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Tamil Nadu Temples

If India is a land of spiritual faith and religious devotion, then Tamil Nadu can be termed as the celebration of the divine. What makes Tamil Nadu truly special is its plethora of beautiful temples dedicated to various Gods and Goddesses.  Besides being an architectural wonder, Tamil Nadu is an enticement for devotees around the world.
The Temple City of India, Tamil Nadu, leaves the onlookers spellbound with its architectural brilliance. Almost all the temples of Tamil Nadu were built during the historic and medieval times, and a visit to these aesthetically pleasing temples will give you an insight into the brilliant architectural, sculptural and artistic skills of the engineers, architects and artisans of the bygone times. These temples are a testimony to the creative tastes of the royal kings of the past. These temples can be coined as India’s precious gems of India adding worth to its already rich culture.

Here are few of the most popular temples of the South that will make you want to visit these man-made marvels right away.

Brihadeeswarar Temple, Thanjavur
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the ‘Brihadeeswara Temple’ is one of the largest temples in India, and is located in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu. The Temple is listed under UNESCO’s World Heritage Site under the list of ‘Great Living Chola Temples’. The Temple also shines with the privilege of being the world’s first temple completely built from granite. The grandeur of Brihadeeswara Temple leaves the onlookers awed with the brilliance and engineering skills of the architects and artisans.

The Shore/ Cave Temples, Mamallapuram
Mamallapuram towm of Tamil Nadu is home to various heritage temples and rock-cut sancturaies. The famous temples here are the beautiful Shore Temple, the marvelously carved Mahisasuramardhini cave temples and the stone chariot temple. The Shore Temple is adorned with two Shiva Shrines with a beautiful reclining Vishnu in between. The Shrine of Shiva symbolises the destroyer who faces the wrath of the sea, while Vishnu symbolises the nurturer who looks after the town.

Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai
The ‘Meenakshi Amman Temple’ is dedicated to Goddess Parvati in the form of Meenakshi, and Lord Shiva in the form of Lord Sundareshwarar. It is also one of the most ancient and famous temples of Tamil Nadu. The temple is a masterpiece of the Dravidian architecture. Decorated with thousands of figures of Gods, Goddesses, and Demons, the Meenakshi Amman Temple is an architectural wonder. The intricately carved figures, beautiful gopurams, etc, add to the artistic charm of the temple.

Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Chennai
Situated in the Mylapore District of Chennai, the ‘Kapaleeshwarar Temple’ is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Adorned with a huge rainbow-coloured Gopuram, pillared halls and a water body; Kapaleeshwarar Temple presents a fine example of a true Dravidian style of architecture. Another interesting site of the temple is a small shrine under the old Punnai Tree in the courtyard that depicts the story of Goddess Parvati in the form of peahen worshipping the Shivlinga.

Thillai Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram
Dedicated to the nataraj avatar of Lord Shiv, the ‘Thillai Nataraja Temple’ is one of the most ancient temples of Tamil Nadu known for both, religious and architectural significance. One of the most significant temples for Shaivites, a visit here is sure to provide you with an inner peace and solace. The Nataraja Temple is also one of the ‘Panch Bhuta Sthalas’ with each one dedicated to five elements of universe earth, air, water, fire and space; this temple signifies the fifth element, space.
The above list of temples is just a collection of few of the state’s best pilgrimage sites. These temples will provide you a great sense of spiritual relief. Having said that, make sure you are dressed appropriately before visiting these pious shrines, and also it is advisable to have a respectful attitude towards the religious sentiments of the people here.

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