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Help preserve Hindu temples around the world

Hindu temples are living symbols of millennia of culture & heritage. Let’s preserve &
protect these historic treasures.

Help preserve Hindu temples around the world

Hindu temples are living symbols of millennia of culture & heritage. Let’s preserve &
protect these historic treasures.

Help preserve Hindu temples around the world

Hindu temples are living symbols of millennia of culture & heritage. Let’s preserve &
protect these historic treasures.
About Hindu Temples

Kovil means Hindu Temple

Hindu temples are living symbols of millennia of culture & heritage. They are thriving centers of divinity and robust spiritual, philosophical, educational, cultural, social, and economic activities deeply rooted in Vedic traditions.

Temples, also known as mandirs, Kovils, devalayams, and more, are Hindu religious institutions that serve as centers of spirituality and harmony.
Devotees can come to the temple to perform poojas, marriages or other rites, or just to have a community meeting. The purpose of a Kovil is to encourage devotees to come together and experience divinity while worshipping God in an accessible form.

In fact, the word ‘mandir’ is derived from ‘manas’ and ‘dhiraya’ in Sanskrit, meaning ‘a place where the mind gets comfort and encouragement’. In ancient times, Hindu temples were central to a village or city’s society and economy, and they continue to retain their importance in modern times.

A Hindu mandir has six general parts. The first is the dome on the roof of the temple, or ‘kalasa’. In Northern India, this dome is shaped like a mountain peak and is meant to represent mount Meru, an important landmark in Hindu culture.

In Southern Indian temples, the dome has a more trapezoidal shape and is called a ‘gopuram’. The second part is the garba graha, or inner chamber of the temple. This is where the murti/vigraha, or idol, of the central deity/deities are placed. Usually, only priests are allowed in this chamber, but devotees can view the garbhagriha from outside. The third part is the outer hall, or ‘nata mandira’, where devotees can sit, meditate, and watch rituals. In ancient times, dedicated temple dancers and singers would also express their devotion through dance rituals. The fourth part is the reservoir, a natural or artificial body of water near the temple used for rituals and ritual baths. The fifth part is a bell rung by devotees as they enter or leave. The last part is a walkway around the temple’s inner chamber where devotees can circumambulate the main deity/deities. 

Prominent Temples
Sri Ranganatha Temple (Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India)

A Hindu temple dedicated to Ranganatha, a form of the Supreme God, Maha Vishnu, located in Srirangam

Sri Venkateswara Temple (Thirumala, Andhra Pradesh, India)

Also known as Kaliyuga Vaikuntha and the Lord here is referred to as Kaliyuga Prathyaksha Daivam.

Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple (Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India)

This is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located in the holy city of Kanchipuram.

Sri Brihadeeswarar Temple (Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India)

It is one of the largest South Indian temples & an exemplary example of a Dravidian architecture.

Sri Kamakshi Temple (Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India)

The Temple was most probably built by the Pallava kings, whose capital was Kanchipuram.

Sri Jagannath Temple (Puri, Orissa, India)

The temple is sacred to all Hindus and famous for its annual Ratha yatra or chariot festival.

Sri Meenakshi Temple (Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India)

It is a historic Hindu temple located on the southern bank of the Vaigai River in the temple city

Sri Rangamannar Temple (Sri Villiputhur, Tamil Nadu, India)

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Sri Azhagar Temple (Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India)

Azhagar kovil is a village in Madurai district in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple (Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India)

Temple is built in an intricate fusion of the Chera style and the Dravidian style of architecture.

Sri Ayyappa Temple (Sabarimala, Kerala, India)

The dense forest, part of the Periyar Tiger Reserve, around the temple is known as Poongavanam.

Sri Govindaraja Perumal Temple, (Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India)

The temple as it stands now is mainly of the 12th and 13th centuries, with later additions in simila

Ugra Narasimha Swamy Temple (Ahobilam, Andhra Pradesh, India)

there is a temple for Prahaladavarada Varadhan in the foothills of the mountain.

