Sabarimala Temple

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  • The temple is situated atop a hill in the deep forests of the Periyar Tiger Reserve in the Western Ghats in Pathanamthitta district.
  • This ancient forest shrine, situated 210 km from Kochi, draws pilgrims from different parts of the country.
  • Recently, with the development of road transport and communication facilities, Sabarimala has been witnessing a phenomenal increase in the number of pilgrims. 
  • The Travancore Devaswom Board, administers the temple.
  • The Travancore Devaswom Board estimates that around 5 crore devotees had visited the temple during the last pilgrim season.
  • The season normally begins in mid-November and ends in January.

Konark Sun Temple

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  • Konark Sun Temple is a 13th-century sun temple at Konark on the coastline of Odisha.
  • The name Konark derives from the combination of the Sanskrit words Kona (corner or angle) and Arka (the sun).
  • The temple is attributed to king Narasimhadeva I of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty
  • Dedicated to the Hindu god Surya, what remains of the temple complex has the appearance of a 100-foot (30 m) high chariot with immense wheels and horses, all carved from stone.
  • Also called the Surya Devalaya, it is a classic illustration of the Odisha style of Hindu temple architecture.
  • This temple was called the “Black Pagoda” in European sailor accounts as early as 1676 because its great tower appeared black.
  • Similarly, the Jagannath Temple in Puri was called the “White Pagoda”. Both temples served as important landmarks for sailors in the Bay of Bengal.
  • Declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1984, it remains a major pilgrimage site for Hindus, who gather here every year for the Chandrabhaga Mela around the month of February.

Brihadisvara Temple

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  • Rajarajesvaram or Peruvudaiyar Koyil, is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva located in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu.
  • It follows Dravidian architecture.
  • It is called as Dhakshina Meru (Meru of south).
  • Built by Raja Raja Chola I between 1003 and 1010 AD, the temple is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the “Great Living Chola Temples”, along with the Chola dynasty era Gangaikonda Cholapuram temple and Airavatesvara temple that are about 70 kilometres.
  • Built out of granite, the vimana tower above the sanctum is one of the tallest in South India.

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Lohagarh Fort

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  • Lohagarh Fort (Iron fort) is situated at Bharatpur in Rajasthan, India.
  • It was constructed by Bharatpur Jat rulers.
  • Maharaja Suraj Mal used all his power and wealth to a good cause, and built numerous forts and palaces across his kingdom, one of them being the Lohagarh Fort (Iron fort), which was one of the strongest ever built in Indian history.
  • The inaccessible Lohagarh fort could withstand repeated attacks of British forces led by Lord Lake in 1805 when they laid siege for over six weeks.
  • Of the two gates in the fort, one in the north is known as Ashtdhaatu (eight metalled) gate while the one facing the south is called Chowburja (four-pillared) gate.
  • The Gateway has paintings of huge elephants.

Kangla Fort

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  • Kangla Fort is one of the most important historic and archaeological site of Manipur located in the heart of the capital city Imphal.
  • It had served as tradition seat of past Meetei rulers of Manipur till 1891.
  • The old Govindajee Temple is the largest Hindu, Vaishnav temple in Imphal city in Manipur.
  • It is located next to Kangla Fort, palace of the former rulers of the then Manipur Kingdom.
  • Its outer and inner moat and other relics are perfect reflections of the rich art and architectural heritage of Manipur.