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Temples in Tamil Nadu

Tamil NaduMeenakshi Temple
The Meenakshi Temple complex is a city temple in Madurai. It is one of the largest and certainly one of the most ancient in Madurai and most revered in India. The soaring and exquisitely carved towers enclose the temple dedicated to Meenakashi temple in Madurai. The south gateway contains the twin temples of Shiva and Meenakshi and is about nine storeys high in Madurai.

Chidambaram is one of the most venerated temples in Tamilnadu dedicated to Lord Natarajah. Chidambaram is about 250 km south of Chennai (Madras) and is easily reached by rail and road. When people refer to 'koil' (the Tamil word for temple) the word refers to the temple in Chidambaram. Chidambaram is referred to in Hindu scriptures by other names such as Thillai, Puliyur, Chittambalam, Vyagrapuram and Pundareekapuram. The temple has attained such sanctity and sacredness due to its venerableness and its association with so many miracles mentioned in Hindu scriptures.

Kapaleeswarar Temple
Kapaleeswarar temple is situated in Mylapore a suburb of Chennai. The main deity, Lord Shiva, is worshipped as Kapaleeswarar and the Goddess as Katpahavalli. The temple is mentioned in the old devotional hymns by Hindu 'Nayanmars' who lived during the 7th century. This proves that this temple had been in existence for more than a 1000 years. Some scholars cast doubt as to the age of the present building as the architecture and the images in this temple traces back to a period of about 300 years ago. They believe that the original temple had been in the Santhome area near the sea as recent archaeological excavations in that area point to the presence of a temple during that period. Nevertheless Kapaleeswarar Temple has become very famous and draws large number of devotees especially during festival days.

Sri Parthasarathy Temple
Settled in the Triplicane area of Chennai, Sri Parthasarathy Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu who is worshipped as Lord Venkatakrishnar. He is seen with His consort Rukmani on His right and His brother Sri Balaraman on His left. Sri Parthasarathy is installed as a processional deity with his consorts Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi on either side.

Shore Temple - Tamil Nadu Palaniandavar Temple
Dedicated to Lord Subramanya, and the deity is worshipped as Pazhani Andavar in the temple at Vadapalani. A picture of Lord Subrahmanya was brought here from Palani that became a very potent divinity, thus deriving the name Vadapalani. Vadapalani lies in the northern part of Chennai.

Rameswaram is an island about 160 km Southeast of Madurai, well connected to the mainland both by a railway and a road bridge. It is a major pilgrim centre of the Hindus. According to 'Ramayana', the Hindu epic, Lord Rama himself had stationed the Lingam in this place which therefore gains an additional importance and is venerated by all the Hindus of India. The other pilgrimage site in this island of Rameswaram is Dhanuskodi that is also called 'Sethu'. There are several other small temples of interest dotted around this island.

Swamimalai is one of the 6 well known abodes of Lord Subramanya. The temple is erected on an artificial hill and is approached by a flight of steps.The deity is worshipped as Swaminathan. The temple here has three 'gopuram' with three 'praharam'. The 'gopuram' on the south side of the temple is embellished with statues and contains five storeys while the other two entrances have no towers above them.

Picturesquely situated near the sea shore, Kumari Amman Temple and the nearby Ghat attract tourist from all over the world. According to a legend, Devi did penance here to secure Lord Siva's hand in marriage. When she was unsuccessful, she vowed to remain a virgin (Kanya). The Diamond nose-ring of this deity is renown for its glittering charm which is supposed to be visible even from the sea.

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