Most Famous Temples in Chennai

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Chennai, formerly known as Madras is the capital city of the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu is also a center of temples for various faiths. Built-in the unique South Indian architectural styles, these temples in Chennai are a symbol of spirituality, culture, art, and tradition.


The never-ending shores of Marina, bustling streets of T. Nagar, peaceful stroll in ECR, sparkling classic shopping malls, spicy hot street stalls, and not to miss the ancient spiritual abodes, are what defines Chennai; the capital of Tamilnadu. Modernization can change many things but be it any era the spiritual thirst of Tamil people will never be replaced.


The crowded walls of Chennai temples will authenticate this fact. This capital town is dotted with surplus temples dedicated to all Hindu gods, including Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, Goddess Sakthi, Murugan, Vinayaka, Guberar, Lakshmi, and many more. Following are the top ten most popular temples to visit in Chennai.



Temples in Chennai you must visit


Kapaleeswarar Temple:

Chennai’s renowned and cherished Kapaleeswarar temple is the chief landmark of Mylapore and one of the popular and prominent temples in Chennai. The prime idol is Lord Siva in the form of Lingam.


Built-in the 7th century by the Pallavas, this serene temple is said to be one of the oldest temples in Tamilnadu. This temple is mostly buzzed with devotees on Mondays and Fridays. The dazzling 12 days celebration of Bhramotsavam during the month of March is a splendor sight to see.


Nearby the Kapaleeswarar temple there are surplus places to visit some of them are as follows Gaudiya mutt, Shirdi Sai baba temple, Express avenue mall, Parthasarathy temple, and Marina beach.



Parthasarathy Temple:

Dedicated to Lord Venkat Krishna, the Parthasarathy temple located at Triplicane is one of the most famous and ancient temples in Chennai.


The splendid feature of the temple is the colorful Gopuram, which entices everyone. This temple has been mentioned in the ancient Tamil scripts of Alvars. Apart from this, the temple houses separate shrines for Lord Narasimha, Lord Rama, and Varaha. Every Friday and Saturday are crowded as those days are very auspicious to Lord Venkata Krishna.


Parthasarathy temple is located at the heart of the city and so there are surplus options to do after your darshan. The places to see around the Parthasarathy temple are Marina beach, T Nagar, Kapaleeswarar temple, Shirdi sai baba temple, Vivekananda house, Express Avenue mall, Rama Krishna temple, and a lot more.



Ashthalakshmi Temple:

The Ashtalakshmi Temple located near the Elliot beach in Chennai is one of the most beautiful temples in Chennai and the ancient temple is one of its kind as it houses all the eight forms of Lakshmi under one roof.


The colossal effigy of Lord Vishnu inside the main sanctum is a great sight to behold. The architecture of this temple attracts every beholder as it is very unique and can’t be seen anywhere else. Located beside the shore of Besant Nagar beach, Ashtalakshmi temple comprises four floors reached by a steep staircase.


Nearby tourist attraction to Ashthalakshmi temple is Kalakshetra dance academy, Besant Nagar beach, Gandhi statue, Marundeeswarar temple, Arupadai Murugan Veedu temple, Elliot’s beach, Ramakrishna temple, and the Anna centenary library.



Kalikambal Temple

Dedicated to Shri Kaligambal and Lord Kamadeswarar, The Kalikambal Temple in Chennai is one of the oldest temples in Tamilnadu, built in 1640 AD. Located in Thambu Chetty Street, a prominent financial street at Georgetown, running parallel to Rajaji Salai.


Though the temple had faced demolition during the invasion of the Portuguese, it has been restored later, and still, it holds its grace and sacredness. The idol of the Goddess Kalikambal is very sublime and glows in her peaceful charm.


Nearby Tourist Attraction Places: Padi Sivan temple, Shri Ayyappan temple, Viswaroopa Adhivyadhihara Sri Bhakta Anjaneyaswami Temple, VadaPalani Murugan temple, ThiruVidanthai temple, and Madras War cemetery.




Arupadai Veedu Murugan Temple:

Arupadai Veedu Murugan Temple situated in Besant Nagar is one of the popular temples in Chennai which is dedicated to Lord Murga. The specialty of this temple is that it houses all the Six army camps of Lord Muruga under one roof.


There are separate shrines inside this temple for all the six Lord Murga such as Palani Dhandayuthpani, Thiruthani Murugan, Thiruparankundram Murugan, Palamuthircholai Murugan, Thiruchendoor Subramaniyan, Swami Malai Murugan. People from neighboring places take Kavadi on the eve of New Year and Thai Poosam.


The architecture of this temple is noteworthy and it is well maintained with neat corridors for the devotees to rest a while.


As this temple is very near to Besant Nagar beach, you can take a lovely stroll on the beach along with your visit to this temple. Pamban Swamigal Jeeva Samadhi Temple is located at a distance of about 1.5kms from this temple and the famous Ashtalakshmi temple is also very nearer to this temple.



Sri Marundeeswarar Temple :

Marundeeswarar temple at Thrivanmaiyur in Chennai is the largest temple in Chennai one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams, sprawling across an area of one-acre land. The architectural beauty of this temple is peerless and demands a second visit.


The Marundeeswarar temple has been a place of curative worship for people with diseases.

This temple is believed to have the partial feature of the Pallava dynasty and partially with Chola art. This colossal temple is beautified with intricate carvings, immaculate paintings, and ornate pillars. The five-tier Gopurams with impeccable effigies are a great sight to behold. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple is found crowded on the days of Brahmotsvam, Siva Rathiri,  Pradhosham, and on all Mondays.


Places to see around Marudeeswarar temple are Sri Krishna Balarama temple, Ashtalakshmi temple, Besant Nagar beach, VGP universal kingdom, Rukmini Devi museum, VGP golden beach, and a lot more.


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