Sri Kall Azhagar Temple (Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India)

A granite wall surrounds the temple, enclosing all its shrines. It has a seven-tiered rajagopuram.

Sri Koodal Azhagar Temple (Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India)

Constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture, the temple is glorified in the Divya Prabandha

Sri Parthasarathy Perumal Temple (Triplicane, Tamil Nadu, India)

It has icons of five forms of Vishnu: Narasimha, Rama, Gajendra Varadaraja, Ranganatha & Krishna.

Thiru Vaikunda Vinnagaram Temple (Thirunagari, Tamil Nadu, India)

The early medieval Tamil canon of the Azhwar saints from the 6th–9th centuries AD.

Thiru VanPurushothaman Temple (Thirunagari, Tamil Nadu, India)

It is one of the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to Vishnu, who is worshipped as Purushottaman.

Thiru Vellarai Temple (Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India)

the temple is said to have been built by Sibi Chakravarthy, king of Ayodhya in Treta Yuga 15 lakh ye

Thiru Anbil Temple (Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India)

The copper plate inscriptions from Anbil indicate generous contribution by the Chola kings.

Thiru Appakudathan Temple (Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India)

The temple is built on an elevated structure and is approached through a flight of 21 steps.

Nachiar Temple (Uraiyur, Tamil Nadu, India)

The temple, believed to have been built Kochengat Cholan of the late 3rd century ad.

Purushothaman Temple (Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India)

The major festival of the temple, the Brahmotsavam, is celebrated during the Tamil month of Kartigai

Thiru Vellakulam Temple (Thiru Nangoor, Tamil Nadu, India)

The oldest of them have been dated to the reign of the Medieval Chola king Parantaka I.

Thiru Badri Narayana Temple (Badri, India)

The principal idol represents Vishnu in a meditative posture and is flanked by Nara-Narayana.

Angkor Wat, (Angkor, Cambodia)

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Candi Parambanan, (Central Java, Indonesia)

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Batu Cave Temple (Batu Caves, Malaysia)

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Kasi Viswanatha Temple (Varnasi, India)

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Besakih Temple (Bali Hindu Temple)

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Banteay Srei, (Cambodia)

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Baksei Chamkrong (Cambodia)

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Sri Dwarakdhish Temple (Dwaraka, Gujarat, India)

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Candi Sambisari, (Central Java, Indonesia)

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Amarnath Cave Temple (Amarnath, India)

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Ellora Cave Temple (Ellora, India)

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Hampi Temple (Karnataka, India)

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Banteay Samre, (Cambodia)

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Temples of South India

Sri Ranganatha Temple (Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India)

A Hindu temple dedicated to Ranganatha, a form of the Supreme God, Maha Vishnu, located in Srirangam

Sri Venkateswara Temple (Thirumala, Andhra Pradesh, India)

Also known as Kaliyuga Vaikuntha and the Lord here is referred to as Kaliyuga Prathyaksha Daivam.

Sri Brihadeeswarar Temple (Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India)

It is one of the largest South Indian temples & an exemplary example of a Dravidian architecture.

Sri Kamakshi Temple (Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India)

The Temple was most probably built by the Pallava kings, whose capital was Kanchipuram.

Sri Meenakshi Temple (Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India)

It is a historic Hindu temple located on the southern bank of the Vaigai River in the temple city

Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple (Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India)

This is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located in the holy city of Kanchipuram.

Sri Rangamannar Temple (Sri Villiputhur, Tamil Nadu, India)

Sri Rangamannar Temple Srivilliputhur, Tamil Nadu, India Dinesh #Covil #Temples #Hindu #God Facebook

Sri Azhagar Temple (Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India)

Azhagar kovil is a village in Madurai district in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple (Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India)

Temple is built in an intricate fusion of the Chera style and the Dravidian style of architecture.

Sri Ayyappa Temple (Sabarimala, Kerala, India)

The dense forest, part of the Periyar Tiger Reserve, around the temple is known as Poongavanam.

Sri Govindaraja Perumal Temple, (Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India)

The temple as it stands now is mainly of the 12th and 13th centuries, with later additions in simila

Ugra Narasimha Swamy Temple (Ahobilam, Andhra Pradesh, India)

there is a temple for Prahaladavarada Varadhan in the foothills of the mountain.

