Venkataramana Swamy Temple, Bangalore

Fire! Music! Chanting! I’m not sure what was going on here, but it was pretty extravagant.

This temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara, a form of the god Vishnu. Mysore ruler Chikka Devaraya Wodiyar constructed this in the 16th century in the Dravidian style, which is unique to South India. Main features of the Dravidian architectural style are koils, or pyramid-shaped temples, and intricate carved stone in a step design showing deities, warrior, kings and dancers.

This temple in particular is renowned for its stone carvings.

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