Top Famous Temples in TamilNadu – Must Visit Temples

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Famous Temples in Tamilnadu  – Spiritual Tourist Places in Tamil Nadu – Must Visit Temples

Tamilnadu is the state known for its admirable culture and heritage. The best feature to say about Tamil Nadu is the Temple. Temple is the holy place which we step into to acquire peace. In that case, Tamil Nadu is very rich in temples which account to more than thousand. Even though there are numerous temples to visit in Tamilnadu, some temples are note-worthy to visit and pray. Herewith, I am listing the very famous temples in Tamilnadu that stands to be the must-visit places of South India.

Madurai’s Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple

Madurai’s Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple is one of the Famous temples in Tamil Nadu, India. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva (Sundareswarar) and Goddess Parvati (Meenakshi). The world famous Madurai Meenakshi temple has large and most complex structures in Tamil Nadu. The Temple is surrounded by 14 tall gopurams (Gateway towers). Goddess Meenakshi’s image is said to be carved out of a single emerald and this is the major specialty of the temple.
The temple Opening and closing timings are
Morning: 05:00 AM – 12.30 PM
Evening: 04:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Since Madurai is a famous city, you can reach Madurai from Chennai by taking the train, bus as well as flight routes.

Brihadeeswarar Temple, Thanjavur

Brihadeeswarar Temple is one of the famous temples in Tamil Nadu. The main deity is Lord Shiva who is shown off in the form of a huge idol. The temple is situated on the banks of River Cauvery and holds the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site in India under the list of ‘Great Living Chola Temples’. The Temple has the best Dravidian architecture and is always said to be the best tourist attractions of Tamil Nadu.
The temple Opening and closing timings are
Morning: 06:00 AM – 12.30 PM
Evening: 04:00 PM – 08:30 PM
From Chennai, the best way to reach this famous temple is by railways and you could also go by bus.

Ramanathaswamy Temple, Rameswaram

Ramanathaswamy Temple is one of the famous temples in Tamil Nadu located at Rameswaram. This temple comes under the twelve Jyotirlinga temples and also known for having the longest corridor amongst all the Hindu temples in India. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva (Ramanathaswamy) and this temple stands to be one of the best pilgrimage sites in India. The temple is composed of Dravidian architecture with beautiful sculptures.
The temple Opening and closing timings are
Morning: 04:30 AM – 01:00 PM
Evening: 03:00 PM – 08:30 PM
From Chennai, the best locomotive way which I would suggest is through the air. You can start from Chennai and land at either Trichy or Madurai. Then, the train is the best successive way.

Kailasanathar Temple, Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram Kailasanathar temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is of Dravidian architecture and is built by the Pallavas. The temple is situated on the banks of the River Vegavathy. Maha Shivaratri is one of the famous festivals celebrated in this temple. The temple is believed to have the secret tunnel which is used as an escape route for the kings of that time.
The temple Opening and closing timings are
Morning: 05:30 AM – 12.00 PM
Evening: 04:00 PM – 09:00 PM
From Chennai, you can travel to this temple by bus, train or through cab also since the temple is pretty close to Chennai city.

Ranganathaswamy temple, Trichy (Tiruchirapalli)

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple also Thiruvarangam is one of the very famous temples in Tamil Nadu. This Hindu temple has the main deity to be Lord Vishnu (Ranganathaswamy) along with other usual god idols. The temple has the most significant mentions in Thiviya Pirabandam and Silapadikaram of Tamil Literature. The most important features are the shrines and the 21 big gateway towers. Jyestabisheka, Brahmotsavam, Rathothsavam, and vasanthothsavam are the major festival celebrated in this famous temple of Tamilnadu.
General Darshan Timings
09:00 AM – 12:00 PM
01:15 PM – 06:00 PM
06:45 PM – 09:00 PM
From Chennai, the best ways to travel are via Train and Flight. You can also travel by bus but it takes a long time to reach.

Ramaswamy Temple, Kumbakonam

Ramaswamy temple of Kumbakonam is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Rama. It is one of the famous temples in Tamilnadu and especially in Kumbakonam (Land of Temples). The whole story of Ramayana is depicted as pictures on the walls of the temple.
Temple Timings
07.00 AM – 12.15 PM
04.00 PM – 09.00 PM
The best way to reach the temple is by train. You can also avail the bus service or cab service to end at the temple from Chennai.

