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Top 9 Temples In Tamilnadu

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Tamil Nadu boasts of many Dravidian styled places of worship. Let us take a look at the top 9 temples.

1. Meenakshi Amman Temple At Madurai:

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This beautiful temple situated in the temple city of Madurai, Tamil Nadu has 14 gopurams with the tallest being 170 feet. It is also known as MeenakshiSundareswarar Temple which really are alternate names of Parvati and Shiva respectively. The temple city of Madurai came to existence 2,500 years ago with this holy structure. There are two golden sculptured vimanas, the shrines over the sanctums of the main deities. According to statistics, 15,000 visitors a day and 25,000 on Fridays visit the MeenakshiSundareswarartemle. An estimation of 30,000 sculptures are boasted by this temple. In the months of April and May, a million visitors visit the temple to celebrate the annual 10 day Meenakshi Tirukalyanam Festival.

2. Thillai Natarajah Temple At Chidambaram:

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ThillaiNatarajah Temple at Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu is dedicated to Lord Shiva. ThillaiKoothan or Natarajh is the deity that presides here since 12th century. This temple was the beginning of all temples to Saivites. Chidambaram represents Aakash(aether), one of the five classical elements of the holiest of Shiva temples known as PanchaBoothaSthalams. Chidambaram temple celebrates different festivals all-round the year.

3. Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple In Kanchipuram:

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KanchiKailasanthar temple is the oldest structure in Kanchipuram which is a Hindu temple in Dravidian architectural style. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it was built from 685-705 AD by a ruler of Pallava dynasty. The temple has 58 shrines dedicated to different forms of Shiva. Thousands of devotees offer their prayers on the evening of MahaShivratri from all over. It is also one of the major tourist attraction spots in the city.

4. Cave Temples of Mahabalipuram In Kanchipuram District:

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The cave temples of Mahabalipuram are located on the hillock of town in Kanchipuram district. There are eleven mandapas or caves seen in Mahabalipuram out of which the most significant ones are the Krishna, Mahishasuramardini, Varaha, Trimurti, Kotikal, Tiger, Atirachandana, Panchapandava cave temples. These temples are considered as a masterpiece of Indian art.

5. Ramanathswamy Temple In Rameshwaram:

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Ramanathswamy temple is located at Rameshwaram is dedicated to Jyothirlinga, a form of Lord Shiva. The temple was extended during the 12th century. It is considered as a holy pilgrimage site for Shaivites, Vaishnavites and Smarthas. The primary deity is in the form of a linga or phallic stone. The temple is one of the four holiest Hindu Char Dham sites.

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6. Brihadeeswarar Temple in Thanjavur:

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The Brihadeeswarar temple in Thanjavur is one of the largest temples in India built by emperor Raja RajaChola I in 1010 AD. The prime deity of the Brihadeeswar temple is Lord Shiva. It also has the idols for Ashta-dipaalakas or guardians of the directions such as Indra, Agni, Yama, Nirrti, Varuna, Vayu, Kubera and Isana. A big statue of Nandi or sacred bull carved out of a single rock is present at the entrance of the temple.

7. Perur Pateeswarar Temple in Perur, West Coimbatore:

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PerurPateeswarar temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located at Perur in western part of Coimbatore. It was built approximately 2000 years back by Raja RajaChola I. The temple consists of a golden statue of Nataraja apart from several gopurams and halls. There’s a shrine dedicated to Shiva and Ganesha each and several other statues of Gajasamhara, Virabhadra, Saraswati and more.

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8. Ulagalanda Perumal Temple In Kanchipuram:

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UlagalandaPerumal temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu located in Kanchipuram. It’s a Dravidian style architecture glorified in the DivyaPrabandha. UlgalanthaPerumal, a form of Lord Vishnu is worshipped which is one of the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to Vishnu. The temple performs six daily rituals and various yearly festivals among which the Chariot festival is the most prominently celebrated.

9. Aiyarappar Temple In Tiruvaiyaru:

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Aiyarappar temple is located in the village of Tiruvaiyaru in the banks of River Kaveri is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The hymns of Thevaram are incarnated on the temple. People gather during the SaphtaSthanam festival conducted in April every year witnesses the convergence of seven glass palanquins carrying principal deities of respective temples from seven places.

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