Tamil Nadu is located in the Southernmost corner of India. It would not be wrong to say it ‘Land of Temples’, as there are more than 30,000 temples in this state. Every temple has been built meticulously and is an architectural wonder in itself. One can see the legacy of ancient Dravidian architectural style in these temples, which are great attractions for every visitor to Tamil Nadu. In the ancient days, these temples were centers of social gathering and education, apart from a place of worship.
Famous Temples of Tamil Nadu
Meenakshi Temple, Madurai
Meenakshi Temple is one of the beautiful and largest temple complexes among Indian temples. It is dedicated to Goddess Meenakshi and located in Madurai. This temple is a marvel of architecture and spreads over an area of 6 hectares. It has been built in ancient Dravidian style, which has 12 Gopurams (gateways), which are 45 meters in height.
Meenakshi Temple, Madurai
It is counted among the most sacred temples in India. It is believed that no pilgrimage is over without paying a visit to Rameshwaram Temple after the holy city, Varanasi. The temple is located in Rameshwaram island, which also have some other beautiful temples. Construction of the temple was started in 12th century in Dravidian architecture. There is a huge hallway in this temple, which is 1,220 meters in length.
Brihadeswara Temple, Thanjavur
Brihadeswara temple is located in Thanjavur. Main attraction of the temple is a huge stature of Nandi, which measures 6 meters in length and 3.7 meters in height. Nandi Statue has been made out of single rock and weighs about 25 tonnes. Brihadesware temple has stunted Gopuram and soaring Vimana. It is an example of brilliant architectural techniques.
Vardaraja Temple, Kanchipuram
The temple is located at a distance of around 3 km from Kanchipuram. It is also famous by the name of Devarahaswamy temple. It is counted among the famous Vaishnav shrines, which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It was built in 11th century AD and has a madapa with 100 pillars.
Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram
It is a beautiful example of Chola architecture, which has been built covering an area of 40 acres in Chidambaram. This temple is dedicated to the dancing form of Lord Shiva. It is considered a tribute to Bharatnatayam dance. Main attractions of the temple are 108 pillars depicting Lord Nataraja in different poses of Bharatnatayam classical dance. Every year in the months of February-March, Natyanjali Festival is held at this temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Srivaikunthanthor Temple, Tirunelveli
Srivaikunthanthor Temple is also known by the name of Kallapiranswami Temple and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is located at a distance of 37 km away from Tirunelveli. The temple is considered among the famous sacred shires of Vaishnavites.
Some of the other famous temples of Tamil Nadu are Ramalinga Temple in Chidambaram, Kumar Amman Temple in Kanyakumari, Nellaiappar Temple in Tirunelveli and Kailashnath Temple in Kanchipuram.