Sri Kall Azhagar Temple (Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India)

A granite wall surrounds the temple, enclosing all its shrines. It has a seven-tiered rajagopuram.

Sri Koodal Azhagar Temple (Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India)

Constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture, the temple is glorified in the Divya Prabandha

Sri Parthasarathy Perumal Temple (Triplicane, Tamil Nadu, India)

It has icons of five forms of Vishnu: Narasimha, Rama, Gajendra Varadaraja, Ranganatha & Krishna.

Thiru Vaikunda Vinnagaram Temple (Thirunagari, Tamil Nadu, India)

The early medieval Tamil canon of the Azhwar saints from the 6th–9th centuries AD.

Thiru VanPurushothaman Temple (Thirunagari, Tamil Nadu, India)

It is one of the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to Vishnu, who is worshipped as Purushottaman.

Thiru Vellarai Temple (Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India)

the temple is said to have been built by Sibi Chakravarthy, king of Ayodhya in Treta Yuga 15 lakh ye

Thiru Anbil Temple (Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India)

The copper plate inscriptions from Anbil indicate generous contribution by the Chola kings.

Thiru Appakudathan Temple (Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India)

The temple is built on an elevated structure and is approached through a flight of 21 steps.

Nachiar Temple (Uraiyur, Tamil Nadu, India)

The temple, believed to have been built Kochengat Cholan of the late 3rd century ad.

Purushothaman Temple (Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India)

The major festival of the temple, the Brahmotsavam, is celebrated during the Tamil month of Kartigai

Thiru Vellakulam Temple (Thiru Nangoor, Tamil Nadu, India)

The oldest of them have been dated to the reign of the Medieval Chola king Parantaka I.

Hampi Temple (Karnataka, India)

Hampi Temple Karnataka, India Dinesh #Covil #Temples #Hindu #God Facebook-f Twitter Youtube Instagra

Temples of North India

Sri Jagannath Temple (Puri, Orissa, India)

The temple is sacred to all Hindus and famous for its annual Ratha yatra or chariot festival.

Thiru Badri Narayana Temple (Badri, India)

The principal idol represents Vishnu in a meditative posture and is flanked by Nara-Narayana.

Kasi Viswanatha Temple (Varnasi, India)

Kasi Viswanatha Temple Varnasi, India Dinesh #Covil #Temples #Hindu #God Facebook-f Twitter Youtube

Sri Dwarakdhish Temple (Dwaraka, Gujarat, India)

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Amarnath Cave Temple (Amarnath, India)

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Ellora Cave Temple (Ellora, India)

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Temples Outside India

Angkor Wat, (Angkor, Cambodia)

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Candi Parambanan, (Central Java, Indonesia)

Candi Parambanan Central java, Indonesia Dinesh #Covil #Temples #Hindu #God Facebook-f Twitter Youtu

Batu Cave Temple (Batu Caves, Malaysia)

Batu Cave Temple Batu Caves, Malaysia Dinesh #Covil #Temples #Hindu #God Facebook-f Twitter Youtube

Besakih Temple (Bali Hindu Temple)

Besakih Temple Bali Hindu Temple Dinesh #Covil #Temples #Hindu #God Facebook-f Twitter Youtube Insta

Banteay Srei, (Cambodia)

Banteay Srei Cambodia Dinesh #Covil #Temples #Hindu #God Facebook-f Twitter Youtube Instagram Locati

Baksei Chamkrong (Cambodia)

Besakih Temple (Bali Hindu Temple) Dinesh #Covil #Temples #Hindu #God Facebook-f Twitter Youtube Ins

Candi Sambisari, (Central Java, Indonesia)

Candi Sambisari Central Java, Indonesia Dinesh #Covil #Temples #Hindu #God Facebook-f Twitter Youtub

Banteay Samre, (Cambodia)

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What we do

Preserve, Protect, and Practice the Hindu temple culture

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Record Temple History

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Preserve & Protect Culture

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Revive & Restore Traditions

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Learn Heritage & Educate

Kovil aims to create a comprehensive repository of information on Hindu temples around the world, bringing awareness to both their rich heritage and the increasingly urgent need to preserve them. We provide not only the situational history of the temple, but also the contextual history of the existing cultures and kingdoms of the time period. Our content is provided by eminent Tamil and Sanskrit scholars and direct translations of the Vedas, Puranas, and temple inscriptions.