Adi Kumbeswarar Temple Kumbakonam - top famous temples in tamilnadu -Dravidian
Adi Kumbeswarar Temple Kumbakonam – top famous temples in tamilnadu -Dravidian

Amritaghateswarar – Abirami Temple, Thirukkadaiyur

This is the Hindu temple of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati located in Thirukkadaiyur, Tamil Nadu. Abirami Temple is famous for 60th Marriage (Sadhabishegam) occasions in Tamil Nadu.  This temple is also called as Paadal Petra Sthalam because of its mention in Tevaram. The temple is one of the best tourist attractions and famous temples in Tamil Nadu.
The temple Opening and closing timings are
Morning: 06:00 AM – 01.00 PM
Evening: 04:00 PM – 09:00 PM
From Chennai, you need to take either bus or train to reach Sirkali. From there, you can go by bus or cab to the temple.

Jambukeswarar Akilandeswari Temple, Thiruvanaikaval

Jambukeswarar temple is one of the best famous temples in Tamil Nadu dedicated to Lord Shiva. Also, the temple is a renowned Pancha Bootha stalam of Tamil Nadu located in Trichy (Tiruchirapalli). Here, Lord Shiva is in the form of Appu Lingam which signifies water. Altogether, this Jambukeswarar temple is a must-visit temple as well as a famous pilgrimage site in India.
The temple Opening and closing timings are
Morning: 06:30 AM – 12.00 PM
Evening: 05:00 PM – 09:00 PM
Travelling is quite easy to this temple since it is located in Trichy. You can either take roadways or railways. As it possesses an airport, you can even take a flight to Trichy.

Ekambareswarar Temple, Kanchipuram

This Hindu temple is a famous temple of Tamil Nadu located at Kanchipuram. The main deity of the temple is Lord Shiva (as Ekambareswarar). The temple is one of the Pancha Bootha Stalams specifically signifying the ‘Land’ (One of the five elements of nature). Hence, the Lord Shiva here exists in the form of Prithivi Lingam. Ekambareswarar temple is the best tourist attraction nearby Chennai.
The temple Opening and closing timings are
Morning: 06:00 AM – 11.00 AM
Evening: 05:00 PM – 08:00 PM

Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Chennai

Kapaleeshwarar temple is a very famous temple of Tamil Nadu located in Mylapore, Chennai. The temple possesses the Dravidian architecture and was believed to have constructed in the 7th century. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and it also contains a separate shrine for his consort Goddess Parvati (Karpagambal). Panguni Peruvizha, Tirukkalyanam, and Arupathimoovar are the famous temples that will be conducted in this temple every year.
The temple Opening and closing timings are
Morning: 05:00 AM – 12.00 PM
Evening: 04:00 PM – 09:00 PM

Kumari Amman Temple, Kanyakumari

Kumari Amman is the 3000-year-old Kumari Amman temple of Virgin Goddess Kanyakumari. It is one of the famous temples of Tamil Nadu located at the southern tip of India. It has the Goddess in the form of Young girl. There are many pilgrimage people visiting this temple every year and is considered as one of the finest tourist places in Tamil Nadu.
The temple Opening and closing timings are
Morning: 06:00 AM – 01.00 PM
Evening: 04:00 PM – 09:00 PM
From Chennai, you can travel to this temple via roadways, railways as well through flight also. But, if you are taking a flight, then again you have to take a bus or train to reach the temple from the airport that you are landing.

Thillai Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram

The Natarajar temple is one of the famous temples in Tamil Nadu dedicated to Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva will be in the form of Koothan (Dancer) and hence the temple is popular for the classical dance. The temple is made up of Dravidian architecture with beautiful classical dance postures sculpted on the pillars. Another significant feature of the temple is that it is one of the Pancha Bootha stalams representing ‘sky’. Definitely, this temple is a very beautiful place to visit and hence stands to be one of the best tourist places of Tamil Nadu.
The temple Opening and closing timings are
Morning: 06:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Evening: 05:00 PM – 10:00 PM
From Chennai, You can travel by either bus or train to reach this place. Even a cab can do the best favor if your destination is this temple.

Annamalaiyar Temple, Thiruvannamalai

This is a Hindu temple of Lord Shiva located on the Annamalai Hills of Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu. In this temple, Lord Shiva is present in the form of Agni Lingam (representing ‘Fire’). Hence, Tiruvannamalai Annamalaiyar temple is also known as the Pancha Bootha Sthalam signifying the element ‘Fire’. Other than this, the temple is famous for the major festivals like Karthigai deepam and Brahmotsavam conducted on yearly basis. Thiruvannamalai Annamalaiyar temple is definitely a must see place in Tamil Nadu.
The temple Opening and closing timings are
Morning: 05:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Evening: 03:30 PM – 09:30 PM
From Chennai, You can take a bus or train to reach the temple at ease.

