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8 Popular Hindu Temples in Tamil Nadu

Updated on October 22, 2017
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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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Tamil Nadu, India
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Brihadeeswarar Temple

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.

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Membalam Rd, Balaganapathy Nagar, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu 613007, India
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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.

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Madurai Main, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625001, India
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Sculptures On One Of the Temple Towers

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Ramanathaswamy Temple

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.

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Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu 623526, India
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Temple Corridor

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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.

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Pillaiyarpalayam, Karuppadithattadai, Tamil Nadu 631501, India
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Ramaswamy Temple

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.

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Sarangapani South Street, Valayapettai Agraharam, Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu 612001, India
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Amritaghateswarar-Abirami Temple

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.

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Thirukadaiyur, Tamil Nadu 609311, India
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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.

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East Raja Street, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu 603104, India
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Annamalaiyar Temple

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.

A markerAnnamalaiyar Temple -
Pavazhakundur, Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu 606601, India
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