While leaving for a holiday to a new place, people have different things in mind like they would go and relax on a beach, or they would go shopping, visit some popular destinations out there, and much more. That’s what we are mainly limited to because what else a city could offer to you, right? Wrong, if I talk about Chennai, it is not only restricted to some of these specific things like hill stations and all but also known for the stunning holy places that add a great flavor to the beauty of the place.
Many of you may not know this but religious tourism in India is in trend. People love to visit the heritage temples, wish to learn more about their rich spirituality, and their marvelous architecture. Thankfully, Chennai is the land to an ample number of temples that can help you experience the same and learn about the city from a different side. So, here’s the list of some beautiful temples in Chennai you need to explore when you pay a visit next time.
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Must Visit Temples in Chennai
Let’s get started out with one of the most known temples in Chennai, Kapaleeshwarar Temple is located in the southern part, Mylapore. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati that was built by Pallavas in the 7th century. Once you visit the temple, you’ll get mesmerized by the Dravidian style architecture, wood carvings, beautiful pillars, stone carvings, and Gopuram at the entrance.
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People usually pay a visit to this temple during March and April and be a part of the famous Panguni Peruvizha festival and mainly the last day of Arupathimoovar, which is considered the complete festival in itself. Besides this, if you’re going there on any regular day, attend the daily puja at the temple that is performed six times a day from 5:30 am to 9:00 pm.
Here comes one of the most important Vishnu Temples in Chennai, which is majorly dedicated to Lord Krishna. Situated in Triplicane, it was built by Narasimhavarman I of the Pallava dynasty, thus making it one of the oldest temples of the city.
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Another amazing fact about the temple is that this one is the only temple in the city where you can see different avatars of Lord Krishna are worshipped under one roof. And once you visit the temple, you’ll get stunned by the mind-blowing sculptures, murals, and inscriptions, which are dedicated to the various events of Kurukshetra’s battle.
Whenever it comes to top Hindu temples in Chennai, this name will always be taken without a doubt. Ekambareswarar temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and devotees pay their gratitude wholeheartedly and seek blessings. Also, other gods like Ganesha, Shakthi, Surya, Goddess Kamakshi, and Vishnu are worshipped in the temple with great devotion.
In addition to this, you can even make your way to a different temple built within the same complex that is committed to Nabagraha (nine planets). If you ever really wish to visit the temple, make sure you’re going there during the festivals of Aadi, Markazhi, Panguni, and Chithirai.
Those who truly believe in Lord Murugan, this amazing temple in Chennai should be on their list. Kandhakottam is spread across 8 acres of land, where you can see a huge tank right behind it. People believe that the temple was originally found by 2 really hard working and devoted traders of Thiruporur. Lord Murugan, who is considered as the Warrior God is worshipped with full grandeur.
You can be a part of the daily puja and rituals that started out every day from 6:00 am to 9:45 pm. Besides this, the temple even hosts a special weekly puja on every Thursday, where you can see Jothi Darshanam and listen to Arutperunjothi Agaval sung the priests.
Thirumala Thirupathi Devasthanam Temple
Yet another one of the most visited temples in Chennai, Thriupathi Temple is the one where a maximum number of visitors pay a visit throughout the year, and mainly on Saturdays and during festivals. The temple is located on the banks of Sri Swami Pushkaarini, and you’ll be spellbound when you see the amazing architecture and beautifully designed walls, gopurams, and decorated pillars.
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The temple remains open from 5:00 am till 9:00 pm. When you enter the temple, you’ll see that the shrine of Lord Venkateshwara looks quite similar to the one in Thirupathi. Also, one more thing about the temple is that you can go really close to the deity, stand there for a few minutes, and pay your gratitude.
Shree Chandraprabhu Jain Naya Mandir
Anyone out there who follows Jainism? If yes, then you should definitely pay a visit to Chennai’s beautiful and most famous Jain temple namely Shree Chandraprabhu Jain Naya Mandir. The temple is devoted to the 8th Tirthankara out of 24 Tirthankaras- Sri Chandraprabhu Bhagwan. The temple is a 2-storied building made of stunning white limestone, soapstone, and marble.
And once you visit the temple, it would be really hard for you to take your eyes off from the gorgeous architecture, white façade, amazing murals and pillars, and also gives you a feeling of Dilwara Temple in Rajasthan. You can visit the temple any time from 5:00 am to 8:30 pm and remains open for all the visitors during all days of the week. You can make your way to the temple during Mahavir Jayanti, the main festival in Jainism and experience a new culture out there.