9 Popular Hindu Temples in Tamil Nadu
Gopuram of Meenakshi Temple in Madurai
There are around 330 million gods and goddesses in Hinduism. Hindus worship these gods and goddesses in various temples. You will find many temples all over Tamil Nadu. Some of them are architectural beauties. Here are some temples that attract tourists and pilgrims from all parts of the world.
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Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
Located in Srirangam, this wonderful temple is dedicated to Sri Ranganatha, the reclining form of Lord Vishnu. It is the foremost among the eight self- manifested shrines of Vishnu It is an excellent example of Dravidian architecture. The 73-meter-gopuram of the temple is the second tallest gopuram in India.
Located in Thanjavur, this huge Hindu temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This 66-meter-high temple is more than 1000 years old. This Chola dynasty temple is built in Dravidian architecture.
Meenakshi Amman Temple
Located in Madurai, this historic shrine is dedicated to goddess Parvati. Spread over an area of 45 acres, this temple is famous for its 12 gopurams (towers). These towers are beautifully sculpted and painted.
Sculptures On One Of the Temple Towers
Ramanathaswamy Temple is located in Rameswaram. This Jyotirlinga temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva, is in Dravidian architecture. It is one among the Char Dham pilgrimages mandated by Adi Shankracharya.
Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple
Located in Kanchipuram, this Dravidian style Hindu temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, the supreme ascetic and god of the Hindu pantheon. This temple is on the banks of the Vedavathi River.
Ramaswamy Temple is dedicated to Lord Rama. This 500-year-old Hindu temple is located in Kumbakonam. It was built by Achutha Nayaka of Thanjavur. Sculptures in the Maha Mandapam depict stories from Hindu mythology.
Dedicated to god Shiva and goddesses Parvati, this temple is located in Thirukkadaiyur. It is one of the Asta Veeratta Sthalams. Lord Shiva is believed to have saved his devotee Markandeya from Yama, the god of death, in this location.
Mahabalipuram Cave Temples
The Varaha Cave Temple, Krishna Cave Temple, Panchapandava Cave Temple, and the Mahishasuramardini Mandapa are among famous cave temples in Mahabalipuram. These temples are located on the Bay of Bengal coast.
Located in Thiruvannamalai, this Shiva temple is in Dravidian architecture. This temple is well-known for its stately towers, high rampart walls, broad quadrangles, spacious gateways, large mantapams and fine tanks.
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