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Famous Temples - Tamilnadu

Tamil Nadu is also known as the "Land of Temples" as there are more than 30,000 temples in the state, some of them more than thousand years old and are architectural marvels. Huge gateways, Gopurams (temple towers), grand halls with tall pillars and holy sanctum sanctorum are the characteristics of famous Tamilnadu Temples.

The architecture of these temples is a living testimony to the glorious past of enchanting Tamil Nadu. Majority of these awe inspiring temples were construed during the reign of Cholas, Pandyas, Pallavas, Nayaks and other Vijaynagar rulers. Famous Tamil Nadu temples are thronged by devotees all year round and the devotion of faithfuls during annual festivities will leave you impressed and astonished.

  • Meenakshi
  • Chidambaram
  • Rameshwaram
  • Kanyakumari
  • Palani Murugan
  • Kapaleeswara

meenakshi temple Meenakshi Temple

The magnificent Meenakshi Temple is located in Madurai district of Tamil Nadu, and is one of the holiest shrines of Hindus. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva (Sundareshwara) and his consort Parvati (Meenakshi).

The original temple was built by king Kulasekara Pandya but the present glorious architectural work on the temple was done by Nayak rulers. There are 12 Gopurams (temple towers) and a thousand pillar Mandapam (hall) in the temple, which is one of the main attractions of the temple.

Potramaraikulam or Golden Lotus Tank of Meenakshi Temple is the place where Tamil Sangam (meeting of ancient academy of poets) used to be held regularly in ancient times. Stucco work is done on the temple every 12 years.

chidambaram templeFamous Temples

Chidambaram Temple complex is spread over an area of 51 acres. It is 250 km south of Tamilnadu Chennai and is well connected by road and railways. There are four imposing towers in the temple each measuring 135 ft in height and the temple complex is topped with 13 copper kalasams (finials).

Chidambaram Temple is dedicated to Lord Natarajar - the Lord of Cosmic Dance (Ananda Tandava). The earliest name of Chidambaram was Tillai, named after a local tree Tillai (Excoecaria Agallocha) which is found in abundance here.

After the introduction of Natrajar cult, the city came be known as Chidambaram. The linga of Lord Natrajar is worshipped here in the form of akasa, i.e. lord without form.

Rameshwaram TempleRameshwaram Temple

The sprawling Rameshwaram Temple complex is spread over an area of 15 acres. It is the southernmost shrine in India which houses one of the 12 holy jyotirlingams. The temple is located on Rameshwaram island off the Settu Coast of Tamil Nadu.

It is famous for its ornate corridors and towers. Rameshwaram Temple has a 4000 tall pillared corridor, which is considered to be the largest in the world. The temple has huge gopurams (temple towers) and a sculpture of Nandi bull which is 18 ft high and 22 ft tall.

There are 22 Theerthams (water springs) in Rameshwaram Temple that are believed to have therapeutic characteristics. Bhrammotsavam festival is held here with full pomp and gaiety during Tamil calendar months of Aadi and Maasi.

kanyakumari templeKanyakumari Temple

Kanyakumari Temple is located on the sea shore of Kanyakumari district in Tamil Nadu. It is dedicated to goddess Kanyakumari, the virgin deity. Kanyakumari is the place where three seas merge viz. the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal, which make it favorite tourists' destination also.

The temple houses a sculpture of Kanyakumari Amman Devi in black stone in its sanctum sanctorum. The most striking feature of the deity is its nose which has a glittering nose ring which is visible from a distance.

The temple has 11 Theerthams (water springs) and footprints of the goddess could be seen on one of the rocks here.Besides abhishekam and archanas, devotees offer new saris to goddess Kanyakumari on festivals and other occasions.

Palani Murugan TemplePalani Murugan

Palani Murugan Temple is located at Palani town in Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu. Thai Poosam and Panguni Uthiram festivals are celebrated in Palani Murugan Temple annually with full devotion and gaiety.

The temple has a height of 150 m and you will have to scale 693 steps to reach its sanctum sanctorum.

Idol of main deity Arulmigu Palaniandavar here is said to have been made of Navapashanam which is a rare mixture of 09 poisonous herbs which have been combined in right proportions to have curing effects for human diseases.
The temple is one of the six abodes of Lord Murugan and is thronged by devotees all year round.

Chennai Kapaleeswara TempleKapaleeswara


Kapaleeswara Temple is situated in Mylapore district of Tamil Nadu near Santhom beach and is dedicated to god Kapaleeswara and goddess Kalpakavalli.
It is one of the ancient Shiva Sthalas of South India. Week long Aruvathi Moovar festival is observed in Chennai Kapaleeswara Temple in March-April when gods are taken out to streets in processions which attract a large number of devotees.

The legend has it that once Lord Brahma did not pay respects to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati when he met them.

Angry Shiva plucked off Brahma's head, who then realizing his mistake installed a Shiva lingam at Mylapore to atone his sin. Hence the deity is called Kapaleeswara, the one who plucked the head.


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