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"Tamilnadu Pilgrimage is a great option to experience the sheer magic of poetry written in stones. For tourist, the Tamilnadu temples are a wonder of human hands and for pilgrims these places are meant to achieve spiritual nirvana. These architectural wonders from time immemorial, have ensorcelled their onlookers and changed their comprehension of magical beauty."
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Tamilnadu Pilgrimage

Meenakshi Temple, Madurai
Meenakshi Temple, Madurai

Tamilnadu Temple Tour - Attain The Nirvana

Tamil Nadu is called the land of Temples and Tamils, the greatest temple builders. And this is what you will say after you complete your Tamilnadu pilgrimage tour. The state of Tamil Nadu is dotted with more than a thousand temples and each a wonder in itself. There are temples that date back to pre-Christian era and there are temples that are as recent as 20th century but all of them reflect the same gracefulness and wizardry of hands. Almost all temples of the past are build of brick and mortar. Tamil Nadu has been ruled by different dynasties and it is visible in the different monuments and temples. Some of the important temples in Tamil Nadu include Meenakshi temple, Ranganathaswamy temple, and Shore temple.

Famous Temples of Tamilnadu

Meenakshi Temple

Meenakshi temple is more than 2000 years and the moment you enter Meenakshi temple from any of the four massive gopurams, you will be left speechless by the first glimpse itself of the exceptional carvings, art and sculptures that are sprinkled throughout the premises. Do not forget to explore the thousand-pillared hall which is one of the biggest in India.

Location: Madurai

What To See: Ashta Sakthi Mandapa,Potramaraukulam (Golden Lotus Tank) and The Thousand Pillar Mandapam

Timings: 4.30 am to 12.30 pm and 4.00 pm to 9.30 pm on any day.

Ranganathaswamy Temple

This Tamilnadu temple is the most important temple in India for all Lord Vishnu devotees. This temple is considered to be the largest temple in the entire India, which makes it an important tourist destination as well. You will be awe struck by the sheer size of its premises and the exemplary work of carvings which you will find in almost all nook and corners of the temple. Also find magnificent paintings kept inside the many halls inside the temple.

Location: Srirangam on the banks of river Cauvery in Tiruchirapalli

What To See: Adi Sheshan,Sri Ranganatha Temple festival

Timings: 07.30 am to 01.00 pm and 04.00 pm to 08.00 pm on any day.

Kapaleeswarar Temple

This 350 year old temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This is the biggets temple in Chennai and also the most visited. Here you will be astonished to see the remarkable carvings that are done inside the temple, which depicts tale from Indian mythology and 13th century inscriptions. The Teppam festival (float festival) which is held every year and the Paradosham festival which is celebrated every two weeks, are a real treat for eyes and are spiritually very uplifting.

Location: Mylapore, Chennai

What To See: Kolam or Theertham and Kapaleeswarar temple festival

Timings: Morning 6.30 am. to 12 noon, Evening 5 p.m. to 9 p.m on any day.

Shore Temple

This 8th century temple also a UNESCO world heritage site is considered to be one of the most beautiful temples in the entire country. More than its architectural brilliance, perhaps its the location of the temple that attracts such large number of tourists. It is located on the Mahabalipuram beach right adjacent to Bay of Bengal. Try to visit this temple at dusk when it is resplendently lit up and stay till late in the evening because on a full moon day, the sight of this Shore temple is as breathtaking as a glimpse into paradise.

Location: Mahabalipuram Near Chennai

What To See: Seven Pagodas of Mahabalipuram

Timings: 9 AM to 5.30 PM on any day.

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