India is known for its vibrant culture. All the states here have something different and beautiful to offer. Tamil Nadu is one such similar state that has a lot to offer. The Tamil Nadu temples are famous throughout the world. There are several temples in Chennai and several other Tamil Nadu cities. If you visit Tamil Nadu, you can easily book a TNSTC bus and travel throughout the state to visit all the Tamil Nadu temples. Let’s read about some of the most famous temples in Tamil Nadu.
Temples in Tamil Nadu
There are several temples in Chennai and other cities of Tamil Nadu. Some of these temples are:
- Thiruchendur Murugan Temple
The Thiruchendur Murugan temple is one of the most famous temples of Tamil Nadu. The temple is located on a beach in the Tuticorin district. Several devotees flock to this temple to pay their visit and take the blessings of Lord Murugan.
Several festivals are also celebrated in this temple throughout the day. The Skanda festival that is celebrated in October attracts tourists from all over the world. The best thing about the temple is that the seawater never floods the temple despite being on a beach.
- Palani Temple
The Tamil Nadu Palani temple is one of the Tamil Nadu temples where lord Murugan is worshipped. Thaipusam is one significant festival celebrated in the temple by the native Hindus. Many people go out on parades bearing kavadis, and this festival makes the place much more vibrant.
Devotees from far and wide come to this temple to offer yellow- and orange-coloured fruits and flowers to Lord Murugan. He is also dressed in fabric of the same colour. The temple opens as early as 6 am and is open till 8 pm. The temple also has a lodging facility for the visitors to stay.
- The Golden Temple Vellore
The Golden temple Vellore is the golden temple of southern India. It is one of the most famous temples in TamilNadu. The entire temple premises is spread across 100 acres of land. Sri Narayani Peedam constructed it. The temple is covered with 1500 kgs of gold.
There are several pieces of intricate work that several artisans do. Every artefact of this place is created manually, and the transformation of gold into foils and bars was also done manually. This has made the temple quite famous. You can take a TNSTC bus to reach the temple.
- Meenakshi Amman Temple
This Madurai temple is most talked about when it comes to Tamil Nadu temples. It is built for worshipping Lord Shiva. The temple was built during the Nayak rule period. In several cultures, the temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvati, also called Meenakshi.
This temple is the epitome of beauty, and it acts as a cultural symbol for several south Indians. Several Hindu festivals are celebrated in the temple with great enthusiasm. The most famous festival is the Chithirai festival which is celebrated to signify the marriage of Meenakshi and Sundareswarar.
- Bala Murugan Temple
Most of the Tamil Nadu temples are dedicated to Lord Murugan, and the Bala Murugan temple is one of them. Lord Murugan was a form of Lord Karthikeya, the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The temple has been there for 500 years, and people believe that all wishes come true if asked for in this temple. The temple is famous because it has a shrine dedicated to Lord Murugan and Devi Valli. Several couples who plan on getting married visit this temple.
- Navapashanam Temple
This temple is located in Devipattinam and is a set of nine beautiful temples. Each of these nine temples is dedicated to nine planetary deities. Out of these nine temples, the Navapashanam temple is the most popular one as you can worship all nine deities together in this temple.
Several Hindus who go for pilgrimage also visit this temple with great religious importance. Devotees believe that Lord Ram, an avatar of Lord Vishnu, erected the shrines of the planetary deities here.
- Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is one of the most famous temples in TamilNadu. The beautiful temple is located on the Srirangam island in Tiruchirapalli. The temple spreads across 150 acres of land. There are about 49 sub-shrines situated in the vicinity of the temple.
One part of the temple is dedicated to conducting different religious activities. The temple has been there since the 10th century. You will experience magnificent architecture and an artistic view of the temple.
- Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple
This particular temple is situated in Kanchipuram. Kanchipuram as a place has a lot of historical relevance for Tamil Nadu. Several travellers come to this temple to witness the beautiful architecture. There are several other temples too in this region.
You can also visit those temples if you are visiting the Kanchi temple. The temple is believed to have been built during the Pallava Dynasty. The temple is made out of pure sandstone and is believed to be one of the oldest temples in Tamil Nadu. There are several carved sculptures of Lord Shiva with Goddess Parvati in this temple.
- Ekambareswarar Temple
This temple is also situated in Kanchipuram. The view of this temple is ethereal. Several tourists flock to this temple to witness its beauty. It is one of the five Bootha Steals (elements of the universe). This particular temple is built as a dedication to Earth.
Goddess Parvati, according to legend, undertook penance for Lord Shiva with a sand Shivling under a sacred mango tree. Shiva appeared before her and became known as Ekambareswarar or the ‘Lord of Mango Tree.’
There are several other temples in Chennai that you can visit. However, the other parts of Tamil Nadu are also quite vibrant in terms of beautiful temples. The state has other beautiful temples, too, like the Kapaleeshwarar temple that you can visit when you are in Tamil Nadu. There is a reason why Tamil Nadu is known as the land of temples. If you visit the state, you should make sure that you see all of these beautiful temples.
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