The Temple Towns of Tamil Nadu

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Tamil Nadu is a beautiful state steeped in antiquity and history. There are numerous temples in Tamil Nadu owing to its religious outlook and rich spiritual heritage. It has been a centre of pilgrimage since many many decades. Some of the most fascinating temple towns of Tamil Nadu  that are  famous for their ancient temples with awe-inspiring architecture are described below.

Madurai Temple

Right in the middle of the city, there is Meenakshi Temple. This wonderful city is planned keeping the temple as its core like a lotus. The temple has 11 gopurams and the tallest one is of 200 feet. There is a 1000 pillared mandapam which is an epitome of Dravidian art and architecture.

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Inside it, there is the temple museum. Besides this temple, you can visit other temples too if you happen to be at Madurai. There is the cave temple of Pazhamudirsolai. Around 21 kilometers from here, there is Kallazhagar Koil, an important Vishnu Temple at the foothill.


Mahabalipuram Temple

Mahabalipuram is very well known for its rock carvings and monolithic sculptures. The shore temple over here is so amazingly built that it has overcome all the calamities of nature so far. It is also known as seven Pagodas, but six of them are now submerged in the sea.

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At high tide, the waves sweep into it because of which the sculptures have been eroded by the winds and waves of the ocean. The three shrines in this temple are worth visiting. Two of them are of Lord Shiva and the third is of Vaishnava along with an image of Lord Anantashayi made of rock.


Rameshwaram Temple

The Rameshwaram Temple is most well known among the four temples in the four corners of India. It is the only Shiva Temple among the four temples.

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The remarkable characteristic of this temple is that Sri Rama himself worshipped Lord Shiva over here. Visiting it is therefore sacred for both Vaishnavas and Shaivas.


Trichy Temple

Trichy’s places of interest mainly include the Rock Fort Temple, Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple and Sri Jambukeshwara Temple. If you happen to visit Trichy in mid-december, you would get to see the 21 day Vaikunta Ekadashi Festival also known as Paradise Festival.

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Every year in January, a temple chariot festival is organized over here where statues of the deities are paraded aboard a beautifully decorated chariot.


Thanjavur Temple

Thanjavur is very popular for the Brihideshwara Temple and Fort. Visit this temple once in the morning and next during the evening. You would get mesmerising different and colourful sights of the temple during these two times.

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The statue of Nandi would leave you fascinated. Around 13 kilometers from Thanjavur, there is Thiruvaiyaru. It organizes the International Festival in January.


Kanyakumari Temple

The image of Kanyakumari temple is simply magnificent to witness. The Vivekananda Rock and Thiruvalluvar statue also would leave you spellbound if you happen to visit Kanyakumari.

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This temple is unique because it does not have any male deity like Shiva over here. It solely belongs to the eternally virgin goddess.

This article is just a snippet of the numerous amazing temples of Tamil Nadu. The best ones are described above.

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