Kovil does its best to avoid the colonial bias and misconceptions that have tainted most Asian studies and the Indian subcontinent history till date. To this end, we are committed to providing the most accurate, impartial, and authentic information possible. Through this effort, we hope to bring awareness not only to the plight of many underserved temples around the world, but also to the widely spread misconceptions and misinformation about the Hindu culture and society.

Kovil is the first step restoring an authentic unadulterated ancient Indian history as provided in our Vedas, Itihasas, Puranas, Upanishads, and other works.

What’s in the making

Featured Temples

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Varnasi

Kasi Viswanatha Temple (Varnasi, India)

Date: January 20, 2021
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Gujarat

Sri Dwarakdhish Temple (Dwaraka, Gujarat, India)

Date: January 20, 2021
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Karnataka

Hampi Temple (Karnataka, India)

Date: January 20, 2021
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Amarnath

Amarnath Cave Temple (Amarnath, India)

Date: January 20, 2021
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Ellora

Ellora Cave Temple (Ellora, India)

Date: January 20, 2021
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Cambodia

Banteay Srei, (Cambodia)

Date: January 20, 2021
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Cambodia

Baksei Chamkrong (Cambodia)

Date: January 20, 2021
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Indonesia

Candi Parambanan, (Central Java, Indonesia)

Date: January 20, 2021
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Cambodia

Angkor Wat, (Angkor, Cambodia)

Date: January 20, 2021
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Indonesia

Candi Sambisari, (Central Java, Indonesia)

Date: January 20, 2021
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Indonesia

Besakih Temple (Bali Hindu Temple)

Date: January 20, 2021
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Malaysia

Batu Cave Temple (Batu Caves, Malaysia)

Date: January 20, 2021
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Cambodia

Banteay Samre, (Cambodia)

Date: January 20, 2021
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" mykovil.org" is a thoughtful and uniquely created platform, that provides us with a deep insight into preserving all Hindu temples that are in need of help around the world. This also helps to educate ourselves and others about our rich, ancient heritage. We all have a huge responsibility of preserving the temples and glorifying them for our future generations. Kudos to the team who initiated this process as a first step towards achieving this goal.

Lakshmi Kumar, Texas
This is a great initiative to have all the authentic information on Hinduism/Sanatana Dharma and Hindu Temples of various denomination across the world and in particular India. There is so much disinformation about Hinduism in many of the websites run by the left and print media. This serves as a perfect antidote as well while providing authentic information.


Narayanan AM, Texas

" mykovil.org" is a thoughtful and uniquely created platform, that provides us with a deep insight into preserving all Hindu temples that are in need of help around the world. This also helps to educate ourselves and others about our rich, ancient heritage. We all have a huge responsibility of preserving the temples and glorifying them for our future generations. Kudos to the team who initiated this process as a first step towards achieving this goal.

Lakshmi Kumar, Texas
This is a great initiative to have all the authentic information on Hinduism/Sanatana Dharma and Hindu Temples of various denomination across the world and in particular India. There is so much disinformation about Hinduism in many of the websites run by the left and print media. This serves as a perfect antidote as well while providing authentic information.


Narayanan AM, Texas

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It doesn’t take much to help—just pick one or two temples in your local area and write about their history and importance on our page.

You can also keep us updated on current happenings at the temple and any problems, such as threats of demolition or underpaid priests. Kovil aims to expand to fundraising for these issues soon, as well as campaigning to remove Hindu temples from government control. Help us preserve these glorious temples so that future generations can enjoy them too.

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Arun Yogesh January 29, 2021

Great Work. Keep going

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