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10 best temples of Tamil Nadu

Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai-10 Best Temples of Tamil Nadu (1)

If spiritual tourism is what drives you, you can certainly consider visiting some of the most famous temples in Tamil Nadu. There are several temples in Chennai although the Tamil Nadu temples list that you should check out carefully before visiting. Tamil Nadu’s temples will not just soothe you with their serenity and tranquillity; they will also leave you spellbound with their sheer architectural magnificence and sculptures.

A trip to the temples in Tamil Nadu will make for an interesting vacation since it will combine religious piety with culture, history, art and tradition in one exciting mix.

10 Most Famous Temples To Visit In Tamil Nadu

  1. Meenakshi Amman Temple (Madurai)
  2. Brihadeeswarar Temple (Thanjavur)
  3. Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple (Srirangam)
  4. Jambukeswarar Temple (Thiruvanaikaval)
  5. Kanchi Kailsanathar Temple (Kanchipuram)
  6. Ekambareswara Temple (Kanchipuram)
  7. Ramanathaswamy Temple (Rameswaram)
  8. Kapaleeshwarar Temple (Chennai)
  9. Monolithic Rock Temples (Mahabalipuram)
  10. Nagaraja Temple (Nagercoil)

1. Meenakshi Amman Temple (Madurai)

This temple worships Meenakshi which is another form of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of Lord Sundareshwarar. This is one of India’s most famous temples, built reportedly in 6th century AD although some of its was damaged by invasions in the 14th The temple was restored in the 16th century and showcases spellbinding Dravidian architecture along with sculpted Gopurams which are a key attraction. The hall with a thousand pillars is another engineering wonder with every pillar emitting a musical note upon being touched.

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2. Brihadeeswarar Temple (Thanjavur)

Brihadeeswarar Temple, Thanjavur-10 Best Temples of Tamil Nadu (1)

This is a big temple dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva. It was built in the 11th century AD and showcases grand architectural styles of the Chola Kings. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has a Vimana or tower that goes up to 216 ft. This is reportedly the tallest across the globe and the Kumbam on top of the tower weighs a massive 80 tonnes and is made from a single granite block.

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3. Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple (Srirangam)

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam-10 Best Temples of Tamil Nadu (1)

This temple worships Lord Vishnu and is situated on the pristine Srirangam Island in Tiruchirappalli. Covering a whopping 150 acres, the temple comprises of 49 shrines and 21 Gopurams. The Raja Gopuram is the tallest in all of Asia at 236 ft. This temple has several attractions in store for visitors.

4. Jambukeswarar Temple (Thiruvanaikaval)

Jambukeswarar Temple, Thiruvanaikaval-10 Best Temples of Tamil Nadu (1)

This Lord Shiva temple is an architectural delight with 7 tiered gopurams, carvings and 5 enclosures. The Shivlinga is kept in the Appu Lingam There is an underground stream beneath this Shivlinga. Legend has it that Goddess Parvati as Akilandeswari did penance under the cover of the Jambu tree here. She created a lingam from the River Cauvery’s water. Happy with her devotion, Lord Shiva appeared before her and taught her the Shiva Gnana. This is enacted by priests each day at noon and is a sight to behold.

5. Kanchi Kailsanathar Temple (Kanchipuram)

Kanchi Kailasanthar Temple, Kanchipuram-10 Best Temples of Tamil Nadu (1)

This temple may have been built by the Pallava rulers and is made of sandstone. This is the oldest Lord Shiva temple in Tamil Nadu and has a 16-sided Shivlinga crafted from black granite. There are 58 small shrines within the complex and a pyramid shaped main tower.

6. Ekambareswara Temple (Kanchipuram)

Ekambareswarar Temple, Kanchipuram-10 Best Temples of Tamil Nadu (1)

This temple is one of the five Panch Booth Sthalas or elements of the universe and is dedicated to Lord Shiva and the Earth. Legend states that Goddess Parvati did penance here by making a Shivlinga made of sand. Lord Shiva came before her and was called Lord of the Mango Tree.

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7. Ramanathaswamy Temple (Rameswaram)

Ramanathaswamy Temple, Rameswaram-10 Best Temples of Tamil Nadu (1)

One of the famous Char Dhams, this temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva and local lore states that Sita, the wife of Rama, made a Shivlinga from sand which was called Ramalinga. The Vishwalinga beside it was believed to have been brought by none other than Lord Hanuman.

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8. Kapaleeshwarar Temple (Chennai)

Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Chennai-10 Best Temples of Tamil Nadu (1)

The temple was built in 7th century CE as per reports and the restoration took place in the 16th This temple worships Lord Shiva. It has a Gopuram in a rainbow colour along with a water body and pillared halls.

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9. Monolithic Rock Temples (Mahabalipuram)

Monolithic Rock Temples, Mahabalipuram-10 Best Temples of Tamil Nadu (1)

Mahabalipuram is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The monolithic rock-cut temples are built as Panch Rathas or chariots. The Shore Temple is also adorned with sculptures and carvings.

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10. Nagaraja Temple (Nagercoil)

Nagaraja Temple, Nagercoil-10 Best Temples of Tamil Nadu (1)

The Nagaraja Temple is dedicated to Vasuki, the serpent king. The 5-headed God is the deity in this temple and special rituals are performed here every Sunday. As per local lore, a village girl was once cutting grass when she saw blood coming out from her axe after hitting a stone accidentally. One of the villagers who came to the spot identified the stone as the idol of a 5-headed snake and post this the temple was built here. The soil beneath the idol here continues to be wet since it is still believed that blood keeps oozing out from the deity. This soil is believed to have magical powers for curing several ailments.

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A visit to the famous temples in Tamil Nadu will reinvigorate your senses and help you relax with the sheer peace and serenity on offer.

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