Top 13 Most Beautiful and Must Visit Temples in Chennai

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Chennai is the largest city of Tamil Nadu and also the capital city of Tamil Nadu. Chennai is also known as the most significant economic and cultural hub of South India. Chennai is a popular tourist destination and is famous for its beautiful beaches. Apart from beaches, it is also home to some of the most delightful temples in the country with their special Dravidian style models and association with legends and mythology. Here are the top 13 most beautiful and must visit temples in Chennai.

Famous temples in Chennai:

Kapaleeshwar temple

Tourists come here from far and wide to see this Shiva temple built in Mylapore, Chennai. The carving done here makes the spectators stain. There are many different Gods and Goddess temples inside this temple, as well. The view of the Kapaleeshwar temple is fantastic from every side.

Many small things are hidden in every wall of this temple. It is said that once Brahma Dev went to Mount Kailash to meet Shiva and Parvati. At that time, Brahma was very arrogant, which Shivji could not tolerate and to make Brahma realize this, Shiva separated one head of Brahma. Brahma learned his mistake and went to Mylapore to establish Shiva lingam and practised severe penance. Hence the name of this place is Kapaleeshwar because Shiva had taken the head of Brahma.

  • Timings: 6:00 am to 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm 

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The Parthasarathy temple

The Parthasarathy temple is located at Triplicane in Chennai. This temple is devoted to Lord Krishna and is one of the most established temples in Chennai. It was built in the 8th century. Within the temple, there are smaller shrines dedicated to Lord Narasimha and Varaha. It is one of the 108 Divya Desam temples. 

  • Timings: 6:30 am to 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm 

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Meenakshi Temple

This temple is located at Madurai in Tamil Nadu. The Meenakshi temple is dedicated to the Meenakshi form of Goddess Parvati, the wife of Lord Bholenath. A total of 33000 idols have been installed in the temple. Meenakshi Tiru Kalyan Mahotsav is celebrated here in April and May, more than 1 million people attend this festival.

  • Timings: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm

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Ramaswamy Temple

It is located in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu. Ramaswamy temple is dedicated to Lord Rama. This ancient temple is related to the epic Ramayana, where Lord Rama resided with his entire family. There are 219 such pictures in this temple that introduce all the characters of Ramayana. 

  • Timings: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm

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Mahabalipuram Shore Temple

Located at Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu, the temple is magnificent. This temple is situated on the Coromandel in the Bay of Bengal. The idol art of the Shore temple is a beautiful example of Pallava architecture. Apart from this, a glimpse of the Dravidian architectural style during the 7-8th century can also be seen in the temple.

  • Timings: 6:00 am to 6:00 pm 

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Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple

Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple is famous for one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. According to mythology, Lord Rama worshipped Shiva Linga here to ask Lord Bholenath for forgiveness after killing Ravana. Since then, this temple is famous. 

  • Timings: 4:30 am to 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm to 8:30 pm

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Jambukeshwara Temple, Thiruvanaikaval

The idols in this temple are set opposite to each other; such temples are called Upadesa sthalam. Goddess Parvati is present in this temple as a disciple and Jambukeshwar as a guru. In Jambukeshwara Temple, Goddess Parvati did penance for Lord Shiva. 

  • Timings: 6:00 am to 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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Annamalaiyar Temple, Thiruvannamalai

Annamalaiyar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is believed that Brahma himself built the Shiva lingam worshipped in this temple. It is thought that initially, this temple was a simple wooden structure in which statues of various gods and goddesses were installed.

  • Timings: 5:30 am to 10:00 pm 

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Sripuram Golden Temple, Vellore

This temple is dedicated to Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth and Lord Narayana. Sripuram Golden Temple made of gold has been spread over an area of ​​100 acres. The construction of this temple made entirely of pure gold was completed in the year 2007. 

  • Timings: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm 

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Thirunallar Saneeswara Temple

This beautiful temple is dedicated to Lord Shani Dev, located in Thirunallar, Tamil Nadu. Thirunallar Saneeswara Temple is one of the most famous temples of Lord Shani Dev, also known as Navagraha Temple.

  • Timings: 6:00 am to 12:30 pm and 4:00 pm to 8:30 pm

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Ekambareswarar Temple, Kanchipuram

Ekambareswarar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Inside the temple, there is a Shivling made of sand about two and a half feet tall. This temple is known for the worship of Prithvi Nigam. People light 108 lamps after coming to this temple. It is believed that by doing this, all the wishes of the people are fulfilled.

  • Timings: 6:00 am to 12:30 pm and 4:00 pm to 8:30 pm

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Brihadeeswara Temple

Built-in 1010 AD, the name of Brihadeeswarar temple is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is known as the largest temple in India. This temple is dedicated to Lord Bholenath. There is a 216-foot tall idol of Lord Nandi here, which is the centre of attraction.

Thirunageswaram Naganathaswamy Temple

Thirunageswaram Naganathaswamy temple is also known as Rahu Sthalam. This temple is located at Thirunageswaram in Chennai. This temple dedicated to Lord Nagnath Swami is the miraculous temple of the Navagrahas. There is an idol of Lord Rahu sitting in it. According to the devotees who come here, the colour of milk turns blue when Lord Rahu is given a bath with milk.

  • Timings: 5:45 am to 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm

These are the top 13 best temples in Chennai. If you have already visited these temples, do mention your experiences in the comments section below.

Q) Which sweet is famous in Chennai?

A) Coconut Pitha, Rava Laadu, Jaangri, Thirattipaal, Badam Halwa, Soan Paapdi, Sakkarai Pongal, Athirsam, Gulab Jamun, Jalebi, Mysore Pak, etc.

Q) Which is the oldest temple in Tamilnadu?

A) Subramanya temple, Mahabalipuram, is the oldest temple in Tamilnadu.

Q) Which is called Temple City in Tamilnadu?

A) Kumbakonam is called a temple city in Tamilnadu.

Q) What is the famous food in Chennai?

A) Idly, Chaat, Atho, Pani Puri, Uthappam, Bhajji, Jalebi, Puttu, Sundal, Idiyappam, kuzhi Paniyaram, Samosa, Kulfi, Dosa, Kothu Parotta, Murukku, Boli, Jigarthanda, etc.

Q) Which is the richest temple in Tamilnadu?

A) Karpaka Vinayakar is the richest temple in Tamilnadu.

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