Dotted with over 33,000 temples mostly built 800- 1400 years before, this temple city of India, Tamil Nadu houses remarkable exquisites of brilliant architectures and sculptures that are scattered all over the state. These are categorized as Cave Temples of the Pallavas, Structural Temples of the Pandyas and the Great Living Temples of the Cholas, each of which are studded with rich inscriptions, artistic excellence of the sculptors and the astonishing beauty of the Gopurams. The temples are nothing but the living examples of the glorious heritage of the state and the bravura art forms that have been evolved over the years. Well, below is the list of some of the famous temples in Tamil Nadu that shouldn’t be missed in a lifetime;
1. Meenakshi Amman Temple-
This holy shrine is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and her consort Lord Sundereshwar (Lord Shiva) and is believed that anyone who visits the temple will be blessed with an inner sense of self and peace of mind. There is a ritual that happens on a daily basis at 9 am where the Goddess will be carried in Palanquin crossing chambers to be worshipped. There are over 1000’s of pillars, countless mandapams and nearly 14 tall towers with an emerald statue of the deity which was the prime reason for getting nominated for the New Seven Wonders of the World.
2. Shore Temple, Mamallapuram-
Nestled beautifully beside the Bay of Bengal, this single stone carved structural rock temple is listed as one of the UNESCO heritage sites that hold statues of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu with Goddess Durga sitting atop the lion. This form of the Goddess is placed south to the temple with multiple statues of Nandis lined on all sides of the temple. The specialty of the temple is the Mahabalipuram Dance Festival that will be organized in the month of Jan- Feb. Miss it not.
3. Ramanathaswamy Temple, Rameshwaram-
The temple here is one of the famous temples in India that dates back to the period of Ramayana where Sita made a lingam from the sand after being brought back by Rama. The lingam was constructed so that Lord Rama can worship Lord Shiva here making him the main deity. Overall there are 12 jyotirlingas and the temple corridor is considered to be the largest in the nation with over thousands of carved pillars that altogether make it more mesmerizing.
Well, these aren’t all; there are plenty of temples as said before. To visit all and spread spirituality, visit ticketgoose.com, India’s leading online bus ticketing portal that has launched Outstation Taxis to make your travel even more comfortable. So, book, hop and have a pleasant ride to your dream destination.