Everyone desires a place where they can sit and relax in a peaceful vicinity. Home is one of the places equipped with favourable amenities that can provide comfort to the body but not necessarily the soul.
Soul does not demand materialistic comfort rather it looks for more pleasant options. "Temples" can be the most appealing options where one can find a satisfying break for its soul.
When it comes to temples of Hindu gods, one can be thrilled to know the abundance of options. There are millions of Hindu Gods which have a number of temples in their names. Especially if we talk about Lord Vishnu there is no dearth of Vishnu temples throughout the world. These temples flaunt some of the best carvings and sculptures leaving the beholder speechless.
Some of the selective gems of Lord Vishnu temples picked throughout the globe including India are:
1) Badrinath Temple, Badrinath, Uttarakhand, India:
Residing in the pacifying location of Badrinath in the state of Uttarakhand, Badrinath Temple is one of the four Char Dhams and most visited Vishnu temples in India. It is the most visited pilgrimage centre located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.
Surrounded by serenity and rich natural beauty the temple compels the visitors to increase their stay and book a next visit soon to the place.
Situated on the banks of river Alakananda, the temple worships the deity of Lord Badrinath who is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The statue is carved out in black stone, 3.3 ft which is very stunning and pleasing to eyes.
2) Jagannath Temple, Puri, Odisha:
Another amazing temple of Lord Vishnu is the Jagannath Temple in Puri in the state of Odisha. It is one of the four main Charm Dhams pilgrimage spots in India. The temple sets one of the best examples of the striking piece of architecture in Odisha.
The temple is dedicated to the incarnation of Lord Vishnu by the name of Jagannath, meaning the Lord of the World. The temple has the deities of Lord Jagannath along with brother Lord Balabhadra and sister Goddess Subhadra. The deities are made of wood and are changed at an interval of every twelve or nineteen years. One of the major events includes Rath Yatra and Chandan Yatra every year. Puri beach is the nearby attraction for tourists.
3) Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh:
Popularly known as Tirupati Balaji , Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple is the very famous temple settled amidst the hills of Tirumala at an elevation of 860 m. The temple is the most visited place where an excessive amount of wealth and donation is received every year making it the richest temples of the world.
Lord Venkateswara, the form of Lord Vishnu is known as Kaliyuga Prathyaksha Daivam who is believed to save mankind from the difficulties and harmful effects of Kaliyuga. The temple was previously known as Kaliyuga Vaikuntha. Major events include Brahmotsavam and Vaikuntha Ekadashi.
4) Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala:
Nestled in the heavenly location of Gods' own country Kerala, Padmanabhaswamy temple is the popular temple of Lord Vishnu in Thiruvanthapuram. The temple is the richest place of worship in the world with excellent footfall throughout the year. The deity of Lord Vishnu is popular by the name Lord Ananta who is seen lying in the 'Anantha Shayana' pose, the eternal yogic sleep on the serpent Adi Shesha.
The famous Dravidian style architecture of the temple features high walls, immaculate architecture, 16 century gopura, an unlocked door which has a mystery behind and a remarkable piece of work on the walls. There is also a strict dress code for visitors and it is the only temple meant for Hindu devotees. Alpasi Utsavam is the event held in the temple and is the best time for tourists to visit the place.
5) Varadharaja Perumal temple, Kanchipuraman, Tamil Nadu:
Dedicated to the Lord Vishnu and adding to the glory of his 108 Divya Desam, Varadharaja Perumal temple is a marvelous temple in the city of Kanchipuraman. The temple showcases the Dravadian style architecture which is just a breathtaking sight for the visitors. There are several festivals celebrated every month and yearly with great enthusiasm.