It has the world’s tallest vimanam (temple tower) and a massive statue of Nandi (sacred bull) which is carved out of a single rock. It is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Tamil Nadu.
4. Chaturbhuj Temple, Madhya Pradesh
Located in an island formed by the Betwa river in Orchha, Madhya Pradesh, Chaturbhuj temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is a flawless mix of a palace, a fort and a temple. This temple is the only shrine in the whole of India where Sri Rama is worshipped as a king. If you’ve never seen a fort temple, this is the place for you.
5. Dakshineswar, West Bengal
Situated on the eastern banks of the Hooghly river, Dakshineswar temple is one of the holiest places in Eastern India. Being dedicated to Goddess Kali, it is said that those who get married in front of her, always get her blessings.
6. Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Tamil Nadu
Often listed as the largest functioning Hindu temple in the world, Ranganathaswamy Temple is located in Srirangam. It resides on a large island bounded by the Kaveri and Kollidam river. Spread over an area of 156 acres, it is the largest temple in India, rich in legend and history.
There’s nothing better than getting married with your heart, mind and soul in sync with the serenity of your environment. Find an escape from the chaos and have a ceremony with just your family and close friends!