Shore Temple, Mamallapuram

Mamallapuram is the best tourist place located in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Since the temple overlooks the shore of the Bay of Bengal, the temple is known by the name ‘Shore Temple’. The entire place is famous for the beautiful monuments and architectural sculptures of Pallava period. Shore temple of Mamallapuram is classified under the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Shore Temple Mamallapuram - top famous temples in tamilnadu - Dravidian
Shore Temple Mamallapuram – top famous temples in tamilnadu – Dravidian

Thyagaraja Temple, Tiruvarur

Thyagaraja temple is the Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva who is present in the form of Maragatha Lingam. The temple also contains the idol of his consort Parvati as Kondi. The temple is basically famous for the temple Car on which the idol of Lord Thyagarajar is taken out during festivals.
The temple will be open between 5:30 AM to 10 PM and six rituals will be done during that period of time. The whole temple looks magnificently wonderful with best Indian Architecture. It is one of the famous temples in Tamilnadu with good sculpting.

The above listed are the best famous temples in Tamil Nadu when considering as a whole. Other than these temples, we have classification of temples according to the God

Famous temples in Tamil Nadu – According to Gods

In Hindu custom, Gods and Goddesses are large in number. Each one is named differently according to the place. When taking that into consideration, we have a list of famous temples in Tamil Nadu. They are

Six Abodes of Lord Murugan (Arupadai veedu)

Lord Murugan is believed to have six different faces according to Hindu Mythology. Each face has its significance portrayed in different locations. Each location is very famous and hence classified under the famous temples in Tamil Nadu. In each location, Lord Murugan is known by a different name. They are here for you.

  • Palani
  • Thiruthani
  • Thiruparankunram
  • Pazhamudhir Cholai
  • Thiruchendur
  • Swami Malai

All the six abodes are famous in a Special way and have the best significant features.

Navagraha Temples – Famous temples in Tamil Nadu

‘Navagraham’ – the name by itself signifies ‘nine planets’ in Tamil. Navagraha temples are the holy places dedicated to the nine planets of Hindu astronomy. Navagraha temples are one of the most famous temples in Tamilnadu. Navagraha temples are believed to be very powerful and one’s sins can be washed away by visiting these temples at one stretch. If you have any ‘dhosham’ as per your astrology, it can also be resolved by the temple visit. Navagrahas include

  • Suriyanar (Sun)
  • Chandra (Moon)
  • Angaraha (Mars)
  • Budhan ( Mercury)
  • Sukkiran (Venus)
  • Saneeswaran (Saturn)
  • Raghu (North Lunar Node)
  • Guru (Jupiter)
  • Kedhu (South Lunar Node)

All the navagraha temples are located in and around Kumbakonam of Tamil Nadu. They are also the best tourist attractions which are famous in Tamil Nadu. When you visit Tamil Nadu, don’t miss out to step into these temples.

Pancha Bootha Stalams (Five Shiva Temples representing the five elements of Nature)

“Pancha Bootham” literally means the five elements of Nature – Sky, Land, Water, Fire, and Air. In Tamil Nadu, all the five elements of nature are represented in the form of Lord Shiva’s Idol (Lingam). The respective names are Agasa Lingam., Prithivi Lingam, Appu Lingam, Agni Lingam, and Vaayu Lingam. Each lingam is located in several different places of Tamil Nadu. They are

  • Chidambareshwarar Temple, Chidambaram – Sky (Akasa)
  • Jambukeshwarar temple, Thiruvanaikaaval – Water (Jala)
  • Ekambareswarar temple, Kanchipuram – Earth (Prithvi)
  • Arunachaleswarar temple, Thiruvannamalai – Fire (Agni)
  • Kalahastishwar temple, Kalahasti – The Wind (Vaayu)

Top Famous Temples in TamilNadu – the Best Tourist Places of India

We just saw the famous temples in Tamil Nadu that have enormously significant features to look at. If you are planning to visit Tamil Nadu, don’t forget to visit these famous temples. Although you can’t see all the temples, don’t forget some temples are there like the navagraha temples and Pancha bootha stalams which should not be left unnoticed. Come into Tamil Nadu to explore the wonderful temples and its amazing Dravidian architectures within.

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