Kapaleeswarar Temple

The Kapaleeswarar Temple is known to be one of the oldest temple in history. It is located in Mylapore, Chennai. The shrine of the Lord Shiva is the only speciality of the temple. The temple was built by the Pallavas. Arubathimoovar festival is the one which is celebrated grandly in this temple during the time of March – April.

Kapaleeshwar temple

 

Marundeeswarar Temple

The Marundeeswarar Temple is a temple dedicated to the Hindu Lord Shiva. It is located in Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai. This place is specially visited by the diseased and people with health problems. The devotees believe that the ones who visit this temple and pray with dedication will be free from all the diseases and health problems.

Marundeeswarar Temple

 

Singaperumal Koil

Singaperumal Koil is a famous temple to Lord Narasimha. It is located in Chengalpattu, Kanchipuram district. This is a beautiful rock cut temple. The temple and the Lord is carved out on a small hillock. Going around the hill during a full moon day is the most auspicious event in the temple. People usually light ghee lamps for the God.

Singaperumal koil

 

Meenakshi Amman Temple 

Meenakshi Amman temple, located in the holy city Madurai is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The goddess Meenakshi is the main deity of the temple unlike other Shiva temples. It is said to be one of the most important places in Madurai. This temple is visited by millions of people.

Meenakshi Amman temple

 

Brihadeeswarar Temple 

The Brihadeeswarar temple in Thanjavur is one of the largest temples in Tamil Nadu. It is a temple dedicated to the Lord Shiva. This temple is the first complete granite temple in the world.It was built by King RajaRaja Chola. This temple is one of the best examples of workmanship. The Siva Lingam here is really gigantic. The speciality of the structure is that the shadow of the temple disappears in the noon. Till today it is the tallest temple.

Brihadeeshwar temple

 

Airavatesvara Temple

Airavatesvara temple is located in Darasuram near Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu. The Dravidian style of architecture is sculpted on this temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Even though the temple is smaller than the Brihadeesvar temple, It is more exquisite in detail. This temple was added to the list of “Great living Chola temple”.

Airavatesvara Temple

 

Ramanathaswamy Temple

Ramanathaswamy temple is located in Rameswaram. The temple was expanded later on by the pandian dynasty. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Two kind of Lingam are present inside the temple.  Many devotees visit this place as a part of their pilgrimage trip.

Ramanathaswamy Temple

 

Thillai Nataraja Temple

Thillai Natraja temple is located in Chidambram, Tamil Nadu. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple is known as the foremost of all other temples. The annual Natyanjali shows take place in this temple. This Natyanjali festival happens every year during the  Maha Shivaratri.

Thillai Natraja Temple

 

Arulmigu Arunachaleswarar Temple

Arulmigu Arunachaleswarar temple is located in Thiruvannamalai. The main idol in this place is Lord Shiva. This temple is believed to be the largest temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Karthigai deepam is one of the famous festivals celebrated in Arunachaleswarar temple.

Arunachaleswarar Temple

 

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple

Sri Ranganathaswamy temple is located in Thiruchirapalli. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple is constructed in the Tamil style of architecture. The temple celebrates during the utsavam. It is said to be the most famous temple for celebrating festivals.

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple

 

Chennakeshava Temple

Chennakeshava Temple is located in Belur, Karnataka. The main idol is Lord Vishnu. The temple’s original name is Vijayanarayana temple. The sculptures and the structure of the temple is truly remarkable. It was built by Hoysala King Vishnuvardhana.

Chennakeshava Temple

 

Venkateswara Temple, Tirumala

Venkateswara temple is located in Tirumala, A small hill town at Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. The temple is constructed by the Dravidian and is dedicated to Lord Sri Venkateswara. Millions of devotees visits this temple. Getting the dharshan from the Lord is something very special here.

Sri Venkateswara Temple

 

Kanyakumari Devi Temple

Kanyakuamri Devi temple is located in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu. This temple is dedicated to the virgin Goddess Kanyakumari.  The poojas in this temple is carried out like the procedures followed in Kerala. Kanyakumari Devi temple

 

Ramaswamy Temple

Ramaswamy temple is located in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu. This temple is dedicated to Lord Rama. The temple was built by the Nayakar kings. Each pillar in this temple is carved out from a single stone.

Sri ramaswamy temple

 

Ekambareswarar Temple

Ekambareswarar temple is located in Kanchipuram. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple covers over an area of 23 acres. The temple was initially built by the Pallavas. Later it was brought down and built again by the Cholas. This has a beautiful architectural works and is one of the famous temples.

Ekambareswarar Temple

 

Ucchi Pillayar Temple

Ucchi Pillayar Koil is located in Thiruchirapalli. The temple is situated at the top of Rockfort. This temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. This temple is carved out of a big rock. The steps leading to the temple is steep and gives a great view of Trichy, once reached on top. Many devotees pray and walk all the way up to the top of the hill to see the Idol.

Ucchi Pillayar Temple

 

Swaminathaswamy Temple

Swaminathaswamy temple is located in Swamimalai, Kumbakonam. The temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan. It is situated at the top of a hillock (60ft). The devotees carrying Palkudam and Kavadi are few of the very famous practices done here.

swaminatha

 

Varadharaja Perumal Temple

 Varadharaja Perumal Temple is located in Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu. This temple is dedicated to Lord Perumal. This was originally built by the Cholas. This is otherwise known as the Perumal Koil, which is a very special place for all the Vaishnavites.

Varadharaja Perumal Temple

 

Arulmigu Nellaiappar Temple

Arulmigu Nellaiappar temple is located in Tirunelveli. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The is situated in the banks of Thamiraparani. Brahmotsavam festival is something which is very widely celebrated in this temple. This festival is the most special occasion.

Nellaiappar Temple

 

Jambukeswarar Temple

Jambukeswarar temple also called as Thiruvanaikaval is located in Thiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu. The temples here represent the five great elements, and this temple is a representation of the element water. Every Fridays from July to August is celebrated as the most special occasion in this place.

Jambukeswarar Temple

 

Uppiliapan Temple

Uppiliapan temple is located at Thirunageswaram, A small village in Kumbakonam. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This is also called as Thiruvinnagar temple. The chariot festival is the most special occasion celebrated here during the month of Panguni.

Upiliapan Temple

 

Bannari Amman Temple

Bannari Amman temple is located in Bannari, Erode. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Mariamman. This is the most famous Amman temple in Bannari. Thiruvilakku Pooja is an auspicious occasion for all the women devotees of the temple.

Bannari Amman

 

Kailasanathar Temple

Kanchi Kailasanathar temple is located in Kanchipuram. It is the most oldest temple in that place. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple was constructed by the Pallava dynasty. The temple is very beautifully carved.

Kailasanathar Temple

 

Palani Murugan Temple

Palani Murguan temple is located in Palani, A small town in Dindugal. This is a temple dedicated to Lord Murugan. The main traditional practice done here is, the devotees vow to take off their hair in imitation of the Lord of Palani. Many devotees follow this traditional practice. Thai Poosam is considered as the most important festival here.

Palani Murugan Temple

 

Namakkal Anjaneyar Temple

Namakkal Anjaneyar Temple is located in Namakkal, Tamil Nadu. The temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. The temple is designed in a Dravidian style of architecture. The most special festival is celebrated during the Panguni Uthiram.

Namakkal Anjaneyar
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