Have been planning to explore India’s best temples, these top five famous temples in Tamil Nadu will be the best to explore.
Tamil Nadu is famous for its popular temples. It is also known as the Land of Temples. Nearly 33,000 ancient temples, many at least 800 to 5000 years old temples are found on the divine land of Tamil Nadu.
These top five famous temples in Tamil Nadu will leave you awe-struck with their marvelous architecture and strong religious-spiritual culture and ethics.
Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai
- ‘Meenakshi Amman Temple’ is one of the most ancient temples not only in Tamil Nadu but also in India.
- Goddess Meenakshi is an avatar of the Hindu goddess Parvati – wife of Shiva.
- It is located in the main city Madurai which is about a kilometre south of the Vaigai River. It is about 460 kilometres from Chennai, the state capital.
- It receives more than 15,000 visitors a day and has more than 33,000 sculptures.
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam
- Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple or Thiruvarangam is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located in Srirangam, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu.
- This temple is the largest temple in India and one of the largest religious complexes in the world as it spread across 155 acres including 81 shrines, 39 pavilions and 21 towers.
- Some of these structures have been renovated, reconstructed, and rebuilt over the centuries as a living temple.
- Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is one of the 108 Divya Desams dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
Jambukeswarar Temple, Thiruvanaikaval
- Jambukeswarar Temple is a famous Shiva temple also known as Thiruvanaikal, located in Tiruchirapalli (Trichy) district, Tamil Nadu, India
- The temple was built around 1,800 years ago by Kocengannan. It is located in Srirangam Island which is famous for Ranganathaswamy temple.
- Thiruvanaikaval is one of the five famous Shiva Temples; the five temples represent 5 elements of life. This temple represents the ‘Water’ or ‘Neer’ element.
- The underground sanctum of the temple has a stream of water running which is always filled with water even after water being pumped out of it.
Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple, Kanchipuram
- The Kanchi Kailasanathar temple is one of the oldest temples constructed as per Dravidian architectural in Kanchipuram.
- There are in total three Kanchi temples, Shiva Kanchi, Vishnu Kanchi and Jain Kanchi. It is one of these three Kanchi temples, dedicated mainly to Lord Shiva.
- This temple also worships Hindu Gods like Lord Vishnu, the Sun God, Lord Ganesha, Lord Kartikeya and other deities.
- Maha Shivaratri is the biggest festival celebrated in the temple. Thousands of devotees visit the temple in the evening hours to offer prayers to the main deity.
Ekambareswarar Temple, Kanchipuram
- Ekambareswarar Temple, Kanchipuram is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is associated with the earth element of the five major elements of life.
- The temple complex is spread across sprawling 25 acres and is one of the largest temples in India. It has four gateway towers known as gopurams.
- The temple is decorated with an array of Shiva lingam from inside which is one of the Sahasra Lingams with 1008 Siva lingams sculpted on it.
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