Hindu Heritage of India
India is famous for being the most crowded, noisy, dirty and annoying place in the world, being the one hated or beloved from the first glimpse. But despite of all its bad fame it is a land of glorious past and great heritage that is the source of authentic pride for every Indian.
South India is frequently referred to as the Hindu heritage of India. It is the area encompassing India’s states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala as well as the union territories of Lakshadweep and Puducherry, occupying 13,31% of India’s area. It is the land of people speaking Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.
The ancient history of peninsular India revolves around the fortunes of three outstanding and extensive kingdoms: that of the Pandyas, south of Kaveri river with its capital at Madurai, the Cheras centred around Kerala, and the Cholas on the Coromandel (western coast). There were also several other dynasties that co-existed with the prominent ones.
All they left beautiful heritage with a few places recognised as World Heritage Sites with Pattadakal, agroup of eight century monuments built by the Chalukayas to commemorate their victory over the Pallavas and Hampi, the capital of the famed Vijayanagara empire.
South India is also home to 8 from 10 biggest temples in India with Meenakshi temple in Madurai, among the most colourful.